"Our Black is Beautiful!"
Hello my dear sewing loves and happy February to you all! Yes today is the first day of my favorite month and I'm excited to get things going. February is my favorite month for many reasons but the top two would be MY BIRTHDAY which is on the 6th and the fact that it's Black History month. I mean who wouldn't love to celebrate their birthday and the rich cultural history of their people all in the same month! I've been thinking about how I was going to celebrate my birthday as well as what I would sew in honor of black history month and to be honest I really wasn't sure about either of the two! LOLL If you know me you know my mind is always racing with ideas about what I want to create so I wasn't short on inspiration but I still struggled with how I was going to kick things off.
While I still haven't decided how I'm going to celebrate my birthday, I'm definitely sure about this cute jumpsuit I pulled together in honor of the first day of Black History month. Since this was my first time merging Butterick patterns 4806 (pants) and 4443 (top) I will consider it my test run. Now that I've perfected the fit and I know what areas I would alter a little more I promise the next one will be even better! As far as the fabric goes I decided to mix my favorite stretch denim with some fabulous Ankara print accents for that extra added little touch.
Of course we know Ankara prints aren't truly African fabrics but it's become culturally relevant to us as African american people and is widely used to accent our colorful beauty. Yes I believe it's important to celebrate all people all the time and I do; but this month was set aside to call attention to the contributions and accomplishments of African American people who despite their struggles remain strong. With that being said I hope each of you no matter who you are take some time during this month long celebration to reflect and appreciate the true beauty that is us!
"What kept me sane was knowing that things would change, and it was a question of keeping myself together until they did."