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The Sewing Journal – Get Yours Today


If you like to sew or  make DIY projects,  this is the journal for you.  I created this journal because I sew as a hobby and couldn’t find a simple journal to fit my needs.   I wanted something to keep track of all my projects, something to reflect back on and to see my progress of getting better.  The Sewing Journal Notebook was born from those wants.

Do you create clothing with a lot of patterns?  This notebook has 30 pages of a template for keeping up with your pattern projects and DIY (things recreated from Pinterest or blogs) projects you find online, the page features spaces for all details of your project including a space for 2×3 photos of your finished project that you can print with your home computer.   I will include with your journal a link to a YouTube video that will show you how quick and simple it is to print your photos.  Or, if you have one of those popular handheld cameras that print your tiny photos out instantly, that will work as well.  LINK HERE

Do you sometimes sew projects for others.  There are 30 pages of a template for those special projects, complete with spaces to note measurements, thoughts and pictures and you can even sketch on your own Croquis.  The Croquis is pre-sketched and ready for your design.   That’s 20 pages for women projects and 10 pages for men projects.



The notebook also features a pocket folder for storage. It also has 6 pages where you are able to note the patterns that you want when you are in the fabric store or looking online.  All you would need to do is write the pattern number down and mark the check box.  No more re-buying the same pattern over and over when you don’t have to because you are unsure if you have it in your stash at home.

Next this journal has space for you to keep up with what you have in your fabric stash.  Just cut a 2×3 swatch of your fabric and tape of glue it to your Stash page in the journal.  There are 102 spaces for all that fabric you have been hoarding.

This book is bound with the TUL binding system only available at office max.  You can purchase already hole punched folders, paper,  pencil bag accessories, and calendars  to add to your book. You are able to go bigger with your book and add additional sewing pages (purchased in my etsy store) if you run out of pages because you have so many projects.

You are going to love this book just for the simplicity and its ability to keep you organized.  Once you have all your projects in this journal you will feel accomplished because you are able to visually see your projects in one place, see your growth and refer back to your work.

FYI:  The examples I am showing you are from my own journal book I am trying to organize.  Please forgive the imperfect pictures and messy handwriting… lol…

All pages are copyrighted and can not be duplicated without written permission.



Hey everyone. Today’s blog post is the DIY mid-length duster made with a few alterations. I found this wool blend fabric at Jo-Ann fabric, which I love working with because of its weave firmness; its easy to manage, its stable, and smooth to sew into. I’m overly crazy about the feel/texture of the fabric and the color. This isn’t the first time using this pattern ….click on link  The actual pattern is a full length duster with side hidden pockets and a back bottom vent, which as you can see from the original version I switched it up a little bit and re-created it to make it my own. So the 3 alterations I made consisted of me eliminating the hidden side pockets and adding these faux-fur boxed side pockets, I shorten the duster and lastly I didn’t add the back bottom vent. Also the pants are DIY as well, click on link This is yet another one of my favorite looks because it has a clean, sleek, stylish and professional look.

Be Blessed. I hope you all love this look as much I do and enjoyed the post.

XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin



Hello Everyone. I’m sharing with you guys this DIY ombr’e colored sweater cardigan. I would love to provide the pattern I used, but unfortunately I’m having trouble recalling the exact pattern. I picked up this thick sweater material from Jo Ann Fabrics. I used around 2 1/2 yard of fabric. From what I can remember it was a fairly easy project and I definitely plan on making it again, because I have an affinity for long draping pieces. I would like you guys to check out for some of the latest trendy pieces. I paired my cardigan with this sweatshirt dress that I got from Polka Dot Posh. I love this dress, as I mentioned on my social media posting, If I could, I literally would wear this dress EVERYDAY.

Be Blessed and I hope you all love this look and enjoyed the post.

