Spring is here and I’m loving this warmer weather! I’ve got sunny outdoor rollerskating sessions in my mind’s eye, and was inspired by this cute strawberry print knit to create an adorable retro-style singlet to go with my skate-friendly highwaisted shorts from last summer…
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.