I love booties and Tory Burch offers some of the highest quality leather boots so I was very excited to see the Huxley on sale. I ordered both colors and am undecided as to which to keep, help me!
For January, I am presenting my first two skirts (really, it should be three but I shall share my failure shortly). You see, my baby sister challenged me to actually sew items I would wear. So, super grande soeur (aka moi) opted for a high-waisted pencil skirt with an exposed back zipper. All pictures below are my own and should not be copied without my written authorization.
So, off I went to JOANN store for a long zipper and some threads. Ended up with a beginner sewing kit, cutting mat, ruler, lining fabric and curved ruler for hips and shoulders (I believe it is called French ruler…why French? I digress). Came home afterward, picked my best fitting pencil skirt for measurements , chose a cute red, blue and white Wax fabric I have had for years, cut it and six hours later (and lots of frustration on the way), obtained this first lined skirt below. All looked OK but the skirt was too big, and uneven. All disappointed, I gave up. Did not even take a final picture as I was so disgusted (ah, the drama lol).
Then I remembered how I have been asking my younger sibling to be resilient in life and felt so little about my quickness to throw the towel that I had to give it another try. Now, humble but determined, I opted for an easier skirt, the circle skirt. Very simple, all done within three hours (still frustration and a broken machine needle on the way). Am very proud of the result below.
So proud that I even put together an outfit 🙂
Now strengthened by my humble success, I revisited the high waisted pencil skirt. Took a lot of patience, broken needles, re-stitching, measuring and about two days (really eight hours combined as I had other projects to attend to) and below is the finished product. Am soooo happy 🙂
Looking forward to my February sewing assignment! What do you think of my designs? Please comment!
Throughout this year, I have been blogging on a few African Designers every Wednesday or so (have tried my best to keep a consistent schedule) under the Afrique & Fashion tag. On occasions, I have also posted some African designs that I have worn myself, and few readers have asked me personally to post more of my own African ensembles.
Starting today, I will be posting, on a monthly basis, one of my own designs. I am at the early stage of sewing (not even beginner) but I usually draw or put together various pieces then ask an expert seamstress to sew it all for me. Will keep the weekly ebelandi’s African Designer of the Week posts but on the first Wednesday of every month, we will have a “Designed by Bel” post where I will model an outfit that I have designed on my own (sewed with help of paid seamstress where applicable) with inspiration pictures if applicable as well.
My very first Designed by Bel file below. Let me know what you think?
I received an email regarding the 2014 pre-fall Saint Laurent collection at Saks Fifth.
Well I cannot afford any of the items, but I notice the trend is for studded shoes, pointed toes with extra high heels and ankles (both boot and ankle strap). Also, it looks like a return of the square tote.
Check the collection for yourself at Saks.
Few of my favorites below: