I got the news about being selected to be a BERNINA Brand Ambassador when I was doing an Instagram Live. I saw the email pop up and I couldn’t catch myself or stop the natural excited reaction that I had. See, I really struggle with being seen as a person of influence within the sewing community. I mean, I’m just a self-taught sewist that loves creating. While my sewing community has consistently affirmed that I’m more than “just” that, being seen and acknowledged by my dream brand BERNINA is just the icing on the cake!
See My Reaction To Becoming A BERNINA Brand Ambassador!
So What Does It Mean To Be A BERNINA Brand Ambassador?
Everything. Just kidding!
When you’re a brand ambassador for any brand, you’re essentially an extension of them. All of the BA’s get to choose a machine that we get to know and share on our timelines on IG or YouTube–I’m working to build this up so be sure to subscribe! We’re also responsible for getting to know the brand in an intimate way so that we can speak intelligently about the different machines that they offer. Submitting posts to the We All Sew blog is also part of it and I’m looking forward to this!
What Machine Did I Get?
So happy you asked!!! I got the BERNINA B590 and I am so in love. I know, why did I get an embroidery machine when I primarily sew knits and apparel? Well, I want to make embroidery cool. For some, it already is. But when I think of embroidery, I think of my old school, grandma-ish embroidery that feels outdated–no shade to those who love this aesthetic. I want to do fresh embroidery that looks really good. Over the past couple of years, I’ve fallen in love with embroidered fabrics I get from So Sew English so now I want to create some things for myself and my family that makes them say, “WOW! This is so cool!”
Well friends, be sure to follow along my BERNINA journey and ask all the questions so I can be sure to create content that answers them!
The GA Pinners Conference is right around the corner and guess who’s presenting?!!? That’s right!!! I am!!! I’m super excited to have been selected to have a session. In fact, I’m super nervous to be surrounded by a bunch of talented crafters but I’m kicking my impostor syndrome to the side so that I can deliver some quality info. So what am I speaking on?
GA Pinners Conference: How To DIY Your Own Capsule Wardrobe
Yessss!!!! So I’m at the point where I have made just about everything in my closet from dresses to jeans to panties and the bra that I’m wearing right now. When I started out sewing, I just wanted to make things. I didn’t really care if it fit in with my style or I thought I was going to wear it. Learning how to sew things that I could legit wear was my top priority.
And then my closet got super full of clothes and I still had nothing to wear. My husband thought I was crazy when I would go into the closet and still have nothing to wear. Or I had nothing that could be worn together.
In 2019, I decided I needed to approach my fabric purchases with more intention so that way I would be creating less textile waste as I tossed things from my closet. Instead of tossing, I wanted to be able to mix and match my clothes better. So I created a capsule wardrobe that I consistently add and subtract QUALITY pieces that people outside of myself legit want to wear.
Instead of keeping all this information to myself, I decided I wanted to share it with the masses–or just those that attend the Pinners Conference in GA!
What To Expect:
We’ll be going over sewing patterns, fabric types, color schemes and how to mix pieces to create different looks.
Who Should Come:
Preferably, everyone. But this is geared towards sewists, seamstresses and those that are interested in creating a wardrobe that works for them.
What Do You Get:
Should you decide to purchase the kit you’ll receive 2 yards of fabric and some goodies to get you started!
The holiday season is here and ready to get all your coins! Instead of giving them away on a gift that you aren’t sure will even be loved by the person you’re giving it to, I’ve put together the best of the best in holiday gifting this season for the sewist in your life. Check out my choices here. Also, many of these links are an affiliate and using them supports my fabric habits!
Basics. They are SO necessary but they can also be really hard to find too–especially when you’re looking for a certain color, style, etc. In the sewing world, we will normally have patterns for all the complicated things that you could think of but when it comes down to it, basics matter too! This is why I HAD to jump on the Pattern for Pirates test for the Basic Tee pattern for the entire family.
Patterns For Pirates Basic Tee Pattern Collection
Ok. Let’s get into it! The pattern collection includes:
Men’s (crew, v-neck, regular, long, short and long sleeves)
So yeah, everyone you know and could sew for is covered!
These patterns are easy, breezy to put together. And they take about 30 min tops to make. During testing when my son would run out of clothes, I would just make him new shirts from this pattern because they were so quick and easy!
One of the questions that came up is the difference between this pattern and the Favorite TShirt pattern that they have as well. The Favorite Tee is looser from the under bust down. This one is like a cross between the Favorite Tee and the Layer Me Up. I have the Layer Me Up and I want to love it but the way my belly is set up post children, I don’t like the way it fits. This one? Talk about dreamy!
Fabric Choice & Styling
You’ll want something that has four-way stretch and good recovery–unless you like misshapen clothes! For Beau’s and Denvor’s shirts I used the Doodles fabric. It did pretty well with the neckband and holding its shape. Kalima and I’s is a lightweight double-brushed polyester. Depending on your fabric choice, this pattern can be dressed up or down which I love. I wore my dress recently to a dinner with my husband styled the way I have it here.
Definitely a 5 out of 5 needles for ease and the amount of use this pattern will be getting!
Can you believe that fall is knocking on the door? It feels like it was just yesterday that I was stalking and trying to figure out what to use for spring and here we are getting ready for another season change. Naturally, I’m sitting here reviewing my must-haves for fall wardrobe patterns.
The short answer: all of them. Ha!
Obviously this is not sustainable for the amount of time that I have available to sew but there’s a method to how I decide what patterns to use.
A Guide To Your Fall Wardrobe Patterns
When it comes to deciding on fall wardrobe patterns, it’s best to use a mix of more complicated patterns with some easier patterns. My normal makes don’t take longer than an hour to make from cut to finish.
Bananas, yes. But this is because of my lifestyle. I run a business (or 3) from home where I also homeschool my 3 children. Time is of the essence and I don’t have a whole lot of it. But those simple patterns can’t be the only thing in my wardrobe!
Depending on your sewing capabilities, these are normally your basics made with knits that don’t involve any extras like buttons, zippers, or ties. Some of my faves are:
And these are literally just a couple of my go-to patterns.
More Complex Patterns
The harder the makes, the more accomplished I feel. I’ve yet to fully jump into jeans patterns (namely because it’s hard to find plus size jeans patterns). This fall I do plan on making some of them though as well as some harder skirts. I’m loving the Women’s Sundance Skirt from Petite Stitchery–this is a must make for me this fall.
Define Your Style
This will be the key determining factor in what patterns to use. I’m sticking with a more boho-chic feel–think flare jeans, crop tops, flowy dresses–with accents of bold Ankara prints. Because I plan on using a lot of woven fabrics, this will influence my choice in patterns as well.
So tell me–have you gotten your fall style together? What are you must-have fall wardrobe patterns?
My name is Aaronica and I'm the sewist behind The Needle and the Belle. I started sewing when I was 13 and then fell back in love with sewing through PDF patterns. I now document my pieces I make here!