Monday, 20 November 2017

A Quick Make, Yellow Pencil Skirt

For the longest time I have had this yellow fabric sitting in my fabric stash, the idea was always to sew a pencil skirt with a bit more style lines than this turned out to have but I must say I'm really pleased with the outcome plus i don't think I've ever had the pleasure of drafting, cutting and sewing up a project all in 5 hours tops (did you read that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!) with sometime off to go watch tennis no less. now I know for some of you out there it's not a big deal but I'm a slow sewist and this was like a huge revelation to me.

this all started when I uploaded my video on how to sew with twin needles in the video I actually test out the Prym stretch twin needle on a piece of this yellow fabric and I liked the results a whole lot.

So, I proceeded to sew up this skirt. here's the result.

Here are pictures of what the insides look like, hopefully, you can see the twin needle stitching. And also the fabric doesn't fray so I didn't see the need to zig-zag the edges.

In all honesty, i would have preferred a size 80 needle with a 4mm gap(4/80), but this was all I had so I made it work.

Here's what it looked like on

The picture quality really took a nose dive when I uploaded, but hopefully, you still like the pics.

Tell me what you think in the comments.


Sunday, 12 November 2017

How To Use A Twin Needle On The Empisal Dressmaker

  So this tutorial is not just to show you how to use and thread a twin/double needle on my machine but I think it's pretty much gonna be the same across 95% of most sewing machines, still just check to make sure.

I also test out different twin/double needles on different weight of fabrics.
In general, it's very much pleased with the results, I already sewed up a pencil skirt(tutorial coming up soon).

So do you use twin needles in your day to day sewing? if not why? Share your questions and knowledge in the comments please.


Thursday, 2 November 2017


 Sew from what I can gather, since 2014, in the month of November there has been a sewing photo a day challenge called #bpsewvember that goes on on Instagram.

For us sewist its so much fun to get to know others in the worldwide sewing community and see what drives them, see what you have in common or how you differ etc

Even if you don't sew its such a fun tag to check out. its hosted by the lovely Amanda over at Bimble & Pimble

I will be taking part in this year's photo challenge, to see my posts check out my Instagram handle @Chi9ja or my Instagram feed on my blog page

Here's what the 2017 challenge looks like, and I'll also post previous years too.


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

How To Sew A Reversible Satin Bonnet

This here project was born out of sheer frustration and, sometime later on........ DESPERATION.

Lemme explain, first, the frustration: If you are on any type of hair journey whether your hair is relaxed, texlaxed or natural, you have probably heard of the benefits of keeping your hair wrapped up at night with a satin or silk bonnet/sleeping cap.
On receiving this nugget of wisdom, you strolled(or ran, whichever you did lol) to your local beauty supply store to buy a satin bonnet, nuffin so simply would keep you from glorious and luscious locks. Going through the selection at the store you are pleased with the images on the packages,

"so.....i'll go to sleep looking like this? SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" is the thought that runs through your mind as your shell out the amount at the register.

You get home and break out the bad boy even though it's not night time yet, and,


what comes out of the package has nuffin to do with how the bonnet actually looks, like, seriously............can the fabric truly be called satin, like, isn't that stretching the word S-A-T-I-N out a lot, A LOT A LOT???????????????????
But you see other hairlistas using it so you keep quiet and follow suit.

The DESPERATION part is a whole other story that my fellow seamstresses will understand but just in case you stumbled on this blog but don't sew, I'm gonna tell it.
There's a hashtag going on on Instagram that started at the beginning of the year by the lovely Lucille called #2017makenine (there was also one last year that I missed) do explore the tag if you can, these seamstresses create absolutely beautiful things.
Anyways the premiss of the tag is to create nine things of your choice in the whole year, good said I, perfect said I, easy said i............. home many things from that list have I made I hear you ask.
TWOOOOOOOOOOOOO, just, two........... next thing I know, I'm staring at November, where did the year go? As you can probably guess, panic and desperation set in, I decided to do one more thing from the list, which (drumroll plssssssssss) was this satin bonnet which was super easy.

Thank God, three is better than two, NO?

So here is the tutorial for an actual satin bonnet AND it's reversible........BONUS POINTS.

On the flip side some ladies have been stepping up the hair bonnet game for a while now, the first I ever heard of was Bonboncheveux then recently I have been seeing some fly Ankara bonnets by Isoken Both of these brands have lots and lots of reviews on youtube, do check them out.
And if you know of any other places to buy actual satin bonnets, do share in the comments.