Sunday, 26 May 2013

Sika Scope Wrap Dress Sew - Along #6> Preparing The Underlining For The Bodice.

Hello again! busy day it is! now this post comprises of : 
1. preparing the bodice underlining
2. shaping the bodice

Sika Scope Wrap Dress Sew - Along #5 > Sewing the skirt's underlining

Hi everyone! Hope you had a great time at church? :-) now I'm uploading the underlining posts rather simultaneously i.e underlining for both the skirt and the bodice< so watch, make and reach out if you've got any questions.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Sika Scope Wrap Dress Sew - Along #4> Sewing/turning out the belts

On this post, we would be making the belts for our wrap. I'll tag the inner belts '1' and the outer ones '2'. We'll need two of each, making four belts. 

Sika Scope Wrap Dress Sew - Along #3 > Sewing the bodice

Following the princess seam tutorial as seen here, cut out yours according to your body measurements.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Princess Seam Tutorial

After I got the first couple of mails regarding princess seams, I decided to post a tutorial here. But then again, I got yet another request from a dear reader on the same, and so I thought to make a 'clearer princess seam post'

The labels 'A', 'E' and 'B' stand for the Apex(nipple or highest point of the bust), Empire (that area under the bust, normally measured from the top of the shoulder to the underbust i.e. where your bra rests), and Bodice (your belly button, normally measured from your shoulder to belly button)

 The determined width would read as technical if I explain it, so I would just advice that you add about 12'' to half your bust line measurement and if you are making a dress, add to your hip measurement. If you are bigger however, feel free to add incremental inches so you don't make errors and waste your fabric.

Fold your fabric in two: measurements used here - bust(34), bodice(17 x 26), empire(27)

At the apex, measure out the 'gap' from one apex to the other. Here I used 8'' as that is my perfect fit or rather 'gap' :-) so you are seeing 4.5'' because the extra 0.5'' makes for seam allowance.

At the bodice, measure out the same 'perfect fit gap', here I used 6''. As you 

connect the dots from bodice to apex

now, I made different lines so you determine how high or low you would prefer your princess seams. Here we would make use of the lowest one (the curve with the arrows). Note that the lower the curve, the pointier the curve at the apex.

 make a 2'' mark from the bodice gap you've created

connect the dots all the way to the apex, following whichever curve you want 

cut out...

open up the pieces and join each side piece to the center piece, sew from the bottom upwards.


Sunday, 19 May 2013


I chose to cut my skirt in a semi - circle form so that it flares out prettily, although I wouldn't want my skirt to be overly gathered as i'll be using tulle as well and don't want too much volume. Feel free to add some more gathers if you prefer as it all depends on how you plan to rock yours!

Spring 2013 Trends

Hello Everyone! 
So this is one of those posts, saved somewhere on my hard drive hoping to be uploaded....I finally got around to it today thank God :-)
First trend spotted are the checker board prints (which reminds me, I got this fabric the other day and would try to post that as well as the other fabrics I got for the production of my boutique pieces)


Saturday, 18 May 2013

DIY: How To Prepare Your Hair Extensions Before A Braids session

So you want to have your hair braided and want smooth, light, lovely braids, and most of all, 'an absence of tangles' what do you do? you boil some water and get dipping! I'll show you how:


Hello everyone! Today our Sew – Along commences and I am so 

happy! I worked a few hours today, got back and rushed to begin 


So we begin by taking our body measurements.

Asides the basic measurements we come across and are more 

familiar with (as in the image above), there are a few more we 

would require in making garments, so in that regard, I’ll type out a 

list of what you’ll need to get measured  and how.

 The Basic Blocks in garment making include the bodice (torso), 

skirt(below the torso), Sleeves(arms) and  trousers, but for the 

SSWD see – along, we would only require the bodice and skirt 

because it is a sleeveless dress, and no trousers involved obviously! 

So here’s what you’ll need to get measured: ( Stand erect and have 

someone assist you, and try to take this seriously as the success of 

your dress depends on this J

Shoulder (measure the length of your shoulder from one end of your collar bone to the next)

Armhole (measure around your armpit)

Bust (measure your breasts at the fullest/highest point)

Apex (measure the length of your shoulder to your nipple)

Empire (measure the length of your shoulder down to your under bust, as well as the circumference)

Natural waistline (measure the circumference of your waistline. This is the narrowest part of your torso and is normally about an inch or two inches above your belly button)

Bodice (measure the length of your shoulder down to your belly button, as well as the circumference)

Hips (measure at the fullest part of your hips) - we wouldn't be working with this though.
Dress length.

PS. Take your measurements as you would like the dress to sit on you i.e. do not add any allowances.

see you on the next post.



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Thursday, 16 May 2013

That's Sew Patternless!

Ever thought about a DIY route to garment construction? well here you go!

Sunday, 12 May 2013


So finally, a date has been fixed for our Sew - Along! Anyone as excited as I am? *dancing across the room*
The chosen date is May 18(Saturday).
Please don't feel sad if this is what you voted for,due to the email votes, blog and  votes, it's obvious that this baby is our winning dress!
The dress is the Scope Wrap Dress by Sika Designs, a Uk based Ghanaian label owned by Phyllis Taylor. Their fabrics are sourced from Ghana and pieces handmade in Ghana by Ghanaian seamstress.
<<this dress was styled with a 50s inspired petticoat also by Sika Designs, but for our dress, we would attach the tulle to the underlining>>

Tuesday, 7 May 2013


Hello you! Quick post: I decided to 'disconnect' my Google Plus comments as I discovered that it was practically impossible to post a  Comment without being on google plus o if you commented via google plus prior to now, I've noted your comments nd want to say a big thnk you.

Onnari .....

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sew Along: Chosen Pieces

Hi all!it HAS been a minute! So the intended pieces for our sew along have been selected so I would be posting them so you look through and possibly voice type out your preferred piece. When that's been done, I'll put up the schedule and we'll get this show on the road!
Here they are: