Success Story: 2 Snaps & A Twirl
Lifestyle Blogger Starts Creating Her Own Unique Pieces after Attending a Sip and Sew DC Class!
When we started Sip and Sew DC two years ago, we knew that we wanted to share our love of sewing with the DC Metro region in hopes that it would inspire others to embrace their creativity and fall in love with sewing as well.
So, when Ogechi Ukachu - a lifestyle blogger based in Maryland - told us that she had not only found a new love for sewing, but also started creating her own designs after taking one of our classes, we were thrilled! And we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat with her about it.
Enjoy our Q&A with Ogechi below and be sure to check her out at 2snapsandatwirl.com and on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Simply Cecily (SC): So, tell us about yourself and how you got into fashion.
Ogechi (O): Fashion has always been a part of my life. My mom and my dad are both Nigerian and they are really into fashion. My mom allowed us to have our own creative outlet when it came to putting clothes together, as long as it was appropriate and affordable. So, you know, we were able to showcase our individuality through that. One of my sisters is actually a fashion designer and a blogger.
SC: Is that how you got into fashion blogging?
O: Well, I actually started blogging first and then got her interested. I was using it as a creative outlet while I was in school, but I eventually lost my zest for it.
O: It just got to the point that I felt like everybody was doing the exact same thing on social media. I think one thing that kind of made me back away from fashion blogging was the fact that it was just fashion, and I encompass so many different things. I feel like it wasn’t representing who I was as a whole. So I decided to do more lifestyle blogging. That way, I’d be more eager to actually share versus feeling like ‘Oh! I need to put this outfit together!’ and post pictures everywhere.
SC: That makes sense. So, what can we expect from your lifestyle blog?
O: I’m a Christian woman and a big foodie who likes to travel, so it’ll be looking at faith, food and travel. I’ll post different recipes that I’ve come up with. I also have a lot of friends that are bloggers, so they’ll contribute to the blog as well. And I’m into do-it-yourself projects, like sewing, so I plan to include that too.
SC: Yes, let’s talk about that! What inspired you to take a Sip and Sew DC class?
O: I’ve always been interested in sewing, but just never had the time to actually sit down and do it. Fate would have it that I was a brand ambassador for Zuvaa and Simply Cecily was one of the designers at Zuvaa. I checked out the company and saw that they had these Sip and Sew DC classes. So, I took a class - I think in March or April - and I was really excited afterwards, but I told myself, “I’m gonna wait a few days to see if the excitement dies down. If it does, and I don’t think about it again, I’m not gonna go waste my money.” Three days passed, and I went and bought a sewing machine and all the stuff! That night, I started sewing.
SC: Wow! It sounds like you really enjoyed your experience.
O: Yes! The class was very nice and everybody was welcoming. The sewing machine can be really intimidating, especially when you’re a beginner. So the fact that they went through every part of it and let you do a practice stitch was great. It allows you to build confidence as you go along. In the end, though, I realized that you just have to do it, which is kind of symbolic because with a lot of things in life, you tend to second guess yourself, you doubt yourself. But, no matter what you’re going through, you just have to put your mind to it and do it, and if it’s messed up, you can always go back and try again.
SC: It’s awesome that you were able to draw that from sewing! So, how many pieces have you made since taking that class?
O: Five pieces, including a dress for my mom. It’s very simple, basic things, but you know, I’m proud of them because when I wear them, people are like, ‘Oh! This is so cute! Where did you buy it from?’ and it’s like ‘Oh no. I made this.’
SC: That has to feel good.
O: Yeah, it does.
SC: So, what do you do when you’re not blogging?
O: I work as a full-time nurse in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit).
SC: Oh wow. That’s important work that you’re doing.
O: Yeah, thank you, but it can be really depressing - we deal with a lot of emotions at work. So I need another medium to just get my mind out of that. Sewing and blogging have been great outlets for me.
SC: That’s wonderful. Is there anything else that you want others to know?
O: When God places something on your heart, you actually have to put it into action and you’ll see wonderful things happen. I never would have known that I’d be able to make the stuff that I’ve made. And the fact that I’m still eager and advancing my skills and creating more intricate pieces is really self-fulfilling. So, when something is placed on your heart, don’t ignore it. You never know where it can take you!