Operation: Make My Own Clothes

Hello my lovelies

You know when want to do something but don’t have the time to do it, yet its always in the back of your mind. Well I am getting the itch to get back into sewing, my life is busy beyond words but no matter how hectic my life gets sewing is ALWAYS on the back of my mind, (always)! My blog started  because of it and I owe so much of who I am today to it.

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A couple of days ago I was reading one of my favorite sewing blogs  Mimi G Style, she had a video up on her YouTube channel titled beauty self-love and natural hair which made me want to sew & create again.

Not only do I love Mimi’s personality but love the fact that she makes her own clothes and shares her passion with the world. So I walked into my sewing room and got my garment construction books and plan on educating myself  over the next couple of days.

In addition to that I will be watching Mimi’s Sewing 101 video tutorials where she teaches us how to make a skirt from a commercial pattern. I have yet to make something from a pattern so this should be super fun!

Although I have been meaning to make my own clothes for the longest time but for some reason I have been finding every excuse under the sun not to start. I think it’s because when I first starting my sewing journey I had signed up for sewing classes in with and on the first day they got me drafting a pattern and making a dress!! Yes the first day, naturally I found it very challenging and did not enjoy it at all.

I have put it off long enough and now I am determined more than ever to learn how to make my own clothes.

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Here are reviews of some of the books are pictured above

Design it yourself: Pattern Making Simplified by Cal Patch reviewed by Angry Chicken AKA Amy Karol who is the author of one of my favorite sewing books Bend the Rules Sewing (highly recommend to any beginner)

Sew U by Wendy Mullin also reviewed by Angry Chicken

Stylish Dress Book by Yoshiko Tsukiori review on Amazon (planning a review for this)

Do any of you make your own clothes? if so how did you learn?

Have some tips for newbies like me?  :)

Warm stitches

by mayya

My first Hijabi Workshop at Smiles Boutique and Spa

Last Saturday  I had the honor of conducting my first hijabi workshop at Smiles Boutique & Spa.

Hijab Workshop

If you are wondering what hijab workshop is…. well, a hijabi guru (in this case me hehe) conducts a workshop to teach a group of girls/ladies how to wrap their hijab (scarf) in different styles.

This is a new concept in the Middle East however such workshops are very popular in Malaysia, Indonesia and the UK.

I spent two hours in the company of lovely ladies who were eager to learn new ways to wrap their scarf as let’s face it we all get bored with the same hijab style day after day.

Smiles Boutique & Spa is a place I wish I  had growing up, it is a place like no other in Oman. It is fairly new opened its door on the 21st of May 2014 and it is owned by two sisters Ms Hiba and Ms Wafa Al Ajmi.

The workshop was held at Smiles Boutique and Spa in Madinat Al Sultan Qaboos.  I fell in love with this as soon as I stepped in and I bet you will too. Naturally, I was thrilled when Hiba contacted me to see if I would be interested in conducting the workshop.

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Not only is it beautifully decorated but the concept is to have a place for young girls (up to tweens) to come get together, have their hair and/or nails done. Basically a place to chillax! They also have a place for a mummy and daughter mani/pedi session (CUTE!).

Smiles also has a boutique which sells unique items for babies and girls. From clothing down to shoes and accessories!

In addition to that they conduct workshops on posture, public speaking and many more to empower young ladies.They also rent their beautiful space to host birthday parties.

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For the workshop I gave a presentation talking about the hijab and showed them some of the styles that I wear on model hijabi barbie.  Scarves, under cap and pins were provided along with a mirror so the ladies could practice the hijab styles on themselves.

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The hijab workshop was initially aimed at young girls starting from the age of 9 to late teens. However I have had many requests to have one for elder women so in sha Allah in next one it will be open for adults to attend.

Four intially signed up for the workshop but only 2 lovely ladies (Anfal and her sister Waad) made it. They were such a pleasure to teach and didn’t mind posing for a picture with me and sharing it on my blog (thank you ladies).

Hijabi Workshop 5 I must admit this was such a great experience I think I had more fun than they did to be honest. I look forward to hosting it again next month (stay tuned for the date) will announce on my blog once a date and time has been fixed.

In the mean time you can watch my hijab tutorials on my Youtube Channel @thesewist

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I would like to extend my thanks to the Owners and wonderful staff at Smiles Boutique and Spa for taking the initiative in hosting a hijab workshop, very much-needed in our society.

Smiles Boutique and Spa can be contacted on 24690099  also make sure to follow Smiles Boutique and Spa on Instagram

Much Love

by mayya

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