Imagine being able to make your own clothes; no more department store hassle, no more online purchasing disappointments, and definitely no more paying out sums of money to a tailor after just spending a fortune on an outfit.
Marica Mitchell has been making and designing her own clothes for quite a number of years. Having been inspired to take sewing seriously, she purchases commercial sewing patterns and almost always adds her very own dash of creativity and uniqueness.
Knowing very well that she won’t be ‘twinning’ with anyone at the function when she decides to slay, this middle school math teacher’s closet and fabric stash is full of bold solid colours, florals and Ankara prints! “As an art lover, authentic Ankara fabric with funky designs and bright colours are my favourite fabric choice to sew with. I also love to use designer ponte knit (thick stretchy fabric that holds its structure) in neutral colours such as black, browns and animal prints,” she explained.
When it comes to personal style, Marica has got her amazing pear-shaped body all figured out. “My signature look is definitely skinny jeans and a funky top, paired with heels,” she said. Standing out and turning heads is the number-one goal while feeling her best self. Sure, she’s already doing an amazing job. However, the personable designer fashionista plans on levelling up in the game by starting a couture design course with a designer who was mentored by Oscar De La Renta at the Miami Dade College Fashion Institute.
On her Instagram page @overdriveafter30, she posts frequent updates on what she’s working on, how she works on them, along with other wholesome Flair-approved content. Take a look-see and splash add some colour to your Monday!
Story by Jessica Harrison