Welcome back to my Swyt world. I know it’s been a minute since I last updated my blog, let’s say I took an eight months break hehe. But I’m back to share my Eid outfit story with y’all cuz I can’t keep it to myself ☺. I know most of y’all know how much I love patching my own outfits cuz you’ve probably seen my past work but this outfit is with a difference.
Normally when I patch, I get help from a tailor and I do the final touches. But this time around I made my outfit all by myself with no practical help! From nothing to red carpet level 😁 It was a dream come true for me 🙌🏾
I started by making a mini pattern of the outfit when the idea came to mind since I suck at sketching lol.
With the help of the mini pattern, I made a bigger pattern by measuring myself, consulting YouTube and my friend Awa. With dedication, I was able to make a pattern after messing up several times lol.
I bought my materials on EBay. It was a different experience for me since it was the first time I shopped online for fabric without feeling it and stuff. It was a risky move but it paid off. However, I wish I could’ve gone to Serekunda market (The Gambia) for the experience.
Then came the hard part uhhuh, trying to get the darts right for the perfect fit. I owe it to Awa for giving me a kick and guiding me. My darts aren’t perfect but oh well, that’s the beauty of patching.
The sewing part was the most exciting for me cuz it was the first time I made a whole outfit with a sewing machine since I’m use to sewing by hand. And yeah I finally invested in a sewing machine to learn and have fun 😂. The sewing was overwhelming though cuz I was relying on YouTube and the sewing machine manual for guidance.
The hardest part of sewing the outfit was adding the zipper, oh boy! I ended up sewing it by hand cuz I couldn’t do it with the sewing machine after several attempts. But thanks to my hands I did It!!!!
Patching the cape was my fave part. Working on it made me feel like a professional Patcher 😂. I sewed the crystals one by one with loads of love. I know gluing would’ve been easier and faster but hey I got all the time.
When I patch for Eid, I make sure the outfit is ‘appropriate’ for the masjid. So for that reason, I added the cape and veil during prayers.
Then….. I went all Swyt mermaid post-masjid lol. The coolest thing about the outfit is that I can wear the cape with different outfits which is a plus!
I know some people don’t like it when I call my work ‘patch’ because they think its perfect. However, I prefer using the word ‘patch’ cuz patch is never perfect… And I know I can do better.
P.S. I can’t take all the credit, I’ll like to say a big Thank you to my friend and ‘sewing teacher’ Awa Ceesay for the kick, YouTube ofcourse, my sister for the motivation and my badass stylist Minah Manneh, she had to approve of my turban style and even chose the earrings I wore lol. It was a team work thing and I appreciate the love 🙌🏾.
I hope you all had a wonderful Eid celebration ♥️ Until I come your way again, take care and bye for now xx