Sew it Chic Monthly – February

Sew it Chic first saturdays

sewing roomYes, this post is going up late, but I have a really great (sewing related!) reason. In the new house my sewing room is a huge 25 ft by 12 ft space with 4 windows. It is amazing, except one little problem…no lights. No overhead lights at all. This seems to be a common thing here. None of the bedrooms, the living, family room or office have overhead lights. We’ve been buying lamps like crazy to get enough light to do anything at night around here. And since I have a job and 2 daughters, my main sewing time opportunity is after 8pm, but I just wasn’t enjoying it. Well, my amazing husband learned how to install lights last month and has put lights in all 6 of the upper floor rooms and now my sewing room. He had to turn off the power to do it, so I couldn’t post on Saturday. But it was all worth it and you should expect to see my output shoot through the roof! Woohoo!

The lovely Michelle

The lovely Michelle

Our featured seamstress this month is Michelle from That Black Chic. The denim skirt she posted was astounding! She even created matching boots! But really, I can’t be surprised by anything she does because her creations are so consistently amazing. Did you all see that she was included in the BurdaStyle Best of Blogging List? She is such an inspiration, so I was thrilled that she answered our Sew it Chic questions:

What is your motivation to sew?
TBC: At this point the fact that I get to share my work on this platform is what motivates me to sew. I am an artist and being able to share my art is awesome! Sometimes I’m a little tickled that so many people get what it is that I’m doing with my sewing. Also this is bonding time for me and my daughter who is my model for my blog.

That Blck Chic PotluckWhat is your favorite thing about sewing?
TBC: My favorite thing about sewing is knowing that at the end I will have made something with my hands. I love manipulating fabric into beautiful things…..well they are beautiful most of the times.

What is your least favorite thing about sewing?
TBC: Sewing! I know you’re scratching your head right now but let me explain. I know a lot of people LOVE to sew and some even use this as their method of relaxation. I know how to sew and I and really good at it, because I worked hard learning the craft at a young age. I challenge myself by learning new techniques as often as possible but seriously for me sewing can be a chore. I think it is necessary that I go through the making process of putting a garment together to understand what it takes to create but if I could pay someone to sew up my ideals I would. I don’t think I’m the only person out here sewing who feels this way……….am I?

That Black Chic 2What is the most recent thing you’ve learned about sewing?
TBC: I’m on a sleeve kick right now and I just made two dresses one with a Bishop sleeve and the other with a bell sleeve. I found a lot of sleeves out there that I never attempted so I may continue and make some other sleeves that I found. I am also just starting to explore sewing books, any suggestions on which book to start with?

Thank you, Michelle, for giving us an insight into your process and giving us a chance to admire your work!


And now the link up and just a few rules:

Women’s garments only
Made or blogged in the past month only – to avoid reposts.
The party is open about a month, until the last day of that month.
You don’t have to blog to join in! Link up your Pattern Review, your Kollabora project or even an Instagram pic. I know there are so many lovely things made that we never see because not everyone is crazy enough to blog. I also have one person who emails me the pictures so I can get them up here.

Optional additional ideas:

If you are on a blogging platform that supports links, please link back to by using the Sew it Chic button in the sidebar, or just a simple mention in the text of your post. That way more people will find the party!
Look around and share a comment or 2 with a neighbor. I don’t mind admitting that I savor blog comments as much as new lights in my sewing room. They are encouraging and build community.

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