Hey friends! In case you missed it, my name is Aaronica and I’m a plus sized sewist living in Atlanta. It’s taken me about 3 years to finally accept that I am indeed a seamstress and sewist (the new age term) but now I almost fully embrace it.
A Little Bit Of History…
I started sewing when I was 13. My mom used to sew, my grandmother used to sew and I guess my mom wanted me to do something with my busy hands that would keep me out of trouble. So she found a sewing class for me where she stuck myself and a neighbor in to learn how to sew. I thought it was really cool but we made this drawstring bag and I wasn’t completely sold.
Then I ventured off on my own and made my brother a shirt. It went something like this…
Yeah. So I stopped sewing until I was around 24. And even then the patterns were too hard for me to follow. I made a New Year’s Eve dress and then was finished–again.
But I Sew Now!
After having my second child, I couldn’t lose the weight. That’s when I started sewing for myself. The things I would buy would either fit my top or my bottom–not both. And NOTHING was nursing friendly! So I fell in love with Facebook Fabric Groups and PDF Patterns and the rest is history.
Why I love sewing…
I feel so empowered in truth. Having the ability to take a heap of fabric and turn it into whatever I want is so fun. Some of the things I’m proudest of are socks. I know, socks? But I took some of my husbands old socks and made our son socks from them. I was amazed, my husband was not lol!
But it’s really nice to be able to make myself the things I’ve seen on Pinterest or in stores that weren’t made in my size. It also feels so good to look amazing in my clothes again!
So… This is my story! Tell me yours in the comments!
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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!