Happy Wednesday Everyone!
Today is such an exciting day for me, as I’m launching the start of my first Anita by Design Collection, I was inspired by Brittany of BRITTANY J. JONES and Emily of EMILY HALLMAN DESIGNS, who have both created amazing Collections. Brittany just completed her first Collection with a black and yellow color scheme. Oh gosh, you just have to see it. I love every piece she incorporated into the Collection and how well they all fit together. She even added a dress for her cute little daughter, Justice.
Emily has sewn a number of Collections and this lady is a beast with that machine. When I tell you she sews perfect stitches, I’m not exaggerating even a little. She has an amazing talent and blows me away every time with her attention to detail and bright, colorful fabric choices. Her latest Black & White Collection just takes my breath away.
I am so inspired by both these ladies who are killing the sewing game. While I can’t sew as much right now, I can certainly get my fix from watching Brittany and Emily. They have amazing Blogs and beautiful personalities.
Upon seeing their collections, I became very excited to follow their examples and give this a try. I think it’s such a great idea to sew a collection because, as Brittany says, “it really does promote focused sewing,” rather than always creating aimlessly with no sense of order in mind. And more than ever before, I NEED focus and order in my life.
I’m disgusted with my casual wardrobe, which is pretty much non-existent. Seriously , I have barely any casual clothes in my closet. I’m wearing the same thing over and over and this has to change. I remember when I decided to stop buying ready-to-wear because I wanted to sew all of my own clothes. So as I started to get rid of old items that I either wasn’t wearing or could no longer fit into, I wasn’t replacing them because I was too busy sewing more dressy pieces. Now, here I am, stuck with only two pairs of jeans that need replacing and a few pairs of old sweats, and I still refuse to go out and buy clothes. Hahaha! Hey, I’m stubborn that way.
Therefore, I’ve decided to focus my first collection on a more casual vibe and call it “Casual Woman.” Since my lifestyle, at the moment, involves activity that requires ultimate comfort, I need pieces that will be accommodating. I’ve planned out the collection to include 6 pieces. I’m not quite sure how long it will take for me to finish all the pieces since I’m not sewing daily. However, I really want to complete this collection, so I plan to invest every free moment to sewing. With Spring time approaching, I really need to get my Collection done beforehand because the fabrics I’ve pulled are for cooler weather, as that is my need at the time.
My daily activities involve caring for CEMO, doctor’s appointments, rehab center visits (temporarily), grocery store and other errands. So my wardrobe needs aren’t fancy but I’m still trying to be cute. Hahaha! Shoot, I don’t care what’s going on, you can’t take away a girl’s inner desire to be who she is.
As of right now, my plans for the Collection include: 1 pair of sweat pants, 1 turtleneck top, 1 bodysuit, 1 pencil skirt, 1 casual dress, and 1 cardigan or vest (or perhaps both). Today, I’m kicking it off with the sweat pants and turtleneck top. For the top, I used my favorite Burda Style 6990, which I’ve already sewn twice HERE and HERE, and I rate it Easy for beginners. For the pants, I used Burda Style 6471, and they were an easy sew for me. I would rate the pattern Average/Intermediate, although I believe an advanced beginner would be successful in completing the pants. OMGosh! Both pieces are so perfect, and exactly what I need right now. I feel both comfortable and cute in this outfit. The best part is that I can wear it sitting around the house or running errands around town. The other pieces I’ve planned for the Collection are also multi-functional in that way.
While I’ve made plans for my pieces, they’re not set in stone. I could very well decide to change a piece or several. I’ve managed to stay out of fabric stores due to my lack of time, so that really helps me in staying on task.
If you’re new to sewing, this might be a great way to start for you. Try sewing your own Collection, where all the pieces you make will be interchangeable with one another. Not only will you be happy about your new craft, but you’ll benefit from building a functional wardrobe.
Wish me luck you guys. I’m so excited I can barely stand it. Oh please let me have time to sew.
Create the Look!
- Top Pattern: Burda 6990 (View D)
- Pants Pattern: Burda 6471 (View A)
- Top Fabric: Ribbed Knit
- Pants Fabric: Reversible Knit
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Remember: When you live in your DESIGN, it is from there that God SHINES!