XOXOXO……Ms. Kim Austin



Well HELLO there (smile). We’re expecting some snow this week here in the south. It’s bitterly cold..brrrr. Luckily for me, I was able to snap a few pics of me wearing this DIY wool blend poncho with a camisole before this cold weather arrived and that is what I adore about this Poncho; I have versatility with this one. On those light cool days I don’t have to worry about laying up, because I can throw on a light top and still get warmth from this accessory or I can also wear a thick sweater with it during those days when the temperature is frigid such as what we’re experiencing now. The simplicity in making this DIY was superb. This particular poncho only required at least 1 yard of fabric, limited cutting, and some hemming… that’s it. I wish I would’ve captured the steps I took to make this Poncho, unfortunately I didn’t think about it at the time, I just went in…lol. Anyway if you’re interested in making your own DIY poncho they’re plenty of tutorials online.

Be Blessed and I hope you all loved this look and enjoyed this post.


XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin




Late Post….YIKES. I apologize you guys. So I recently participated in the Pretty Girls Sew fall inspired sew-log. Participants were advised to create any one of the variations from McCalls 7802. I made view C, with a few alterations to the sleeves such as not adding the elastic at the bottom of the sleeves and I shorten the sleeves. I must say it was exciting experience. I reached out to Pretty Girls Sew and mentioned that I’ve been following them for some time now and would always look forward to seeing all of my fellow seamstress come up with some amazing pieces for their annual RAE challenges and that I just simply enjoyed witnessing all of the talent during the sew alongs.

Here is my version of McCalls pattern 7802. I love everything about the dress. At first sight I thought the dress was a little bore, so I decided to give it a little life by using this soft stretch faux leather, which I picked up from my local Hobby Lobby store. I believe black and leather can always add some spiciness. To finish off the outfit I paired it with these CRAZY COOL Isabelle Marant ankle boots that I picked up from Shop Her Closet pop up shop which was sponsored by Sugar Plum Consignment and lastly topped my outfit off with this beret I picked up from a local estate sale….everything here is budget friendly…and that’s the name of the game YAY!!!! BTW….sorry about the dark pics. It was cloudy day I decided to capture these pictures.

Be Blessed and I hope you loved this look and enjoyed the post.  

XOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hello, sorry you guys I’ve gotten behind on the blog postings. This is a late post, so today I’m sharing with you all this cutie that I decided to wrap up my summer DIY collection with. This was a quickie DIY. I used this embellish Gardenia sheer print fabric and used #Simplicity pattern 8748 with some alterations. Ok so this DIY originally started off as a calf length top which I was planning on wearing over my crop top and my jeans, but after pulling the outfit together, I wasn’t impressed! So with that being said, I cut it off to an average length top and that brings us to what I’m wearing in the pic, this easy breezy comfortable, but FLY top and (I especially love the collar).  

Be Blessed and I hope you all love this look and enjoyed the post.

XOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin

DIY Sewing Sewing Space

Vision Board and My Small Sewing Space

Hi guys its Tonia.   I wanted to show you my tiny but surprisingly comfortable sewing space and vision board I use for inspiration.  I had to make it work in this little 1 bedroom apartment here in Dallas, TX.

Of course I stalk Pinterest daily and sometimes I print the pictures I really like on 4×6 paper and then cut them out and then pin them on my real live P-interest board.  Everyday I look at it looking for a project I can do for the week.  I left space so that I can add to in when needed.


My sewing room is a very small space in my apartment.  It is a 6×9 space.  It was meant to be an office space. This is what it looked like prior to moving my stuff in.

This is what it looks like now that i have set this small area as my sewing space.Now I know its not perfect and if your sewing space is perfect and perfectly clean, then you are not using it.  I use mine daily.  I clean up and its right back messy again. All the furniture is white and of course came from Ikea. I would guestimate that this whole ikea set up probably cost about around $250.

I have a little store on Etsy where I make and sell dancewear and swimwear (hence the manniquin and stretchy fabric everywhere.  If interested the link is on the blog.

Left Side





Hello EVERYONE! I hope you all had a blessed weekend. So let talk about my black DIY pants made with stretch knit mixed with a little black faux leather. Can we say YEASSSSSS to these pants. I love everything about them. Ok, so I love the fact that you can simply put these pants on without the assistance of a zipper because of the allotted stretch. I love the color (I sometimes equate the color black with sleekness). I absolutely LOVE the style of the pants……these are seam detailed pants, which means, the seams are very visible and instead of a traditional pair of pants with the 4 leg seams, these pants have about 10 different seams; 4 that are small horizontal and 6 vertical( which can be pretty hard to see from the pic, SORRY) and lastly because the fabric isn’t heavy or light weight, I personally believe you can rock them in the summer. I would consider these a great transition piece from summer stepping into fall.

