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  • I am back - My first shirt dress!!!

    Happy NEW YEAR All! Blogging has been a challenge for me over the past year or more. In 2022, one of my personal commitments to myself is to share the love of sewing through blogging and reels at least 3-4 times a month. When I first started blogging with Fabric Mart, I felt more empowered to blog on my personal page at least once a month. Overtime, I lost the desire to write detailed blogpost because technology has evolved, and more people are focused on quick social media reels and videos. I do want to get back into writing and want to share more of that passion and desire. I finally took photos of the very first button-down shirt dress and I am excited to share. I have had this pattern in my stash for the longest (over 3 years) and my fear of doing more than 5 buttonholes got the best of me. Little did I know how easy it is to create a buttonhole on the Husqvarna Viking sewing machine and after watching 2 videos on YouTube, I gave it a try. I have always had a desire to create a shirtdress and decided to use Simplicity 8014 after doing a few google searches. This dress is quite popular in the sewing community and for the most part, it was flattering on all body types. I did not make any fit modifications or adjustments to the pattern except for the sleeves. I opted to just hem it instead of doing the fold-over. I measured the bodice pieces and compared them to a recent make (NL6698) and knew it was perfect based on my body measurements. For the most part, my bust area measurements are standard to most bodices except occasionally I may have to lengthen it. For the buttonholes, I decided to start the first button in the center of my chest and measure 2.5 inches apart for each. Next time, I will add a snap-in between the buttons in the bust area to avoid any peekaboo issues. I am truly proud of this make and the fabric purchased from Afriqueclothingstore available in other colorways here and here . This fabric truly highlighted the beauty of this pattern and matching and cutting it wasn’t as challenging. I plan to make another version soon and will share more video tips via Instagram. I am excited to venture into more challenging projects this year and have already selected a few tops with buttons. Thank you for staying the course and following my journey. I am excited to return to blogging with Fabric Mart and shared my first blog here. I plan to commit to sharing more of my personal story and love for sewing so don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t! One Love, Marica

  • My Birthday Jumpsuit

    Have you ever had plans to make a fabulous look, started it, then threw it aside because you were unhappy with the fit on you because your were uncomfortable in your skin? Have you struggled with, “If I loose 10 pounds then this would fit perfectly?” Well, that is exactly how I felt about the bodice of this jumpsuit back in May when I created it. It took a few weeks of summer bootcamp sessions to feel comfortable in my skin to finish it just in time for my birthday. When I came across this fabulous tie shoulder jumpsuit on instagram from thekemist, I fell in love with it and knew I could recreate it using the Gigi swimsuit pattern I made a year ago. Even though I don't usually muslin my makes, I knew I needed to at least create a muslin (test make) of the bodice, because I was using a woven fabric instead of a knit I didn't want to create the EXACT replica of the inspiration look but wanted to have a similar silhouette and fit. I knew the front of the swimsuit pattern would work with a waistband. For the bodice, I measured the smallest part of my waist adding an extra 1.5 inches for ease and created a waistband with an inside lining measuring 4.25 inches wide. I also sewed at 5/8 inch seam allowance so the finish waistband measured exactly 3 inches wide. For the back tie, the width is about 4.5 inches, and a length of 33 inches sewing at a 1/2 inch seam allowance. The back ties are placed 2.5 inches from the side seam with a finish width of 3.5 inches and a length of 32 inches. I basically used the same curve shape from the front pattern piece. For the pants, I used my favorite jumpsuit pattern M8009 that works for the width of the Ankara fabric which is 45 inches wide. Next time, I would definitely make the pants portion using Vogue 1708 infinity jumpsuit pattern which I believe would work for the inspiration look if the width of the fabric is at least 58 inches wide. I am so glad I saved this unique Ankara fabric from who carries an array of exquisite Ankara prints. I ABSOLUTELY can say this is one of my BEST jumpsuit to date. The great news is Afriqueclothingstore has this fabric in stock as well as multiple color ways. Cynthia from Afrique Clothing will be giving away 6 beautiful yards so be sure to stay tuned to our instagram pages to see how you can win this beauty. Thank you so much for READING and DON'T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE!! Stay tuned for a STEP by STEP VIDEO on my next make which will be a ROMPER or cute MINI DRESS!! One Love, Marica

  • 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 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

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    Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell Marica Mitchell 1/4 Meet Marica Hey, there!! Welcome to my creative space, lover of all things bold , bright , and beautiful . 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 "Lifestyle Blog" where I share a bit of my artistic side. Learn More Recent Posts Fashion/Sewing/DIY My Birthday Jumpsuit Have you ever had plans to make a fabulous look, started it, then threw it aside because you were unhappy with the fit on you because... Read more Fashion/Sewing/DIY Ankara Week - Look what I worn on TV Weekend Smile Jamaica It's officially Ankara week and I am sharing this beautiful dress I wore on Smile Jamaica TV (Weekend Smile). Read more Health & Beauty 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... Read more Load more

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