DIY Tulle Skirt

Hey Y’all!

Every woman should feel like a princess and what better way to do that than by wearing a tutu (tulle skirt for the grown & sexy)? 

These skirts are super simple to make and make a huge impact when you walk into a room. 

Here’s what you’ll need:

6-10 yds tulle

3 yds of lining fabric (I used a sparkly satin)

2″ elastic

the usual suspects sewing notions

Here’s the how to:

For the underskirt – make a circle skirt (click here for tips). Hem. 

For the tulle – cut 3-6 circles the same as your underskirt but about 2″ longer

Sew the tulle on top of the underskirt.

Cut the elastic the length of your WAIST measurement and sew the ends together. Sew the waistband  on to the tulle making sure to stretch as you sew so that it fits around the whole skirt. 

All done!

Where to Purchase:

Skirt – DIY or here

Tulle – here

Satin – here

Elastic – here

Jacket – DIY

Want your own tulle skirt but don’t want to make it? You can purchase one here


DIY Print Mix High Low Skirt

So, I shared with my Sewl Sistahs that I’m fasting from buying fabric for the next 40 days. Of course one of them goes and posts this…

So what’s a girl to do? Fabric stash bust!!! I didn’t have quite enough yardage to self draft a circle skirt to replicate the skirt above but I did have M6953 so I got to work. 

I used the skirt from view C and made the following modifications:

  • Added pockets (of course)
  • Added 2 additional pleats to the front and back
  • Added a 2″ waistband

So…how did I do? 

If you’re interested in purchasing a skirt or tee like this, please submit a custom request in my Etsy store

As always, 


DIY: Pleated Ankara Skirt

Even though I’m super short, I LOVE maxi length skirts and dresses that slightly “scrub” the ground. I always feel super regal in them. This ensemble is no exception. In the continuation of my Black History Month sewing, I made this Ankara maxi skirt with sash and off the shoulder top. 

Get the deets below.

11018732_409216055906241_6822556474375595887_nBecause I planned to pleat the skirt, I needed to make sure it was wide enough so I cut 2 panels using my waist measurement for the width and the length was how long l wanted it. (Ex: my waist measurement is 32 and I wanted it to “scrub” the floor so each panel was 32 W X 40 L).

I then added pockets and sewed the front panel to the back panel. 

Then I pleated it all the way around and sewed a basting stitch across the pleats to keep them in place while I worked on the waistband. 

I cut the waistband 8 W x 64 L, sewed the waistband onto the pleated waist, folded the top of the waistband down to the inside of the skirt and sewed it around leaving a small opening to insert a 3″ piece of elastic that was the cut to my waist measurement. I closed up the opening, hemmed the bottom and pressed. 

For the belt, I cut two pieces of fabric 10 W x 45 L and sewed them together.

For the shirt, I used Simplicity 1613. 

I used the same technique with this skirt as well. 



Skirts: DIY; Ankara Skirt Fabric: Fine Fabrics, Atlanta, GA; Ankara Sash Fabric: gifted; Off the shoulder shirt: scuba knit here; Black skirt fabric: Satin taffeta here; Know My Worth Tee: here; Leather Jacket: Thrifted

If you’re interested in any of the pieces in this post, please visit my Etsy store!

Until next time…


finished salmon

Baked Salmon

So yeah…I love to eat but REALLY dislike cooking. The funny thing is…I can cook – like REALLY well. Oh, if only I’d use  my powers for good. Alas, in our household, I’m charged with cooking dinner on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s usually a “pull whatever I can find out of the pantry and freezer and make it work” kind of dinner. 

Anyway, I’m on this healthy eating kick (lots of green veggies, fruits, seafood, protein and water) and decided to bake salmon for the family this past week. It was a hit and I’ve been eating it every day since. So I thought I’d share it with you. 

finished salmon



Lemon pepper seasoning

Asian seasoning

Garlic salt 


Fresh citrus juice and slices (lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange)


Note: I don’t measure

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Drizzle EVOO and sprinkle the seasonings in a dish (I used a ceramic casserole dish).

baked salmon seasoningsbaked salmon seasoning in dish

Slice a piece of the citrus for each piece of fish.

lemonsPlace the fish atop the seasonings in dish, sprinkle with each of the 3 seasonings, squeeze the juice of the fruit over it and lay a slice of fruit on top of each piece. uncooked salmon in dishCover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until it is cooked to your liking and easily flakes with a fork. 

Salmon SaladI made this yummy, flavorful and filling salad with my salmon. It’s mixed greens, pepperocini slices, fresh grated parmesan cheese, one hard boiled egg and balsamic dressing. 

Bon appetit!


the Z rayne show


I’m always amazed by how (not who, mind ya cuz He can use a fool if He so chooses) God chooses people to share His word. He woke me up on Monday and told me to write down what He downloads in my spirit with a Sharpie, take a pic, share it and He’ll do the rest. And there you have it….#SharpieMinistry.