February was, once again, a time to celebrate the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge. I've enjoyed participating in this challenge for the past 3 years and learning so much about Black fashion history, discovering so many Black pattern designers and shop owners (more every year!), and being inspired by the amazing projects made by the growing number of participants. You can hear both hosts talking about the purpose behind the challenge and how it works, over on Stitch Please and another interview on the Sew Organized Style podcast, if you're curious to learn more.
This year I made the Agnes Pencil Skirt by Michelle Sews. I love it. The fit and the details are both just fantastic. If you want to check out the more than 160 projects made by other participants this year, be sure to take a look at the hashtag on IG!
This year I was also lucky enough to win one of the prizes! The prizes are drawn live at the end of the month, and are awarded by random draw. I'm thrilled that I won a prize package, featuring many of the sponsors and designers highlighted throughout the challenge.
I wanted to also highlight some of the resources that are currently available on the Black History Month Pattern Designers Challenge website -- these resources will be staying up all year round, so you can easily pop over and discover some new pattern companies, shops, and more, anytime. I encourage you to do so. The work done by hosts @SewNaturalDane and @IslandSewcialist has elevated this challenge into a year-round resource for everyone!
This is a super challenge, one I really enjoy. There's a real sense of enjoyment and community, and it's an opportunity to discover new designers, but also to find new makers on IG to follow and be inspired by. I recommend participating in it next year -- you now have a whole year to explore some of the links and projects and make your plans...