Monday, May 22, 2017

You Win, I Win, We All Win!

You win, I win, we all win! Thanks to Marge Clothing and Tall Guides Magazine for breathing life into this challenge. Thanks to MARGE Clothing for the gifted fabrics used to create these beautiful dresses and huge thanks for our prizes! I am extremely happy about the results! We all brought a very unique perspective to each dress and showed the world that tall girls can do it too! Thanks to Sallee Poinsette-Nash for allowing me to share my love of sewing through Tall Guides magazine. To my new tall sewing friends Allison- @the_tall_mama, Beth- @sewdiyblog, & Janet- @diy_wardrobe, we made a great team! Congrats ladies! I hope to work with you all again soon!🎉✂️🎉✂️🎉✂️#SewTallandCreative2017 #tallgirlssew

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Here are the pictures and clips from my journey with this challenge! Enjoy!  

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Big Reveal: Last phase of the Sew Tall and Creative Design Challenge

First and foremost I must say that I am thankful for this opportunity. When I began sewing 3 years ago, I never imagined being a part of anything related to sewing. There was also a point where I never imagined wearing the clothes that I made outside of the house. As I continued to learn more, I created more. Every little step that I make towards becoming better at this gift is a personal reward to myself. When MARGE Clothing and Tall Guides collaborated on this challenge I knew that this would be nothing short of amazing! They selected 4 participants the_tall_mama, diy_wardrobe, sewdiyblog, and prettytallsewnsew (me). All 4 participants were gifted fabric to choose from.

The challenge began on March 20, 2017  and ended today, May 20, 2017.
The 3 phases were:
  • Inspiration and Intention
  • Concept/ Initial Design Process (sketching and selection of fabrics)
  • Construction Process/Sewing
  • Reveal of Final Garment
I chose to use 4 of the fabrics that I received to created 2 similar by very unique dresses. The idea that I had in mind for my looks was party themed/ I wanted a look that could go from a yacht party to a wedding reception if needed. I wanted it to have a casual and a dressy appearance.
During the construction of both dresses, I encountered obstacles. The first obstacle was convincing myself to use boning. I admire seamstresses who make it look so easy. After viewing some videos on YouTube I decided to give it a try. I discovered that you could purchase boning that came with its own casing...GENIUS! This took away my fear and I felt confident that I could not go wrong using it. Fortunately, I didn't have to use my seam ripper during that process. I installed the boning into the lining and then attached it to the fabric. I also encountered some fraying because the fabrics were non-stretch.

After the sewing and construction process ended, the real fun began! It was time to strut my stuff! This has always been the fun part to me. I love to dress up and style clothing. I wanted several looks for the bottom of the dress. The first look was the nice figure flattering semi-pencil skirt which I created and added to one of the bodices. This is a shorter skirt because I wanted a fun party look. I wanted to be able to move around in it so I made it a little bigger. I also took the purple sheer fabric and created a very pretty belted look that I love so much! This fabric can be used in so many ways. It can be worn long or short depending on your preference.

For the second look, I used the light pink, sheer, polka dot fabric with a lining to create a gathered skirt. I also added a belt to jazz it up. You can use any belt of your choice. I used many unlikely combinations to create these looks. I also have several pairs of shoes that I wanted to wear but I narrowed it down to a few.

Below are pictures and small video clips of my sewing journey with this design challenge. Please comment and let me know how you like them and how you would style them. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Concept/Initial Design Process: Sketching, Selection of Fabrics

We have reached the week of the Concept/Initial Design Process. This process includes the sketching and selection of fabrics. My fabric selections are two that I would not normally put together. However, since this design challenge is a great outlet for my creative side, I have chosen to use a pretty, sheer purple fabric as the overlay on the peach colored fabric.

This duo creates a beautiful flowy look for a day party or any spring/summer event. I had initially chosen a few patterns to use but as my creative thought process changes, so does my plans. I am considering using a pattern for the top half of the dress.

At this point, I have basted the two pieces together just to see how well they blend. I am definitely pleased! Don't forget to tune in as this challenge progresses! #SewTall&CreativeDesignChallenge2017

Friday, March 31, 2017

#SewTallAndCreative Design Challenge: Inspiration & Intention

I am very excited to begin this week of Inspiration and Intention. It has warmed up here in Mississippi so I'd like to go with a short and classy look with a bit of edge. I've browsed my magazine collection and surfed a plethora of sites for this look. I may also be using some pattern pieces from my collection to help create the vision. My inspiration photos were acquired from Pinterest and do not belong to me.

My motivating force in this challenge will come from my very own gift of creativity. I truly enjoy adding a dash of surprise as I go along. As far as which fabrics I may use, the fabrics that I received are very light weight and flowy which makes them perfect choices for the dress. I tend to lean towards lighter colors in the spring and summer.

My sewing space has been tidied up and cleared for the start of my latest creation. I have also included in this photo a few of my machines that I will be using to create this piece. I am a fan of Brother machines but I own two singers (one is antique and in storage). From left to right is a Singer ProFinish serger, Brother CE1100PRW sewing machine, Brother 1034D serger, and Brother 2340CV coverstitch.

Stay tuned this weekend for snippets of my sewing space and tools and fabric photos.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The moment has finally arrived! I am super excited to begin designing and creating my dress for this design challenge. I have so many ideas swooning in my head! MARGE has some really nice fabric choices included in my goody box and I am ecstatic to see what can become of it!

Here are a few details:

The Challenge started on March 20th and will go through May 20th. On May 22nd MARGE & Tall Guides will announce a winner. I will be updating my blog as I go along. There are three other ladies who will be participating in this challenge as well. They are: Janet- DIY Wardrobe, Beth- Sew DIY, and Allison- The Tall Mama. I am happy to be collaborating with these ladies and being connected to other tall women who sew. I look forward to seeing their creations. Please stay tuned!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Model Me

My first modeling experience took place in preschool. I was 4 years old. I don't remember all the details but I'm glad that my mom captured me strutting across the stage in my canary yellow 2 piece skirt and jacket. I also had the yarn ribbons and ruffled socks to match. I think that at this moment, I knew I had it in me.

As women of height I am sure that there are two careers that people who approach us automatically place us in. We are either models or basketball players. I've never been interested in playing sports. As much as I have tried to like it, I just can't get into it. Modeling is more my speed. I love to play in hair, makeup, shoes, accessories, and clothing. I have always wanted to be a model. I never acted on the thought until I was asked to participate in a fashion show that was being hosted by the church that I attended at the time. It was a great opportunity to scratch modeling off of my bucket list. It also gave me the chance to step out of my comfort zone.

We practiced walking the runway which was way more difficult than I had assumed. Who knew walking a straight line mattered? I was all over the place. My motto was "Walk tall, don't fall". Falling was my biggest fear. There were some skilled models on hand to assist us with walking and stage presence. The clothes were provided by a local consignment shop and a designer/seamstress who both attended the church.

It was amazing watching the whole show unfold. Our hair and makeup were done by professional cosmetologists and make up artists who all attended the church. They also had professional photographers to take our photos and film the event. All in all it was a beautiful experience. I wouldn't mind doing it again. My next bucket list item is to have some of my very own creations modeled in shows and magazines.