If you like what blogger Rejina Tyson is wearing, chances are she made it herself! From pencil skirts to peplum shirts, the sewing maven behind You Like It? I Made It! takes the art of D.I.Y. to very fashionable heights. Rejina let’s us in on her fashion philosophy,design inspiration and upcoming sewing projects!
How did you get started designing/sewing?
My mom used to sew when I was younger. She would make our church dresses and would also let me give it a try. She really encouraged and inspired me to learn how do to it. I guess part of me really wanted to make her happy and she’s pretty excited that I’m keeping up the tradition.
The designing part I am not really sure how that started. I guess I have a lot of ideas floating around in my head and I started jotting them down. I like being creative, so designing and sewing is a great outlet for me and my blog, You Like It? I Made It!, has provided the perfect forum to showcase my creativity.
What are a few of your favorite made items?
I had about one yard to work with and I really wanted to make something nice out of it.
Peplums are my thing right now.
The ruffle at the top of this skirt kind of happened by accident but turned out perfectly.
I had been wanting a cape for a while after I saw the cutest one on www.coach.com. So it was nice to finally get one and even nicer that I made it myself.
I love the versatility of this dress and I only had one yard to work with also.
Pairing red and leopard print is one of the best combinations of solids and prints if you ask me.
When you have an item of clothing on your wish list is your first instinct to buy it or to make it?
My first instinct is generally to make it. I appreciate the clothes that I make so much more because it is a labor of love.
However, I still enjoy shopping for clothes. Generally, I’ll opt for buying instead of making in two situations:
1. When I gotta have that item now and I just can’t wait to make it.
2. When it is more expensive to make it than to buy it.
Where do you look for outfit inspiration? Or do you just go with what feels right?
A little bit of both. Going with what feels right is the natural move for me when I am brainstorming about my next piece. Nonetheless, the inspiration behind what feels right is certainly influenced by what I see around me. I love to people watch and I can usually find some great inspiration that way. Also, fashion blogs provide another great source of inspiration. It’s so nice seeing how other people do it and getting a taste of their personal style.
Do you have a personal style philosophy?
Give it all a try and don’t be afraid to rock the results! That’s my style philosophy. You never know how great an outfit can be until you try it out. You have to be daring in your experimentation to get some amazing results. The best outfits, to me, are the ones that are completely out of the box. So my advice is go for it! It’ll probably work out great!
What items are next on your sewing agenda?
Three Ps- peplum, pleats, and prints. I have a couple of ideas for different articles of clothing in all three categories. I also want to work on some summery/beachy wear including shorts and coverups. Who knows, I may even attempt a swimsuit. Definitely keep an eye out for what I have in the works at http://youlikeitimadeit.
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