Tuesday, February 2, 2021

February Brings #BHMPD


I love the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge! It's such a great idea -- highlighting Black designers, pattern makers and sewing business owners in a fun and relaxed challenge. 

This year, #BHMPD is being hosted by @SewNaturalDane and @Island Sewcialist It happens mostly over on Instagram, and they've been sharing all sorts of suggestions for companies and designers to follow. The challenge is really just to make something by a Black pattern designer during February and share it with the hashtags, tagging the hosts too. They even have pattern discount codes and sponsor prizes, too. So be sure to check it out. 

I've participated the last two years, with patterns from my stash. In 2020 I made Simplicity 2230, a Khaliah Ali blouse pattern. And in 2019 I made McCalls 7251, a Tracy Reese "Plenty" blouse design. 

This year I'm planning on making something new to me, the Agnes Pencil Skirt by Michelle Sews. I love a good pencil skirt and have been looking for one with pockets for ages. This skirt looks like exactly what I've been searching for.

There is also a nice set of sewalong posts on Michelle's blog, which should also be helpful! I'm planning on making it in this heavy cotton sateen with a touch of stretch which has been in my stash for a long time. 

If I finish and have enough time I might make a top to go with it, probably one from my numerous Khaliah Ali Simplicity patterns. 

I'd use black, not this print, to make a complementary top

I recommend taking a look at this challenge and all the great resources shared around it. Lots to explore and learn! 


  1. Maybe not free on the skirt pattern, when I tried to get the pattern I would have been charged for it. I looks lovely, and I think she drafts for wider hips which would be wonderful!

    1. Ah, you're right. I read her website and it seems pretty tough right now with Brexit etc. I hope that this skirt is something people can get their hands on; it's a great pattern. Lots of thought put into the details!


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