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- Ankara Week - Look what I worn on TV Weekend Smile Jamaica
I am so excited that today officially kicks off Ankara Appreciation week hosted by Juliet Uzor of Sew So Natural and Lena King. What can I say, Ankara runs deep within my soul and you know this is one challenge that I would not miss. If you have been following my sewing journey for a while, one of my favorite fabric to sew with is Ankara. I love bold bright colors and the designs always allow me to challenge my pattern matching abilities. When Cynthia from Afriqueclothingstore shared this print a few months ago, I knew I had to grab this one to sew during the summer. I absolutely fell in love with it the minute she shared it. To showcase its beauty, I knew making a maxi dress using McCalls 7943 View D would be perfect. I absolutely love this pattern and have made it 3 times. Yes, this dress has a center back seam and I matched it perfectly. Even though I made the dress way back in May, I finally found a reason to rock it. I was given an amazing opportunity to do a DIY Segment on Smile Jamaica TV virtually and what better way to showcase the dress. I was hesitant to do the segment at first but I needed this to help me overcome my fear of self-doubt. I am extremely proud of my journey this year and definitely hope that this first experience will not be the last. Now let's get into the make up BAG!!!! Can you believe I am finally using the embroidery feature of my Designer Sapphire 85 Husqvarna Sewing and Embroidery Machine? I absolutely love it and decided to overcome my fears and learn a new feature each week during the month of June. I have been working with the smaller hoops as I want to master it before I get into embroidery on garments. I fell in love with this appliqué design the minute I saw it on Tanya's instagram page. She was kind enough to send me the link to purchase on Etsy and a video. I am counting down to my birthday in August and to share the joy and love of being a Husqvarna ambassador, I am giving away a brand new Husqvarna Emerald 118 sewing machine. YES, you got it right, a brand new machine. Go over to my Instagram page https://www.instagram.com/heymaricamitchell/ to read all about it. Thank you so much for reading and following my journey. Don't forget to subscribe as I plan to do a giveaway for subscribers ONLY! As always... ONE LOVE, Marica
- Get Lit!! Candle Making 101
This pandemic has allowed us all some time to deeply reflect on our purpose and find joy in the things around us. I absolutely love candles and wanted to give candle making a try so I purchased a kit on Amazon last September. It literally sat on my desk for almost 2 months before deciding to use it. My first candle was an epic fail and that did NOT stop me from buying 10 pounds of wax and more supplies and keep pushing. I conquered my fear and researched candle making for at least 3 months to master the science behind it. I made over 30 candles during the Christmas season and gave them away and received so much positive feedback which inspired me to write a grant so that I can purchase items for the Middle and Community School. A week later after submitting a grant proposal, I received the best news and secured a Walmart Foundation grant which allowed me to purchase a few kits and supplies for our Middle and Community school. I was able to pilot my very first candle making class in January as a Faculty Team Building event. The teachers and staff LOVED it and this was all the inspiration I needed to step out of my comfort zone. I decided to create a STEM lesson and partner with the Science department and teach other students as well (see video here). Coincidentally, I made pants for someone who I went to College with and she came to pick it up and saw my set up to make candles. She asked if I would do a VIRTUAL session for 45 ladies to celebrate their Delta Anniversary! I was hesitant at first but decided to push through my fears. The week long of packing and shipping gave me all the inspiration I needed to START MY VERY OWN Virtual and in-person Candle making classes. YOU heard it FIRST! I have some GREAT news to share and YES and I have added the CANDLE MAKING KITS on my website for purchase. I have released 25 KITS for PRE-ORDER TODAY to my subscribers first and will be adding more later this week. With the purchase of your KIT, you can start your own candle making journey and attend a LIVE VIRTUAL session where I will walk you through the steps to create your very own CANDLE using the KIT! I have tested all products in the kit for over 6 months and I know you will truly enjoy the candle making experience. I will have 2 - 3 classes each month with a maximum of 15 participants and will release 25-30 KITS per week. Each month I will be adding NEW classes and will offer REFILL KITS! Next month I will be sharing the process to create your very own colored candles and will offer these refill kits. DON'T MISS out on the $5 discount if you purchase a PRE-ORDER KIT this week! NOTE that ALL KITS will start shipping on Thursday, April 29th and Friday, April 30th. I am super excited and can't wait to MEET you in THE ZOOM CANDLE MAKING ROOM! Thank you so much for reading! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. One Love, Marica
- DIY Color Block Jogger Set
Happy Monday All, I am so EXCITED to write a blogpost after neglecting my personal blog for MONTHS!! It seems like forever since I wrote a blog post here even though I am still blogging monthly with Fabricmart. I got up extremely early to write this post (4:50 am) to share my amazing leisure/loungewear that I made this weekend. I have been wanting to make a cute jogger set from my stash of Ponte knit but couldn't find the perfect shade of purple for the color block I originally intended. For the top, I used Simplicity 1072, an out-of-print pattern I had for years. I have been wanting to make this top for Christmas using sequins but finally decided to make it with Ponte knit. I made view D size 14 as I wanted a looser fit. The pattern does NOT come with a cuff so I decided to make my own and add it to jazz up the look. I cut 2 pieces of fabric 5 inches by 9.5 inches, stitched then folded it in half, pressed, and attached. If you made the blackwood cardigan, I basically used the same method to create. For the pants, I used Mimi G Style 8702 Jogger set View C pants with a few modifications. I cut the 14 and made a few fit adjustments due to the finish hip measurements. I actually typically wear a 16 in most pants pattern and a 12 in the top. I had to scoop out the crotch, add 1/2 inch to the top of center back seam, widen the pattern from the waist to the hip as I need a few more inches. I also added 2 inches to the length of the pants and had to make adjustments to the lower side trim piece with the zipper as well. The color blocking is a bit tedious as I opted to change thread, however, it is an easy sew with no complicated techniques. I opted to topstitch the side panel pieces so that the seams lay flat on the inside. I absolutely love the way it turned out and definitely plan to make another pair soon. I finally used up this beautiful Ralph Lauren navy ponte knit I purchased last November and have no regrets. Thank you so much for reading and don't forget to stop by Fabricmart to read my latest make here. Have a great week and stay tuned to Instagram and follow my stories to check out what is up next on my cutting table. One Love, Marica
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Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell 1/4 Meet Marica Welcome to my creative space, lover of all things , , and . I am so delighted you found my page where I share a snippet of Marica. Inspired by my Jamaican roots, I created this platform to share my passion for sewing, DIY, fashion, health, beauty, and cooking. I am honored to have you here so please stick around and visit my other pages including my where I share a bit of my artistic side. Hey, there!! bold bright beautiful "Lifestyle Blog" Learn More Recent Posts Fashion/Sewing/DIY DIY Color Block Jogger Set Happy Monday All, I am so EXCITED to write a blogpost after neglecting my personal blog for MONTHS!! It seems like forever since I wrote... Read more Fabricmart Blogpost Fabric Mart June Post - Speaking my truth! Happy Saturday All! In these unsettling times, I hug my children a little tighter, spend quality time embracing them, and cherish every... Read more Fashion/Sewing/DIY Styling Matters! Over the past 2 years, the sewing community has brought to the forefront that (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) “BIPOC” are NOT... Read more Load more
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