Sunday, May 15, 2016

A casual DIY look, Birkins & a Dashiki [Sew What? Series Baste & Gather Birkins Flare Pattern / McCall's M7325]


[This outfit was made for and modeled by my daughter Mori]

A casual DIY look, Birkins & a Dashiki. I told ya'll that I was going to master the art of DIY jeans right?? Well here is nĂºmero cinco! And I finished this pair with my new BERNINA sewing machine who goes by the name of Bebe! It was like Butta sewing this wearable muslin denim. Now I have not put Bebe to the test with thicker denim for my next DIY project but she did good with this medium weight denim.

So I used my Birkin DIY pattern again and I went down to size 28 to see if this would be a perfect fit not a better fit but a perfect fit. The original flower Birkins fit great but I wanted to see if I could get it perfect, well these were a little snug-ger than they should have been so we are going to stay with size 30 for future DIY Birkins. Like they say if it ain't broke don't fix it! For these jeans I decided to nix the hem and cut them to length using the raw edges, which will look awesome after a few washes.
To top off this look I used the rest of  a red Dashiki print that I had in my stash for a pheasant top. McCall's M7325 was the pattern choice this time. I was lucky to be able to place the pattern pieces within the Dashiki design, not exactly as I wanted it but I had to work with the pieces that I had. This pattern is another easy make, which seems to be the theme for the summer looks. There are a total of 6 pattern pieces, easy peazy! 

This is a fun casual look with a 70's vibe.......you know how I like it! I was excited because this outfit was totally made from fabrics on hand!
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23 comments

  1. She strikes again folks! Love it Michelle that top is too cute! I purchased my denim and one day I'm going to get around to making my Birkin jeans.
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    1. I'm waiting over here lady! You doing big things tho with your series so I can wait.......

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  2. Love that look--the seventies were my *ahem-clearing throat* formative years. lol. I was into dashikis, big afros, and platforms. Your series conjures up wonderful memories for me.

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    1. **Got it** I am so glad to take you back down memory lane!!!

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  3. This is gorgeous. Your daughter is the best dressed person lol. The Birkin jeans...is there a pattern? Sorry if this was asked already. Great job as always.

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    1. Yup it's an Indie pattern, check my last post with the flower Birkins for the link.

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    2. Michelle - You killed it again!!! You are killing the denim game!!!!! I see Michelle's or MM's denim rocked by women around the world! Great job! And that top ....LOVE! that pattern is on my agenda for summer.

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    3. Thanks ReD! Gurl this is the project I was going to use the pompom trim on but it was too costumey, I took them off. I am going to come out with some jeans......wait for it!

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  4. this outfit slays! it's hip, it's funky, and i love the cultural vibe! way to slay!

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    1. Jamala Thanks! culture and 70's is my thang!

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    1. Mary, I try! I'm a little extra that way but I like it. Stop by again!

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  6. Victoria Kageni-WoodardMay 16, 2016 at 12:15 AM

    Always such a pleasure to see tou werking errthang you make.Beautiful !:)

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  7. I have been eyeing a 1970's smock top pattern I have wondering how much fullness to remove. You've answered my musings - none. Thanks for writing such inspirational posts. You create amazing outfits with loads of tips too, so much so that I sometimes share your posts with my 1970's loving friend. She's definitely going to see this one.

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    1. Yeah that's tricky because when I made this top I was like ohhhhh this may be too full but it wasn't at all and it does not make her look big.

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  8. Too cool Michelle! Thank goodness you have such a beautiful model to display your gorgeous wears!

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  9. Michelle, you are working that Birkin jeans pattern, lady! I love everything you've done with it. I love these jeans and the fit. I LIKE 'em tight! LOL! The top is perfect! I don't know any other way to say you're the master. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Anita, I want to get jeans down pat so I can sew them without thinking about them. Oh and Mori likes them tight as well!!!

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  10. Loving this outfit, especially how you worked the dashiki print. Love the neighborhood also - Germantown! Your photos are in front of my church, St. Luke's church and Gaffney's, which I have been going to since the 70's.

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    1. Heeeeeyy so you form around the way! Thanks so much and if you ever see me at Gaffney's Holla!

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  11. Michelle, I love this outfit--and all your creations. Can I ask where you find all these gorgeous African fabrics? I am drooling with envy. :)

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