21st Church Anniversary Dress

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Hi, All!
This dress was a show stopper! Not only did I receive a few orders, but a couple of students wanting to learn how to sew as well! Exciting! The creation took about 6 hours and it’s self-drafted. May I add that it was fun to wear? I hope that you like it…

Happy Sewing,
Jai

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Tulled Around And Made A Maxi

Hi, All!

My church member, who is a part of the community’s mentoring program, requested a full length tulle skirt for their first fashion show. Of course, my plans for my show was to make one also. My first mistake was that I underpriced the job. BIG TIME! I had an estimate, which is what I used to determine her cost. However, this bad boy took 9 hours!!! My goodness.

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I told her that it is worth more than I quoted her for future sales. Believe me when I say this…she wants to pay for another at my new quote! Yay?!? It. must be an easier way other than that crazy pattern. I will most definitely be free styling the next one. And I will let them know it is not an hour skirt… So my rate per hour will rack up real quick. The skirt was a huge hit that resulted in more sales of both maxi and midi length skirts. To God be the glory!

I am sew excited,
Happy Sewing!

Jai

Mid-length Mermaid

Hi, All!

I hope that all is with you and yours. I have been working on the sewing school’s first fashion show and it is work! One of the three students has completed her garment for the show. The other two isn’t too far behind. I was recruiting models to model my designs… The group is growing fast so I will more than likely trim the models. Everyone can’t model, right? 🙂 I have located a venue! The Lord has made a way for me to get the hours needed for the set up, show and take down for a third of the cost. Yes!

So I made this skirt  for the show, but I wore it Sunday for church service.

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I want it to dust the floor, so I will be making it again. I received so many “I want one” comments. Show me the money first! I mean no harm, but this is business. What I did here is moved my peplum to the hem. And it has a side zipper. I should have added at least 6-8 inches more on the pencil skirt for it to hit the floor. Next time…

What are you up to?

Until next time,
Happy Sewing!

Jai

Peplum Style

Hi, All!

It has been a few weeks of not posting (bad me), but I have been busy at the sewing machine. Most recently, I have been doing some free style sewing and self-drafting. The outfit that I absolutely love and was due to wear on last Sunday for church, had to be worn for my Grandma’s funeral. Yes, she will be missed. She never fully bounced back from the massive stroke. I wasn’t sure whether or not to rock it, but I know she would have wanted me to. So the hubby and I did our thing…

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I made lapel flowers for him and myself, his vest and bowtie and my peplum skirt. It was actually a dress, but I wasn’t feeling the top.

I have been working with light weight leather again…

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The Say Sew classes are shaping up nicely. The students are using their skills at home and I am so pleased to hear that they are doing so. It makes me feel good about teaching. I want to do something special for their last day. I am thinking of a handmade sewing box…… And we have t-shirts now…

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Cool, right?

Well, until next time….

Happy Sewing,
Jai

It’s Been Too Long…

Hi, All!

I have been quite busy the past few weeks. I haven’t posted in what seems like months. However, I have been creating! From filling bowtie orders to making outfits for me and hubby, I have achieved a lot.  Here are some pics…

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And so much more!

What have you been up to?
Happy sewing!

Jai

What? You Made That?

Hi, Friends!

Oh, it seems like forever since I posted any news (2 weeks). So I will try to keep it brief…yeah! Lol 🙂

First, with the sewing course, Say Sew, the girls did great installing their first zippers and attaching D-rings for the strap! It was a task with the zippers and I believe none of them enjoyed it. But I had to assure them that zippers will get easier. Their project were colorful wristlet pouches with zipper closure.

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The d-rings were too large for this project.

I shared with the class that I make my jewelry. Well, guess what? They want a class on that. So with the 30 minutes of free sewing time, they learned how to make fish hook earrings. They were pleased.

Now for my company, J. Govan Designs, I have been sewing up a storm. My den is full of fabric from my random hauls from Hancock Fabrics. (*side-eye to Hubby, lol) We went to the country to visit our parents and I decided 10 minutes before leaving that I wanted a new top. Well, I had on one already…but wanted a newer top. So in 10 minutes flat, I made this tunic.

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My mom was like, “I thought you bought it! It’s so cute!” This fabric was on the remnant table for $3.95/yd. I was told by one of the associates to always get it remeasured. It cost me $2. Yes! (Also, excuse the bathroom pic, lol)I was busy, you all!. My other outfits are…

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What I normally hear on my ootd is, “What? You made that? You are so talented.” And, I do it off the cuff…zero patterns! To God be the glory!
Moving on…..
New bow ties for clients…

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Made my labels to save a fortune…

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Phew! There it is! I told you that I was busy! 🙂

What are you working on?

Happy Sewing,
Jai

Mother’s Day Maxi

Hi, Friends!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms & moms-to-be. I pray that your day was beautiful and blessed.

My weekend was nice, even though I didn’t get to see my grandmom, mom & mom -in-law. Hubby made it beautiful for me.

My sewing school, Say Sew, gave to the moms this year. Well, we gave the fabric, lol. The students made “Mother’s Day” maxi skirts for their moms. I gave them a choice of length and they all choose ankle length. This skirt is their very first handmade gift to someone. Here are some pics:

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Without measurements, I also showed the students how to “take up” any slack in the waist if the skirt was too loose. They did pretty good for their 2nd skirt. I am so proud of them.

As far as J. Govan Designs, I find myself making a bow tie for Hubby every Saturday night. Here is the latest:

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He wanted some bling!

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And custom cufflinks! You may need to zoom in to see them. He even chose his own fabric…more than one color too! Aww, I love my baby!

What did you sew this past weekend?

Happy Sewing,
Jai