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Project 1: The High Waist Pencil Skirt with a Touch of Tulle

17/08/2016

The excitement in this post is REAL my dear friends!!!!

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But first of all, a happy Thursday to all of you, hoping that you`re all having a beautiful week so far. Mine has been good, to say the least. I can`t thank God enough for giving me a chance to see another wonderful day. So i shared in this Post, that i started taking sewing classes which has been such a delightful experience. I don`t know if some of you remember that i mentioned that my mom is a trained seamstress by profession. She always had the desire to teach me her sewing skills but i was never interested. The truth is that i never saw any purpose in pursuing it. Little did i know that God was working through her to me. At that time, i was still young and i did not know what i wanted to do with my life if i`m being honest. I didn`t know what my Passion was. Not until my mid twenties when i realized that i have a deep passion in styling different types of outfits. I remember one day questioning myself whether this was really what i love doing. Was i ready to dedicate my time, energy and money for all this? Was it even worth it? After a deep reflection, i realized that i couldn`t stop thinking about it and that was indeed a clear sign that this right here is my calling.

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Let`s fast forward it to date. I was ready for something different. There is this inner creative side in me that i was ready to channel out. Hubby has always been encouraging me to start sewing, so that he doesn`t have to be constantly taking his work trousers for repair, haha. I`m telling you, taking your clothes here for any kind of repairs or alteration of any kind is so expensive. Many people prefer throwing their clothes away and getting new stuff. So insane! This summer i decided to go for it. After getting a good sewing machine, an affordable place to start my training course and not mentioning an amazing teacher, i am hooked for good. I couldn`t be more happier 🙂

Enough of so much rambling. Let me talk about my whole experience on my very first project.

I knew exactly that i wanted to make a pencil skirt because it`s one of those essential clothing pieces which plays a major role in my closet. But since i have them in so many different colors and patterns, i wanted something unique. Something that i didn`t have in my closet. Something that would stand out for me. And that`s when this idea with the Tulle came to my mind. I discussed the whole idea with my teacher and she was in for it. Being that i`m a beginner, i thought she would discourage me from doing it but i was actually surprised that she loved the whole concept. The next biggest step was to look for a pattern which i liked and the whole process began.

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Some of the challenges that i experienced…

After choosing the pattern which flattered my body type the most, i had to trace it on a transparent paper and began with the whole cutting process. This part wasn`t as bad as i though it would be. The most challenging part was to alter the pattern to fit me perfectly. That my dear friends wasn`t funny at all, considering the fact that my waist is smaller than my hip area. This gave me so much difficulties since i was experiencing a bumpy and wrinkly effect on the front part of the skirt, which wasn`t flattering at all. I confronted my teacher about this problem and she adviced me to go an inch smaller on the hip area and also on the waist and voila, the problem was solved. I also had to be very careful while dealing with the Tulle since it is a very sensitive material. Another thing to acknowledge is that so much ironing was involved. Way too much but that`s also one thing that contributes to a clean and well polished look.

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All in all i had so much fun creating this piece. This experience taught me that Patience is key in sewing. It`s not for those who are faint at heart and want to see instant results. Sewing needs TIME and LOTS OF PRACTISE! Period. That`s the greatest lesson that i have learnt so far.

I`m planning to recreate this look in the future with a different color and a much more longer length. I`m sure that would be also so much fun 🙂

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Just a small word of encouragement to you..

It`s never too late to start doing something. Don`t be that person who said, i wish i could do this or that. The reality of life is that the time will never be right. Start where you stand and use what you have to turn your dreams into reality. Don`t sit around waiting for life to happen. Go out and make Life happen! The magic is to START.

Have a lovely week loves….

