My Dark Red Jacket

The long and short of it is, I heard Steve Lacy’s, “Dark Red” and became obsessed. High hat, bass dram and guitar strum bring you into an indie soul jam. When I listened to Dark Red, I fell into a kaleidoscope of colors reds and browns of contrasting textiles and textures. Dirty sturdy denim, flannel and brass. … Continue Reading

Poof be Gone

A bagillion years ago, I took a draping class and learned to make a pant pattern. I have noted this before and I will note it again, why we learned to make a pant pattern in a draping course is beyond me, but hey, at least I can make pants from scratch now. During the … Continue Reading

All Gold Everything

At long last I sewed a garment with this beautiful gold fabric. Ya got your long coat here… I made the coat first as I wanted to create a simple garment that did not take away from the print. I felt that any other cut would take away from the symmetry of the pattern. Clean cut … Continue Reading

Hold Me Up

With all of the dark things in the world, it is imperative to cherish the glimmers of light. Sometimes you need something to remind you that you should appreciate the people, places and things in your life that reflect that light.   Many moons ago I was introduced to Acid Rap. Although it was Chance the … Continue Reading

Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit, Jumpsuit

Aye, I made another jumpsuit! This time around, I joined the pretty girls sew April sew-along. I decided to use this indigo dyed fabric that was collecting dust in my closet for years.  I used McCall’s M7330 pattern to make this utility jumpsuit. Most of my jumpsuits are form fitting so I decided to make this one … Continue Reading

Under Pressure Pullovers

As long as I have been sewing, Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been a time when I go home and get some sewing in. Before the turkey or Jollof rice stole the show on the dining room table, I made it my workspace. During the Christmas of 2014, I finished a jumpsuit I meant to … Continue Reading

My Knickers

 Made a fresh pair of pants, my knickers… Vibing off of Jidenna’s newest joint, My Knickers. Now, growing up my parents used the Queens English (damn colonization) and used the term knickers to refer to ones undergarments. Clearly, this word has been jammed, smacked, flipped and rubbed down to draw attention to a society that … Continue Reading

Rock with You

Happy Halloween! Finally finished my Halloween Costume! I have a habit of picking costumes most folks don’t recognize, but surprisingly I had quite a few people recognize me last night. Some folks did not know who I was, but they still appreciated the craftsmanship. A lot of people just wanted to touch my costume. I … Continue Reading

Sequined Hoodie

I am playing a lot of catch up – finishing projects I left behind. Starting projects that I meant to start years ago. One of those projects happens to be the sequined hoodie. Now I thought about making a sequined hoodie more than three years ago. I created this garment in hopes of mixing sequins … Continue Reading

Golden Lady

So way back when, in December of 2013, I attended one of the livest events of the year – Wonder-Full. Now what is Wonder-Full? It is a celebration of the eighth wonder of the world, Stevie Wonder. Every December for the past ten years, Bay Area folks congregate and get down to all of the … Continue Reading