Give me a good cup of tea, a slice of warm chocolate cake, two cozy recliners in front of a fireplace on a cool evening, and another person who likes to sew. Oh, what I wouldn’t give to have a sewing buddy in person. If only there was someone who would sit with me for hours and talk about machines, fabric, scissors, pattern alterations, and all things sewing.

But since I don’t have one in person (yet), I decided to make myself a cup of tea, warm up a few shortbread cookies (no chocolate cake in the house), and cozy up in my loungewear and recliner on this beautiful Saturday, and introduce you to an online sewing buddy.

This is how I would host my sewing buddy. Tea, cake, pajamas and good conversation

This is a new feature I’m adding to my Blog. Once a month (or every other month), I plan to highlight one of my Private Email Community Members. I’m so excited about this because it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. The idea is to share the sewing journey of a member, through story and photos.

If you love meeting new sewists and hearing about their sewing journeys, then go grab yourself a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever you like to drink. Don’t forget to bring a snack too. Make yourself cozy and come get acquainted with our sew sister, Darcey.


August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn

Darcey is a 46 year old wife and mother of four children, ranging in age from 5 – 19 years old. She has been sewing (officially) since January, 2020. The sewing machine she uses is from the Singer Millennium Series. She says the Singer Sewing Machine company was headquartered and had a large factory in her hometown of Bridgeport, Connecticut for many years. While growing up, everyone she knew had a Singer sewing machine. Therefore, she had no idea other brands existed!

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn

Darcey took her first sewing class in 6th grade home economics in 1985.  However, both her mother and maternal grandmother are sewists. Her mother made school clothes for Darcey and her sister. She also made them dance recital and Halloween costumes.  Her grandmother sewed drapery and home decor accents for many years and made the nursery decorations for Darcey’s oldest son’s nursery when he was born.  She also sewed her junior prom dress!

In 1999, Darcey purchased her machine and took a sewing class. She says the class was disappointing for a variety of reasons and she didn’t sew at all afterwards. Darcey admits that she is officially learning to sew now, as an adult. She has made some small quilts and pillowcase dresses for her girls over the years but never with a true intention to learn the art of sewing.  In February of 2020, she enrolled in a sewing class at a local store. Shortly after the first class (where she made yet another pillow), they were all asked to isolate due to Covid-19. It was then that she discovered Anita By Design and the Learn to Sew Series.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
I spy with my little eye, an Anita by Design Sewing Video on the TV in the background.

The first item Darcey ever made in her 6th grade home economics class was a pillow.  It was made out of turquoise and white squares and had a ruffle around the edges. 

The first item she made from the Learn To Sew Series with Anita by Design was the circle skirt in Lesson #1.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Darcey wearing her circle skirt from Project #1 of the Beginners Sewing Course

Darcey shared with me that she made a huge error and put the yoke on upside down on the circle skirt.  She decided that fixing the mistake would require too much work, so she started to make a second circle skirt. Darcey says there was always a little nagging feeling that she needed to go back and finish the skirt, so that’s what she did. Taking nearly the entire skirt apart, including removing the zipper, she “fixed” it. Darcey wears her skirt proudly today! Talk about patience and perseverance. The lessons learned through mistakes are priceless. I always say that mistakes are our best teachers.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Darcey’s circle skirt with yoke attached upside down.
August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Removing the stitches and starting over. The seam ripper is a sewist’s best friend.

Darcey believes that she began sewing because it was an assignment from God! At the end of 2019, she was given a dream journal as a gift, and in the journal she had to name one thing that brought her joy. She couldn’t think of a single thing that brought her joy that did not involve her husband or children. That realization almost brought her to tears.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
A fine job indeed. I love the way she styled the circle skirt.

While visiting family in Canada for the New Year, a family member asked, “Darcey, are you still sewing?” She had literally forgotten that she’d ever sewn anything in her life! She felt a sudden inspiration to sew again and knew it was Divine! Her husband had given her money for the holidays that she had just tucked away. She decided that when she got back home she’d use that money to get her machine serviced and find sewing lessons.

