Seat Cushion Disaster

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Hello all,

We decided to create some seat cushions for our kitchen island bar stools. However, this project was a bit of a fail. I don’t have too many failure projects but I’m not satisfied with this one. I thought I would post it anyway just to show that sometimes one may come up with a fabulous idea and it may not be completed perfectly. I thought of this design using acrylic paint and tape on fabric and stitched it together to create a pillow seat cushion. However, I didn’t make the pattern large enough. The design of the cushion looks rather weird. I spent a lot of time creating this print, my fingers were tingling after painting the various colors and it didn’t fit the bar stool properly. I became upset about this. I asked my husband if he would assist with painting a second copy of this design but he said don’t worry about making another copy. I am going to create this again but it may be in the next few months when the frustration has gone away. The cushions will be larger, the black strings will be gone and the colors will be different.

Until next time …… create your style! Even if you mess up just know you can always recreate.

-Neci Harmon

Blue knit and Stripes

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Hello all,

This week a crew neck maxi dress is featured.  The inspiration of this knit dress came from an image located online. I loved the black and white checkered print maxi dress in the picture on the right with it’s contrasting orange yoke. I decided to make this maxi dress with a blue contrasting piece and black and white stripes. I found the fabric at Fine Fabrics in Norcross, Georgia. I love this store because of the variety of items at decent prices.

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I have made maxi dresses before however, this is one of my favorites. I could wear this dress every day and be extremely happy. The dress is accentuated with handmade earrings made and wrapped with newspaper and gloss and a handcrafted chain link necklace made by What’s She Creating? Enterprises. The model is wearing a black heel and a handmade beaded bracelet.

We hope you enjoyed our designs. We are in the process of creating our own accessory line in the near future!

Until next time ….. create your style!

Neci LoveHarmon

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DIY Purple Draped Blouse and Leggings

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I am so in love with this DIY purple draped blouse with belt and leggings outfit-of-the-day! Just wanted to leave a short post for the day about these creations.

I was inspired to create this self-draped top after visiting a local women’s boutique. Now can I explain how it was made ….No. I remember just going with what felt right while in my sewing room one afternoon. I know it took a while to create the finishing hems of the garment. I am getting better at this self-drafting pattern thing though. I found this sheer chiffon at Fine Fabrics, a large fabric outlet store in Atlanta, Georgia for a low, low price of course. The top is paired with a pair of black lycra leggings made with Butterick commercial pattern B5788 pattern.

The large purple beaded necklace was created by DCH Designs, a local Atlanta designer. The earrings are made of a glossy paper wrapped bracelet made by us.  The colorful printed clutch is our product which can be found in the What’s She Creating? Enterprises Etsy Shop here.

Until next time ….. create your style!

-Neci Harmon

 

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DIY Easy Pullover Dress


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This featured outfit-of-the-day is truly an easy one to create. This dress is a peach knit dress with pleats at the neckline. I was shopping in the New York & Company storefront last month and I saw a similar dress. I took a picture of it and decided to compose a replica. Below is the inspirational piece aside my piece.

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I found this fabric at a local fabric shop, my love of color choose this peach knit. If you are ever in the Atlanta area check out Fine Fabrics store for great deals and selections.

To be truthful, I an unsure of the road that I’m traveling concerning patterns and creating these days. For example, I started to use Simplicity pattern 1253 for this dress but then I wanted to change so many aspects of the garment that I decided to self-draft on a mannequin. I have been working with patterns diligently for the past two years to get back into the groove of sewing apparel. I think I am moving forward to becoming a designer of my own patterns. I need to create a sloper. What is a sloper you ask? A sloper is a paper pattern for your particular body in which you use as a base to create your  own garment. No more will you have to alter patterns because your sloper fits you perfectly.

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Overall, this is an easy make. A dress with pleats at the neckline with a neckband and armhole and skirt hems. I almost forgot to mention the earrings and bracelet were created using a wrapping technique around a bracelet or earring using gloss.

Until next time. …. create your style!

Neci Harmon

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DIY Purple Africana

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Hello fellow followers. The outfit of the day features a flowing v-neck dress in purple Poplin cotton accented with multi-color Ankara print. We found this purple fabric at Hancock Fabrics shop, of course, on sale. The Ankara African print were located and purchased at The Afrocentric Network, a store located in West End Atlanta. This store features many different colorful fabric prints as well as other health, body products and clothing. It is one of my favorite plaaces to visit when I have time.

 

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I used Simplicity 1105 Commercial pattern, view B but made alterations to the neckline. I wanted a v-neck instead of a crewneck. I placed the tie in the front of the dress because the front needed a bit more color. I also cut a size 14 for the pattern. The model did an amazing job showcasing this item with her long flowing hair.

The outfit is accented with handmade bracelets made of paper and glossed as well as earrings that were made by What’s She Creating? She wore brown wedges and looks fabulous.

This pattern was not too difficult for a beginner sewer and easy for the intermediate seamstress. The only time consuming part could include the neckline and armhole binding, which are not my favorite processes on any garment. I probably will not make this particular dress again but I like the way it turned out so I will rock it.

Until next time . . . . create your style!

Nec Harmon

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