Friday, January 20, 2017

Let me introduce you to Janelle! [DIY Skirt]

Hello I'm Janelle, it's nice to meet you! Hey peeps Eryn over at Stylesewme Patterns is at it again. She just released her third pattern in her collection. The Janelle Skirt, it's a sexy skirt for grown folk. I was happy to whip this up along with the other ladies on the blog tour for this new release. Here is the link to the other bloggers on the "Janelle" Tour! Mori was all over that high split skirt.
Now as you can see this skirt is not a complicated project, it has 4 pattern pieces and you can adjust that split according to your taste. This is the perfect skirt for amazing fabric. You can keep it classy or your can bring on the drama. I was going for a little drama right here. This is not a skirt that's going to make the work wardrobe but would be perfect for night out on the town.

The sizing was pretty good. I just had to figure out where to start. I started with a large just in case there were fit issues. Mori is a medium with a 29 waist and a booty, so I usually start with a larger size and make any alterations after her fitting. I was working with a stretch denim and I think I would have been fine with the medium, I had to take off a inch and a half off each side from the waist tapering down past the hips. I pieced together leather scraps for the side front piece and I think it worked out nicely, I was a little scared for a moment. I over-lapped the front pieces opposite from the instructions. I was not about to cover up that leather that I pieced together. That split has drama. I also added a regular zipper insert instead of an invisible application.

Ya'll know I'm extra so I just free handed a top-stitched design on the front denim panel. I was not going for perfection with the stitching so you will see some wobbly stitching and it's all good. So I decided that I would make a top for the skirt. I pulled out my Netti bodysuit pattern and a knit leopard print that I had. I made the bodysuit put it on with the skirt and we were both like "Yuck" I thought the print was more yellowish to match the leather but is was cream and brown and did not match. I will post that later because the pattern was 1-2-3 easy breazy!

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  1. That skirt is firya! How do you keep Mori's friends from asking you to sew for them because her wardrobe is AWESOME!

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    1. Thanks Carolyn, she just tells her friends, "my mom ain't making nothing for nobody!"

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  2. I was admiring the stunning blue fabric and reading further found out that you made it yourself! Great job on a totally unique skirt!

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    1. hahahahaha! thanks Sheryll, I had to add something to the denim, although having a plain basic denim skirt would be versatile in a wardrobe.........but we were trying to be mind-blowing here!

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  3. I love this! 😍 I just got my pattern the other day and I have seen so many different variations and I love this one too!

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    1. Lora I'm glad to be able to take you to that level!

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  5. Wow this is really hot on so many levels, I always find that we shy away from using our sewing machine's full potential by using it's stitches, you did it! Great job!

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    1. You know what, I was on a time crunch but I was going to try some of my other machine stitches but I said Michelle, chile you ain't got time to be playing around with those stitches!

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  6. Wow Michelle! I couldn't wait to see your version of this skirt, anticipating what in the world you would do to put your signature on it. Girl, you went off! That leather panel is AWESOME!❤ The topstitching---speechless! Very nice job!

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    1. Thanks Anita, I was on the fence about this one and then it all came together.

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  7. I knew you would sock me in the stomach, LOL!!!! Love it!!!!

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  8. There isn't anything your daughter can't rock!!! She looks fab in everything!! Of course it doesn't hurt that your skills are off the charts!!!!

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  9. Very cute, love the creativity!

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  10. Michelle, you are just floating in creativity...how can you contain all this fresh loveliness? Lol--please forgive me for posting all your fashions on my Pinterest...cause I'm always needing inspiration!

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    1. Thanks a bunch and you can just keep posting my sista that's what they are there for.

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  11. I love your blog and especially the "extras" you add. Amazing!!
    Janet

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    1. Thanks Janet my family always say I'm extra!

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  12. I love everything about how you did this and the design on the demni is perfect, the things you create ......you sure you won't do a traveling sewing class were you go and teach the stuff you do like this skirt. GREAT JOB

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    1. hmmmmmm, that's a thought! I have big things planned for 2017 and maybe that will be on my list, stay subscribed so you can be in the know.

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    2. Amen, to that Michelle.....A traveling sewing class, put that on your bucket list for 2017! I live in Houston, hint, hint!!

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  13. Michelle you continue to wow every make. This is simply fabulous! And the self-designed denim? Girllllllll. All the heart eyes!

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    1. Thanks Adigail, I always try to stay away from normal

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  14. I am so in love with this skirt! You're a creative genius!

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  15. Absolutely beautiful! The top stitched denim is beyond beautiful! I want something made out of just this fabric! Seriously, you could sell that BTY!!

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    1. Thanks Kristina! If you sew you can do that in no time, it was really easy.

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  16. Oh my goodness! Now that I know what you did to the fabric, I am absolutely in LOVE with the skirt! It is so hawt and gorgeous! I didn't realize you did all the stitching on the denim and pieced together the leather part. Amazing and very inspirational!

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    1. Thanks Anya it was fun because I was just going for it not trying to be perfect but having fun.

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  17. Oooooo Whewwww Michelle,

    You have done it again but you know that. I love your version of Janelle and I can't wait to cut out fashion fabric and wear this number.

    Keep up the good work and keep inspiring me!

    Dee from BWHAT!
    Bust Waist Hips and Thighs
    www.bwhat.org

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    1. Thanks Dee, looking forward to seeing your version of the Janelle!

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  18. Gurlfriend is beautiful, that's all imma say 😍😍

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    1. Thanks Lady, I'm trying ti be a boss over here! lol!

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  19. Each new piece MORE fierce than the last. Girl do you ever sleep?lovin it all. But I have to say that if that creative genius don't go and take a vacation for a minute, we ain't ever going to see the FAB magazine that is in your head. Hint hint.

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  20. The skirt is beautiful. Loving your creativity!

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  21. OMG I LOVE this variation soooo much. That leather?! Hello!. Amazing.

    Any chance of getting a tutorial of your free hand embroidery?

    Thanks!!

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