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- The final big push starts this weekend and it's all the big stuff up for grabs....tables, chairs, rails, pattern cutting table. More details in my stories ✂️✂️✂️✂️ check it out before you tune in to tonight's #sewingbee #greatbritishsewingbee #gbsb2019I've been slow at sharing some of your gorgeous makes from my patterns recently, so here's a catch-up! ➡️ 1 #fulwooddress by @scarletkumquat in a wonderfully colourful check ➡️ 2 #longshawdress (from my book Beginner's Guide to Sewing With Knitted Fabrics) fabulously modelled by @diannebowles ➡️ 3 #winnatstankdress (from the same book) by @maglegac made for and modelled by her mum ➡️ 4 also from my knits book these #monsalloungepants by @doobis71 are also her #sew50visible challenge organised by @sewover50 check it out, a great idea 👍I know you're all excited to start watching #greatbritishsewingbee but we got the keys to our very own house today so I can't really think about much else!! 🏡 We'll be surrounded by beautiful countryside with a reservoir 5 mins at the end of the road and the Peak District national park boundary in walking distance. After 18 years living in crappy rented flats in Brighton I really can't believe this has actually happened to me. I've wanted to move back home to Sheffield for years. I'm still pinching myself and celebrating with fizz 🍾 Enjoy watching the bee!! Come on @ohsewthatmercedes 🤗❤If you're heading down to #miyworkshop for the sale today I'll be closing the door at 2pm. There are still some super bargains to be had!! FABRIC THREADS SAMPLES PATTERNS & MORE!!
Tag Archives: slow fashion
I love clothes that wear thin and fade and take on the shape of their wearer. Especially in these days of so-called “fast” and “disposable” fashion.
These are my winter gloves given to me by my dad. They’re a little big for me and have kept the shape of my dad’s hands, I’m still coaxing them to mould to mine.
These gloves and my last post got me thinking during this most consumption driven time of the year.
I have a great dislike for “ready aged” garments; jeans sold with faded patches and rips, I feel it’s a reflection of our impatient society that people can’t wear a garment long enough to achieve this cherished wear and tear organically. Authenticity and history has to be earned and takes time.
I love to see an authentically aged, worn and torn garment with a bit of honest mending. Take a look at Tom of Holland‘s visible mending work and a gorgeous collaboration he recently worked on with Brighton vintage shop Wolf & Gypsy.
If you want more, also have a search online for Japanese boro textiles; and the quilts of Gees Bend. Just beautiful and a beauty that was born out of necessity and functionality that makes it all the more beautiful in my book.
“Slow Fashion” and “Slow Textiles” are ideas that have been around for a while in the textile art world, but seem to be gaining some momentum in the crafting world. I wonder, is it because this insatiable impatience for a quick fix that we all seem to have is now creeping into our sewing? I saw this great video on the BBC website recently about designer Carin Mansfield who sells beautiful clothes that are crafted to last and “Slow Stitch” a book by textile artist Claire Wellesley-Smith has been on my wish list for too long. Ruth Singer is another textile artist that has written some great books on textile manipulation and uses a lot of “slow” textile processes in her work and her current exhibition “Narrative Threads” explores the emotions, histories, stories and memories caught up in textiles.
Creativity is always at its best with limited materials or techniques available, it’s a great practice to test your creativity, give it a try. Anyone can throw money at a project, it takes true creativity to make the best of what you have and I find work in this style to be the most inspiring.
I hope you enjoy your sewing in 2016 and cherish the process as well as the end result.