Sewing these past 6 months has been a tremendous outlet for Darcey, almost like therapy, as she manages some pretty hard life changes due to Covid-19 and being quarantined. I can certainly understand, Darcey. Sewing has been therapeutic for so many of us in the sewing community during difficult life circumstances.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Sewing is very therapeutic.

Darcey’s biggest sewing challenge is not having a live person in front of her to ask questions, in particular, sizing questions since she’s 6’ tall. Everything she sews needs to be lengthened.

When I look at Darcey’s photos, I see someone who’s calm, peaceful and reserved. I asked her to describe her personal style and she responded with, “Conservative, simple and comfortable”. Yes, her personal style definitely comes through in the photos. I would love to have Darcey as my in-person sewing buddy.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Darcey wearing the Maxi Skirt from Project #2 of the Beginners Sewing Course

Darcey lives in New England where it’s officially summer, so when she’s not sewing, she enjoys being outside with her kids, their fur baby, “Ruby”, and Saturday morning coffee runs with her husband, Ray. Her family recently did a camping staycation 20 minutes from their home that she says was lots of fun.

Darcey's Family
Darcey with her family

Darcey was introduced to Anita by Design through a longtime friend and fellow sewist on Instagram, @mikkimadedesigns, who mentioned the YouTube channel. She checked it out and from the first visit knew it was the place for her to learn how to sew.

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Darcey wearing the pencil/straight skirt from Project #3 of the Beginners Sewing Course

She says she supports Anita By Design because the Learn to Sew tutorials are simple and easy to follow.  Most importantly they are actually teaching her to sew. She says Anita is a natural teacher, has a pleasant voice and keeps things lighthearted.  She says it’s like learning to sew from a longtime friend. Darcey also appreciates that when viewers ask questions in the comments, Anita responds and offers support. She says it’s like having your own personal cheerleader helping you through your sewing projects!

August Spotlight Member/ Darcey Lynn
Darcey wearing her t-shirt from Project #4 in the Beginners Sewing Course

Here are a couple of fun facts about Darcey. If she had to abandon earth and could only take one item of clothing, she said she would bring her sneakers because she hates for her feet to be uncomfortable and her sneakers are the best. Hahaha! High five on that one, Darcey. Also, the one thing she can’t live without is her Bible. Yes! A woman after my own heart.

Another view of Darcey's t-shirt
Darcey wearing her t-shirt from Project #4 in the Beginners Sewing Course

If you are new to sewing, Darcey would like to close this post by giving you a bit of advice. She says, “First, start with Anita’s videos (I did NOT bribe her to say that. I promise.). Next, take your time and be patient. Also, allow yourself to make mistakes. Like anything new, it takes time to master the skills. And most importantly, have fun!” I agree with your words of wisdom, Darcey.

Darcey's t-shirt without sleeves
Darcey wearing her t-shirt from Project #4 without sleeves. She’s doing so well.

If you are on Instagram and want to follow Darcey’s sewing journey, you will find her @thatssewdarcey.

Thank you so much, Darcey, for being my first Spotlight Member. I appreciate your support and feel blessed to have you in my community. I’m looking forward to your next project and will continue to follow your sewing journey.

Please give Darcey a SHOUT OUT in the comments section below. She is doing a great job and I would love for us to celebrate her.

This Post Has 362 Comments

  1. Carol Oladele

    Hi Darcey,

    What an amazing and inspiring journey! I love all pieces you’ve made so far and can’t worst to see your future projects. I really enjoyed reading this spotlight. Thank you for sharing! I’ve never sewed, but after reading this, I feel like I can do it. 🙂


    Hi Darcy, you are encouraging me to actually sew the Projects by Anita. I have watched all the beginner’s Projects in July, just last month, but have not tried any…just being lazy. But you look really nice in the clothes you made. Anita is really teaching “old dogs” new tricks with open minds (that’s me).

