January 8, 2017

SEWING: Loose Fit Tee to Fitted Tee: Another Sort of Tutorial...

Loose R Train Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

Do you remember the first time I did a "sort of" tutorial where I turned a loose tee into a fitted tee? No? Well, here you go. And now I've done it again! It's my first sewing project of 2017. Follow along below won't you, as I take you through my t-shirt altering process.

1. Pick a T-Shirt That You Own Where You LOVE The Fit

Loose Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

For me, that t-shirt is my heather brown "Hershey" tee. I love the fit of this t-shirt which is why I keep using it. First turn both t-shirts inside out. Next, lay the t-shirt you want to alter flat (my R Train tee) then take the t-shirt you want to use to fit it on top (my Hershey tee). 

2. Outline The Fitted T-Shirt Onto The Loose T-shirt and Add Seam Allowance

Loose Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

With your fitted tee on top of your loose tee, mark with sewing chalk (or pencil or marker) the shoulder point, the armholes and the side seams. Add your seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch).

3. Cut It, Cut It

Loose Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

This tee is way too big you need to CUT IT... lol lol. Don't act like you didn't see that coming. Anyhoo, cut your loose fitted t-shirt along your chalk outline, so you'll be cutting out your armholes and down along your side seams, leaving the sleeves intact.

4. Lay Your Fitted Tee Sleeve On Top of Your Loose Tee Lining Them Up Along The Hem

Loose Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

Once you have your fitted tee sleeve on top of your loose fit tee sleeve, mark with sewing chalk (or pencil or marker) along the armhole then add your seam allowance (1/4 inch or 1/2 inch) then cut. 

5. Now That All Your Pieces Are Cut Out, You're Ready To Sew

Loose Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

First sew your side seams from armhole to hem on both sides. Then pin your sleeves to your new fitted tee, right side to right side, and sew. Turn your tee right side out and try on. Your sleeves may still be a little oversized, if they are, pin or mark the sleeve to your desired fit, take the t-shirt off, flip it inside out again and sew along the underarm side of the sleeve where you marked tapering it off along the side seam. I tapered mine off about halfway down the side. Then boom, you're done! Enjoy your new fitted t-shirt! 

Loose R Train Tee to Fitted Tee fashion sewing

December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays from Hip Candy 🎄😊

December 22, 2016

My Winter Sewing Concept Sketches...

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My Winter Sketches
And I plan on sewing all three of these concepts before winter is over! *fingers crossed* Y'all, I'm pretty proud of this sketch, given the fact that I barely sketched anything in 2016. I know  that I told you on Instagram that I completed like 2 sketches this year, but that was inaccurate. I did 3 sketches this year and this one makes 4, so there. 
Croquis Group

But anyhoo, I found this sketch online (see the original sketch above) and then I reimagined it with my own concepts... and hair. I LOVE sketching hair. I remember being back in school and one of my instructors asking me why I always turned sketches with the hair so detailed, she also told me that it wasn't necessary and that my sketches were good without doing all that. I remember thinking to myself, "look, you gone get these sketches with all of the fresh out of the salon hair that I wanna draw!" (it was the 90's) just let people be great in their own way geez. Drawing the hair on my sketches has long been one of my joys. It's not much, but I like going through the extra bit of effort.
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My Fabric
This is the fabric that I'll be using and I've had it for a really long time being the fabric hoarder that I am. The most recent is the tangerine fabric, and I got that either in 2012 or 2013, the other 2 I had way before that. I told myself that I wouldn't buy any more fabric until I went through what I had first, but who am I kidding? All I can do is try and I will. A little.

November 30, 2016

WATCH: My First DIY Sew In Wig


I love hair. I love curly hair. This was my first time sewing a wig with the (curved) needle and thread. This wig wasn't an instant success, it took a couple tries before I got it right, but I got it right and I'm pleased with the results. I used Big Beautiful Hair by Outre in the Kinky 4A texture in color #4. 

Check out my video on Youtube to get all the deets on what I used to make this wig. 

October 31, 2016

Can you Guess My DIY Halloween Costume?

sewing diy crafts hbcu dance team

If you guessed "dance team" you're warm, if you guessed "HBCU dance team" you're even warmer. If you guessed SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY DANCING DOLL then you're on FIRE. And right here is a good a time as any to tell you a little story. 

sewing diy crafts hbcu dance team

For those who don't know, Southern University Baton Rouge was my first college experience before changing my mind later to pursue a fashion degree in Los Angeles. While at Southern, I was pretty involved, I ran for Miss Freshman (I didn't win) and I tried out for the Dancing Dolls (I was unsuccessful). In my mind, a spot on the dance team would be a shoe in for me since my mother once held a spot on the exact same team (under the tutelage of Ms. Gracie Perkins) I had a bit of a swollen head when I went in to audition because I felt like this was going to be like a legacy thing. Only (shock!) I didn't make the team and no boo hoos because everything happens for a reason.

sewing diy crafts hbcu dance team

I lost my mother earlier this year, but I can't help but think that she would have gotten a kick out of this. She would have told me how talented and creative I was (because duh... what mother doesn't think that about their offspring? plus she always told me that) then she would have laughed and thought it was all a hoot. The Mr. kept telling me how much I looked like her on this shoot. 
I miss her. 
But honestly speaking, I was kinda having a little too much fun wearing my bootleg dance leotard, shiny tights and white gloves while out taking these pics. Real talk, lol. If you can't join 'em, then learn how to sew and pretend to be them on Halloween right? I have nothing but respect for those girls and the skill and showmanship they display. They make it look easy (its not).

