How to Measure Yourself Correctly

So with all the prom clients we have this month, we thought it would be a great time to share this video that we created to demonstrate how best to measure yourself when you are having a custom garment made for you. Let us know if you find it helpful! And of course everyone can benefit from these tips, not just our prom clients 🙂

Stay tuned for our special prom client photo shoot– you’ll squeal with delight (just like our girls did) when you see these gowns!

Make your Beau a Bowtie for Vday!

Something that I have always wanted to do, since I love them so much, is make my man a bow tie. And being the huge nerd that I am, ideally I would want this said bow tie to correspond in some way to something that  I love wearing.

I have been searching  for a great how-to-guide on the internets and found that A Beautiful Mess has done a great job and laying down the instructions. Her featured clip on bowties are adorable and has inspired me to even think about printing my own fabric!

My main objective for searching for this sort of project is that bow ties are undeniably so much fun, super stylish but also would make an incredible gift! And Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. So why not use this as an opportunity to make something super sweet and special?! I think you should. And I think I should!

The instructions are pretty straight-forward; here they are:

1. For a sewing projects that you want to repete over and over, it’s wise to make yourself a paper patterns to keep. The measurement for the large piece is 9 inches x 4.5 inches. You’ll also need a matching tiny piece that is 1.25 inches x 2.5 inches.

2. Iron fusible interfacing on the back of the large piece and trim the edges if necessary.

3. Fold the long edges in towards the middle.

4. Fold both open ends in toward the middle. At this stage, iron it in the rectangle folds for extra crisp edges!

5. Pinch your rectangle in the center to create a bow shape and stitch it at the folds.

6. Stitch a bow tie clip on both sides (these can be purchased on Etsy under “supplies”) on the back of the bow tie.

7. Fold the tiny piece of fabric just like step 3, iron it, then wrap and stitch it on the center of your bow tie!

8. Done! Time to dress up!

by Nkechi Njaka


Happy Monday! We had a pretty great time celebrating Pride this weekend. Lots of parties, costumes, great music and new friends– it definitely felt like we were celebrating something extremely special!

One thing that came up over and over throughout one of our nights out was the concept that we all know too well after watching enough ANTM— smiling with your eyes. Urban dictionary defines the term as we just have, notes that it was coined by Tyra Banks on the 13th Cycle of America’s Next Top Model and has since been used more popularly.

We are not embarrassed to tell you that we practiced it amongst ourselves over dinner and with new friends during the party and with potential friends across the room over drinks. And we think we might even have it down! If you think you are in need some coaching, we found the right Tyra video. Happy Smizing!