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...  


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

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

  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!

    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!

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

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

  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.

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

  5. Very pretty- I like your sleeves better

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

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

    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.

  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!

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

  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.

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

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  11. This is totally your style Faye! I love the little chain and your sleeve hack really suits the overall design so well!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I hacked (chopped an old necklace to get that about 4" chain for the neckline.

  12. I just heard the news and am really sad about this. Faye, you are one of the kindest people I have ever come across in the online sewing community and I will greatly miss you! I loved your sewing and I loved your faith! God bless you, Faye!

  13. My condoleances to Faye's family. I followed her blog and she followed mine. She was a kind heart and a good sewist. Rest in peace.

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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...