Whew! It’s Time For Some Updates!

Whew! It’s Time For Some Updates!

It’s Been Too Long!

I swear… 2020 was the biggest clusterfuck in the world but you know what else? It also served some amazing lessons. My biggest one was in being more intentional about my energy. This is something that I talked about briefly over on my main site TheCrunchyMommy.com. But it’s also really been eye-opening for me to think through what that looks like here, on this site. 

Sewing has been one of the things that has brought me so much joy. I love being able to create something from nothing and have it be really functional. It just really does something to my spirit. But is it just going to stay a hobby or should this be a business?


This is the question I don’t know the answer too. I’m not sure if it’s my imposter syndrome or what but I really wonder if this could be something bigger than a hobby for me. I love creating. I even love making things for others once I get past the anxiety…

Getting into some updates

I have time to decide since I need my life to settle a little more…

It Never Fails That When You’re Ready To Move On Something, The Universe Pauses You

Friends, after 2020 I was really hoping for a smooth transition into 2021. But alas, smooth has yet to come. We got COVID 19 at the beginning of the year. We were lucky because either it was a mild strain or the non-stop stream of information on how to beat COVID was effective in how we treated it. Either way, we weren’t down for long. 

Then February my oldest turned 11 (yay!!!) and we had an opportunity to settle before March 1 when my landlord told us we had 60 days to vacate the house we’ve been living in for almost 3 years. Fun times. So now we’re in the process of buying a house and getting moved in and we have less than 30 days to wrap this process up. But once that’s done, I have some serious goals for myself:



Finish my Pattern Making Course

I don’t know if this means I’ll be coming out with my own line of patterns or what but this is a skill I want to have mastered. 


Blog Here Regularly

I love this space and community that I’ve created here on the Needle and the Belle and this is something that I want to continue to grow and foster. Like I want to be a force in the craft world.


Decide If This Is For Money Or Hobby

I need to make that decision so that I can really be intentional about the energy that I’m applying. In my head, I want to be the plus-size, Black version of MimiG. 

Thanks for continuing to show up here even when I haven’t! 2021 is going to be the best year–just as soon as I get settled!

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It’s Story Time! Why I Sew.

It’s Story Time! Why I Sew.

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. 

I made everything in this photo–people and all ha!

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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How To Set Up Your Fall Wardrobe Patterns

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! 

Easier Patterns

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:

Fall is in the air which means it's time to break out those fall wardrobe patterns! I've got some o fmy favorite pattern designers on my list!

My Game Time Hoodie from last year got LOTS of wear!

Fall is in the air which means it's time to break out those fall wardrobe patterns! I've got some o fmy favorite pattern designers on my list!

This is my Rory top. I also made a turtleneck version. 

Fall is in the air which means it's time to break out those fall wardrobe patterns! I've got some o fmy favorite pattern designers on my list!

My Fall In Love Sweater in French Terry–literally one of my faves!!!

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. 

Fall is in the air which means it's time to break out those fall wardrobe patterns! I've got some o fmy favorite pattern designers on my list!

This is the new Batwing Dress from Ellie And Mac in a bubble crepe. 

Fall is in the air which means it's time to break out those fall wardrobe patterns! I've got some o fmy favorite pattern designers on my list!

I used the So Classic Sundress hack to create separates in this beautiful Ankara print. 

So tell me–have you gotten your fall style together? What are you must-have fall wardrobe patterns?