It is no secret that I love a good statement skirt, full flared, circle, pleated, gathered, you name it and I love it. There’s just something very lady like and fascinating about it that has always caught my interest. I would have definitely fit in fashion wise with the era when dress and skirts were the only normal for women. Imagine me, with my corsets and full skirts complete with a pair of gloves lol. Well, thank goodness those days are dead and gone!
Now on to the project of creating 90% of my wardrobe, you know there must be a multitude of statement skirts in there somewhere. And I kick started them with this absolutely stunning floral fabric. I fell in love as soon as I saw this fabric, even though it was very much out of my budget but I saw it and knew exactly what I wanted to make with it.
This skirt was very easy and quick to make, as I cut it in a circle and just added two pleats to the front and two to the back.
I paired it with this ruffled neckline piece from Fashion to Figure that is actually a mini dress, but it served a different purpose here.
Hello loves! My mission to create my own wardrobe continues with this simple and easy beauty that only took me a day to complete. I combined an ankara and ponte knit fabric to create this simple but classy dress with a twist.
I originally sketched this dress with gathers as opposed to kissing pleats but changed my mind in the process of designing it and i am so glad i did, because the pleats just look a lot more sophisticated than the gathers would have. To reduce the workload of this dress, I added the pleats to the completed dress as opposed to sewing it as separate pieces.
So…I’ve been away for a while haven’t I? Don’t panic but I’ve just been busy living life and falling in love. But I am back! And with a vengeance this time, because 98% of the content you will be seeing on this blog will be made by me, myself and I. Yes, DIY fashion! Are you as excited as I am? It was a big move making this decision but I am excited and can’t wait to show you some of the stuff I have been creating.
Let’s start with this full flared, off shoulder floral maxi dress. I fell in love with this fabric at a place called vegetable market in Benin, Nigeria and knew I had to have it. Believe it or not, it is actually an African fabric called ankara, though it looks nothing like the traditional ankara. I knew instantly what I wanted to make with it and if I may say so myself, I pulled it off to a tee. The beauty about making your own clothes is the ability to get exactly what you want, how you want it. For example, I love my maxi dresses to sweep the floor but have always have issues with dresses being too long or just not long enough but those are a thing of the past now.
No patterns were used in making this dress, I drafted it free hand since that is something I love doing and I am learning more about. I am not saying that I will never be using patterns but it will be at a minimal and only if I am having problems creating something specific.