This week we’re working towards the release of our next pattern: the Onyx shirt! I’m excited about this one (obviously – never not excited about a new pattern!) and I hope you’ll like it too! I don’t want to give too much away, but I consider this one our take on the woven T-shirt. Perfect for summer, and as always there’s some fun variations to play with! It’s set to launch next week if all goes well. I’ve just developed a cold sore and we were supposed to have the photoshoot in a few days… So I’ll have to either postpone or trust my photoshop skills :) Anyway, here’s a sneak peek – see you next week!
I am so exited and I hope you are too! Sewing Indie Month is back with 21 participating designers who will bring you loads of good stuff. All month long you can enter to win in a sewing contest with three categories and great prizes. There’s interviews te get to know the designers better, and we’re offering you a new pattern bundle at a huge discount! Now if that is not a reason to get excited I don’t know what is. In this post I’ll give a summery of all the goings on this month.
There’s a good chance you’re wondering why this is nr. 10 – have there been others then? Well yes, but the last one in this series was over 2,5 years ago! I still love refashioning but I just haven’t had the opportunity to do it in the last years. It all started with this shirt way way back in 2010 when I had just decided to stop buying clothes for a year. (Oh my, going back to that post just made me go off on a big reading tangent. This is how I felt after my one year challenge, and it still rings true to me now!) Anyway, I’m still always on the lookout for garments to refashion at the thrift store, but I just don’t go there very often and I don’t seem to find the good stuff. Last time however I found a dress and a shirt that I liked, mostly for the fabric.
I made an interesting discovery about sizing, combining the knowledge other pattern designers shared with us and the knowledge I gained making our first pattern. I’ve read something about this before, but I didn’t fully understand at the time. So in case that goes for you too, I’ll explain again here. A lot is said and discussed about the size charts different pattern designers use, whether they are based on actual women and the frustration that comes with not fitting into one size column. My survey showed that 78% of you generally do not fall within one size column, so this is a widespread problem. And one of the factors that are responsible for this, is the way sewing patterns are drafted.
So a few weeks ago I wrote about how I’m not sewing for baby, but it turns out things can change! As long as I still had a while to go it was more rewarding to sew for myself, but with only 4 weeks left I don’t see the point anymore. Instead the cute tiny clothes are tempting me now, so I’ve sewed some stuff for the baby anyway. I’ve made a couple of things on the serger, which is really fast (and such short seams!), but they’re not that special. As with my own garments, an involved project like a button down is much more satisfying, and this seemed like a tiny version of that.
I have a confession to make guys. I’m ashamed to admit it, but even though I am well aware of what it takes to make a garment, and of the bad circumstances garment workers live and work in, I still bought fast fashion until fairly recently. It got worse when we settled in France. The only clothing shops here are big brands that practically advertise with the fact that they are cheap, and I often went for the most convenient option. I never felt good buying these clothes, but I did it anyway. I found myself thinking of the person who had made it, and apologising to them for supporting the system. The sweater below is the most recent item I bought. My body had returned to normal after my pregnancy, and I felt I ‘deserved’ some new clothes. With hardly any time to make something, I went shopping. But two days after wearing this sweater, it was pilling like crazy and there were two holes in the back.
Doing a summer palette has worked so well that I want to continue this for the cold seasons. It has helped me build a cohesive wardrobe and guided me through fabric shopping. I’ve chosen a new palette because that’s what one does with the change of seasons, I guess. It’s fun to work with a new set of colours. I’ve already made the first outfit that immediately got worn: to the sewing meetup in Paris!