Silk Slip Dress………

This is one for the ages. The Slip dress closely resemble underslips and petticoats, which were both used as under-garments in the in the early 1940’s. Slip dresses though did not make an appearance until the last decade of the 20th century thanks to the likes of John Gilliano’s debut design for Dior was a lace trimmed Slip dress.

So if you would like to Slip into something more comfortable over the weekend or just on a lazy evening have a go at this one.

DSC_1997Things You Will Need 

  1. Fabric (Silk)
  2. Ribbon/Cord
  3. Scissors
  4. Sewing machine/ Needle & Thread
  5. Sewing pins

 

I used black silk because one can never go wrong with black right?

Make a pattern for especially the front of your dress using the links (Slip Dress FrontSlip Dress Back).

DSC_2019Lay your fabric (which is terribly slippery) on any flat surface and place your pattern on top of it. If you have weights or full bottles of water use these to hold your pattern in place.

 

 

 

Cut along your pattern leaving a DSC_20211/2″ seam allowance for sewing. Pin the front and back pieces together with good sides facing each other and sew.

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Fold (1/2″) and pin the rough edges on the front and back. This is where using the same color of thread as your material comes in handy.

 

 

DSC_2023Measure and cut out 2 pieces of ribbon/cord that will be used as the shoulder straps, pin to the front and back and sew.

 

 

 

At the hem, fold a 1/2″ seam and sew and you are all done.

You can make this a mini or a midi, add any type of applique to it as you will soon see I did or use as a night slip dress or as a day/night casual look.

I added an iron on sequinned cat applique to mine and wore it to the PlayLand Beach, in Rye, over the weekend (check out my mean tan), but boy do those park people have strict rules at the pool or what :(.

Enjoy!!!!

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DIY Bella Hadid Inspired Backless Button-Up Shirt.

Hello Fashion-Lovers,

Hope everyone is having a lovely Sunday. It is a day of relaxation and preparation for the week to come. Monday doesn’t have to be so blue if your Sunday was effectively utilized.

For this DIY, I took inspiration from the beautiful and flawless Bella Hadid. She Slayed this outfit with a casual loose-fitted, low-waisted Levi’s and Nike sneakers.

Things You Will Need:

  1. Button-Down Shirt (Fairly fitted)
  2. Elastic
  3. Scissors
  4. Sewing Machine (Can be done hand sewn)

 

  • Get your button-down shirt, you don’t want it to be closely fitted so use a shirt that is not so snug on you. I am a tiny person so in this case, I was able to use my sons’ previous school uniform :D.

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  • Fold it in half length-wise.

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  • Next, measure from your shoulder to your natural waist-line (usually on the same DSC_2008line as your belly button) and also how long you want your top.
  • Transfer those measurements to your button-up shirt and with a curved line connect those two points and cut as seen in the picture.

 

 

 

  • If you are more on the conservative side, this would be where you want to stop. DSC_2011When i tried it on at this point it was already beautiful. On the other hand if you are one of those daring and  fashionistas, please read on.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Loosen the side seams to how high you want the back to be and cut in a straight line. I cut mine where the sleeves are and tacked down the pleats in place so it doesn’t add more space.
  • Finally, you want some control at the back to make the top more fitted as you have fullsizeoutput_449ftaken out most of the structure of the shirt. I used elastic because I felt having to button up the shirt and then tie it at the back was double work.
  • Take your elastic and put it around your waist, then divide that into half and cut it. Take out 1″ from both sides of what is left and that is what you need for your back strap. Take a piece of your scrap fabric you cut out from the back, cut it into a rectangle that measures (WAIST/2) L X 4.5″ W.

 

 

 

  • Fold your rectangle into half length-wise and sew a 1/2″ seam. Turn it inside out and insert your elastic inside your hollow rectangle.
  • Your elastic should be shorter than your fabric rectangle, so you want to tack down (Sew) one side and pull the other end of your elastic to reach the other end of your hollow rectangle and tack down. Hopefully it looks like the picture on the bottom right.
  • Exactly where you measured your natural waist to be is where you want to pin your back strap to and sew. Fold the rough edges (1/4″)  and sew for a clean finish. I added flowers to the pocket to add some color, this is optional ofcourse.

That is the end of the tutorial. I styled it with a midi skirt and nude embroided heels (See pictures below).

This was an easy DIY for me to achieve, how easy did you find it trying to create yours? Comment below!

Have a happy Sunday everyone.

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Fringed Skirt…..

Current song obsession: Castle on the Hill by Ed Sheeran ❤ ❤

 

Hello guys,

I hope everyone who celebrates the 4th of July had a lovely day yesterday. This is my first 4th in NYC and I spent it in doors : (. I am new to New York and I should be more adventurous I know and I will be as soon as I make more friends I believe (that is what people tell me). Are they wrong? You tell me.

