Over on Instagram this month, @onesewsweet and @naturaldane are hosting the #BHMPatternDesigners challenge. For the month of February -- Black History Month -- they encourage everyone to sew something designed by a Black Pattern Designer. They're also sharing lots of cool info on many different designers and on Black fashion history, so be sure to follow them for tonnes of great reading!
I've been reading some books in preparation as you might have noticed by my two most recent Weekend Reviews. I've also been thinking about various patterns I might use this month, and have gone through my stash to see what I have on hand.
Here's what I'm considering currently:
I have a Tracy Reese "Plenty" McCalls pattern, M7251 which has two quite distinct top designs -- I love them both and would definitely wear both these styles. I'm strongly leaning toward this one.
But I also have a handful of Khaliah Ali patterns, and there are a number of tops in there that I've been meaning to make for quite a while now. I might make View A (the short-sleeved white one) of S2230 or the flowy top from S2344. Then there are a few skirt and jacket options in there that also look good!
I've just finished Chinelo Bally's Freehand Fashion, and am eyeing her Batwing or Hi-Lo top, as an easy way to start trying out her freehand technique.
What about you? Were you aware of this challenge? Are you planning on making anything for it? Do you have any other designers to recommend?