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BHFM: PATRICK KELLY

BLACK HISTORY FASHION MOMENT:  PATRICK KELLY

Patrick Kelly

Originally hailing from Vicksburg, Mississippi, Patrick Kelly (September 24, 1954 – January 1, 1990) was a celebrity-favorite designer known for his bright, flamboyant, and chic aesthetic. His bold works occasionally referenced issues of race through the use of charged imagery such as that of the golliwog. Kelly was also a tireless advocate for models of color who counted Naomi Campbell, Iman, and Grace Jones among his circle of friends.

Kelly began his career at the age of 18, working in Atlanta as an unpaid window dresser for Yves Saint Laurent. He eventually received personal sponsorship by a then chairman at the fashion house to travel to Paris to create his namesake label, Patrick Kelly Paris.

In 1988, Patrick Kelly became the first American and the first Black person to be admitted to the prestigious Chambre syndicale du prêt-à-porter des couturiers et des créateurs de mode, a French organization which governed the fashion trade in France. His clothing was sold at major department stores including Henri Bendel, Bergdorf Goodman and Bloomingdale’s.

Patrick Kelly’s work was the subject of a 2005 retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, and most recently, a 2014 retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Happy Sewing,

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September is National Sewing Month

YES, September is National Sewing Month and I am super excited.

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

This year I pledge to do something sewing related each day.  How many of my sew sisters and brothers will join me?  I will journal my sewing activities, and blog them once a week.  A strong commitment to make, but this will allow me to increase my sewing skills and knowledge.

If you would like to read more on National Sewing Month and the different activities, visit National Sewing Month website

Let the sewing challenge begin!!!

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Week 1: Each One Teach One Coaching Series

Being a HUGE fan of Mrs. Shari of My Daily Threadz and a customer of Bootstrap Fashion I was excited to learn of their recent collaboration.  Not only just for fashion, but they have taken the time out to teach us the business side of the sewing and fashion industry.  I will follow along in their series and give my reviews as I work the program.

WEEK ONE OF OUR COACHING SERIES, “TURNING WHAT YOU LOVE INTO A BUSINESS”

The first week began of course with Yuliya and Shari introducing themselves and giving us a worksheet complete.  It was followed up with a  Each One Teach One Coaching Series Week One Video where the ladies really open up about some of their experiences in the industy.  I love how they expalined  the differences between the Hobbyiest and the Entreprenur.  What I most enjoyed about week one was the encouragement the ladies continued to give.  YOU MUST THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.  Thinking outside the box allows you not to have an excuse because you can be creative.

I leave week one asking myself:

  • What am I will in to invest?
  • Do I have the skills?
  • Am I committed?
  • Do I have the finances?

Stay tune as I contiue through this process…………………

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

This past weekend my sewing group had a zipper workshop to review techniques as we prepare our spring/summer collections.  Since this was an all morning workshop, we decided to bring breakfast refreshments.  I brought sangria and blinged out the wine glasses for everyone.   Sometimes sewing can be stressful when your creative thoughts are blur, so the ladies we happy to have a glass to sit by their machines as we worked.  By then end of the workshop…well lets just say we may need to retake this zipper workshop….LOL

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SEW GOOD SANGRIA

  • 1 box of 5 liter box wine
  • 1 liter of ginger ale
  • 1 liter of mango agava
  • 1 cup of flavor rum
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1 cup of pineapples
  • 1 cup of mangoes
  • 2 cups of peaches

Let the mixture sit overnight in the fridge and enjoy the next day.

*** you may use any fruit of your choice

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WE LOVE OUR SEWING STUFF

I have accepted the WE LOVE OUR SEWING STUFF CHALLENGE with THE SEWCIAL PLACE for the remainder of February 2016.  Each day I will update this post with all the awesome sewing stuff I own.

RULES:
Simply snap a pic of anything around your creative space (sewing room or craft room) and share on your wall with @thesewcialplace with #sewingstufflove or #craftingstufflove JOIN THE FUN with us on Instagram.

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Day 1:  RED LOVE
This is the left over fabric from a red dress I made for my first fashion show.