Milly 🙂

 

Outfit Details:

Skirt: Made by Me

Top: Body from H&M

Shoes: Thrifted

Bag: Thrift Shop

 

 

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22 Comments

  • Reply Mj 18/08/2016 at 7:54 am

    This is perfect✔✔
    Next is your clothing line
    Yes, as for anything, STARTING is the magic
    Well done you.
    M | http://www.mojintouch.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:25 am

      Amen and Amen Moji..
      I proclaim it in Jesus Name 🙂
      Thank you hun…

  • Reply Nyasha 18/08/2016 at 8:11 am

    Good job mama! The fit is amazing on you and the tulle is so creative 🙂

  • Reply Linda 18/08/2016 at 8:46 am

    At this rate I will start ordering clothes from you all the way from Germany hehehee..
    You did a good job on the skirt. Like how awesome does it look?!
    Slaying ma’

    http://www.lindasworldofstyle.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:26 am

      Aaaaw Linda…
      How sweet!!!
      Thank you so much and when that time comes, i will definitely get in touch 🙂

  • Reply Meron Dymphana 18/08/2016 at 9:37 am

    Wow!! Just wow!! It is never too late indeed and despite the challenges you faced it all worked out like a charm, I have always designed my clothes but I needed a tailor to do the dirty work which is sewing because I don’t know how to but if you took lessons so can I because I clearly still have time. I love the whole outfit and the tulle detail is literally the cherry on top. You look divine Milly!!
    http://www.fashionstylemogul.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:28 am

      You said it alone Meron! You have time to start… and trust you me, that dirty work is what makes it so much fun. I`m telling you the feeling you get once you see the finished product is something words can`t describe hun! Go for it…

  • Reply Tifany 18/08/2016 at 10:58 am

    Hi Milly! I’m so excited for you! You did a great job and the lace adds a perfect dash of romance and elegance! Keep going after your dreams and hold tight to your faith! Blessings & love to you

    Tiff
    http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:30 am

      Thank you so much Tiff!
      This is just the beginning of it. Praying for wisdom, patience and knowledge from God 🙂

  • Reply emily warinda 18/08/2016 at 11:23 am

    Stunning…. I knew you’d do a great job. Congratulations 🙂

  • Reply Sonia 19/08/2016 at 12:11 pm

    Gosh Hun. Great attempt. It’s funny you mentioned that we don’t really know what we are passionate about in life at an early age. But I believe that’s why God gave us parents to nurture a desire us. I have a similar skirt too I bought from an online store and your DIY is a match to that. Goodness am with with husband, it’s way too expensive to alter things over here. I remember back home you can just go down the road and talk to the local tailor and it’s done for free., just with a smile on your face. You will be saving the family some money indeed to put towards something more important. I have a suitcase of things that need alteration, which I will be spending back home to my mother because I just can’t afford to get them done. You look amazing and am glad you are loving the experience. So true it’s never too late to start anything in life. Patience and perseverance is the key. Enjoy weekend Hun.
    Sonishspace.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:34 am

      Aaaaaaaaaaaw Soni!!
      You are a dash of pure sunshine hun! Your heart though, so kind and positive in each and every way. Thank you for always encouraging me. May God bless you abundantly hun…

  • Reply Wenluditoh Daniellah 19/08/2016 at 5:50 pm

    The work of your hands doesn’t even seem like a first time project jaber, you did an amazing job with it I can really imagine how much fun it was making something you like and you want it to be. It fits perfectly well and its as playful as the wearer and i can’t wait to see more .
    Styling it with the body and Red heels couldn’t get any better than this!
    Great job and enjoy your Week
    x
    http://www.fashiongalorelovers.com

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:35 am

      Yessss Wendy…. This was so much fun,.. Time consuming but really worth it! Thank you love 🙂

  • Reply Fashionably Idu 20/08/2016 at 3:05 am

    I applaud you for making such a beautiful pencil skirt. I love the tulle detail. You may have found your calling girl. Congratulations.

    http://fashionablyidu.com/

    • Styled by Milly
      Reply Styled by Milly 22/08/2016 at 8:36 am

      Yes I have beautiful.. and now it even follows me in my dreams, haha 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by the blog! Appreciate it 🙂

  • Reply Elle 22/08/2016 at 10:13 am

    Oh milly hun. Clapss ..The skirt is so perfect. I think I need to start this classes too very soon. I love love love. So inspired dear.
    http://www.proudlyelled.com

  • Reply Emilly moraa 08/09/2016 at 2:30 pm

    The skirt is Beautiful..You did a Good job
    http://www.styleonadime.co.ke

  • Reply En_kay 27/09/2016 at 1:46 am

    Aww
    Beautiful work
    Ironing and patience are very vital keys in sewing.
    The best thing I did for myself was learning how to sew…hoping to see more beauties from you.
    Keep up the good work

    Stylebyenkay.blogspot.com

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