Be blessed. I hope you enjoyed the post and love the look.



Ms. Kim Austin XOXOXOXOXO…….



Hey. Today I’m sharing this DIY top made using a Butterick pattern with some alterations. After making the top, I thought to myself, this top is BLUH looking, so I decided to add 2 rows of ruffles at the bottom of the top and slightly pleated each sleeve cap to add some volume. So overall I was pleased with the finished results. I would say it was an easy to top to put together.

Now onto this skirt…..LOOK let me tell ya! Ok so first I attempted to make a pair of fitted high waist wide leg pants, but as you can see, it’s now a skirt. Anyway, I had major fitting issues with the pants. I cut them according to my size, but for whatever reason, I had a lot of slack in the crotch area and the waist was extremely high. Now granted, I knew that they were supposed to be high-waisted pants, but dude, the pants came up to high . So after numerous attempts of trying to make adjustments such as taking the pants in a bit more in the crotch area(unfortunately that didn’t work), I tried tapering down the “high-waisted” part(that didn’t work) and lastly, I went back to the store and bought some fabric and started ALL over again and guess what…same issue!!!!  

So that brings you to my attempted DIY pants refashioned into this cool skirt! I cut the pants at the knees, took the seams a loose between the legs, sewn the 2 front sections together and cut off the excess fabric and repeated the same steps for the back area and viola…… we have the IMFAMOUS SKIRT…LOL. Oh yeah….I used stretch twill that I bought from Jo-Ann fabrics.  

Although this project was very discouraging after my failed pants attempt and the fact that I had to take a few days from working on it to regroup, I picked it back up a few days later, conquered it and I’m now satisfied with the complete look.

Be Blessed. I hope you enjoyed this post and like this look.

XOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hello. This is outfit is an oldie, but goodie. I included my recent pics with some old pics. So after watching the season premiere of POWER a couple of weeks ago, by the way, it was crazyyy…. that Tariq and Dre had me piping HOT!. Any-who, I decided to play around with and make some fun power moves of my own with this DIY tunic made using #simplicitypattern 8064, these super cool jogger pants made with#voguepattern 8909 and this self-drafted off the shoulder top. As you can see there’s many ways to rock these 3 pieces. I was taking off, putting on, arranging, rearranging clothes with no mirror and still trying to look put together all within 30mins. Needless to say, I was working against time… so yeah, I would consider that experience a POWER move. Goal accomplished . Catch up with you guys later.

Be Blessed. I hope you all enjoyed the post and like look.

XOXOX…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hello guys….Late Post. This DIY is a one off the shoulder top. Top was made using mccallspattern 7753. This is also another DIY made with striped shirting fabric. In my opinion shirting material is great for this weather, because it’s a really thin fabric and you have a vast variety of pieces of summertime garments you can make with this fabric. Top paired with express women’s slacks, gucci slide in mules and patricanash calf hair/leather clutch. 

Be blessed and I hope you all enjoyed the post and like the look

XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin




Hello….. So as you can see by my STRUT, I’m loving this effortless DIY shift dress. When considering what you’re planning to wear for perhaps a date night, you shouldn’t have to think to long when you have this dress hanging up in your closet. This little number is so easy to wear. You can easily just add some simple accessories to spruce it up. With this dress, I chose to pair it up with my black fish-net stockings, threw on my red pumps and carried this super fly DIY red fringe lamb leather fold-over clutch purse, which I posted in a previous post. For the most part, when it comes to fashion…..I want it to be a painless experience…HA! So with that being said, you could never go wrong with a shift dress.

Be Blessed. I hope you all enjoyed this post and like the look.


XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin

DIY Sewing

30 Minute – DIY Mustard Yellow Pencil Skirt – Tutorial

I love pencil skirts!  You can dress them up for work or casual.   They never go out of style.  I recently made a red one out of some left over fabric I have and also a green one.  You will probably see these skirts in future posts.  I had some random fabric laying around the house so I decided to make this skirt out of it.  Below are the instructions.

