January 2019 in Review

January was -

  • 3 pairs of pants

  • 2 sweaters

  • 4 dresses

  • 5 garments for family members

  • 4 garments for myself

  • and a little bit of painting

This year, not only do I have goals to increase productivity, but also to sew more for others than for myself. So far, in January, I am reaching those goals!

I am in disbelief that January is over! I hope January treated you right! It was a good month month for Independent Clothing Initiative.

We not only launched our new website, but also a new #mydesignline initiative for 2019. We have had so much fun in the process! I made a pair of thick, vintage stone-washed 12 ounce duck canvas pants (patterns are the Jutland Pants from Thread Theory and the Bryce Cargo Pants from Hey June Handmade) for both my husband and myself for our January pieces. I learned so much in the process. Look forward to a blog post coming with all the juicy details.

We hosted a give away with Chalk and Notch to celebrate and made four new versions of the Girls Fringe Dress. I had so much fun thinking of ways to make each dress look a little different, not just in fabric but style as well. I modified by making a maxi version, a knit two piece version, and two versions featuring contrasting yokes with ties. You can read more about them here.

I sewed some #sewfancypants, and did a fancy pants dance! Go to my instagram to check that out! I hand embroidered some striped half moons ( fabric from National City Swap Meet - a local Saturday/Sunday shopping market in San Diego) and painted with acrylics mixed with a fabric medium found at Michaels. I also used a fabric sharpie to outline my designs. The pants pattern is the famous Persephone Pants from Anna Allen Clothing and the fabric is from JoAnn’s Fabrics.

I also made two versions of the Toaster Sweater by Sew House Seven. Both versions were made using JoAnn’s Fabric and were such a breeze to sew with! Now I want to put a lace front panel on everything!


I even painted a little. It was so fun to take back out my brushes and pens and let my mind loose on paper.

I encouraged my kids to do more of this same thing this month as well.

What will February look like? I can’t wait to find out!