Hello! My name is Ebi Poweigha, and I’m the body positive sewist behind Making the Flame. Women of all sizes can use some body positivity in their lives! Sewists of all sizes have unique bodies, not just those of us too large or too short to fit patterns right out of the envelope.
What is Body Positive Sewing?
The belief that “anyone can make any garment for any body, it’s just a matter of approaching it a little differently.” Body positive sewing is simple: sew clothes you love for the body you have right now. Not the body you wish you had, the body you think you should have, or your grand/daughter’s body because yours is “too old/droopy/lumpy”. Nor is it sewing bland, shapeless clothes in order to mask your “figure flaws”. Body positive sewing is using your skills and creativity to treat your body well.
My sewing story started in my fashion story, and that started when I was a little girl. Beauty was a big deal to the women I looked up to, so fashion magazines were always in the house. They fascinated me! I’d study them every chance I got, and even designed my own formal dress at the age of 13. In my 20s I tried to learn to sew, and failed every time. But finally in 2011 it all came together and in 2014 I started this blog to fill the void of stylish, body positive plus size sewing bloggers.
Speaking of creativity … this blog is named Making the Flame because that’s my way of describing how the creative process feels. I love creating things, and have dabbled in many forms of creativity, some of which support this blog: writing and photography. In a past life, I was an avid knitter, too.
I hope you enjoy Making the Flame, and start some body positive sewing of your own! I’m super social — find me on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, and YouTube. Or shoot me an email if you live in or are visiting the Boston area. I love to make new friends!
Email: makeflame AT makingtheflame DOT com