Sew it Chic in a Week #20

Light Chic

This week for our Sew it Chic feature we have Melissa from Mahlica Designs. Last week she linked up her Maria Denmark Kirsten Kimono T that she paired with her Itch to Stitch Lindy skirt and I just had to tell her that I had made an outfit out of the same 2 patterns! We’re twinsies!

Melissa1Melissa makes a wide range of cute things (and even has an Etsy shop here), but right now she is working on a core wardrobe that is thoughtfully planned. It is very fun to see her progress. I loved my wardrobe project so much and have been wearing all my items like crazy. It helps so much to have a plan in place!

Here is how Melissa responded to our probing interview questions:

What is your motivation to sew?

I’d describe it more as an innate drive. I’m a creative being and when that creativity does not get to flow; I feel quite twitchy, grouchy, and overall unsettled. I’ve dabbled in many different creative areas in life but sewing has been the enduring mainstay. Sewing satisfies my creative needs in several ways. First sewing is tactile. Throughout the process, I’m getting a sensory experience through touch. Sewing is a delight of textures; paper, cloth, metal, flat, bumpy, soft and rigid just to begin. Secondly, I’m making a real, interactive, usable item. I’m not creating only for creativity’s sake, but the results of my creative effort are ever present (as long as the item lasts anyway) in a wearable garment or usable item.

What is your favorite thing about sewing?
Right now my favorite part of sewing is the satisfaction of wearing what I make. I feel good when I put on hand made clothing. I’m reminded about the loving care that goes into handmade items; that I am having a positive impact on the world by opting out of fast fashion; that I’m a member of a community of people who love like I do.
Melissa2What is your least favorite thing about sewing?
The constant reminder that I am failable. I mess up all the time. Sometimes it’s the good “Lesson learned” kind of mess up, but often it’s the “Haven’t I figured that out yet” kind of mess up.
What is the most recent thing you’ve learned about sewing?
The value of repeating. Up until recently, I rarely made a pattern twice. Notes on what to do better next time became this ethereal thing not easily applied to future projects. Learning to sew with knits and making my own tees has opened me up to really working and reworking a pattern until the fit is right. By repeating a project to get it better the second or third time, skills and knowledge are really solidified.

I totally agree with Melissa about repeating a pattern to perfect the fit, which is why I still have one more Aurora tank to share! You will see that soon. In the meantime, let’s see what you are making!

Here are the informal rules for the link up party:

  • Women’s garments only
  • Made or blogged in the past week only – to avoid reposts.
  • The party is open for a week, until next Friday, and I’ll open a new one Saturday. Feel free to link up every once in a while or try to complete a garment every week!
  • 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 www.grayallday.com by using the Sew it Chic in a Week 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 a fun and fast waterslide. They are encouraging and build community.
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2 thoughts on “Sew it Chic in a Week #20

  1. i agree with repeating patterns. When I was younger I didn’t repeat patterns, now with a more mature figure, I have to tweak patterns and for that much work, I’m going to repeat patterns.

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