Werking Girl Skirt

"Werking Girl Skirt" Vogue 1465, a Donna Karan design - Making the Flame | Body Positive Sewing & Style

Say hello to my Donna Karan pleather pencil skirt! 1465 is my first go at a Donna Karan pattern, as well as my first big-envelope Vogue pattern. It was rated ‘average’ and seemed straightforward enough: pencil skirt in stretch fabrics using panels instead of side seams. A quick glance at the pattern instructions revealed that […]

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This Skirt Is a Reviver!

The SBCC Reviver Skirt by Making the Flame. Body positive sewing and style.

Kicking off the huuuuuge backlog of things I’ve made in the past several weeks is this sexy and sophisticated skirt! It’s the Reviver Skirt from SBCC Patterns, easily the most fashion forward plus size pattern I have ever seen. It features an asymmetrical high-low hem with the wrong side of the fabric showing in some […]

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Another Woman’s Treasure

Guess who made a Butterick 5249 skirt - for someone else? Body positive sewing & style on Making the Flame. For every body!

If there’s selfish sewing and unselfish sewing, what do you call it when selfish sewing turns into unselfish sewing? Before it became unselfish selfish sewing, this skirt was simply the desire to try a new style of garment: the pencil skirt. Pencil skirts represented polished professionalism and casual wearability, both with a touch of sensuality. […]

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Back To School Colors

The Ella Top by Making the Flame. Body positive sewing and style.

Boston area schools are back in session today, so it’s fitting to share a project in my high school’s colors — black and silver. Go Falcons! This is my second go ’round with the Ella Top by Liola Patterns. I wasn’t crazy about the wearable muslin, to the extent that I gifted the fabric to […]

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#TBT: The Forgotten Rainbow

Body positive TNT sewing with Making the Flame. Gotta love those quick and easy wins!

One day, I was digging through my closet and saw a peek of rainbow. Intrigued, I pulled it out — and saw this fabulous top! I’ve made about a million McCall’s M6078 tops — it was my first successful garment pattern, and my first TNT (tried ‘n’ true) pattern. I usually sew view B, the […]

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Pencil Skirt Success

Body positive pencil skirt and creative, purple animal print, style at Making the Flame.

It’s finally happened! I made the pencil skirt of my dreams. You’d never guess it, but I have a serious love for pencil skirts. So when I found a free pencil skirt pattern from Lekala, I was thrilled! And the fit of the muslin thrilled me, too. But over time I gained/lost weight, so I […]

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Vintage Peach

Creative vintage style on Making the Flame! Body positive sewing.

I sewed my very first vintage pattern! My style rarely veers toward vintage, but I had to have Simplicity 1590 as soon as I saw it. Both views of this pattern are so cute! For my first go ’round with it, I made view A. Sizing on 1590 goes up to a 46″ bust, with […]

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