As I See IT

Great Fit Start with Correct Measurements!

Most consumers do not know their correct body measurement. Fewer know how to use these in selecting clothing! Ladies what’s your full chest and under chest, what’s your waist, chest hip, your inseam! Measurement , one of the most  important bits of information in selecting  correct  sized clothing, is the bane of the fashion and apparel e-commerce … Continue reading

Print 2018

When we’re working on a fashion design concept the fabric is so important! Not just the type but also the surface design itself. I began this specific journey a couple years ago exploring color, pattern and now repeats. The next step is to prints by the yard but I also want to have the ability … Continue reading

Me. Myself and I

I’ve begun releasing new sets of designs in preparation for the holidays.  I’ve added them under the “Embrace Da Bs” collection. I’ve chosen to release the works without the story. Art should be personal for the viewer and the artist. Plus this format gives me a purpose for mu FB page. THE PROCESS FROM ART … Continue reading

Art 2018

Art as Therapy, Art as Surface, Art as Product, Art as Merchandise, As as Gifts! ART 2018. It’s the start of November and 2018 is almost at a close.  The “WHAT” a selection of print on  demand merchandise.  I had no idea just how much “art” I’d created. I began by developing the art behind these … Continue reading

2 Learn for Joy Or Money – Part 1

I just marked the first year teaching sewing to complete beginners at a volunteer program at a transitional housing facility for women. I usually work with advanced professional sewers so its a new experience introducing the craft of sewing to newbies.  During the course of our sewing circles it surprised me how strongly many felt … Continue reading

A Quest for Unique Patterns and Prints

I Am a change manager, in the process of change. I Am going through a transition, my preferences in prints and colors even textures has drastically, is drastically, changing I recently started exploring and experimenting with prints that spoke to a Pan African as well as Caribbean aesthetic. Prints, patterns, colors that spoke of my … Continue reading

I Don’t do African Print

I do not use “African” prints.  I am over apologizing for it… I do NOT CONNECT with the fabric.  Too often the pattern is directionally printed on the wrong grain.  The color range disturbs my soul. I find it to bright and garish it does not calm. It’s not my narrative. If you’re serious about a … Continue reading

sewshirleys

We plan to sell videos individually but to jumpstart we are inviting supporters and those who would appreciate to take advantage of our “Charter members offer‘.  We have a special workshop library set up for easy access to video, charter members get access to the full library as added our goal is 50 instructionals.  We … Continue reading

Making to sell

I’m  going to celebrate 30 (thirty) years of designing, sewing and making by “opening” up all my expertise and availing them to others to help them earn a living. They cannot pay for professional services if they are not selling. The most important person in the apparel tech sector is the maker. The producer of those … Continue reading

Adjustable version of the Magic Dress aka Moroccan, Indonesian, Bangladesh or Ethnic

For those looking for directions or a pattern on How to make the – ” Magic Dress”, the video instructional is now ready! This is an “adjustable” version designed for sale as it accommodates various heights.  The magic dress also is known as the Morrocan  magic dress because of the use of Cut on the bias, this is an … Continue reading

opensewing

The challenge of an open business format is figuring out a revenue model to make it not just sustainable but profitable. Essentially I am taking my creative assets and offering it for others to use as a form of income. In so doing It is my hope that moms especially can be home when their … Continue reading

Bootylicious Valentine

Bootylicious 101 is the first of NYukCo’s  “Idea to income” workshops. Focused around better-fitted pants and skirts, these workshops taught “LEAN startup: within the fashion product lifecycle management.  This is about selling a viable product in the shortest time possible. and building that product with direct consumer input. We facilitate the distance learning and mentoring … Continue reading

Zabara

ZABARA is GREAT FOR TRAVEL!I love designing pieces that travel well. That are multifunctional yet easy care! These three individual pieces can create or 2 or 3 piece sets together or separates that can be worn with other pieces in your wardrobe. The pants is also a jumper,  the top, can be worn various ways and is … Continue reading

Reality Check – on Price Setting in The Local Custom Cottage Sector

There is no one answer as to how to set a price. like any other brand/business model it is intricately tied to how one execute and deliver and what the market can sustain.  The pricing structure for artisan, custom or commissioned products differ from those that are mass-produced. Both have development cost – it takes … Continue reading

50Gifts

Today I  celebrate to morrow I kick off  Exponent 50!  What if we can harness tthe power of FB or social media  Birthday  stream! There are very  few times people are all but guranteed to pay attention,  one is birthdays and with my  5oth,  I decided to find a way to make that  attention collateral COUNT … Continue reading

Angelina is not the Dashiki nor is it an African Print

DUTCH  Wax Print is Authentic  African? Really? What part of that oxymoron makes one want to fight for this fabric. a colleague, Monique Nubia Sunshine Siders of Kush Designs commented on a FB post from which the image was screenshot. ” If you really do your research you will realize this is not true traditional African … Continue reading