sewing diy crafts hbcu dance team

Now, how did I make my leotard? Well first I did a good amount of research by Googling pics and video like this and this. Then I purchased 3 short sleeved blue t-shirts from the Dollar Tree ($3) used some leftover scrap sequin fabric (from my New Orleans Saints Dress) and some random gold trim pieces I had in my trim drawer for the choker, headband and leotard embellishment. If you follow me and my stories on Instagram then you already saw how I kinda sorta took you through my process. You've seen the gloves before HERE. I used my recent swimsuit pattern to draft my leotard and added long sleeves. I didn't use any elastic, I just relied on the stretch from the t-shirts and just made sure the fit was just snug enough. I wasn't sure this would even work before I started it, but it did and I'm pleased. Shout out to the Mr. for taking these pics and putting up with my shenanigans.

sewing diy crafts hbcu dance team
Attempting the classic SU Dancing Doll seated pose, and I didn't have any dance shoes, okay?
Photos by Ron Ward

My mother, Ms. Ronnie, 2nd from right, Southern University Dancing Doll, circa 1970

October 12, 2016

Tangerine or Pumpkin? My Bright Orange DIY Bodycon Dress...

Orange Bodycon Dress DIYStyle Fashion Sewing

I guess it can be pumpkin since it IS October. But JUST pumpkin, not pumpkin spice. There's already enough of that everywhere. It's also my birthday today! Yay! October 12. All day today. Anyhoo back to this dress, this is my 3rd diy fitted bodycon ensemble (see my 1st HERE and my 2nd HERE) so I guess I'm feeling myself a little. But if I'm being honest, I really think fitted, bodycon, bandage dresses look better on curvier women. Like Nene Leakes for example, formerly of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame who is curvier. She slays the work out of a bandage dress IMO. But hey, no body shaming here! If you're pocket sized and like to rock fitted dresses, DO YOU! Body positivity always. Because you know what? Y'all are gone get these few curves I got whenever I feel like serving 'em, so just get into it.

Orange Bodycon Dress DIYStyle Fashion Sewing

I got the idea for this dress from one of those RoseWe/StyleWe type fashion sites. I can get sewing inspiration from just about anywhere. So I saw this dress (a designer knockoff probably knowing the nature of these sites) and just thought it was an attractive silhouette and something that I could draft a pattern to. Which is exactly what I did. It's getting real in these pattern drafting streets y'all! But let me tell you a timely story of me in design school taking pattern classes. In 3 words, I HATED IT. I did not love my pattern teacher who was unreasonably unforgiving to new students if you asked me. I mean we literally couldn't be off 1/16th of an inch on patterns that we turned in. Going to his class gave me anxiety and I just did not love it. Like AT ALL. Fast forward years later and I have to be honest, but I can appreciate NOW what a rigid, inflexible nightmare this teacher was. At the very least, it makes me really take my time and try really hard to get a pattern right. This pumpkin hued dress took a couple tries, but I'm pretty pleased with the final outcome. Check out a few more pics below and scroll to the bottom to browse and shop similar looks! Photography by Ron Ward. Also, just FYI, but I bought yards and yards of this color fabric, so yeah. More orange outfits are coming. The hair is crochet braids, my 12th DIY install (12th!!) if you're still keeping up with that and the cute little purple purse, the Mr. caught it for me at Mardi Gras (Krewe of Nyx).

Orange Bodycon Dress DIYStyle Fashion Sewing
Orange Bodycon Dress DIYStyle Fashion Sewing
Orange Bodycon Dress DIYStyle Fashion Sewing

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Pocket sized or not, don't sleep on the Spanx. Real talk.

September 26, 2016

First Time DIY: Adding Pockets to a Purchased Dress...

red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing
My red maxi dress with the pockets I added #sewing
Believe it or not, but this was the first time I added pockets to a dress that I bought. I had never done that before buying this inexpensive dress on Ebay. And yes, I add pockets to everything I have enough fabric to add pockets to when I'm sewing from scratch, so I know that this is probably a surprising fact. But honestly, it's not that big a deal, the process of adding in-seam pockets is the same whether you're sewing from scratch or adding pockets to something already made. If you follow me on Instagram, then you may have seen my Instagram story on how I added the pockets to this dress. Below are a handful of pics from that Instagram story...

red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing
My red maxi dress with the pockets I added #sewing
So easy right?! Maybe I'll do a tutorial or a "how to" on this soon, but in the meantime, there are scores of tutorials already up on Youtube on how to add pockets to almost anything. Check out a few more pics of me flexing in my new dress WITH THE POCKETS THAT I ADDED below. This dress is vacation ready! Now we just need to book a vacation ;)
Photography by Ron Ward. Backdrop, New Orleans :)

red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing
My red maxi dress with the pockets I added in front of the Marigny Opera House #sewing
red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing
My red maxi dress with the pockets I added #sewing
red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing
My red maxi dress with the pockets I added #sewing
red maxi dress adding pockets diystyle fashion sewing

August 28, 2016

QUICK SEWING: My DIY Blush Pink Summer Dress...

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My DIY blush pink Summer Dress
How do you like my sweet and simple end-of-summer blush pink dress? I made it in ONE DAY! That's MAJOR for me. If you've been following this blog for any length of time, then you already know, I usually take my sweet, sweet time when I sew. I'm never in a rush. I have had projects on my table for weeks, months even, but I made this dress from start to finish yesterday and even wore it out to the grocery store last night. I felt super accomplished. It's something to be able to take a wad of fabric and turn it into something useful by days end. This dress is the same pattern I made from a raglan t-shirt that I made for the first time HERE. I just altered the neckline and shortened the sleeves. I'm happy with it. Photography by Ron Ward.
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My DIY blush pink Summer Dress
fashion sewing blush pink dress hip couture
My DIY blush pink Summer Dress
fashion sewing blush pink dress hip couture
My DIY blush pink Summer Dress
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