Written by: Chuma Gqoli First let’s start with my reason for sewing as I think it’s a critical factor in my inspiration journey. My reason to start sewing is easy-peasy…. I’m fat, I love clothes, and fabric and colour and I want a stylish wardrobe! The plus size RTW market in South Africa (RSA) just isn’t allowing me to live my best fat fabulous fashionable life. Secondly … Continue reading Sew Loungewear Challenge – Inspiration!
Hello my lovelies ♥️ Today’s blog I’m going to talk about the foundation of sewing – Patterns! You know until I learnt how to sew, I had no clue that sewing required a pattern, I honestly thought once I had a sewing machine I was ready to go! Ha ha ha, I was so naive. YouTube didn’t help much as the most popular video’s were … Continue reading Tino’s beginners guide to sewing patterns.
Hi Friends! Hope you are all safe in your neck of the woods. In my neck of the woods we just got into autumn, and therefore I can feel winter approaching (the best fashion, but the worst season), the days are slowly getting shorter and there’s are definite chill in the air in the mornings. Even though the seasons are changing, we’ve been having some … Continue reading Shorts and Cami Loungewear Set!
Hey friends, today’s blog will be short and sweet. I just felt like I needed to document my little cow print dress as a blog. I’m in love with this dress so much, the fabric and the pattern I feel were destined for each other. The McCalls 7969 pattern is a very popular pattern amongst us home sewists, just search the hashtag #m7969 on Instagram … Continue reading A Little Cow Print Dress – McCalls 7969
Hello friends, February is black history month in the USA and I live in South Africa where black history month isn’t something we observe but still a big part of our culture as a country. You only have to look at our many public holidays to see this. Even though my country doesn’t observe black history month, I am still a black person and as … Continue reading Celebrating Black Creatives – Giselle Dress by Sew Style Me Patterns
Happy New Year my lovelies, I am so excited for 2021, not that I think it will look completely different from 2020 but because I am mentally stronger. Like most, I set myself goals for the new year and I’m embarking on the entrepreneurship journey so I can only feel excited for a lot of new beginnings in my life. I haven’t been consistent on … Continue reading Seamwork Tino and Amari Patterns
Welcome to my first October post, my Birthday month and the start of the best sewing season – spring/summer. Today I’m bringing you all the florals, all the knits, all the sleeves and of course all the love from these bodysuits. When Megan Nielsen contacted me saying that they were re-releasing the Rowen pattern in extended sizing and would I be interested in reviewing the … Continue reading Floral Bodysuit Extravagenza!
Hello hello lovely people, before we start with the last post of my mini series, thank you so much to so many of you that showed an interest to learning more about South African cultures, I too have learnt so much. Today I’m sharing half of my culture, the Tsonga culture, I was very excited for this post and saved the best for last. The … Continue reading Heritage Month – Tsonga Culture
Happy Friday, today we continue to celebrate heritage month and I would like to highlight the Batswana culture. My sister’s father is Tswana, so I have lived quite close with Tswana people and have a good grip of the language, Setswana. Batswana people originate from Botswana and in South Africa they settled in the North West province which was called Bophuthatswana during the Apartheid era. … Continue reading Heritage Month – Batswana Culture!
A look into the Xhosa Culture and their traditional attires with the use of Umbhaco. Continue reading Heritage Month – Xhosa Culture
Hello Lovelies, welcome back to my blog and welcome to September. I’m looking forward to the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, this winter seemed longer than usual. This September, I am doing a mini series on South African cultures and fabrics in celebration of Heritage Month. 24th of September is Heritage Day and a national public holiday here, the day celebrates the … Continue reading Heritage Month – The Nguni Print Dress.