PATTERN REVIEW: Bootstrap Fashion BSF4079

Hey Y’all!

It’s been awhile and I apologize. I’ve been super busy with prom and Easter orders but I was able to slip this one in for myself. 

Recently, I found out about this company that designs patterns based on your measurements. I repeat, patterns made based on YOUR measurements! If you’re anything like me, commercial patterns cause me to rip my hair out at least once a month because of all the unfolding, pressing and adjustments that have to be made. So when I heard about this company, I HAD to check them out. 

Bootstrapfashion.com makes the process so simple. You choose a pattern (and there are tons to choose from), input your measurements, add seam allowance (optional) and either print it from your home printer or send to an outside printer. <—- that was what I did. One word of caution if sending to an outside printer…Make sure to notate in your order “NOT to scale to fit and to print on a 36″ plotter.” Each pattern has a 10x10cm square on it. When you pick up your order, make sure to measure it BEFORE you leave the print shop. If it doesn’t measure correctly, they can reprint it for you.

Did I mention the patterns are only $3.49 and they offer a live chat feature so that if you run into any issues, they can assist you almost immediately. The customer service has been exceptional from my experience.  

I purchased ten patterns during their SpringSational sale (10 patterns for $15) and started with #BSF4079, a kimono balloon sleeve dress. Remember, I mentioned to measure the 10x10cm square BEFORE leaving the print shop? So, yeah…guess who didn’t follow her own advice? My pattern was off so I had to make adjustments to it before I could cut my fabric. I used a jet set from Joann’s in a lively yellow color. The pattern was very simple to make. There were only 4 pieces and even with the adjustments I had to make, it took a little over an hour from start to finish. 

I  highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend checking out this company. You can find them at bootstrapfashion.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

Have you tried them out? I’d love to see what you made and hear about your experience! Feel free to comment below! 




#KeepinItSharpie – Bout Dat Lemonade Faith Life

IMG_2841A little over 2 years ago, I was requested by my manager to come into a meeting at the school in Atlanta where I was working at the time. It wasn’t my normally scheduled work day so my interest was piqued. The Holy Spirit whispered ever so softly in my ear to take a box with me because it would be my last day. I went in, worked a full day and sat in meetings that seemed to have nothing to do with me so I began to question what I “heard.”

As I was packing up to leave for the day, my manager called me into his office and told me that due to budget cuts, my position was being eliminated effective immediately. I cried – not tears of sadness, but of joy and praise because I DID, indeed hear from the Lord! Yaaassss! I thanked my manager for the opportunity, headed back to my office to pack it up and practically skipped to my car. My happiness was short lived because I quickly realized that it was 2 weeks before Christmas and was without a job. I asked God what I was going to do. And without hesitation, I heard Him again whisper sweetly in my ear, “you’re not going to work for another person. You will have multiple businesses.”

Fast forward to today…I am the owner of Vik VarWoo, LLC, Viktory Kouture and SOWN Social Media. Am I rolling in dough? Chile, I WISH! Am I where I want to be? Nope. Has it been a struggle?#TheStruggleIsForRealForReal. But has God kept me and my girls in the midst of it all? Absolutely! 

All that to say…when Life gives you lemons, God expects you to make lemonade…AND here’s the gotcha, He’ll give you EVERYTHING you need to make the best ding dilly lemonade you’ve ever tasted. #BoutDatLemonadeFaithLife



#KeepinItSharpie – It Ain’t Always About You 


I hate hearing this phrase when it’s directed toward me. Surely, “I” don’t make EVERYTHING about me! You must have me confused with some other self absorbed person. Yeah…no. “I” am that self absorbed person and there are MANY times that God has to whisper in my ear, “it ain’t always about you, LoveMuffin.” That conviction is always what I need to set me straight and get me back to a place of humility. Cuz at the end of the day….I can do NOTHING without Him and ALL things THROUGH His strength.   




#KeepinItSharpie – God Is Tryna Tell You Something

  For years, I’ve been awakened between the hours of 3 and 5 AM. At first, I had no clue as to why and would find myself frustrated because I knew had to get up in a few hours or minutes for work and I preferred to be awakened by my alarm clock.

Eventually I came to realize that it was The Holy Spirit nudging me to spend time with Him and that He had some things to share with me. Now when I get that “Holy Spirit Wake Up Call,” I pick up my phone, open up my Evernote app or pick up my journal and my trusty sharpie, listen and write.

In the still of the night, God’s voice is always loudest. Listen. God is trying to tell you something.


DIY Polka Dot Maxi Dress

Hey Y’all!

Is anyone else ready for spring? Lord knows I am. I found this beautiful knit fabric from Hancock in their value fabrics section for $4.95/yd. I couldn’t leave it there because not only is it polka dot…but the dots are CHARTREUSE! Say what now? Yeah, I happily put her on the cutting table and brought 4 yards of her home with me. I contemplated making all kinds of pieces with it but decided on a simple gathered maxi dress and would let the print be the star. Want the deets?

WHAT YOU’LL NEED: About 4 yds of fabric and the usual sewing suspects 

WHAT I DID: For the bodice…I took my handy dandy favorite Banana Republic tee, folded it and placed it on the fold of my fabric. I then traced around it leaving about an inch around. I didn’t add sleeves but just extended the sleeve cap to make a cap sleeve.

For the skirt, I left the fabric folded and cut straight across (for the width/waist) and then made another cut straight across about 40 inches down for the length. Then I freestyled some pockets. 

I then sewed the bodice at the shoulders and then the sides, serged and hemmed around the neckline and armholes by turning it under twice then top stitching. I attached the pockets to the skirt, then sewed the front to the back. Then….I used my gathering foot! If you could see the smile on my face right now. I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus loves me now for giving the idea to create that to whoever thought of that gem. #WontHeDoIt Anyway…I gathered up that waistline so darned quickly, attached it to the bodice, hemmed the bottom and I was all done! 

I’m hoping that making this little ditty will help winter move her tail out of here just a teensy bit quicker but if it doesn’t, I’m already armed with a staple dress. Whoo! Whoo!

Thanks for stopping by! If you’re not a DIYer and would like to purchase a dress like this one, please feel free to submit a custom order request at viktorykouture.com


Dress: DIY

Fabric: Similar here or here