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This submission comes from Felicia Thomas

Felicia has been following Threads for some time now, and we’ve been following her too! Her bright, beautiful, positive style shines through in her work. Many of her projects caught our eye but the obvious mother-daughter bond in this project touched us.  Below, Felicia shares her story with us.

My name is Felicia Thomas also known as Feesewcrafty in the sewing community. I was born in Washington, DC and raised in Alexandria, Virginia. I am the oldest of three siblings.

I currently reside in District Heights, Maryland where I own and operate a crafting workshop called FSC Workshop. I am raising my beautiful daughter Nyemah. I have been crafting for over the past ten years and sewing for nine. My passion for sewing started from wanting to make a maxi skirt which I could not afford being a single mother and trying to make ends meet. I was gifted a Janome HD 1000 and the rest is history. I started making clothes for my daughter and sharing them on my social media platforms. As I got better, I startedmaking skirts and moved into working off patterns.

My daughter has been my number one drive and the reason I got into crafting. When she was a little girl, I would often take her to different crafting events in the DMV area. Once I learned how to sew, I began making matching mommy and me outfits.

This matching outfit makes me smile every time I see it. These pictures were taken on another one of our adventures in Washington DC. The vibrant colors in these dresses are beautiful. I purchased this Ankara material from a local fabric store here in District Heights.

The skirt I’m wearing was a self-drafted gather skirt with a zipper in the back. I used about 5 yards of material give or take. I did a rolled hem so I could use all of the length as I am a tall woman. For gathering, I used the longest stitch length on my machine and did one row as I know most people use two rows. Interfacing was used in the waistband for structure.

For my daughter’s outfit, I used NewLook pattern S0877 view B and C. I cut out a size 8 just be on the safe side. I am certainly happy I did that as this pattern does run small. The notions required for this pattern were elastic cord for the button loop, one button, wide single fold bias tape, and wide elastic.

Once complete, my daughter was extremely delighted with the outcome. She was even happier when she realized I had made a matching skirt for myself. The fit was perfect and no adjustments were needed.

Feel free to check out my social media for more mommy and me makes and garments.

See more pictures of the finished product by clicking “Launch Gallery” below.

We can’t wait to see more of your wonderful work, Felicia! We hope you’ll keep sending in photos! Congratulations on finishing this adorable project, and we look forward to more from you in the future.

You can find more from Felicia on her instagram page, @feesewcrafty and on Facebook at Feesewcrafty.

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