My name is D. Gulley. I am a wardrobe stylist, fashion designer, image consultant, and motivational speaker. I have been featured as a fashion expert on The Guy Black Morning Show for Stevie Wonder’s KJLH radio station. I have also been a featured guest on Sam Hasson Morning Show, the blog talk radio program Financial Fashion House, and the online blog BLAQ: Vixen Beauty.
As a wardrobe stylist, I made alterations to CBS correspondent Christina McLarty 2010 Oscar dress. I styled Jimmy Jean-Louis for the premier cover issue of Amour Creole Magazine. I designed award-winning looks for rapper Mr. Useta and his background actors for In Them Lights music video, and I served as the female wardrobe stylist for Macy’s 2008 Back To School Fashion Show.
This is how it all started.
When I was seven years old, my grandmother taught me how to sew. She would give me her leftover quilting fabric to experiment with, so I would stay out of her kitchen while she cooked her famous sweet potato pies. I made my own fashion accessories and doll clothing for many years.
Fast forward, the year is 2008. I woke up one morning with a burning desire to sew. I had this burst of inspiration and I honestly do not know where it came from. It had been over ten years since the last time I picked up a sewing machine. When I came up with this bright idea, I did not own any sewing supplies or equipment.
Two weeks went by. I decided one Saturday morning I was going to make a dress and put the video on Youtube. I went to the Los Angeles Garment District and purchase this beautiful, bright pink and blue knit fabric for $1.00 per yard. I also picked up one spool of matching thread and a package of hand needles.
Once I arrived home from my shopping spree, I had only one hour to shoot the video before I had to go to work. I did not want to talk myself out of the project, so I decided to sew a quick tube dress. I immediately pulled out my camcorder. I said a quick prayer. Then I started the project. I made the design up as I went along.
On camera, I took my body measurements, cut the fabric, and sew the entire dress. I was so nervous. I thought this was one of the craziest things I had ever done. Eventually, I pushed past my fears. I posted the video on my Youtube channel two days later. Within 24 hours, the video had over 200 video views. By the end of the first week, the video had over 1,000 views. I was so excited I started posting sewing projects on Youtube monthly.
Over time, I noticed the sewing tutorials became the most popular videos on my Youtube channel. This inspired me to go back to school. I received a certification in fashion design from Los Angeles Trade Tech College in 2011. Since then, I have become a fashion designer and sewing instructor. I enjoy teaching children and adults how to sew through my one-on-one private sewing lessons, online classes, and local sewing workshops.
I created this website to share my love of fashion designing and sewing with you. I want to help you become your own fashion designer. Can you imagine wearing amazing clothes that you designed and sewed: to work, church, and social gatherings? Think how much fun it would be to walk into a room and everyone compliments you on the jacket or dress that you are made. I want to motivate, educate, and inspire you to put your creativity on display. Let’s have some fun and build our wardrobes together.
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