Sew Lingo

Beauty, Beholders and the Beheld

I am always tickled when I hear quips along the lines of “Oh! women make so much effort to attract men, ‘work-of-art’ make-up on their faces, super sleek weaves, fingernails long enough to pin Jesus to the cross all over again.  Ah! if only they knew, that we men don’t even notice. We can’t tell the difference between yaki or brazilian weave. Red lipstick looks like a frightful bloody gash on their lips. And, how oh how! do they type or get anything else done with those talons?”

Ah! If only you knew, that half the time, other women are our intended audience. The thing is, only a woman would appreciate the tangle-free ease of quality hair weaves. Or how red lipstick sometimes adds swag to one’s stride and brightens one’s face regardless of their mood. Or how the clickity-clickity-clickity-click sound of long nails striking a keyboard is rather delightful to our own ears, it adds an unexplainable thrill to our “computer-computer” jobs. 😉


Like the lady who politely stopped me the other day and asked “Ruby Woo, right?”  When I replied (more…)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s


Source: Google images

I follow the Great British Sewing Bee TV series with immense interest. It’s a reality show like American Idol or Project Fame, but for sewers.

Tilly Walnes, from season one, writes a great blog that feels like a warm hug from your BFF as she welcomes you to the pearly gates of heaven *cue soft harp music*.

Chinelo Bally, from season two, learned how to sew using the “organic” freehand cutting technique (more…)

Couture vs. RTW

"Petal" gown, Charles James designs 1951.  Phoenix Art Museum

“Petal” gown, Charles James designs 1951.
Phoenix Art Museum

Couture (kuˈtʊər; Fr. kuˈtür)

RTW ready to wear (ready to be purchased and worn)

The typical Nigerian woman loves to dress up and has an unpredictable tailor or two on speed dial for her custom-made garments worn for special occasions. Seems couture-ish in my opinion.

Literally translated, couture simply means “sewing” and haute couture means “sewing at a high level”. A mild definition of couture would be “the art and practice of dressmaking and designing custom-made clothing”.  The much more robust definition contains the technicalities of what really qualifies as couture, some of which are:


Garment jigsaw

I like to think that dressmaking is rather similar to a jigsaw puzzle, there are separate pattern pieces (bodice, skirt, trouser, sleeve, collar) which when combined artfully and correctly using skillful sewing techniques, produce a garment that reflects style and/or trend.

piece by piece

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I really enjoy putting the pieces together and when I am done, the eureka feeling is everything!

My happy feet

My happy feet

Coincidentally, the floor covering in my  bedroom has a multi-colored jigsaw pattern 🙂 .