Two summers ago, Martha wrote a guest post about jumping into the unknown waters of swimsuit sewing. Now, as she shows her swimsuit drawings brought to life, Martha reflects upon challenging herself to sew that first swimsuit and using her MyBodyModel fashion croquis to design for the body that she loves.
In today’s blog post, I have chosen to share with you a snippet from my journal.
Journaling has always been my way of releasing and reflecting upon my day and I have added a Gratitude component which allows me to reflect on the beautiful things in life that has brought me joy and happiness.
Dear Jo,(Typing this made me laugh out loud because such formalities are not common but blame it on my years of being a pen pal *now I’ve aged myself*! Google “pen pal” – these unicorns may still exist)
Today I finished sewing my 6th swimsuit!!!! I still can’t believe it. For whatever reason I find sewing swimsuits soooooooo much fun and I love the challenge it brings. Can’t help but give all the credit to MyBodyModel!!
“Was wrapping up my sewing space to get the room ready for painting last week when I caught a glimpse of #mybodymodel swimsuit edition 🤔Had some Ankara scraps left over and the pattern was already cut..made sense to just DO IT […] There are lessons to be learned for going against the norm in your sewing journey. This was fun! “@garichild
Based on my Instagram memories, this time 2 years ago Erica encouraged the testers to get in on the fun for #curvyyearofsewing Swimsuit/Bodysuit theme using MyBodyModel and asked me to do a post.
Huh?! What?!?! Me?!?! I had no clue what I was doing or how to even sew a swimsuit.
But who backs down from a sewing challenge? Not me! If it wasn’t for the challenge, I don’t know if I would have even tried to sew a swim suit and for that I am sooooo grateful.
Grateful for a tool that I can use in my sewing journey that allows me the creative space to design for MY body.
“Last year was the first time I found myself brave enough to even attempt to sew a bathing suit and now I’m here for every bathing suit test if you’ll have me…lol. Thank you @mybodymodel for giving me the boost I needed to get started, I love seeing my croquis come to life”@garichild
How many times did we print out the usual fashion industry croquis and not be happy? *insert rolling eyes* Even the so called “curvy” versions were too hourglass for my fruit bowl figure, a.k.a. pear in front, apple from the side. Blessings from the genetic side of things.
“I truly believe that I’ve been sewing all these swimsuits to get ready for this day. Being able to make a suit that flatters all my curves is soooo empowering.”@garichild
What I love even more is that with each new version of MyBodyModel, the better the croquis gets. That back view available now is giving me life!!!
Look at what a difference a year makes in this sewing journey. Thank You MYBODYMODEL. Thank you for developing a tool that allows me to design for MY BODY. Thank you Thank you Thank you #GariChild
Martha, 1st generation Garifuna princess born and raised in New York City by my Guatemalan parents. I’ve always been intrigued by the art of sewing garments but continuously found a way to push the thought aside for years. Forever challenged by my friend to dig deeper: “What would you do if you were not afraid?” #lightbulbmoment Learning how to sew is such a rewarding experience and I absolutely love it!!! I am self-taught and still learning which can definitely be an adventure as I traverse the art of sewing for my curvy body. You can follow my sewing journey and shenanigans on Instagram @GariChild.