I had to make a little getaway to Abuja over a month ago and wanted to make a fresh/ new outfit for the trip. So, during a trip to the market where I usually get my fabrics from, I saw this material! It reminded me of amethyst, purple jewel look, I wanted to use it to make lingerie initially (don’t ask me), I still have the material in fuscia pink, so I can lingerie that. Who will like to see a lingerie tutorial?!
I loved the color, the feel of it and because it looked like fluid when it moved, I could only imagine how it will look in a circle skirt! So, that is what I made. When I first wore the skirt, I wore it with another silk beige shirt for a complete evening look.
You would think because I have an habit of rolling my shirt, I’d just stick to 3/4 sleeves? No, when I have to pray, I’d like to have the option of covering my arms. I also prefer a slim fitted sleeve for a more contemporary look. Kids, cover your arms.
There was minimal styling, you could complete it with a black bag. I hardly carry more than two bags in a year, except I have a super luxury one I need to use for certain events.
Taking the blogging thing seriously again, aren’t I?
I love tote bags, they are roomy and easy to just grab and put stuff inside. I painted a dessert themed one on youtube here. And you can easily make one from scratch, it doesn’t take that much time too! It is important to use quality materials to increase their durability and final look.
The finishing is also important incase you suddenly had a light bulb moment and can sell these in form of an SME. Here is the final product I sewed, also accessorised it with a silk scarf I was gifted from Modanisa, Turkey.
Leather (Or any material you would like to use, fabrics as well)
Tape rule/ Ruler
The denim in the picture below was just making a cameo, I was supposed to use it in binding the edge of the tote but I was afraid of what will happen to my sewing machine because I had other things to make that had deadlines that day. Lol, so, ignore it.
Cut the leather in uniform rectangle. I used 20” to 15” dimensions here.
At the lower corners, make a perfect square (3cm) cut out.
Sew all three sides together as shown before (excluding cut out).
To make the bottom part, open it up and align the part not sewn together diagonally, as shown below. Sew it together.
Sew up the edge to make it neat and attach a thin strap to the handle. I used contrasting threads to make it a little bit more interesting.
Don’t carry this to a crowded Nigerian market, at least not with your valuables in it. You’re welcome
Is this something you’d like to try? Do share your thoughts.
With already 200k impressions, It was a trending topic in Nigeria on twitter.
*inserts children cheers*
I decided to bless blogosphere with the images as well and talk about it in more details as well.
World Jollof Day was celebrated by Maggi on the 21st of August, although some people argue the WJD is on the 22nd. Who cares, we are celebrating a national monument, regardless.
So, these images were created to mark the day and was also on exhibition at A White Space, Lagos, along with other images of Jollof. It was a collaboration between Maggi and Kitchen Butterfly that I was happy to partake in.
The Jollof Rice were created, not only to celebrate the day itself, but some Nigerian factors as well. I created Jollof Rice ‘in’ National Theatre, Lagos, it is a national monument and I think I’ve been there once before but won’t remember details. Bringing these two Nigerian ‘monuments’ together inspired the art work behind it.
Creating this map of the world, I had just one Caption in mind, “Jollof for World Peace”. Apt one, don’t you think? Putting that flowery scotch bonnet where Nigeria is, was to give preference to the kind of Jollof I would want, Nigerian Jollof. I’m kidding. Haha. You know how we Nigerians are always beefing Ghana Jollof for bants. The Jollof rice is predominant in West Africa and it is prepared differently but with the same underlying and unifying recipe, in terms of outlook. During the WJD, the history was discussed and it was nice to know some fun facts about our most popular dish.
I’ve wanted to try portraits in all the mediums I use and I mostly start with a woman’s, I don’t know, maybe because I am one. “Jollof is bae” and it resonates with all kinds of Nigerians. How many food items can you pinpoint in the art work?
I have done Nigerian food typography here, and although the Jollof rice featured, but it was in a ‘party mix’. Making this typography is just to spell it out, and there is an appeal to seeing materials in their medium of typography to me, I think typography is what I’ll do for a very long time. They are just awesome.
The Jollof art has been featured so far on CNN Africa,
I bet you didn’t think you could rock this off the shoulder trend, did you?
If you like to experiment with some wardrobe staples, like me sometimes, that you won’t normally wear, ‘alone’, if you know what I mean, like this off the shoulder outfit or a crop top, then this way you can keep the modesty thing going on while not having cold shoulders. Get it? No? Okay :’)
I decided the way I could wear the off shoulder top was to actually layer it, for the much needed coverage of course. I made the top and pleated skirt myself. The crepe white shirt can be gotten from loads of places to be honest, just google it 😀 And I’m sure it is something most people will already have in their wardrobe, just like a black skirt. If not, what have you been wearing?!
It really adds character to a simple shirt and skirt look in my opinion and it’s a fun way to have something to talk about in your outfit. *wink*
Salam alaikum guys!
The start of this week has been so busy for me (for someone that doesn’t have job, I don’t know how this happens). I want to announce the winner of the Palazzo Giveaway before we move on to the post because it should have been done earlier.
5 People entered and I listed them in the random number generator according to the sequence at which the hashtag was posted.
And the 4th person to share the #MuslimahanieDIY on social media was @ameenaha73. So, email me!! 😀
If you follow me on social media, you will know that I post some pretty cool arty stuff. I have been using mixed media which involves plants or food to make art for over two years now. I remember when I started with maize and beans, Oh what glorious memories…
So, recently, I dabbled into a new medium; Liquid. I made an art work entirely of liquid, not in a dried state but while it is in droplets. I can’t wait to see what I can do with it in the future! Posted it on twitter with 22,000 impressions, hopefully still counting!
I used the coke to create a bottle of coca cola art because that was the first thing that occurred to me to do with it. It was not honey, a lot people thought so actually. Then I also made a fro picture too which I really think I can improve upon. But it was pretty much a nice ‘discovery’ 😀
There you have it. I would be creating a page soon in sha Allah, in form of a gallery to put up all my artworks as I make them without the necessary hassle of a blog post, just pictures. You will be able to view it here.
I have been seriously adopting a more loose casual mode of dressing these days, I have always loved oversized clothing and the heat has been a really nice excuse for wearing something super light.
The fabric has to be right and not opaque and free enough not to make ‘fit’-nah. Get it? No? Okay :’)
So, I decided to put up a tutorial where you can make your own palazzo pants and give out a free pair as well. Their movement in the breeze is awesome and when wide enough can be tricked into looking like a skirt! Palazzos are just awesome.
– 3m of printed fabric
– Some rope or ribbon to use as the waistband
– Black thread
– A seam ripper
– A sewing machine
Fold your fabric four-way (in half and then another half; so that you have four layers of fabric). Grab a trouser you previously own, fold in half as shown above and trace to draft a pattern. Make sure the “side” of the trouser has to be folded while the inner part of the trouser is where you cut. Cut the inner part in a straight line (not tapered).
You can also fold a fabric in half and cut it twice, your call.
That’s it basically.
If you have any further questions, you can comment below or contact me.
To win yourself a pair of printed palazzos, I’m nice, aren’t I? Simply post any of the pictures in the post where I am wearing the pants (choose a really nice picture 😀 ) and post either on twitter or instagram with the hashtag #MuslimahanieDIY and tag me so that I can see it. It would be nice to share the link to this post also.
A winner is chosen at random and contacted during the end of a week in sha Allah.