Please note that this skirt is really super duper easy.  You must have some sort of 4 way stretch fabric.  You can use two way but make sure you cut the skirt to where the stretch is on the hips.



Grab a poster board and an old skirt that you really love the fit and draw around it on the poster board.  Dont worry it does not have to be perfect but try to get it as perfect as YOU can.  When you cut it out, your lines will be more straight.

Next cut a waist band.  It needs to be 4 inches by whatever your waist is size is.  If you are a 25 inch waist.  Cut a 12.5 x 4.  You will cut two of these.


Now that my skirt is cut.  Pin Sides and stitch down.

This is what your two pieces will look like.

Stitch down the side of your skirt and stitch both ends of your waist bands together.  Fold over like the picture.

Your skirt should be right side showing and your band too.  Put your band on top of the skirt and get ready to pin and stitch down.

Start by lining up and pinning your seems together right sides together.

Should look like this.

and this!

Go to the machine and stitch (as shown in the picture.  Stitch the inside all the way around.  Dont forget to back stitch.  NOTE:  Use a zig zag stitch.  I learned the hard way and had to go back and redo the stitch.

Now you have a skirt!

THis is what the inside looks like.  You surely can serge if you want.  It will make your garment look more finished.d

Hem your skirt!


There is your perfect little skirt.  For real a beginner can do this skirt!  It is so easy.  Have fun.  Tag us on Instagram if you decide to make one from my directions.  @kimandtonia



Hello, I made this One self-drafted DIY dress, two different looks  about a few months ago. I love the versatility of this pleated strapless maxi dress. As you can see, this dress can stand alone with very limited accessories. Its a great summertime dress because it’s made with light weight shirting fabric or it can be worn with a nice clean crisp Express Portofino top for those upcoming fall weather days. When it comes to pieces of clothing, I love to have options in reference to being able to rock and style it in different ways.

Be Blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoyed the post


XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin




Hey everyone. This DIY is a very soft silky black lined cropped shrug that I paired with my favorite pair of Banana Republic pants, calf-hair cheetah print/leather belt and my amazing calf-half Steve Madden pumps. What a perfect piece of garment that can be worn for those “cold work place” temperatures and also because its light weight and thin, you can rock it during those hot summer temperatures. So in essences, I get a 2 for 1 special….lol. I like how easy this shrug was to put together. The instructions were pretty straight forward with minimum pattern pieces to work with. Unfortunately I cant remember the pattern I used, but I do know it was a Simplicity pattern, however if your interested in making this shrug, Butterick has pattern B5529 which offers a variations of different lengths and styles.

Be Blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoyed the post.


XOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hello Everyone. Today’s outfit is this DIY milk chocolate color top and this DIY dark chocolate color skirt. I’m referring to this post as 7 shades of brown because I’m showcasing a variety of browns and yes that’s including my nail and toe polish…HA. This is one of the easiest outfits to put together, because of the simplicity of the skirt and the top. I would say that both pieces were pretty easy to make. It took me about 30 min top to assemble the skirt together. The skirt only required 1 yard of stretch knit fabric and the only thing I had to do was measure the skirt, sew-up a middle back seam and add an inch and 1/2 seam at top of the skirt……YEP thats all. The top was made made using a simplicity dress pattern. I altered the pattern by making it into a shirt(unfortunately I cant think of the pattern number). Overall this is a quick go to date night outfit.

Be Blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoy the post.  

XOXOXO…….Ms. Kim Austin



Good Morning, everyone. This will be a very short post. Today’s DIY  is this faux wrap red(yes some more red) dress using vogue pattern 8825. I actually made this dress a few years ago, but only worn perhaps maybe once or twice, so I decided to pull it out and recapture some pics like I’m about to finesse my way into Tuesday like WHATS UP (SMILE). This is yet another one of my DIY FAVS. Well I’m about to leave it here. Catch up with you later.

Be Blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoyed this brief post.

XOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hey guys. What’s good? Today’s DIY is this AMAZING red full-length vest!!!. Guys you know what, I’m so blessed in MANY ways and with one of them being able to duplicate, replicate, create and produce some amazing pieces of clothing along with so many other things. Since my youth, I’ve always been crafty and intrigued in how certain things were made and how I could  recreate that particular thing(whatever that may be). So once I entered into Jr. High, home economic was my favorite course, because while I was at school, it still allowed me to fully engage in what I enjoyed the most e.g., cooking, sewing, household skills, decorating, and so much more, things that I would normally do at home(yea I’m a homemaker type of a gal, just call me Suzy homemaker..HA!).Ya’ll I just like creating STUFF….anything DIY gets my undivided attention. I promise before I buy certain items, I’m always thinking….. hmmmm I wonder if I could make that. Honestly, I believe if I really gave my all into all things DIY, I could easily slash my spending expenses in half, BUT unfortunately time and just life hasn’t allotted me that luxury. Ok enough with my ramblings and on to this cutie right here. I’m head over heels with the solid red color, the lapel collar, the pocket action and that its sleeveless. Oh and it has a back slit, which provides me more mobility while walking.

Once again, I present to you all another “almost” UFO(unfinished outfit) that I started working on about a year ago, only to resume finishing it up within the last week. So you ask, what took me so long to complete it? Well like I mentioned in a previous post, once I start working on a project and if I hit a rough patch concerning the construction of the garment, the thrill is gone and I typically move on to the next project, unless its something I am absolutely determined to finish. Needless to say, I hit that patch and moved on.

Ok so there where 2 issues about this vest that I didn’t like. I’m not trilled about how the front 2 panels(I’m not sure what to call them) wont lay completely flat. I don’t like the fact that when I walk the panels will puff up with air and expand vs lying flat….if that makes sense. I tried the top stitch options, but to no avail and lastly, because of my laziness I serged the whole vest with black thread… looked so tacky with the red fabric. Yes, at the time I was to tired to change out the serger thread. Fast forward to the current. I’m accepting the side panels catching air as I walk..SIGH… and I went back over the vest and cut off most of the black serger thread and re-serged it with red thread. Conclusion: I’m at peace with it and find myself loving it even more, because of the versatility. It can be dressed up with a nice pair of slacks or skirt or it can be dressed down with a nice pair of jeans or shorts.

Be Blessed. I hope you like this look and enjoyed the post.

XOXOXO……Ms. Kim Austin



Hello Everyone. Lets take a sneak peak of what I’m currently working for my upcoming Punta Cana trip. McCall’s patterns recently put out their new spring patterns and when I tell you I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this pattern. I searched high and low to find it. I just knew this would be the perfect getup for my trip. It’s sexy, flirty, and fun. So, I wanted something very loud and full of color for this look; I found this royal green gauze fabric at Joann fabric. This is the perfect fabric for this outfit and for this occasion because it thin, lightweight, flowy, and comfortable….the perfect beach attire, right?

The pattern instructions were pretty clear and straight forward, I didn’t have any issues. However, I made a couple of changes. Because I like my pants “hitting the floor” I added a few inches to the pants. I achieved this by cutting the pants pattern piece at the “lengthen line” that’s written on the pattern, measured how much I wanted to add, inserted some craft paper to fill in that extra space by taping the paper by both ends to actual pattern pieces, and wow that’s it….. there’s your new altered pattern piece. Lastly, I wanted my top to be a little longer, so I eliminated the elastic in the bottom half of the top. Stay tuned to see the finished results.

Be Blessed. I hope you all enjoyed the post.

XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin


DIY Dark Green Suede Circle Skirt


This is an easy post. An oldie, but goodie. Sorry for the dark pics. I’m working on buying a new camera.  So,I bought this suede fabric about 2 years while visiting back home in LA and of course me and my girls (sewing buddies) decided to visit the downtown fashion district… when I tell you those people were hustling and busting trying to make a deal! ANYWAY, this guy made an offer I couldn’t resist; I purchased about 2yrs of this fabric for a whopping $30, now tell me where can you find 2yrds of real suede for $30 ….HMMM LETS THINK…..ummm nowhere, so this was definitely a steal!.

