Friday, July 8, 2016

Sewing leather on my machine SERIES

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!Follow MPP!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

African Mudcloth Laptop Tablet Sleeve

Just added to my Etsy shop! Check out this item in my Etsy shop

Saturday, March 14, 2015

New Handbag Style For Spring 2015

Here's a new style for Spring. I call her "Andrea". Well designed for the career woman who travels and has limited space for her personal necessities. Andrea is for the lady who stays well organized, with front and rear pockets for quick reach items on the outside, and divided/ zipper pockets on the inside. The leather is soft, supple, and designed to take a beating!

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day! Follow MPP!

Friday, February 27, 2015

MPP Boutique: Consignment Store in Cornelius, NC

Join the fun! MPP Boutique is located in the heart of downtown Cornelius,  NC. We are a consignment boutique that is packed full of Designer women's wear and accessories. Our clients live for eclectic and unique pieces. We have no age limited on our selection, leaving every fashionable era open for consideration. Yes, we love our Vintage pieces! We even sell selected consignments pieces on eBay! Visit for more information. And, please follow us on Facebook (mppboutique) and Instagram (shopmppboutique). For consignment questions, email us at: 
Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!
Follow MPP!

Youtube Live Podcast Event: Ask Me Anything About Making Handbags!

Ask me anything about Making Handbags!: If you have sewing/ construction, patternmaking, fabric/ leather selection, and business questions, this event is for you! Save the date: March 2, 10 am. Youtube. #howtomakehandbags #handbagbusiness #sellinghandbags #makinghandbags #etsyhandbags #sewinghandbags #missprettyperfect #designinghandbags #handbagdesign #handbagdesigner #etsyshop #etsystore #etsybusiness

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Help! I need my handbags made and sewn.

Are you look for a sewing room that can handle your small production runs? Fill out this form online, and I will let you know if I can assist you.

I have worked with many that I have never had the privilege of meeting, face to face, thanks to awesome technology. I am readily available and able to provide you with what you need, if that is the case. Once I review your form, I will better be able to evaluate your needs, and either offer assistance, or not. This decision is based on the tools needed for the project.

References are available.

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!

Follow MPP!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowed In Sale! Save 10% OFF Your Purchase at Missprettyperfect!

There's a chance that you are home today, due to being snowed in. I am, too! The last sale I had was probably 2 years ago. I decided to have a sale today, offering 10% off your total purchase at Missprettyperfect's Etsy Shop. This is a limited time offer. Today could very well be the best day to visit and take a look. I just might have something you've been wishing for!

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!
Follow MPP!

Monday, February 9, 2015

How To Sew Leather Zipper Wallet On A Home Sewing Machine Tutorial

When I received the invitation to record another video tutorial (with an actual film crew), I was over the moon excited! I have always, only filmed my own videos, so this was a big opportunity for me. I have had an idea for a couple of years now, to conquer the myths that surround whether, or not, you can sew leather on a commercial home sewing machine. Based on my experience of making my own line of leather handbags, called "MissPrettyPerfect", this was something I had to learn to do without having the luxury of owning a walking foot industrial machine. Today, I am able to compare the differences because of my background in hangbag design, when I actually worked for a Handbag Designer in New York City and operated an industrial walking foot machine, while at work.

When I moved back home to North Carolina, I had to make the switch from using an actual industrial strength machine made for leather, to using my commercial home sewing machine. I noticed that my own industrial (non-walking foot) machine, would not properly sew two or more pieces together. The improper manner that I refer to, had to do with the top leather piece "sliding", creating a bunching effect in the seam, using my regular sewing foot. I didn't like that and I could not sell anything that looked that way. Most times, if threw my design off, completely. After a bit of research, I learned about a Teflon foot. It's the white plastic piece on a foot  hinge that allows you to "glide" over the material. A Teflon foot is usually recommended for sewing vinyl. I really didn't particularly care for this, either. My last hope was to fight with my industrial, in order to sew leather. This made me begin to hate sewing leather, because of the time and effort spent toward sewing/ resewing, removing seams and puncturing my nice leathers with needle holes that would turn out to be visible in the handbag. That's a 'no-no". And, you never want to make more needle holes than necessary in leather, because you basically start to create a perforated line, causing the leather to tear.

After many unsuccessful attempt of using my non-walking foot industrial machine to sew leather, I tried my home sewing machine. I realized that if I could not afford to purchase an industrial strength walking foot machine, I could order an actual 'walking foot' for my commercial machine. This "new" operation changed my life forever. With this walking foot device, combined with the proper needle (size 16/18), I was able to breeze right through most of my projects!

If you feel like you're ready to conquer this myth, visit My Etsy shop for your "DIY Leather Wallet Pouch Case Kit." This kit comes ready with a hand-cut piece of leather, brass zipper, and binder clips. Just follow along to listen for "pointers" that only someone skilled in this area, could provide.

Have Fun!

Disclaimer: I would not use heavy or thick leathers. Stick with light-weight and thin leathers.

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Could you believe it?!

Could you believe that it has been over a year since my last posting? Or, could you believe that I finally found the time to sit down, and write a post. Miracles happen every day, I tell ya..

Hello. I've missed this so much. So very much has taken place and still, I never give up!

This handbag has been on my mind for about a couple of weeks now. I love all of my babies, but this one I made as a custom order for a client, and that was it. I never formally introduced her. I would love an excuse to make her again. While cleaning up my studio this morning, I found her unlabeled pattern. And this is what charged me to write to you today.

She is lovely and she is kind. Soft and full of room to accommodate your daily activities. Without further ado, introducing the..

 Samantha XL!


Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Aluminum Foil Fashions Window Display

It's amazing what you can do, with very little time.. with aluminum foil! Here is my Project Runway themed Foil FashionWindow Display!

I am fortunate to have a position that allows for total creativity in visual displays. Yes, it's always with the lastest fashions, but this time was very different. The idea was to capture attention (it always is) for a Winter clearance sale for Fifi's Fine Resale. Julia, the store owner, placed the foil in my hands, and I did what I was born to do. I knew I had to "Make it work" without Tim Gunn over my shoulder. You know, that saying can take you a looong way when you know it's your time to shine.

Here are the results of foil, tape, and very little time.. Enjoy!

For more views, visit my MissPrettyPerfect Online Album.

Next up.. Paper clothing displays.. if I'm lucky :0)

Have A Miss Pretty Perfect Day!