Amarachi Ukachu Posted on November 20th, 2012 in Style.
I held a “Personal Style” contest a few weeks ago (as some of you may remember). Though the winner was chosen at random, when Amarachi won I looked her up on Instagram and when I saw her style and the clothing she made I yelled, I NEED to know more about this girl! “I LOVE what she’s doing!” So I decided to interview HER! Enjoy our Q&A below, and a gallery of some of her favorite looks above!
Tracee Ellis Ross: What would you like to share with us about yourself? (your name, where you are from, how old you are? whatever you feel comfortable sharing)
Amarachi Ukachu: My name is Amarachi Ukachu I’m 22, a plus size fashion blogger, student , aspiring designer, and DIY enthusiast.
TER: Tell us about this look? (what do you like about the inspiration look and how did you create your version–I heard you made your look yourself amazing, tell us everything!!!!)
AU: There are so many things that I loved about the inspiration look. I loved how it was so simple but yet so bold. I love the nude color of the maxi skirt and blouse and I adored the bold colors of the sequined tapestry. For my outfit Instead of going with the skirt and blouse I decided to make a maxi dress. I felt the inspiration outfit needed some oomph so I went back to the drawing board and found the sequin tapestry on the web then I remembered I purchased a blanket slightly similar to the tapestry from a local thrift store a couple of months ago. So I dug it out from my closet and got to work on making the oversized clutch.
TER: Have you always made things? How did you learn to sew?
AU:Â I taught myself how to sew at the age of 7 when my mother purchased my sisters and I a beginners sewing machine for Christmas. My sisters quickly grew tired of it but I loved it! I’ve been sewing nonstop since then. After a while sewing was not fulfilling all my creative needs so I found more things to dabble in. I started making jewelry and handbag and even started revamping shoes. I tried anything I could get my hands on but sewing will always be my first love.
TER: What is your dream for yourself? What do you want to do with your life? and are you on that path now?
AU: I’m a creative individual and would like to use my God given talents any way possible. My ultimate dream is to be a “go to gal” when it comes fashion. But what I want to concentrate on most is designing. I can’t see myself in the future doing anything that does not deal with designing. That’s something that will always be a part of me.
Finally I can say that I am on the path that I need to be! A year ago I would have told you different. Around this time last year I was in a creative rut. I didn’t want to have anything to do with designing so my oldest sister told me to start a website as a creative outlet. After starting up AmarachiUkachu.com I have been designing nonstop! I received so much positive feedback around the web it’s amazing!
TER: How would you describe your style?
AU: I would describe my style as affordable. As a college student most of my paychecks go to my student loans so I try not to spend so much on clothes. It’s also helpful that I make most of my pieces. My style is also ever-changing. The way I dress now will not be how I will dress 6 months for now. I’m all about experimenting with different looks.
TER: What would you suggest to others about style?
AU: Wear what makes you feel good and have fun with fashion! I’ve been on the heavy side all my life and been told what and what not to wear. I wasn’t happy until I stopped listening to what people have to say and wore what made me feel good.