Today’s’ project is a fringe skirt and I am truly excited about this one as I have always wanted something with a fringe on it, not sure why I never made one. It is an exciting attire or accessory to have with or on your outfit.

OKAY! Lets get started………..

What You Will Need:

  • Fabric
  • Lining (Optional)
  • Scissors
  • Chalk/Fabric marker
  • Measuring tape
  • A Zipper
  • Sewing Machine
  1. IMG_3229First things you need are your waist, hip and length of skirt measurements or your favorite mini or midi skirt (depending on the length you are trying to achieve). Mine were waist: 25″, Hips: 36″, Length of Skirt: 19″. Now I did not create a pattern for this because I figured it is simple to re-create using your own measurements. I did however create a description of how to achieve this Skirt pattern and it can be found in the Patterns section of the blog.
  2. When you have created your patterns, fold your fabric, place the pattern aligned to the fold, (labelled on PDF description) pin and cut out. If you are using your favorite skirt fold it in half vertically and place it on your folded fabric pin and cut it out. You should have 3 pieces. 1 is the front pattern placed on the fold and the other 2 pieces will be your back pattern also placed on the fold but split in half.
  3. Less I forget, you can choose to add lining or just use your fabric. If you do use lining, what ever you cut out on your fabric cut on your lining. With this, you should have six pieces all together (3 fabric & 3 lining).
  4. Now we are ready to put it all together. Lay your front piece flat with the right/good side facing up, then take your back pieces with the right/good sides facing down and align them to your front piece on the sides, pin and sew.
  5. For those who also have lining this is an extra step, do the same for your lining then place your lining on your fabric piece (right sides facing each other) and sew the sides and the bottom. Turn this inside out and iron to reveal a neat finish. Fancy huh!
  6. Next, is to fold your waist band pattern in half making it 1″. Place one side of your waistband piece facing downward (rough edge facing up) on the top of your skirt (right sides facing each other) pin and sew. Then bring the other side of the waist band piece over the seam you have just sewn, pin (wrong sides facing) and top-stitch over all layers.
  7. Now the fun part. Lay your sewn skirt flat on the floor and measure how long/high you want your fringe to go and mark it with chalk/fabric maker. Then measure every 1/2″ horizontally from left to right. Do this at the top, center and bottom of the full length of where your fringe is going to be for better accuracy. Cut along those markings the full length of your fringe.
  8. Finally, the zipper. At this point you should try on your skirt to see how it fits. I dance around with mine out of pure excitement. I used an invisible zipper (14″), if you are still new to sewing you can use a normal zipper, it also works great.DSC_0226

Trim off any excesses and that’s it, 8 steps to your very own playful fringed skirt. Enjoy

Thanks for stopping by : )

Word of advice get yourself a zipper foot (Amazon.com) for your sewing machine, I wish someone told me this when I first started sewing. It makes sewing on your zipper very easy, invisible or not.

Here is how I styled it……….

Photographs by Raymond Alozie….

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DIY Oversize Clutch

Most times you do your best to buy just enough fabric for whatever project you want to create, but most times buying more than you need is the safest thing to do as you never know what might go wrong especially after you have already cut out your patterns.

So now you have all this extra fabric and you are not sure what to do with it right? Well here is a creative way to use it by making a Clutch.

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  • Fabric (Medium/Heavy weight: 1 yard)
  • Scissors
  • Zipper
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Sewing  Machine (Can be hand sewn too)

 

  1. Cut your fabric to the desired size (mine is 17″ W X 14″ H). Cut out two pieces but remember to add seam allowance on all sides. You can also do this by using the size of your zipper to determine the width of your bag. Also, make sure your zipper is slightly longer than your bag.DSC_0123
  2. Sew the two pieces of fabric together, making one long piece.DSC_0140
  3. Next, pin one side of your zipper (facing down) to one side of your fabric (right side facing up) and pin along the edges. DSC_0145 Turn it inside out and hopefully it looks like the picture below now, the rough edges of both the fabric and zipper are folded inside.DSC_0146
  4. Now open the zipper and like you did with the first side, pin the other side of the zipper, again facing down, to the opposite side of your fabric. Again, it should look like the bottom picture when done.DSC_0150DSC_0154
  5. Pin from the bottom all the way up to the edge of the zipper (right side to right side facing each other). I added black lining to mine as my fabric was not as heavy as i wanted it to be. Depending on the fabric you use you can skip that step.DSC_0157
  6. With your sewing machine, sew along the pinned edges past the zipper on both sides (can be sewn by hand also).DSC_0160
  7. Turn the bag inside out and iron to complete your bag. Tuck in or cut off any excess zipper. I used a 22″ zipper so you can imagine how much was left on both sides.

