Sunday, 26 December 2010

One Bow, Two Bow, Three Bow, Four...

The bows on this dress are made of ankara and the other of satin.
My seamstress put interfacing in the bows, but we removed it because it made the bows too stiff for me to move around with. I recommend using interfacing if you really want to see the details in the bows. 
Materials: Woodin Ankara, Satin 

Have a great week.  XX,

Saturday, 25 December 2010


I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas... and was able to enjoy and reflect upon the gifts they received this year, especially being able to see Christmas 2010 (=


Sunday, 19 December 2010

Something Simple

This is a one-shoulder, high-waist, A-line dress. I love the simplicity of comfortable.
I used black satin to tone down the orange in the material
Had pockets added since the skirt flares out
Close up of the flower. We used the trim from the lace to create's so nice. 
Materials: Voile Lace, Satin

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Friday, 3 December 2010

The Mood Board

Sorry for taking so long to post again. Between Thanksgiving (Happy Belated to you all, by the way :-) and school, these past couple of weeks have been bananas. Anywhoot, I was on the computer over the last couple of days and found some really cool designs from all over. Very nice things to draw inspiration from:


I love this jacket!

I know this is a bit much, but I'm sure there is a brave
soul somewhere out there who will wear it. It's very nice. (=

These two pairs of shoes are nice!

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Flower Bomb

This dress is from my friend's graduation party.  The pattern was so pretty- flowers, stems, and leaves throughout on a nude base.  To play with this theme, I had my seamstress create a corsage-esque flower with the succeeding ruffles acting as a stem, which all around the edge of the dress as well.  The purple satin balanced very well with the purple flowers in the material.  (Though you can't see them...I had on gold pumps.)

Materials: Woodin Ankara, Satin 

Till next time...


PS:  Once again for your listening pleasure...I can't stop playing this song.

Saturday, 13 November 2010


Hello Beautiful People!

Welcome to my blog...BEESE'S PIECES.  This blog is dedicated to African style clothing using ankara and lace materials, as well as the latest breaking news in and about Africa.  I decided to create this blog because lately I have been receiving many questions regarding who sews my styles and where I purchase my material from.  Thus, I wanted a modern, yet quick way to post not only my styles, but great styles which I love.

First, let me say I have great seamstresses.  They are great not solely because of their sewing skills and techniques, but more so because they deal with my [more often than not] random and outrageous requests. (They sew styles for me for both traditional and Western occasions...on average, with very limited amounts of time, and execute wonderfully.)  Good clothes are produced by good seamstresses/tailors!

When I look to sew a style, I first look for something that will compliment my body well.  The key to that is understanding one's shape...what looks good on someone else, will not necessarily look good on me, or vice versa. So it helps to be honest.  Other factors to consider are the print and color of the fabric.  As we all know, ankara (more so than lace) can be extremely busy, having multitudes of color and shapes all in one print.  Therefore, it is important not to design an extravagant style with material that has a busy will be overkill and lose its aesthetic appeal.  Remember, you can always mix and match other fabrics with ankara/lace...chiffons, silks, charmeuse, tulle, etc.  If those words are foreign to you, find a great seamstress or tailor- they will be able to advise you on what fabrics will be great for your design and body.  Regardless what you are having clothes sewn for, always have fun choosing a design.  Look through magazines, fashion [television] and runway shows, your favorite celebrities at events, even your closet, and get inspired.  Think of how you want to look- playful, funky, sexy, regal- and let your imagination be your guide. But always remember your body shape and size... what worked for someone else may not work for you as it was for her, but it can work with a few tweaks here and there.

I will also provide you with articles about the most recent news affecting Africa, and Africans around the world. I believe it is very important about world dealings, as they affect us intrinsically and globally.

All in all, I hope you enjoy this blog.  It is for you to create your own great designs and/or possibly help someone else create their own (including me).  So if you have a style you absolutely love and would like to share with others, please email me at with your name and pictures (front and back views-if possible).  Also, feel free to comment on the pictures or send me an email at the above address.  I will answer your questions.  Till next time...


PS: Just to give you something to jam to... The ultimate party/love song. Who doesn't love it?!? (: