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Looking back at my First Quarter Makes in 2019

Happy Tuesday Loves! Can you believe the first quarter of 2019 is over? This year seems to be going by so fast. I am excited to share my first quarter makes as I kicked off this year with being more intentional with my sewing.  I decided to participate less in sewing challenges and explore more on items that I always wanted to make.  I found myself trying to keep up in 2018 with different challenges and ended up with more fabric and patterns in my stash.

 This year, I have changed my perspective and will only be keeping up with “ME”.  So far it has been working and I have spent less money on fabric and patterns than in the past.  I am so proud of myself even though I did NOT get a chance to meet the goal of making a jacket.  Yes, I am still a little bit scared but definitely plan to tackle it in Q2.

My very first make of 2019 are these two amazing pieces featured in Sewn Magazine.  I was super excited but could not share until this month when the March/April issue went live.  I am grateful that Michelle gave me the opportunity to create a mommy and me look which I neglected in 2018.  I truly love the Magazine and have my subscription set on auto pay so that I won’t miss out.  The pants pattern was made using Simplicity 8389 and Arielle’s skirt was made using Mingo and Grace pattern.

My favorite garment so far and most beautifully made dress is my Vintage Ankara Midi using McCalls M7632 bodice.  Read more about it here.  I am totally in love and plan to make a maxi version with a different bodice view soon.

Up next is my Ankara Midi self drafted elastic skirt!  This was a quick and easy sew and I love it!

My January Fabric Mart make were two classic Odgen camis and I am totally loving the classic feel and the color blocking of the first one made with linen. Read more about it here!

I created a solid black silk cami and added feathers for a special touch.

The feathers gave this simple cami the right amount of pizazz.

I then took a break from SOLIDS and went back to my favorite fabric, Ankara to kick off Black History Month!  I made this top using New Look 6560 and loved the way it turned out.

Check out my blog post here with more photos!

For Black History Month, I enjoyed creating Ankara Skirts!  Even though I didn’t share photos of this mommy and me look, here are few! 

Arielle’s skirt was made using Simplicity #S8606. She truly loves this skirt and plan to sew more for her!

I even made another skirt for a friend to wear during Black History Month using my elastic waist method!  I am totally in love with it.

My February Fabric Mart blog post included 2 versatile Maxi Dress here using Simplicity 8595.  These dresses have been on rotation since surgery as they are comfortable and loose.  Read all about it here on Fabricmart blog.  

I took a short intermission break from sewing and posting due to a surgical procedure. This break was needed to redirect my energy and focus on making pieces that I will get the most wear out of. Ten days later, to take my mind off the pain, I created 2 looks for my March Fabric Mart post here and a Maxi Dress!  I FINALLY overcame the fear of buttonholes!

I even made a beautiful off the shoulder top for Spring using a designer ponte knit.

Made this beautiful beach maxi dress using Simplicity 8890  made with rayon fabric I purchased from Fabric Mart over a year ago.  

Took a little break from sewing to explore bag making and I fell in love.  After watching 3 bag making courses on mybluprint, I was hooked.  I am getting ready to get back in garment sewing and start on a few Spring makes and can’t wait to share.

Loving this self-drafted foldover clutch.  Be sure to check out my Instagram IGTV with tips on how to make your version!

Thank you so much for following my journey!  I have learned so much from my sewing community of friends and even non-sewers too.  I plan to challenge myself, even more, this quarter and create a jacket or two.

One Love,



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