Now on to this skirt. This was an easy peasy project. I literally made this self-drafted skirt within an hour. There a plenty of youtube videos that will show how to take your waist measurements, how to sketch the pattern, place it on your fabric, cut it out, add the zipper and sew this baby up…..sounds easy, right… really is just that easy. Its a cute, easy to wear, and sexy little number 🙂

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Estate Sale Treasure- Old Thread Holder/organizer Now Revitalized!!!

The saying “one man’s trash, is another man’s treasure”. I can truly say this is tried and true this case. I’m always at someone’s estate sale seeking out a great deal. So, fortunately for me I lucked up on an estate sale where the person was a seamstress and had tons of sewing supplies. Technically speaking, this contraption really has nothing to do with sewing; after during me research, this is used to hold nails, bolts, and screws etc. The previous owner was so creative and thought outside of the box that they decided to turn this into something to organize their thread….CRA-MAZING!! Why didn’t I think of that?!? I like how she labeled each compartment by color(YES ALL THE THREAD CAME WITH IT). Yes, I’m winning with this purchase!! And it gets better…… you know what the best part is for me, is that you can free up some space by hanging it on the wall; my sewing area is so cluttered, I needed this in my life a long time ago. Lastly, because it looks a little old and outdated, I decided to spruce it up, by spray painting it a glossy metallic color and changing the those old manila folder color tabs into something more neutral(which I’m still working on)

Conclusion: This is a win win all the way around

Have a blessed day. Hope you enjoyed this post.


XOXOXOXO……Ms. Kim Austin



Hello from your girl Kim 🙂  Here’s another oldie, but goodie DIY. Hands down this is one of my favorite summer time getup. I consider this to be one of those effortless dress, meaning this will be something that I would quickly pull out of my overstuffed closet without having to give a whole lot of thought about it… dang what shoes would I wear or what accessories can I throw on, I can just throw on a cute pair of flats and because the top is cute by itself, I really don’t need any accessories. This is such an uncomplicated, easy, and comfortable dress that it can be put on in a matter of minutes and you’ll still come out looking comfortable and sexy all at the same time. Well, I hope you all enjoyed this DIY look….I’ll talk with you guys soon.


XOXOXOXO …….Ms. Kim Austin


DIY Mustard Slacks and Top

Hey everyone 🙂

Considering this is our new site, you will be seeing some past DIY outfits and this so happen to be one of them. Sorry. Anyway, I made this 2 piece cutie last year. Hands down I love everything about this getup. I love the color, the feel, comfort, and the sophistication of this whole look…oh and not to mention it so easy to iron :-).

To create this look I used 2 different patterns, which unfortantely I cant remember which 2 I used. Needless to say, the top was pretty easy to put together, but I struggled a little bit with pants. I had a lot of fitting issues ****sigh****

Conclusion: The frustration and labor pains I had with making the pants was worth it all….YAY. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this outfit.





DIY Off The Shoulder Dress

Hi…. Today’s DIY is this sexy little summertime off-the shoulder dress. When I came across this dress that one of my favorite seamstress Beaute J’dore had made, I went straight to my fabric stash and found this striped polyester fabric; I knew instantly it would be perfect for this project, because of the ease and how lightweight the fabric is. I must say, I made a good choice in fabric and I chose the right style of dress for this fabric. YAY to me 🙂

I provided the link below to her blog where she provides a tutorial on how to create this look.

Be blessed and I hope you all enjoy this post.

XOXOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin



Hey Guys. Are you all loving this look, because I am? Sometimes when it comes deciding on my next project, I normally would have some idea of what I would like to make before even considering the fabric type, however this time I was in Jo Ann fabric and I came across this print, I immediately picked it up and purchased it without much thought as to what I’ll be creating with it. I got home and was thinking to myself, hmmmm what are you going to make with this fabric, so I got to shuffling through my pattern box and picked out 2 different patterns to create this look. I knew I wanted another pair of joggers pants and I knew I wanted a crop top, but never decided on the fabric type, so I’m thinking what do I have to loose by putting these 2 pieces together and using this fabulous fabric…..VOILA….in my mind, I came up with the BOMB outfit.

Conclusion: Fabric well used….. No regrets 🙂

Be blessed and I hope you like this look and enjoy the post


XOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



What’s up, guys?

