Intentional Sewing Pt 3: How I Am Living (and sewing) Intentionally

Happy Friday Reader! If you’ve been following along with this blog series I truly thank you and hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.

Part one discussed intentional making, what it is and why I pivoted towards it. Part two is where I gave some suggestions on where you can start in your intentional making journey. Today I’m sharing how I’m implementing intentional sewing and slow living in my life. I won’t build you up with fillers and fluffers, let’s just get into it. And again, I hope this has inspired you to get started on your intentional journey!

1| I Stopped Buying Commercial Patterns

Soooo several reasons for this. As a black woman I started limiting how much I supported large pattern company’s and hobby shops as I personally felt my culture was underrepresented. As this has progressed I don’t see a personal need to return to them even beyond the representation aspect at this point. I’ve been able to save money, avoid impulse and bulk buying from the $1.99 sales, and have been able to support small businesses in terms of Etsy shops and indie pattern designers for patterns and resources I need. It honestly makes me feel so much lighter in terms of pressure and I think twice when I purchase indie patterns to determine if they work for me. I also have so many commercial patterns I haven’t even opened whereas most of my PDF patterns have gotten use. Quality over quantity and overall satisfaction.

All of my commercial patterns (there’s another drawer not shown)

2| I make my seam allowances a little bigger

Long story short, this helps my clothing grow with me. In certain areas that I experience frequent fluctuation of body growth and when this happens I’m able to just take in or let out the simple seams and keep my clothing instead of donating due to lack of adequate sizing for me.

3| I make clothes that I love

Clothes should be loved and you should love your clothing. Period. I’ve learned I can guarantee this for myself by actually making my clothing quality, no short cuts, nicely finished seams and lovely construction. Patience is sometimes required because it means actually taking the time to invest in the thing I am making, slowly enjoying the process, and being fully aware of what I’m doing.

4| I plan my makes

In part one of this blog series I talked a bit on how I plan my makes on a corkboard using index cards and fabric swatches. I use this method to create capsule wardrobes but it can easily be done to plan standalone makes on their own. To give some detail on this, here’s what I do: I cut fabric swatches and staple them to an index card. Once I’ve done that with all of my chosen fabrics I move them around to see which work together and what I want to get rid of from the collection (to be made at another time usually). I then choose the patterns I want to make for each fabric and print off small line drawing pictures and tape them to the bottom to visualize the make. On the back of the index card I write the details of the garment (pattern name, size, mods I’m making, etc). Then I put them together on a corkboard in sections (pants, tops, dresses etc). Voila! My making plans are complete.

5| I’m growing locs

So this is a part of my slow living journey along with handsewing. I started growing locs (dreadlocks for those unfamiliar with the slang) about 3 months ago and it’s been such a lesson in patience and letting things be. I’m happy to say that my hair has been growing like a weed and my locs are budding and showing themselves. We’re in the beginning stages still but im excited to see where this journey takes me.

My baby locs from a few months ago

I know many have been wondering what I’ve been up to and this is pretty much it besides other random things in my personal life. I’m still around but for the most part I’m in the background working on my business and living my best intentional life. Wishing you the same!


5 thoughts on “Intentional Sewing Pt 3: How I Am Living (and sewing) Intentionally

  1. Thanks for a great post, Alexis! I come at this from a sustainability perspective, but intentionality in everything is key. It stops overconsumption (be it clothes sales or pattern sales). It stops things that linger in the back of the cupboard (#30wears goals). And I think the process also brings joy. I love your boards! And the locks too. Looking forward to more updates!

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  2. I am so inspired by you. Handsewn clothing gives me hope in learning how to sew clothing THAT FITS!! Especially with a lovely body that doesn’t fit in most commercial cuts well. My dream is to sew my own simple cotton summer sleeveless sheaths in beautiful fabrics.
    Thank you for your wonderful blog and positive approach!


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