My name is Ruqayyah Davis of ReDpants Designs! As I mentioned in my ABOUT page, I started sewing as a means to achieving a designer, fashion forward look on a budget. I get a thrill out of making something that might have retailed for 3 or 4 times its worth at the retail ready-to-wear level. My goal is to share my process from start to finish on the blog. I want to walk you through my thought process on finding inspiration, deciding on a pattern, choosing fabric, and creating the finished project!
My first post will recap last weekend in sunny LA, California where I attended the Mimi G Style, Fashion, Sewing conference. It was an awesome experience to meet ladies that were interested and just as passionate as I am in the art of sewing. (Side note: I think that sewing is a lost art that our grandmothers and parents had to learn. So many people take this craft for granted and go after fast, disposable fashion.)
But anyway, back to the details of the conference… I have been following Mimi G for the past year and she has been an inspiration for me to get up and start sewing again. I was not as consistent in my sewing after having kids as I have been in the past year. After finding her post she not only gave me motivation but also provided a platform for inspiration. The two day conference covered some sewing techniques…some of which will definitely improve my skill set. Day two we went on a shopping excursion to Michael Levine’s fabric store in the heart of the LA Fabric Market. (Let’s just say i have enough fabric to cover me for a few months!) Shopping was followed by some very thorough information on turning this hobby of ours into a business. Here are a few pics taken with some of the amazing people that I met at the conference including Ms. Mimi G herself. BTW…everything that I wore that weekend was something that I made!
Here are some of my DIY archives. I will continue to mix in my archives with some of my new projects. Please let me know your thoughts as you follow me through this journey of sharing, inspiring, and most importantly customizing your wardrobe.