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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I am back from my quick weekend trip to DC. I fall even more inlove with that city with each visit. DC has been on top of my list of places I want to move to and there is a reason it has still remained there. I usually go there for business related purposes and when I go for leisure,it is usually centered around a single event/festival so I haven't really had time to do all the touristy things. This trip was different because I got to do both. I stayed at the Renaissance on 9th street and highly recommend it if you plan on exploring. I have stayed at the Hyatt and Marriot during past visits but the Renaissance is in a more central location and very foot friendly. In one direction is Chinatown, shops, and restuarants. In another direction are all the monuments and the white house, and in the opposite direction is the capitol and union station, all within walking distance (if you like walking like me). I must have walked about 20 miles throughout the weekend, and I have my sore legs to prove it.

 I am doing something differently in this post by answering some of the questions I recieve through emails and comments about my sewing. For the most part, I try to answer all questions accordingly but it always doesn't work that way. I use a contact widget in my "contact me" section where most questions come through but if your email is entered incorrectly, I am unable to reply back as the email bounces right back. I have had a few of these and I don't want you to think I am ignoring your questions because well I will never do that. So I will try to answer some of the common questions I recieve about my sewing.

  1. Can you make that skirt you are wearing in this outfit?
 I have an etsy store where I occassionally list items I make for sale. If you want something I made that is not listed on etsy, feel free to send me an email as I am able to remake certain things granted I can find the materials.

  2. Do you make DIYs on some of the things you sew?
 I am still learning how to sew. So somethings I learn along as I am making it. With that said, I don't really make DIYs unless I am really comfortable making the item. Perhaps I should make a quick DIY on how to make a skirt as I have mastered that quiet well. I promise to do my DIY tutorials.

  3. Do you teach sewing tutorials or classes?
Not at all. I don't think I am good enough to teach classes. Try your local fabric stores like Joann fabric. Often times, they have classes available. You can also use youtube. There is load of information there.

  4. How did you start sewing? 
I taught myself how to sew in 2010. It was the year after graduating college and I was still not used to having all that free time. So on a quest to find some new hobbies, I took up sewing. I got my first sewing machine and that same day I made a bubble skirt (bubble skirts were on trend then... I think). Needless to say, I only wore that skirt ones.

  5. Can you make something for me?
I do not currently take custom orders on intricate stuff. Some people have sent me pictures and have asked me if I can make the items in the pictures. If it is easy enough and doesn't require many measurements/fitting, I will make it. Someone ones wanted me to make a prom dress after seeing the one I made for my sister, and I felt really bad saying no only because she lived so far away and fitting would be impossible.

6. What machine do you use?
This is actually my third sewing machine since I started sewing and so far I haven't had any problems. I really recommend it if you plan on taking up sewing. I use a brother computerized limited edition project runway sewing machine I got on HSN for $500 and a brother serger from amazon for $200. If you need the exact numbers and specifications, feel free to email me.

 7. Where do you buy your fabrics?
I am a bit of a fabric hoarder. I go to the fabric stores to buy pretty fabrics before I even think of what to make. Fabrics have taken over half of my room. I typically get my fabrics from Joann, a local discount fabric store called Sewfisticated, and another discounted one called $1.99 fabrics store, all fabrics are only $1.99 a yard. My ankara fabrics are from my mom's closet, Ghana, or a family friend's shop.

In addition to sewing questions, I  also recieved some personal questions. So stay tunned for an upcoming post on 25 random things you won't know about me just by reading my blog.

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