I’m giving you all the cold shoulder, well let me rephrase that, the cold shoulder look :-). So while taking my weekly stroll through one of our local fabric stores (Jo-Ann fabric) I came across this lovely black embroidered fabric and I instantly knew what I was planning on making with it. When I tell you, I wasn’t in my home a good 2 minutes, before I got to searching for the perfect pattern(which at the moment, I cant seem to remember the pattern, sorry). I made whipped this baby up in a matter of hours and was ready to wear it the following day for a “girls’ night out”. This is definitely a go to outfit and one of my favorites pieces.

Hope you enjoy this look and post.


XOXOXOXO……Ms. Kim Austin


DIY High-low printed top

Hello. Sorry for the dark pics, YIKES. Todays DIY look is this easy flowy high-low top. I needed something real quick to sew up, so I turned to Simplicity 1064(easy-to-sew) pattern. I am all for quick, easy and simplicity when it comes sewing. The pattern instructions were pretty straight forward and understandable. Hey, I got a killer deal on the fabric. I found a few yards in the marked down section at Hancock fabric and paid a whopping $5 for 2 1/2 yards…can you say DEAL OF THE DAY.

Be blessed and I hope you all enjoy this DIY look 🙂



African Print Short Skirt

Kim and I were making the maxi version of this skirt and I decided to make a short version as well.   It actually turned out cute.  This was a Mimi G Throwback Tutorial that we used.



EASY PEASY project with very limited sewing experience needed. My girlfriend had just opened her sewing studio and we we’re just so excited to “break it in” we found this super easy OBI belt to make with some left over leather she had from a previous project. I cant recall where we located this pattern, but if you click on the link below you’ll find alternate tutorial



Hi….. Today’s DIY look is this Kimoto style jacket and a pair of pants that I turned into a pair of distressed frayed shorts. I instantly fell in love with the long Kimoto jacket when the look first came on the scene; I’ve always had plans of making one, but in this HOT Memphis heat during the summertime, I needed some light weight fabric. So one weekend, me and Tonia took a quick road trip to Chattanooga with hopes of finding some new fabric options vs what we have locally in our fabric stores. Well as you see from the pics, I found that lightweight fabric! I love everything about this fabric. Its very light in weight, I love the pattern scheme, and the combination of the solid fabric with the crochet/embroidered fabric. But after finishing up this project, I thought it was a little boring and needed to be spiced up, so I added this high yellow tassel trim around the edges to give it a little more life. After thinking outside of the box and being a little daring with yellow addition, I was finally pleased with my creation.

As for my shorts, I pulled out an old pair of jeans, cut them a few inches above the knees, used my thread remover to create the frying process and lastly, I used a cheese grater to create the distressed look(I put a small hole in the pants and then went back and forth with the grater in that area until I was satisfied with the look)

Conclusion: Never be scared to think outside of the box 🙂

Be blessed and I hope you all like this look and enjoy the post.




DIY Lace Top

Hey guys!

I took these pics after participating in the 10 day green smoothie challenge and let me tell you, that’s a whole nother post(yep I said nother). Anyway, after the challenge I slimed down about 10 pounds, which allotted for this super cute top to fit more comfortably on me. When I originally made the top, I cut it a size to small, but after the weight lost, it fits perfectly in every area :-).

Conclusion: I’m in love with this top, because of the color, the fabric choice (lace), and the style of it.

Well, I catch up you all later. Hope you enjoy this post.

XOXOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



Hey. Today’s DIY look is this classy, grown womanish, sexy, elegant, and refined dress. I think I used all the perfect words to describe this dress. BUT this dress literally gave me HELL. It took me about a week to complete this project. The most complicated part of this dress was creating the twist. I’m not sure who wrote the instructions on how to put it together, but it was a big fail. I had to google some reviews for people who previously made this dress and they shared the same sentiments. With all that being said, this one particular seamstress shared her techniques on how to get the perfect twist and it FINALLY worked for me. I’m not sure if I would attempt to make this dress again, but I am pleased with my this outcome.

Be blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoy this post.

XOXOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin


DIY Faux Snake skin Leather Fringe Clutch-Christmas Gift For My Daughter

Merry Christmas EVERYONE.  My daughter is always telling me that I never make her anything, so as I was thinking to myself, what could I make this young lady for Christmas that would scream originality, something sentimental and from the heart? BAM, why not surprise her with a purse made specially for her. Because I know she is such a girly girly and loves a good purse, I quickly began my search for the perfect material to work with. I went to Tandy’s Leather and they were running a sale for $19.99 per yard on specific pcs of leather. This leather stood out to me because of the color and texture; I knew I had to get it because its was so different, like my daughter. To wrap this up, she was very surprised and happy to show off her one of a kind, specially made for her purse 🙂

Be blessed. I hope you all like this look and enjoy the post.



DIY African Print Maxi Skirt- Behind The Seams

Hey Everyone….For a long time now, myself and Tonia talked about trying our hands at making a wax Ankara gathered  print maxi skirt, which in the end was a success; she made the short version and I made a long one. So we moved forward and started ordering all the fabric and the supplies needed to complete the project, which was fairly easy. After looking at numerous tutorials and views of other seamstresses skirts, we finally pressed on. The skirt only required 4 pieces, which was the front piece, the back piece, the side pockets and a back zipper, sounds simple right? Now although there weren’t a lot of pieces, we still struggled a little, but as we got further along during the process, we were able to brainstorm and get the job done (GEESSSH finally finished ). Personally for me, I fell in love with fullness and length of the skirt and yeah I got plenty of compliments when I wore it church 🙂 Below are pics of our first attempt at creating this beauty.

Be blessed. I hope you all this look and post.



DIY box pleat Black And White Striped Skirt And Behind The Seams Pics

Hello! I’m totally in love with the box pleat skirt trending right now. I first saw this look on my favorite inspirational site Pinterest and then I ran across this Gucci box pleat skirt on Saks website for a whopping…….WAIT FOR IT……….. $1600, you got to be kidding me, I can make this skirt 99 times less in cost; after all, it’s not that complicated to put together and sew. So I strolled right into Hancock fabric, picked up about 2 yards of this lovely black and white striped fabric and went straight home to start on my skirt. I’m sure by looking at this pics below, you can see that I’m extremely happy with the finished results. .




diy leather signature bucket purse and wallet

I had so much fun making this purse because honestly, it was easy. I came across this tutorial and thought to myself, I have to try this out. It didn’t require much material or supplies, which was great. I went to our local Tandy’s Leather Store and purchased a yrd of leather and the metal snaps. It took me about 2 hours to actually put this purse together, so again, its a pretty simple project. BONUS: with the left over fabric, I made me a matching wallet :-).

Please view video below for the purse tutorial and click on the link for the wallet tutorial that I personally used.

Be blessed. I hope you all enjoy this post.

XOXOXOXO…..Ms. Kim Austin



DIY Red Soft Lamb Leather Fringe Clutch Purse W/Behind The Seams Pics

Hello everyone…..I instantly fell in love with this clutch purse when I first saw it; I had to book-mark this tutorial, because I knew I was going to be making this purse numerous times in different colors. If you’re interested in making this, please refer to the link below for the tutorial by Beaute J’adore.

Be blessed. I hope you all enjoyed this post.

XOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin


DIY Royal Blue skater Midi- Dress

Hey peeps.  What a beauty, right?  I just love the vintage look of the dress. It’s modest, sexy, and flirty. It is the perfect summertime dress! Lets not forget to mention the color. This textured blue fabric is CRA-MAZING. I bought this fabric just because it was gorgeous; not having an idea what project I was going to use it for and not thinking about these cute little pair of shoes I have that would match perfectly (YALL I’m winning over here)  Did I also mention how I LOVE the back of this dress….YES HUNTY. I’m going to end it here, because I could talk non-stop about this beauty 🙂

Be blessed. I hope you all like the look and enjoy the post.


XOXOXOXO….Ms. Kim Austin




Refashioned Pocket Key Chain Coin Purse

Made this pocket keychain coin purse that I found on Pinterest. So cute.
Cut your pocket out. Leave a little seam allowance on the sides. Add zipper. As you can see in my photo, I added lining in mine. Viola… it is just that easy.