11+ Black Sewists & Sewing Bloggers to Follow on Instagram

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Black sewing bloggers to follow on instagram

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My article on the lack of diversity shown in sewing machine company campaigns has been seeing a resurgence, so I wanted to pop in with 11+ Black and African American sewing content creators. While we need to hold companies accountable, we should also be celebrating and uplifting Black creators in this space!

Black Sewing Blogger #1: Aaronica of The Needle & The Belle

Aaronica is one of my fave humans on planet earth, and I love her posts about slow fashion and reading her reviews of indie pattern designers! Aaronica is also really great with knits and stretch fabrics.

From Aaronica: “My mom gifted me my first sewing machine at 13 along with 1 set of sewing lessons that I took with my neighbor. We made these super lame drawstring bags and I was over sewing before I’d really given it a chance. When I was in my first marriage, I think my mom saw that it was getting ready to end so she gifted me with yet another sewing machine so that I could have a hobby that was just mine. As a plus size woman struggling with finding clothes that I loved, I was ready to rock this sewing thing out–until I saw the directions for what was supposed to be a simple dress.”

Follow Aaronica on Instagram, here!

Black Sewing Blogger #2: Mac of Sew Altered Style

Mac is a self-taught sewist and working mom in the Washington DC area! I love her use of head wraps!!

Follow Mac on Instagram here!

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M O T H E R ’ S?D A Y?2020 – Last summer, I had an AWFUL commute to pick up my 2 kids (often arriving JUST before closing). It took 1-1.5 MISERABLE hours in DC traffic. But, I knew I didn’t want to have that negativity impact how I interacted with my kids when I saw them. So instead, I turned it into an opportunity to make memories! I started asking one of my kids’ teachers to take a “family photo” each day of us at pickup and ended up with the fun set of photos you see here. Not only did my kids come to expect (and eventually enjoy them, lol) but the TEACHERS got excited about having the chance to capture these fun shots for us! The pictures reminded me to reflect back on the day with the right reframe: I don’t “have” to drive that long to pick my kids up… Instead, I “get” to drive and pick up my children. As with all things – I think it’s truly about perspective; I see today (and this time) that way too. – I have always known it takes a village to raise a child – but this Mother’s Day I truly feel the absence of all those mothers, grandmothers, “school” mothers (teachers) “aunties” (friends, family), and all the others who parent our children in wide range of ways. I truly wish we didn’t have to celebrate under these socially isolated circumstances… – However, I still have a wish for you today. To all the women who have never given birth (by choice or circumstance), to those who have given birth (to live babies, angels and rainbows), to those who are currently pregnant or praying to be so, to those adoptive parents, guardians, grandparents, stepmoms, aunties and to those who have outlived their own children – Happy Mother’s Day from me and my crew. You matter in the lives of so many – and your contributions are seen and appreciated. – ? Fun Fact: I’m wearing handmade clothes in every photo! ? #memademay2020 #memadeeveryday #isewmyclothes

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Black Sewing Blogger #3: Constance Caddel

Constance is a Black crafter and sewist, who makes content in a variety of format (both video and posts!) to help folks learn how to make garments.

Follow Constance on Instagram here!

Black Sewing Blogger #4: Jasika Nicole

Okay, I REALLy want to hang out with Jasika! She posts everything from sewing and craft projects to show making to some FIRE selfies. LOVE ALL OF IT!!

Follow Jasika on Instagram here!

Black Sewist Blogger #5: Jas Wade of Princess Wade

From Jas: “I’m a wife, mom, seamstress, wife, book collector and wanna be homesteader.”

Follow Jas on Instagram here!

Black Sewing Blogger #6: Pink Mimosa by Jacinta

This Seattle-based blogger and vintage collector posts fabulous looks and pattern reviews!

Follow Jacinta on Instagram here!!

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I finished my @issarae @cosmopolitan dress on Saturday and I’m in love. The moment I saw it (and y’all should cop the magazine be cause Issa’s whole spread is amazing) I knew I needed a version of it! I didn’t want to copy the designer’s work so I self drafted the sleeves in a way that would create a similar effect to the original designer’s but still different. I also mixed patterns because y’all know that’s my signature. Notice the border hem of the dress matches the big sleeve ❤️Instead of doing big and small polka dots (see previous post) used a golden yellow symphony broadcloth from @joann_stores, a linen polka dot print from @joann_stores, and an Ankara fabric I used to make a client’s headwrap for @shopjacintagreen. Other than some corona pounds around my waistline (?????) I love the way it came out! I’ll provide more sewing details tomorrow ❤️. @embraceblackculture how about a sewing post? By the way, I used a @mccallpatterncompany pattern from my birth year, 1986. Perfect brunch dress when it’s safe to do so again (maybe August?). #sewing #sewersofinstagram #sewcolorful #sewfreshsewclean13 #polkadots #sew #sewingproject #bgm #memade #memadewardrobe #vintagestyle #megantheestallion #melaninpoppin #savage #savagechallenge #savageremix #savageremixchallenge #mccalls #mccallspatterns #weekendproject #sew #offtheshoulder #offtheshoulderdress #minidress #dramaticsleeves #1980sfashion #happymonday #cosmopolitan #selfdrafted #minidress #80saesthetic

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Black Sewing Blogger #7: That’s Sew Monica

Monica is a special events planner who loves sewing, design, and all things DIY!

Follow Monica on Instagram here!

Clothing Black Sewist Blogger #8: Made by Laquana

From Laquana: “DIY Blogger, mostly sewing, who happens to be plus size!”

Follow Laquana on Instagram here!

Sewist Blogger #9: Martha McIntosh of Garichild

From Martha: “A sewing enthusiast learning how to sew for her curvy, plus size body and other shenanigans!”

Follow Martha on Instagram here!

Black Sewing Blogger #10: Michelle of Michelle A Sews

From Michelle: “Sewing tips, dressmaking projects, pattern reviews, and my own sewing patterns.”

Follow Michelle on Instagram here!

Black Sewing Blogger & Creator #11: Terrence Williams

Okay, so Terrence has inspired me to go out and buy 17 eyeshadow palettes!!

Follow Terrence on Instagram here!

Black Sewist Influencer #12: Juliet Uzor

Juliet is the winner of the Great British Sewing Bee‘19! She shares a variety of sewing and lifestyle content.

Follow Juliet on Instagram here!

Black Creative Sewist #13: Daniela Tabois

Daniela is a fashion designer, and I instantly followed her upon finding her feed! She laso teach sewing tutorials from scratch on YouTube!

Follow Daniela here!

Creative Plus Size Black Sewist #14: Carolyn – Diary of a Sewing Fanatic

Carolyn is a sewist over 60, and she has such a fun energy and vibe in her photos!

Follow Carolyn on Instagram here!

Black Blogger Sewist #14: Sew Natural Dane

Based in Houston, Texas, @SewNaturalDane has a wonderful and colorful feed! She has a lot of resources for plus size sewists.

Follow Dane on Instagram here!

Who Needs to Be Added?

I have been gathering suggestions for this blog post, and I’d love to add more Black creators – especially those who are plus size and/or LGBT!

Drop me a line here or DM on Insta! <3

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