    Anita, thanks for your dummy proof teaching. I am about to get started. Hopefully I can still purchase the patterns that were use in all six projects.

  3. JoAnne Mimms-Bolden

    I just read your story, Darcy — congratulations for listening and receiving! And the beauty that resulted. Your handiwork for a beginner is oustanding. Rock on girl. Chuckle. One of the things you will begin to notice is the difference between custom-made and store bought garments on yourself and others, and you will find your thoughts imagining how to modify a pattern to add this or that embellishment, etc. Being able to create is a blessing and when discovered should be nurtured as you are doing. Joy follows!!

    1. JoAnne Mimms-Bolden

      Pls forgive me…Darcey. Tablet typo!!

  4. Darcey

    Yeah! Than you Darlene.
    Thank you for reading my story.

  5. Darcey

    Yes Gladys keep going!!!

  6. Darcey

    Hi Sheryl –
    That makes me feel good! So glad that I am not the only one who has had to start over. I am sure that won’t be my last time with a do-over.

  7. Amy Bailey-Sheets

    Hi Darcey!
    I really enjoyed this post. You have made some beautiful garments. I hope that you have continued writing in your dream journal and please know that you are an inspiration to others.

    1. Darcey

      Thank you! and yes, I am still writing in my dream journal!

  8. Linda Dembitsky

    Hi Darcy!

    Thank you for sharing your projects with everyone. I love the story about you sewing the yoke upside down on your skirt- I used to just quit and go to something else when things like that happened on a sewing project, but now I take a deep breath and rip it out ?. It’s the best way to get better and to acquire more patience! So good for you! All of your outfits look good, really love that red t shirt and the pencil skirt too. Take care ?

    1. Darcey

      Thank you so much Linda!
      The red shirt is one of my favorite tops also!
      It was so easy and I followed Anita’s technique to get it to be the right size also!
      I am so glad that I went back and fixed my skirt. after that I feel like I can sew anything!

  9. Sherry Callaway

    I loved reading about Darcy’s story. Want an inspiration. I love the idea of having a spotlight like this. Keep up the good work Darcy

    1. Darcey

      Thank you Sherry for your encouragement!

  10. Anita Morris

    Oh Gladys! I’m so glad you found inspiration through Darcey’s story. Thank you for reading and celebrating Darcey today.


    Thanks for sharing Darcy’s sewing story. I love hearing about how others started sewing later in life like me. You are both an inspiration.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you, Crystal, for celebrating Darcey with us.

    2. Darcey

      Crystal – It is never too late to try something new. I want to be a lifelong learner!

  12. Sandra Sutton

    I am late but I like what I see and read. Great outfits Darcy. Enjoy your gift of sewing.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hey Sandra! Never late. Thank you so much for coming over to celebrate Darcey.

      1. Darcey

        Yes! Sandra you are right on time! Thank you for the compliment on my outfits Sandra!

  13. audrey

    Hi Darcy talk about perseverance, you did a fine job. Keep up the good work. Be blessed.

    1. Anita Morris

      Isn’t she amazing, Audrey? Thank you for celebrating our sister today.

    2. Darcey

      Thank you so much Audrey!

  14. Linda

    Hi Darcy, Your workmanship and fit looks really nice. Keep up the good work.

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you for celebrating Darcey with us today. I agree that her fit is great.

    2. Darcey

      Thank you Linda! I am learning from the best! I love that Anita has helped me learn how to adjust patterns to fit my correct size.

  15. Nina

    What a great story! I just love that Darcey went back and fixed that upside-down yoke. We have all made errors like that and each is a learning experience. Patience is important in sewing and all things.

    1. Anita Morris

      You are so right, Nina! Patience really does take us far in learning our craft. Thank you for celebrating Darcey with us.