February 7, 2019

Paying Homage to Black Pattern Designers...

...for years February has been set aside as a special time to learn about and recognize accomplishments of African Americans and other people of color.  This year in celebration I jumped on the #bhmpatterndesigners Instagram challenge.  This challenge, sponsored by Myra @onesewsweet, and Nateda @naturaldane and is open to all genders and races internationally with a great bounty of prizes associated with it.  Joining this challenge has been a great way to learn more about familiar Black Pattern Designers as well as those I've never even heard about.

I soooooo wanted to make up a vintage pattern, like one by Willi Smith or Willi Wear that I've loved for years, but of course didn't have one in my stash.  I just didn't have time to search and source one out.  So I've decided to go with something more readily available.  I chose Vogue 1596 by Tracy Reese.  I must admit that although I have several of Reese' patterns, I've actually never made one.


 Choosing this pattern allowed me to practice a split collard neckband which has never been my strong suit.  I was willing and determined, and the neckband was applied in one sweep I'm very happy to say.


No one told me that this tunic is almost dress length.  I did hack Tracy's pattern by omitting the front pockets, and creating my own balloon sleeve and a regular cuff (I don't think Tracy would mind that at all).  For more information on the challenge just click on the sponso'rs IG links above.  I'm so glad I had a chance to participate, and there's still time if you would too.  Now on to the planning stages of my next project...  
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23 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful! Love the print and the placement of it!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! The print placement was a free for all though.

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  2. This is so your style Faye! I love the little chain and the tucks--they're both such nice additions, and I think hardware especially always ups the quality of a garment!

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I took a chance using a print and the tucks are only visible on one side of the front but I loved the fabric so I just went with it. I love it!

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  3. I really like this one Ms. Faye! You really did this pattern justice. I plan on joining in with the BHM challenge too.

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    1. Thank you Vanessa! I'll be looking for your challenge entry!!!

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  4. Yours is very pretty! I love making sleeves that I want, even if the pattern calls for something different. You're the one who has to live with the sleeves, after all.

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    1. Thank you Marjie. I agree with you about the sleeves.

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  5. Very pretty- I like your sleeves better

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    1. Thank you so much. I like these sleeves better too!

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  6. What a lovely top!The print is striking and works so well with the Tracy Reese design.

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    1. Thank you Diane!I really wanted red but there was none in ye old stash. I took a chance on loosing some of the design features in the print but I still like the top - wore it today.

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  7. What a gorgeous top! I love everything about your new top, but I especially love the sleeves you chose. Tracy Reese could not have done better herself!

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  8. This top is gorgeous! I like the sleeves you used also. Great job!

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  9. You did such a lovely job on this tunic and the new design features only enhanced the outcome. This would look really cute with some nice leggings and boots too.

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    1. Thank you so very much! I enjoyed wearing it.

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Paying Homage to Black Pattern Designers...

...for years February has been set aside as a special time to learn about and recognize accomplishments of African Americans and other peopl...