Voila! Clutch bag.

You do not have to stop there you can add any type of design to it like a fringe, beads or swarovski crystals to jazz it up or leave it plain. Below are pictures of the finished product and a previous mini clutch purse i made earlier. Enjoy!

Happy Eid Mubarak to everyone celebrating around the world!

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Triangle Bralette Top (For the love of Summer)

Summer has fully arrived now (yaay or nay its here to stay for a while) and temperature’s in the 90’s are not so fun especially if you are out and about. So this has been of interest to me for the longest time now. A bralette that is custom made for me and my body type that I can comfortably wear. I have attached a pattern in the pattern section of the blog so you can try to make yours it is to scale so it can be printed out on an 8″ x 11″/A4 paper size. Now I spent my Saturday trying this out till I got what I thought was the best fit so I played around with the measurements a bit.

Things you’ll need:

  • Fabric
  • Separating Zipper
  • Sewing Machine (& Thread ofcourse)
  • Sewing pins

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Bralette Pattern

I used an African print (Ankara) fabric because I can not stress enough how much I love that fabric. You can use neoprene (gives some support) or lace fabric (more for an undergarment I think), they both work great with this pattern.

After you create or print out your pattern and cut out the pieces, place it on your fabric and cut both your cups and underbust  strip out. Now you need to cut out two sets of the cup pieces from the pattern as one cup has two pieces. Look at the image below for clarity.

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Ankara Cut Out Pieces

Then you sew your cup pieces together which will then form your cups for both the left and right side. For your underbust strip, if you use cotton fabric, I suggest attaching some kind of lining (can be any fabric)  so it does not turn out too fragile.

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After this find the center part of your underbust strip and pin your sewn cups to it (good side to good side). Sew the pinned pieces together and then top-stitch along the edge of where the two pieces just sewn meet to keep the excess laying flat down.

Next the straps, again I decided to use the same fabric I used for the main body for the straps. You also can use 3/4″ elastic in a color of your choosing, again this gives extra lift to your bralette.

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Measure how long you want your strap to be, make your straps and attach your straps from the bottom of the cup as seen in the picture below. This is so it is firm and will not split easily.

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Try for fit especially for the strap, and where you are going to place your zipper. I measured my underbust and added an inch (for zipper) to get the measurement for my underbust strap and you can do the same.

Place your zipper at the back facing down on the good side of your fabric, pin and sew. Now, because the underbust strip is so short vertically, there are no zippers that short. Therefore, after you have sewn your zipper on, cut the excess leaving at least half an inch to tack down. This is because when you cut off the excess you cut off the zipper stopper and without tacking it down your zipper will come out of the teeth and become unusable.

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That’s it, fit it to size and ta-dah all done. As seen in the finished product, I paired it with a mid-length fitted skirt because this shows a lot of skin and I wanted to tone it down just a tad bit. You could also wear it with wide leg pants.

I know this is a little more complicated so if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.

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DIY Upcycled Shirt-Dress

This is my first post, so welcome to Sophies’ Closet DIY’s.

This post is on upcycling a shirt dress I got last year I believe. Now, lets pause for a bit and acknowledge AliExpress and how great of a website it is. Although I must say, there are always those stores with not so great products, so endeavor to read the feedback from previous customers with REAL pictures to show, but over-all it is a great website especially if you are not trying to break the bank.

What you need…………..

  1. Any Shirt-dress
  2. Liquid Stitch
  3. African fabric “Ankara” (with a design you like)

First you get the shirt-dress you want to upcycle, mine can be seen below. It is a cotton blend blue and white stripe material.

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Anyone who knows me is aware of my LOVE for African fabric (Ankara), so alot of what I make is made with African fabric. It is so versatile and colorful and who doesn’t love vibrant colors aye? Even the monochrome lovers sometimes need a splash of color.

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Moving on, I picked this fabric because I had left overs from a previous project, now this can be from any fabric of your choosing. They call this fabric “sweets” because the design on it looks alot like sweet wrappers.  I cut out the “sweets” pieces from my Ankara fabric that wanted on my shirt dress.

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Then I used less than a pea size of my liquid stitch (can be found on Amazon) and rubbed it on the wrong side of my cut out pieces and placed it on my shirt-dress in a pattern that I had predetermined. A little goes a long way with liquid stitch, it is a great product for little additions to your projects without spending all day on it. Finally, leave it for at-least 24hrs to dry before you wear it or wash it.

Important: It is imperative that you have a predetermined pattern for where your cut out pieces go. You can use sewing pins to place all the pieces where you want them just to get an idea of the finished product.

That’s it, easy right? This was fun for me I hope it helps someone else re-invent their wardrobe without breaking the bank for summer. Here are pictures of the final product and how I styled it to make a work outfit.

