Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tag I'm it! #SeamstressTag

It's a seamstress tag! I was tagged by Jocy who is a fabulous DIYer  who you may know as Pink Chocolate Break on YouTube. I accept this tag and now I'mma let ya'll know a little more about me. So let's get started shall we?

1. Who are you?
Me: This is easy, my name is Michelle............Oh you want a little more to go with that? OK let me start over. My name is Michelle and I'm blogging in my little corner of the internet under the guise of ThatBlackChic. I love buying glasses just as much as I love buying  fabric. To know me it to know that Denim gives me life! I have three kids and the last little man is a senior and I can't wait to ship him off to college. I want to knock down the walls between the two bedrooms when he leaves, so that I can make a sewing suite upstairs. I'm not sure how that will help with the resale value of our home but it would make me very, very happy. I'm a home body so spending time at home makes me happy, along with late night cupcake making adventures with my daughter. Lastly I'm embarking on a project to publish a sewing magazine featuring African American makers....stay tuned.

2. When & why did you start sewing?
Me: Well I'll give you my come-back to sewing story. After starting my blog in Sept of 2013 I discovered sewing blogs. I found Mimi G on Facebook which lead me to the internet searching for other sewing bloggers. My blog was not intended to be a sewing blog but people went crazy when I posted a few things that I had sewn and that's when I jumped back into sewing full-force. [The Owl Pants was my first sewing post. I hadn't sewn in over 20 years] The why would be because I rekindled my love for being able to take a piece of fabric and make it into wearable art.
3. What is your favorite or proudest make?
Me: I have two that were made by way of the "Rippin Ain't Easy" sewing contest that I won in 2015. The first was that gold dress dress that I made using trash bags and the finally bejeweled tiered gown.
4. What is your most disastrous make?
Me: Seriously we have to talk about this? OK so when I was sewing back in middle school, I made myself a pair of pleated pants that were "The BOMB" Now I was new to sewing so I didn't really know about sizing patterns for other people, My friends were like make me a pair and I was like hell yeah I'll make ya'll some pants. I'm just going to end it like this, my friends were great and I now know to measure inseams!

5. Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
Me: Fabric Mart is on the top of my list right now.
6. What is your most used pattern?
Me: The two patterns that I have sewn over and over are  Simplicity 1421 blazer and Baste and Gather's Birkin Jean pattern

7. Your most dreaded sewing task is.
Me: Zippers used to irk me.......oh wait button holes were even worse!  It took me years to master both but one thing I still dread to this day is those damn collar points. I feel like I avoid them because I know I am going to do some ripping out before I get a satisfying point. 
8. And your favorite sewing task?
Me: Working with denim, especially re-cycled denim. Is that a task? If it's not then I say making Jeans!
9. What is your favorite 'sewing entertainment'?
Me: I'm with Jocy on this one, not quite sure how to answer this question. But what I can tell you what's not entertaining. When my husband decides he wants to spend some time chatting and comes into my basement sewing room with a plate of food! That is certainly not entertaining in the least. But I love checking out all the sewing blogs I follow and finding new blogs.

10. Printed or PDF?
Me: I'm thinking this is a trick question right?? It has to be!! I'm sure of it so I'm not even going to answer this one.

11. What sewing machine do you use?
Me: BERNINA 350PE and I'm in heaven as a BERNINA Ambassador representing the brand. The machine I used prior which is my stand-by machine Brother SQ9185 
12. Do you have any other hobbies?
Me: Photography and anything to do with ART.

You want to meet Jocy? Hit the play button!
Thanks for tagging me Jocy and it's a pleasure to get to know you. So the chicks that I want to tag and get to know a little better are as follows.  The lady I want to dress like when I grow up, Erica Bunker. Stefanie a German blogger over at seaofteal whom I met when we both made the top 50 Best of Blogging from BurdaStyle. My vintage goddess who competed with me in the Rippin Ain't Easy competition, Gwen also known as _hellinheels_ on Instagram. My last tag will be for Rashida Coleman-Hale founder of Cotton & Steel Fabrics.

The Million Dollar Questions:
1) Who are you?
2) When & why did you start sewing?
3) What is your favorite or proudest make?
4) What is your most disastrous make?
5) Where is your favorite place to go fabric shopping?
6) What is your most used pattern?
7) Your most dreaded sewing task is...
8) And your favorite sewing task?
9) What is your favorite 'sewing entertainment'?
10) Printed or PDF?
11) What sewing machine do you use?
12) Do you have any other hobbies?
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  1. Loved it!! And I'm happy to read that besides sewing we both love glasses and art! 😍

    1. Jocy thanks for tagging me. I've been following you for a while now and it really was great to get a little insight on who you are.

  2. Hi Michelle,
    I was waiting for your post! ;)
    I am so happy you tagged me and the other ladies (I adore Erica Bunker), can't wait to get to know the others a bit more.
    You are amazing! To me you seem to be a very kind, clever and above all a very generous person (sewing for your daughter... and I love the story about your pants in middle school).
    I can't wait to answer the questions (I think I'll publish this blogpost on Wednesday).
    You are really an inspiration!
    Thank you for tagging me!
    Greetings from Germany.

    1. Hello Stephanie! It's pretty cool that we can use this format to get a little peek into the people we admire over the internet and social media. Can't wait to read your post!

  3. Great to get to know ever more about the great "That Black Chic! Love it all!

  4. Great post Michelle! (And I love Jocy too! I subscribe to her YouTube channel!). It was so refreshing (and funny) to learn more about you!

  5. Oh Michelle, I thoroughly enjoyed this. Thanks so much for sharing. FYI to totally my inspiration :o)


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