This is a garment Love Story, as part of Fashion Revolution Week. Loving and caring for the clothes that you have, reduces the high consumption rate of clothing, which we know comes at a great cost to our environment and fellow people.
I have a number of pairs of shorts that I’ve bought over the year, mostly in denim, but I find that not one of them actually fits me properly. As a designer/sewer, I know that pants can be a pain to fit, and I know that everyone’s Waist-Hip ratio differs (let alone leg length!). With the ability to make clothing fit on a personalised level, it’s not surprising that off-the-rack shorts aren’t living up to my expectations of fit. So enough is enough. No more ill-fitting shorts for me!
A friend had posted a photo of herself online, all rugged up in a very plush and glamorous vintage velvet robe, which had reminded me that for yeeeears I’d been wanting to make a glam 1950’s housecoat for my own winter swanning about the home. I’d bought a vintage 1950’s housecoat pattern in preparation, but had never decided on what style or colourway I was most keen on. I was surprise-gifted a free weekend of time soon after mentioning to said-friend that I was going to maybe make a housecoat this winter, and so with little excuses to be seen, I dove right in.
I knew I wanted to make the suit in a grey wool, as it would show off the details and cut of the jacket beautifully. Plus I have some serious blouse plans for a purple-spotted cream silk, which I thought will look stunning peeking through the opening of the jacket. PLUS I already have black and white shirts in my wardrobe, and grey suits over black shirts are a killer look, on both men and women. So my grey wool pick is win-win-win.
When Angela Carter, aka Mermaid’s Purse, announced in April that she and the uber-creative Amy from Chica Chica Boom Chic (see some of her work here) were hosting a Vintage Suit Sew Along over the coming months, I was intrigued. I knew I wanted to complete at least one wintery Selfies project this year, and this might just be the shared project to keep me on-track. April was a crazy month for me, and it wasn’t until I settled back into normal life this month that I mentally committed to the sew-along challenge.
I then hemmed up the remaining length of the black/purple silk, making it into a matching scarf. I also had bought a much bigger remnant piece of black silk, to hem into a scarf/wrap too. I’d read a travel tip about wrapping your head and neck in a light scarf can aid sleep on the plane, and with such a long flight ahead of us, anything was worth a go! The tip also suggested a couple of drops of lavender oil on said scarf too, to further aid snooze time…