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Please feel free to share if you found this tutorial helpful.

Photo Credit: Raymond (Shorty)

30 Minute Infinity Dress…….

Current song Obsession: All Over by Tiwa Savage

Hello everyone,

It has been a minute since I posted something new, this has been due to the ups and downs in life need I say more. Just know that no matter what you are going through in and out of life push through it in a fashionable outfit 😀 .

Ok, today’s project, I will be upcycling a gathered skirt into an infinity dress. Now this took me less than 30 minutes to achieve so challenge yourself and switch up an old skirt to make a statement on your next outing.

I once sold this skirt (SBS Rudy Skirts) and obviously kept one for myself because I love them. I have owned/worn this skirt since 2015 and now years down the line I wanted to do something different with it.

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SBS Rudy Skirt

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  • Fabric (1 yard or less)
  • Sewing Pins
  • Sewing Machine (Can be done by hand)
  • Skirt for Upcycling
  1. Cut out two rectangles from your fabric enough to cover your bust width-wise and go around you length-wise. Remember it goes up your shoulders and around your waist so make it long enough. Also add an inch for seam allowance/finishing. Measurements for mine are: length – 57″ & Width – 8″.

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    Two Rectangles (8″ W X 57″ L)

2.  To create a clean finish you want to fold 1/4″ (towards the wrong side of your fabric) of the four sides of your rectangles. Do this twice and sew to enclose the rough edges.

3.  Grab your skirt and turn it inside out. You want to find the center front of your skirts’ waistband and the midpoint of one of the two short sides of both your rectangles (4″). Mark it and then take both rectangle midpoints and match them with the center front of your shirt waistband. This might be odd but you want the right/good side of the rectangles to face the wrong/bad side of your skirt.

4.  Pin try it on for fit and sew in a straight line.

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Try on for size and fit and your dress is complete.

This DIY look can be for both a fun day and stylish night outfit.

I wore this out on a hot Sunday afternoon with my DIY Clutch and black low pump heels from Forever 21. See pictures below and happy DIY-I-N-G….

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BOXY CROP TOP

Hello everyone,

What were my fellow fashionistas up to this weekend? I was super lazy on Saturday but cooked up a storm today i.e Sunday (Beef stew and Egusi) and it all tasted AMAZING according to my niece :D.

Alright then, enough about my weekend musings, today’s project is a boxy crop top. Have you ever been scrolling through your Instagram page and see something and gasp saying “why do I not have that”?. Well that was my motivation to figure this out and  I decided I had to have it. I found it super easy to make and I’m sure you will too.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • FABRIC (Atleast 1.5 yard)
  • TAPE MEASURE
  • BIAS TAPE
  • FLEXIBLE RULER (optional)
  • SEWING MACHINE (Can be sewn by hand)

-Measurements include Seam/Finish allowance

  1. Measure the length of your shoulder and then add 7″ on both sides.
  2. Fold your fabric twice ( First in half and then into four). Divide your shoulder measurements + 7″ in half and on the folded side transfer your shoulder measurements horizontally on your fabric (start measuring from the pointy end). DSC_0251
  3. Again, from the pointy end, measure 5″ horizontally and 1″ down. Draw a curved line to join the two points. I used my flexible ruler to draw that line.
  4. Measure 19″ down from the point where your shoulder measurement ends, this would be the length of your top. Square up your shoulder and length of top measurements.You can make the length of the top shorter to fit your style.
  5. Unfold it and you should have a rectangle (shoulder length + 7″ on both ends and 19″ down) with an oval shape in the middle representing the neckline. The measurements for mine were: shoulder length + 7″ on both sides = 30″ and length of top = 19″.
  6. Fold all the edges twice  (1″ for each fold) making your finished edges a 2″ fold, pin and sew.DSC_0253DSC_0256
  7. For the neckline use Bias Tape to sew around it with a 1/4″ seam and your top is basically done. Ok I admit I did not use bias tape for mine because I did not think I needed it, but trust me bias tape does the work for you.
  8. Ok great work so far, but you do need something to hold your top together just incase the wind decides to blow your way. STRAPS!!! Cut 4 lines of your fabric with measurements; Length – 19″ & Width – 2″. Along the length  of the strap, fold 1/4″ on both sides and at the top and bottom ends fold 1/2″ also. Fold and stitch along width and length.
  9. Fold your top in half or not and measure 7″ and then 10″ down from the fold or the middle of the neckline. This is where you place 2 out of 4 straps, do the same for the other side pin and sew.

    You can now put on your top and strut your stuff down your own personal runway to the grocery store or to brunch.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY, you can send me pictures of how yours turned out. I styled mine with white bell bottom pants from Forever 21. Can I just say they are the best right now, I am a tiny person and could never get my size but now I can. Its like they heard me or something “shrugs”.

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