How TO Waterproof Fabric and canvass

The fall is here and here is a great  DIY recipe for creating water repellant  Cotton, Leather, Wood, Metal, etc #Surfacedesign #waterproffing 16oz (1LB) of Beeswax, 8oz Turpentine, And 8oz boiled Linseed oil or (neatsoil (cattle oil)) Mason jars or metal  container.. muffin tin (for bars) www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BAHx0KBpT4 First melt the Beeswax first completely, (stirring all the time, … Continue reading

50 To The 50th Power Birthday Fundraiser

I’m celebrating  my  50th  Birthday  and have decided to celebrate for 50 days- hey  life’s worth It! I’ll celebrate 50 to the 5oth  if I  could. The truth is though I want to  use this as an opportunity to  help my community! As I  work with the small businesses I know the struggles. The lack of … Continue reading

Please Don’t Shoot The Art

I’m getting ready to post a “Please don’t shoot the art” sign at the next exhibit at the Galley @ The Stratosphere  #dontshoottheart #artip I’m not sure folks THINK about the long tail repercussions of their actions. An artist spends money on the canvas and supplies. He/she spends time creating the concept and the art … Continue reading

Are You On the Right Path

Are you on the right path? It’s a question I find few can answer. So I have come to ask them, WHAT’S your WHY” Understanding your WHY  directs your path. At least it starts shaping  what  you require of your path. Then again the concept of life’s purpose, some may say defines your path. So what’s your … Continue reading

Selling Angelina “Dashiki” Fabrics and Afros – the Politics and Innuendos of Owning our Style

KYEMAH MCENTYRE has launched a fashion capsule collection on Bella Vello, and once you get over the pride of this sisters talent, the joy of her success and opportunity, let’s take a moment to  look deeper into the significance and issues in this “arrangement’ At first, I was simply  glad that there was now an example … Continue reading

What is The fashion Tech behind Zac Posen’s Met gala illuminating dress!

Inspired by calls for “How do I achieve this look!” I’ve added this Lighted dress to the list of hacks to tackle.  The plan is to launch  sometime June After NYukco’s  CopulateNYC event. A viral reaction to  the  Zac Posen gown at this year;s met gala brought this to my attention. Sadly, in response, some simply did … Continue reading

Creative Integrity and Power of Ownership

The last thing I expected when I shared the Tidal link was a comment that it was “Too soon” and as such distasteful.  All I was saying in posting, was that the best way to respect the man was to respect how he controlled his legacy. If you’re going to listen to streamed music of … Continue reading

Hack The Rack

“Hack the Rack” is a design hack celebrating the artisan, beginning with craft of custom dressmaking and open to all forms of specialized shelf items. The goal is engineering  QUALITY, FIT, HERITAGE TECHNIQUES, to meet the needs of consumers and lastly ETHICS – there is a subtle difference between an inspiration and  a knock off I … Continue reading

MLK2016

You can have a professional web presence that is FREE. knowing the right tools and a bit of elbow grease can get you started! I  want to see each business with a solid online presence that they can build on! Join US Monday January 18th 2016 – 1pm-4pm Stratosphere Studio 227 Utica Avenue Brooklyn NY … Continue reading

FW 2015 -16 Design in Season

Welcome to my digital office center – Some time in the last two years this stopped being simply being a blog, and became a central staging unit for my  digital endeavors. it’s a concept that may not  serve thr #conversationprism  of social media pundits but it serves my needsEnd of year Fall/Winter and Holidays usually means  we’re busy Focused … Continue reading

How to file your Linkedin claim as part of that $13 million potential settlement

Linkedin may pay some of its users up to $1,500 each to settle a $13 million lawsuit and like me you may have placed that legal notice of the claim ID into your trash! So do a search for “LINKEDIN LEGAL NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT OF CLASS ACTION” Essentially the suit claims LinkedIn members did not … Continue reading

How to set up and use Paypal Me

Suddenly #Socialcommerce opportunities in the #conversationprism has a shopping cart.  #PaypalmeI was notified  via my tech  feeds that Paypal  had launched  Paypal.me.  It’s a simple link that allows for payment. As always I plunged right in. New tools require new protocols and while others would blog about it’s launch or that it exists .  I’ve learned that the information  value … Continue reading

PayPal Me

Terms & Policy of Paypal Me Thanks you for using Paypal Me Return policy  Please direct any questions before purchase  via  the  Contact Us  uS form  21 day  from date of shipping, customer  is responsible for any return shipping. A verification will be sent  with each payment..      Click to Read on How to set up and use Paypal Me DRumPer … Continue reading