Whew! I barely made it! Only one day left and I managed to slide right in at the tail end of the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge, hosted by Nateida of @naturaldane and Myra of @onesewsweet on Instagram.
The purpose was to showcase and highlight African American pattern designers, but the challenge was open for participation to the entire sewing community, regardless of race.
The challenge was to use a pattern from any Black Pattern Designer and garments must be sewn or knitted and posted between February 1st – 28th.
MY DESIGNER – ERYN SHIELDS
I’m so excited to highlight my Pattern Designer today. She is Eryn Shields, the creator of Style Sew Me Patterns. I chose Eryn as my designer because she has shown me not only that she’s an amazingly talented woman, but also that she has a heart of compassion. When I saw the prompt for the challenge, Eryn was the absolute FIRST person who came to my mind.
I admire Eryn’s work ethic and the professional manner in which she runs her business. She’s a very inspirational figure in our sewing community and her patterns are beautiful. When I look at her, I see a successful business woman.
Success is about knowing who you are and living in that truth; knowing what you want and going after it, not allowing obstacles to shut you down; staying in your lane and doing you, unapologetically. This is who I see in Eryn, and I love her confidence
I have to admit that, more than her business sense, Eryn has captured my heart with her compassion. When my husband died, Eryn sent her condolences as everyone else did. Then one day, I received the most BEAUTIFUL gift basket delivered to my home. The basket was filled with such gorgeous items, including a Grief Journal. It was from Eryn! My breath was taken away because I never expected her to do anything like that. To feel loved is the most precious emotion–I felt loved in that moment.
To take it a step further, Eryn reached out to me about a meet-up during her visit to California last November. So, I got to hug her and spend a little time together. She’s a special lady and it is my pleasure to highlight this beautiful designer.
You can find Eryn at the following sites:
I chose the Alise Top because I’m trying to build my wardrobe with more separate pieces. I love the flounces and cold shoulder design. When I first saw Eryn in the top, I knew I would make it one day.
I purchased the pattern just this Monday and finished the top on Tuesday morning. It was an easy sew and the video tutorial that she created for the pattern was helpful.
I used a lightweight sweater knit from my collection that I picked up from Michael Levine’s Loft a couple of years ago. I self drafted a quick pencil skirt to go along with the top, but I would love to make this again as a bodycon or maxi dress.
If I made it as a top again, I would extend the length because I forgot to measure before cutting. I plan to wear it with jeans and maxi skirts mostly. It’s a comfortable wear and nice addition to my casual wardrobe.
I can’t believe I participated in two challenges in one month. Wow! Well, I think that’s it on challenges for a while. Hahaha!!! Hmmm… Then again, maybe the challenges will help me get it done. We shall see!
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