DIY: Asymmetrical Double Peplum Shirt

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I received a message from a friend from church with an inspiration pic of a shirt she wanted me to make for her engagement photos. I’m always honored when I receive these types of requests and do my best to exceed their expectations. 

We had limited time so I quickly went to work on getting fabric and getting to work on her piece. I used M6886 (one of my favorite foundation patterns) view C for the bodice and self drafted the peplum pieces. For the asymmetrical piece, I created a high low circle skirt doubling her waist measurement so that I could pleat it. The bottom peplum was created using the same circle skirt method except I did not cut it as a high low and I gathered the waist instead of pleating. I then sewed the asymmetrical piece onto the bodice first, followed by the bottom peplum. Easy peasy!

If you have any questions, please feel free to comment below. Purchase your own, here.

Shirt: DIY, Pattern; M6886, Fabric: Ponte knit 

Until next time!

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DIY: Double Bow

I received a few requests on how I made the bow for my Bubble Peplum Bow Dress so I decided to do a quick pictorial.

Here is how it is styled on the bubble peplum bow dress:

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I make these bows a plethora of ways but I’ll just focus on one of those for this pictorial.

What you’ll need:
Scrap fabric
Sewing machine
Thread (contrasting or matching, your choice)
Scissors
Ruler
Attachment such as a hair clip, pin or headband
Hot glue gun/glue sticks (optional)

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine how large you want your bow to be. I decided to make a medium sized one so I used the following measurements: 8X10 (main bow), 6×8 (2nd bow) & 2×4 (tie). Cut those pieces out:

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Then fold each piece in half. You can fold it lengthwise or width wise. I decided to fold width wise. Sew (using 1/4″ seam allowance) the pieces on one side of the width and the length and leave the other width side open. Hopefully, the pic will explain it better:

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Trim the seams & turn right sides out:

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For the purpose of this pictorial, I used contrasting thread but you could use matching or contrasting depending in your preference. Fold the open end about 1/4″ inside of the square and top stitch it closed. Again, use a 1/4 SA. Topstitch the other side. (Will make more sense in the pic). Do this to both bow pieces. No need to close the open end of the tie piece. You’ll see why in the next step:

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Lay the smaller square on top of the larger square:

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Scrunch/pinch together in the middle and wrap your tie piece around. Sew the ends of the tie together:

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And voila! You’ve got a bow! Use hot glue or sew your bow to whatever attachment you’ve chosen & wear your FABULOUS proudly!

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Note: I’m terrible at explaining things so if you have any questions, please let me know.

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PUBLIC SPEAKING

You’re Not Speaking…God Is.

PUBLIC SPEAKING

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Then I said, “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am only a youth.” But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a youth’; for to all to whom I send you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 1:4-10

I’m on the Board of Directors for a non profit mentoring organization (learn more about it here) that is geared toward tween/teen girls. The founder of the organization, also one of my dearest friends, asked me to present to our girls at the next meeting. I became anxious because public speaking for me and many others causes heart palpitations, sweaty palms and hurried breathing. I texted her saying “let me get my mind right. You know how I am about public speaking.” Her response? “You’re not speaking…God is.” Well, ok den. Immediately, The Holy Spirit directed me to Jeremiah 1:4-10 which basically states that He created me (and YOU) with a purpose and that is to be His mouthpiece. There’s no need to fear public speaking when all you have to do is open your mouth and let HIM speak for you.

So…my mind is now “right” and I’m excited about what the Lord will share with these young ladies through me.  

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DIY Bubble Peplum Bow Dress

I have an awesome client that is currently SURVIVING cancer whoasked me to make her something pretty to wear to an event hosted by her sorority. (Can you guess which one?)

I designed her 30th birthday dress for her last year so I was honored when she asked me to do another piece. She sent me a couple of inspiration pics & we got to work on brainstorming her piece.

She loved the bow on the first inspiration piece.
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And she liked the bubble peplum on the second inspiration piece.

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We eventually decided that we’d go with the first inspiration as a base but add one sleeve.

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Then we’d add the bow.

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And finally, the bubble peplum.

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Making this dress was relatively simple. I used my favorite McCalls 6886 view B as a base. I cut the fabric at the top on an angle just below the armpit to give it the asymmetrical neckline. I sewed the dress as normal then created two long pieces for the sash of the bow and hand sewed them to the shoulder of the dress. I cut 2 squares, 1 slightly shorter than the other to create the double bow. I stacked them together and wrapped a smaller rectangle piece around them & hand stitched it on top of the sash pieces to make it look as though it’s tied. Then I cut two rectangular pieces of fabric, folded them in half (to create the bubble effect) and pleated them. I then sewed them around the waist. Voila! A bubble peplum bow dress aka the “L. Pope.” My client should get a kick out of that.

Dress: DIY
Pattern: M6886
Fabric: Scuba Knit

Want this dress for yourself? Feel free to request a custom design at http://viktorykouture.com

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It’s Handled

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You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. -Genesis 50:20

Yesterday was a doozie – a shonuff emotional roller coaster. I never in a million years would have imagined I’d be dealing with my current issue. But I am.

After crying for what seemed like the 900 thousandth time, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “How will God get the glory out of this situation?” Not, WILL He….but HOW will He? Because He will. He always does. That single question turned my whole way of thinking around and took me from a victim mentality to a survivor who will help others survive mentality.

It’s all about perspective. And when you know that what the enemy meant for evil, God WILL use for good, well then….ain’t no need in crying, worrying or complaining. It’s handled, Boo.

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