Friday, 19 May 2017


I am a klutz when it comes to  dressmaking. this is so because each time I have a vivid and flawless imagination on how I want a particular piece to look I usually end up on the bitter side of life with my silly mistakes. I spoke about my mistakes in sometime ago. But you know the goodnews, mistakes are good! They make you sit up in your next projects, the more mistakes you make the better! They turn you into something different!

Now I make dresses, that though may not match exactly with my imaginations but they come just as close! Learning is such a beautiful thing! For this post, it is a dress I wore on Easter Sunday! It was really just as close to my imaginations! Maybe that is because I did lots of research, on how to make a peplum stand! oh boy! The self method I came up with was so tedious that I would beg to differ if someone has a better alternative!

I had to use a wire, use a heavy fusible that ended up making the dress as heavy as a wedding dress! But oh well, what do I care I got my result and I am glad! I am still doing my research work here! I heard Horse tail Braid works to kick peplums but I have non and also could not lay my hands on any!
Ankara gown
So there is the the dress! and you see the way the down part of the dress flares... That was how I wanted it! On her head is what  is called Gele! I make them too. I cannot tie them to save my life but i sew them into a position that will last a life time and takes less than thirty minutes to install for each use!

Ankara Gown
This is a collage of the sketch and the reality!

Mabee Hautelicious illustrations

Mabee Hautelicious Ankara dress

Mabee Hautelicious

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Mabee Hautelicious

Mabee in Ankara Dress

Rhonkefella and a few others were the inspiration behind the dress! And the fact that I only wanted a challenge! A challenge on how I could achieve the pretty lower part of the dress. Hopefully I nailed it. There is more to come.

It was such a tedious process getting tis dress done but hopefully I have learnt for next time so I can save time and energy! Though it was worth all the struggle.

 This is the gele that went with the dress. It is purple and lovely!
Gele by MBH


Yayyyyy!!! It is Friday once again! My best day of the week. like I  usually have more energy on Friday than Monday. That is a fact. This week has been stressful but productive as well. You know I am in that phase where I sew more. I have different phases when it comes to my sewing passion. A first phase when I am totally all about inspirations, fabric gushing, imaginations and an active mind, the second phase when I go fabric hunting and pattern drafting alongside the main deal, sewing! Finally the last phase when I am totally physically and menatally exhausted! I usaully do not want anything to do with dresses and sewing in this phase! most times I could be in it for days to months! And then again the cycle begins.

My illustrations have suffered for the past months because I am too lazy to get plain sheets and also to exhausted with sewing that in the end I poorly sketch my illustrations flatly and pick out the idea from there. So anyways I will be posting pics of the ones available whilst I pray to refresh my gallery.

mabeehautlicious 01
 The above illustration has a little story behind it. I had done a first illustration and loved it. I displayed it in the sitting room for all to see only for it to be destroyed by water! All the ink spilled and destroyed the gracious drawing. I was so heart broken because I never know how to do a repeat of drawings! i am not good at duplicating! I was desperate so I tried and it worked! Though not exactly the same but it was so similar.
mabeehautelicious 02
This other picture in a snap filter is so dear to my heart! And it is a sketch come to reality. I  will post about it next.
mabee hautelicious 03

mabee hautelicious 04
 This is quite an old illustration and I wonder why it has not been on the blog yet. This dress is an original dress by me. I had a client who called in for a design. she is a wedding planner and she wanted something to show her client. it took me a few weeks to do this! Why? I do not know?  I think I was just a bit nervous about designing a wedding dress. Wedding dresses had never been my thing until that time. I think I can say I did good. the client loved it but I do not kno if she made it anyway.
mabee hautelicious 05
I must still make this dress! It is a simple dress and something common but still I must still own it!
I would not feature any talented illustrator this week until sometime again!
Thanks for reading. Have a fulfilling weekend!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017


This part of my hobby could be so annoying it makes me wonder if other sewist go through this irritating mess!!!
I know I'm still an amateur when it comes to seeing but dear me I've never had a dress come out exactly the way I pictured it in my mind's eye. It's always one silly mistake with the sewing or allowance, it just never ends perfect. I always just have to tell myself, "well, only you can notice it" or "it isn't that bad."
Will it ever end? I've learnt from some mistakes but some others I just can't find my way around.
Why I'm I ranting?

A few days back my father told me I would be representing him at an occasion which I'd give such a speech. I killed myself thinking of what I would wear and what I would look like. I finally got a beautiful fabric from my dad. I flipped through my sketch file until I found something good.
A real work began there, I found it so hard calculating the pattern draft, I tried and tried and drafted something hideous. Out of frustration I left it and went to bed. The next day, magical love I got all the calculations and proportions. Too happy to sew I went ahead. Everything was going super perfect until I decided to alter the design by adding an unnecessary detail, my bitterness begun.
Now this detail won't come out fine and I have already spout the main pattern. I was so mad at myself for wasting my whole day on something that was not fruitful. Angrily again, I threw the dress aside and went to bed mad!!!!! Raving mad!!!!!!!
Thank fully, I didn't have to represent my father anymore.
Now, the story doesn't end there, I bothered myself with how horrible I was at sewing, I kept recalling my previous mistakes. In fact I was so bitter the next day. I had to go online to search if other sewists have such experience, and definitely they do have.
I have considered giving up on my hobby since I'm self thought, gaining knowledge is quite a tough task. Other bloggers made me realize mistakes are worth it, they are awesome and perfect one even said if you aren't making mistakes you are not doing anything.
I'm very obsessive and I've realized so are other addicted sewists. Reading what others had to say about 'sewing mistakes' lifted my spirit. MISTAKES don't make a bad tailor. I accept.
I still pray to become perfect and talented as most sewists are because sewing has come definitely to stay.
As for that freakrum dress I must finish it.

And truthfully I did! i dumped it with my fabric stash and I consumed with hate each time I come by it.  Now there is something I noticed. At the time I made that mistake I did not own a seam ripper but oh boy! they are a blessing! every seamstress or dress maker need this not just a scissors, razor. I even met a tailor once using a tiny pin. It was the most painful thing I had to watch.  I am much better than I was when I wrote this, I still make mistakes. Seems you just cannot do without mistakes. As annoying as they can be I have embraced them. There are normal mistakes but mistakes that render the dress useless and your time wasted is a pain!

Here is the tool we all dread to use but it could be the best thing that could happen to anyone. Tailors purchase this and leave a beautiful sew life.
An anatomy is even needed. I once had someone ask me what it was when they saw it in my sewing box. and there is something I used once in the absence of my seam ripper it is used to cut the cuticles, it is called the cuticle cutter. It is not the best but it was helpful.
Anyways, have a lovely day day ahead


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