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Day 2: SEAMRIPPER SMILE
Yes I have 3 seam rippers and two more somewhere around the house… LOL

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Day 3: THREAD HEAD
Not only do I sew, I crochet and needlepoint as well. I purchase my large thread cones from FABRICTOPIA

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Day 4: LOVE CUTS
Here are just a few scissors and cutting tools I use when creating garments and crafts. Yes I have band aids on standby because accidents do happen ☝

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Day 5: 🔥HOT HOT HOT🔥
The top is my current iron station. The bottom is ironing equipment on my wish list

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Day 6: BUTTON DOWN
I’m shame. I have no buttons. Buttons holes have been a fear of mine but I promised myself I will make a garment with bottoms for 2016.
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Day 7: MEASURE TWICE
I have lots of measuring boards, rulers, tapes, etc. But my newest tool is the measuring gauge. FASHION BEHIND THE SEAMS introduced me this tool and I love it.
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Day 8: PIN IT 

I think we all have the yellow quilters pins…lol  On my next notion buy, I will look for the glass head pins.  Some to more experienced seamstress I follow have mention them several times.image

Day 9: MY MACHINES
All of my creating happens on the top two machines. The Dream Machine at the bottom is on my wish list. From the first time I saw it, it was love at first sight….
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Day 10: BRIGHT LIGHT
My current lighting. The right pic was a gift to enhance my photography, I’m rearranging my space to add more light for my sewing corner.
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Day 11: PATTERN FAVE
I have two because when I completed the garment, it looked nothing like the pattern and I followed the directions word for word…lol
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Day 12: SHHHH LIBRARY
Not a huge collection but valuable to my craft.
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Day 13: CHALK IT UP
This was suggested to my by the sales associate in @hancockfabrics. I love it
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Day 14: PRETTY PRINTS
I purchased this fabric from iamsewblessed.com.  It was used to make a pull over tunic.
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Day 15: WHERE I PREPARE
I use the floor but I have a table I need to finish assembling.
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Day 16: HAPPY FEET
My sewing machine feet and my favorite sewing socks
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This week week challenge has been fun.  Looking through my stash to see what I can find and also viewing the post of others who participated on Instagram.  I even gained a few more social media friends through this challenge.  THANKS SEWCIAL PLACE….IT WAS FUN.

Happy Sewing Everyone,

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Natural Soap Haul

As you all know, I have picked up the hobby of soap making.  Just like sewing it is exciting to make something and use it, knowing it is another task accomplished in life.  After a week of class with Zakia and Inez, I took my supply list and went shopping for items.  I wanted to check prices, locations, quality and quantity.   I like to spend my dollars in my city/community first before I order online.

While visiting Whole Foods, I stumble upon a natural soap display. Full of homemade soap.  Oh you know I had to grab a few pieces to sample them out.  Downside, the soaps did not have names.   It is ok, this will be part of my research project.  I want to be able to identify the smells of different oil and the chemical reactions my body has from them before I order in large bulk.  Also I was lucky to catch a few essential oils and coconut oil on sale.

 

Next I made a visit to my corner 99 cents store.  I was able to purchase a few glass bowls and spatulas.  Later this week I will visit my local grocery store and farmers market for ingredients and equipment supplies.

While excited about this new found hobby it is a little scary.  Like anything new, you do not want to mess up and you have the fear of what others may think or say.  But in my case my family and friends are excited about my new hobby.  I  really think they are excited they will be getting free stuff through my experiments….LOL.  Stay tune as I continue this  journey…..

Happy Sewing and now Happy Soaping,

~Aysun

 

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HELLO 2016

YES, THANK GOD WE MADE IT TO 2016.   I pray everyone enjoyed their holiday season, I know I did.

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2015 for Aysun Taylor started off slow but towards then end of the year doors began to open all around.  From fashion shows, to more clients, to meeting celebrities, I slept through Thanksgiving because I was so tired.  2016 I will bring new and exciting things to the blog.  I will introduce many of the people I have met along my fashion journey, increase the detail and techniques of garments, participate in project prom, wardrobe challenges, youtube videos and others I cannot reveal just yet.  Stay tune.

If there is anything you would love to see from Aysun Taylor this year, please be sure to comment below.

Sew Much Love,

Aysun