I’m as guilty as anyone of inadvertently reproducing fastish fashion in my own sewing room! Slow Fashion October is a great reminder to think before you leap into fabric purchases, inappropriate makes and fabric choices. It’s time to reflect on what you need in your wardrobe, what you want in your wardrobe and the most ethical and sustainable way to achieve those goals.
I hang on to clothes I love with the relentless grasp of a overbearing and neurotic mother. I remember clothes I’ve loved and exactly why in the same way I remember books and poems. That pair of dusty rose trousers from Country Road I bought when I was twenty-two? Those fringed suede boots I bought when I was seventeen? A batwing blue indian-print top my mother bought me when I was eighteen? Check, check and check.
Still, when I look in my wardrobe today, I’m gobsmacked by the sheer choice. My wardrobe is not a capsule. It’s a Tardis of many capsules. Many of the items are hand-sewn. Most of these are worn regularly. A lot are op-shop purchases and there are certainly RTW items. I am trying to buy less RTW each year and only items I couldn’t make myself.
I’m also investigating more second-hand fabric purchases. Recently I got a good amount of vintage wool John Kaldor fabric from ebay – enough for a winter shirt and in a truly beautiful paisley print.
So, while I’m not totally following Slow Fashion October, I’m inspired by it because, unsurprisingly, the makes I take time and trouble over do tend to become the lasting favourites. I’m committed to making wearable toiles – so often in the past a piece of sewing has just ended up being the wrong fit. I’m shopping the stash, thinking about seasonal sewing and totally inspired by a mood board!
One of the prompts that was offered by Slow Fashion October was to look at your wardrobe and find the item you’ve had for the longest time, or treasure the most. I asked my mother to buy me this wrap for my twenty-fifth birthday. I still wear it and it still gives me pleasure.
What’s your most treasured item of clothing? What do you regret losing, giving away or selling?
Hello fabulous folks! This is just a quick note that Fern & Thread will be back – most of my stressful Uni deadlines will be dealt with within two weeks. SO come October, expect some more blog posts, another Sew Vino episode, and some extra special content over on Forgotten Threads…
Forgive us this mini-breather, and we’ll be back in full swing in October!
Pattern:Kommatia T003 Made before? Yes, I made a striped version in a stable knit which I wear all through Summer Will make again? Without a doubt, read more for specific uses for this tee… Adjustments? There is a hack detailed below… Inspiration: This Lululemon t-shirt Fabric: The orange is a rayon jersey I bought for $3 a metre at Spotlight years ago, the blue was a remnant from Lincraft even more years ago! Continue reading →
We’re celebrating Day 5 of the #sewphotohop challenge (hosted by House of Pinheiro) with an Inspiration/Organisation/Somewhat How-to guide on getting your sewing room back on track! These tips & tricks are affordable and easy, so you don’t have to go too far down the aspirational-home-decor-magazine-pinterest black hole… Although, I mean, we’re going to, aren’t we?
Before we get started, make sure you follow me on Insta to see all my #sewphotohop posts, and check out my new You Tube series, Sew Vino! (Is it a coincidence that my sewing room borders our mini bar?)
A lot has been going on at Fern and Thread HQ, and we have two new projects coming out in the next couple of months! You lucky wordpress followers will find out first – so make sure you’re subscribed to get ahead on all the new content!
Pro Tip – Fern & Thread will soon have a Patreon page – if you’re impressed by our content, please give us a little more funding to create more just for you! Continue reading →
Pattern: Vogue 9057 Made before?I have now made quite a few of these! Will make again? Oh yeah – me and Marcy Tilton patterns – this top, the cirque dress (V9112) and V8876 along with variations of the tube skirt, form my most worn me-mades. Discovering this top has been a joy! It more than successfully replaces the store-bought tunic tops I have habitually worn – and I can make tunics, short sleeved and long sleeved tops. Perfect! Adjustments? The only adjustment I’ve made is to add some bands to the end of the sleeves in a contrasting mesh which I also used for the neckband in View A of the pattern. I also often don’t buy enough fabric to cut both front and back on the fold, so some of the tops have a seam at the back. Inspiration: Store-bought tunics/tops from Taking Shape, Motto and the like.
Fabric: I’ve made this in various weights and stretchiness of knit fabrics. The black one is a crepe, and the jungley one is scuba. The lighter weights I tend to wear with a camisole underneath. Continue reading →
Today we were lucky enough in Melbourne to have beautiful Spring-like sunshine! Technically Spring is still a month away, but the sun is tricking us all – even our daffodils are blooming early!
Pattern:Enso jumper by Renee Callahan. Made before? These are the two versions I have made, and I have another WIP Will make again? Definitely, I love how this fits and how easy it is! Adjustments? These are cropped versions, and in the vest I have left off the sleeves and the rib neckline. Inspiration: A similar cropped version I saw at The Wool Kitchen’s stand at Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 (another Helen!) Yarn: The pale version is made in Dandelion Yarns Organic Merino, the vest is in Marvel Denim Effects 12ply from Spotlight.
Last week was my first week back at uni, since returning from Glasgow. I wanted to take this opportunity to write a short summary of what is going on in my life, some exciting new ventures, and tell you what I’ve been sewing & wearing! Also folks, there’s going to be a giveaway…so keep reading!
Pattern: The left hand mitten is Green Thumb by Diana Foss and the right hand is a mystery patternalso from Ravelry. Made before? Made the Green Thumb in beautiful Rowan kidsilk with sequins. Now, alas lost! Also made it for my sister-in-law – and her’s have gone the way of well-used mittens, too. Will make again? Yes. Adjustments? None – except for inadvertent changes to the mystery pattern. Inspiration: Fabric: Continue reading →