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See The Gorgeous Makes From Black History Month

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At the beginning of last month (February), I talked about #BHMDesignerChallenge on Instagram and how I hoped to see entries use my sewing patterns. The challenge has come and gone and here are the lovely makes of SewExplicit Patterns from sewists of Instagram. There are also a couple reviews I am going to. The first is from Kiera of @islansewcialist , I had shared this before here . Her make of the Aria sewing pattern spurred many to use this same pattern for their entries as you will in this blog post.

Flounced Top Pattern Drafting and Grading.

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I have been seeing this style of peplum top for a while and even tried it out for the first in 2015 using woven Fabric. I also made similar styles using different weights of Neoprene fabrics. I have copied pictures from google to Pinterest to show the variations of the style. My tutorial below is not precisely based on any of the copied pictures, however, the same concept can be applied.

Daisy Lantern Sleeve Shirt Pattern Review by Crystal

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Still on and about the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge  and today's post is another review of one of my sewing patterns, the Daisy lantern sleeve shirt pattern by Crystal . I had shared her Instagram post of her make of the daisy shirt in the last post and here is her detailed review she made on her Youtube channel . I am happy to hear that she enjoyed using the pattern. This review and the last review I posted are their independent reviews and their candid opinions.

Why I Stopped Publishing New Sewing Patterns + ARIA Pattern Review

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In September of 2016, I released my first 3 sewing patterns and by August of 2017, I had published  4 more. In between, I had also released 2 sloper/block patterns. Then nothing, no new pattern till now (February of 2021).  What happened you may be wondering? Well, I started working on a clothing line in the latter part of 2017 and released a ready-to-wear clothing collection named under the brand name "Simplitude" in about May of 2018. You can view pictures of this collection on the Simplitude Instagram and Facebook accounts. This took a lot of my time, energy, and efforts so I couldn't work on releasing new sewing patterns. Also, I was not selling enough sewing patterns to make a decent income. My marketing skills, especially social media skills were not (and still not) all that.

Black History Month Designers Challenge

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  The month of February is Black History Month and this year   @sewnaturaldane   is hosting a   #BHMpatternDesigners  Instagram  challenge alongside   @islandsewcialist . The  #BHMPatternDesigners  competition was established IN 2019 by Nateida of  @sewnaturaldane  to give visibility and representation to black pattern designers, fabric companies, and knitting designers. Check out her website  for details on how to enter, the rules, prizes to be won, and more. 

BYE YEAR 2020!

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  What a year 2020 has been for everyone us the world over! I hope you are all keeping safe and healthy.  This will be my first and last post on this blog this year. I just want to drop something here before the new year and say thank you to all who continue to visit my blog and read my posts even without new content.  I hope in the new year, I will be able to create more content here on the blog and other online platforms. I wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021.

PATTERN GRADING FOR FASHION DESIGN- learn how to grade Part 3

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This post brings the "how to learn to grade sewing patterns" post series to an end. In  part 1 and part 2 , I talked about why one may need to grade, what grading is and is not, and methods of pattern grading. You should look at those posts before continuing with this. Those posts contain videos and links to resources that can help get started. This post will even contain more links to resources I have personally found very helpful. First up is a Threads magazine online article from way back (2008).  This article is golden. It gives a simple example of how patterns “grow” at different locations within a pattern. It explained grading using a cut and spread diagram, but the info is also useful to both the “slide” and X &Y methods. This growth in different locations as shown on the chart in another  article linked to ) are known as “ grade rules ”.  The chart shows a simple formula for arriving at the grade rules. This formula is not set in stone, but it is an excell