14 finished projects! I had no idea I managed to sew this much over the course of the month. Maybe it was because April is my birthday month so I may have been more self-indulgent than I usually am. Or maybe it has more to do with the amount of fabric I currently have in […]
Browsing Month: April 2021
Creative Expression – Frida Kahlo and Fashion
I’ve always been fascinated by the ‘wild women’ of history – the women who broke the mould, challenged hegemony and refused to recognise limits; the writers and the artists, not least among them the iconic Frida Kahlo.
The Loungewear Edit & Seamwork Almada
I had quite a few patterns to choose from when I decided to make a dressing gown; I could only make one (for now, anyhow) but I thought I’d share the shortlist as well as my choice.
Part Two – Cherry Print in Fashion
In Part One of this blog, I brought you a brief rundown of the symbolic significance of the cherry in culture from Medieval times to recent days. Fashion exists within that culture and so does the meaning of the fashion choices we make. As part of the #FruitSaladSewing challenge hosted by Yvette (@blossomsandwich) my plans are to sew up some cherry print. That could say a lot about me…
Let’s Talk History – The Cherry
I was writing a short piece on cherry print in fashion (as I’m sewing with it for the #FruitSaladSewing challenge) but I could not resist a short cultural contextualisation of the cherry in history. I’ve made it a preamble to the fashion history blog post incase you don’t share my enthusiasm for art history and literature.
Fruit Salad Sewing Challenge
I really love this challenge Yvette (@blossomsandwich) has been hosting on Instagram (you can join in by using the hashtag #FruitSaladSewing). It got me thinking about how fruit has featured in fashion, historically. Fruit prints have been really popular over the last few years, instigated by a fruity revival on catwalks over the last couple […]
15 Square Neckline Patterns
I’ve discovered a real love of the square neckline so I’ve chosen 15 of my favourite patterns to share with you. The original list had almost 40 and it was no mean feat creating this short list. If you manage to get to the end of the list you’ll find a self-indulgent (but brief) history of the square neckline in fashion.
Jennifer Lauren Handmade, Asteria Dress
Loose fitting garments do nothing for me. Popular patterns like The Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown and TATB Indigo drown me. Being semi-fitted, I decided to give the Jennifer Lauren Handmade Asteria Dress a try. It seemed a good compromise between fitted and flowing garments.
April Sewing Plans
I didn’t think I had too many plans for the month until I started typing up this blog post. Turns out that I have a few projects I would like to tackle this month, starting with a venture into menswear. I’ve made a couple of men’s tees but that’s as far as I’ve got so […]
March 2021 Sew Diary
Looking back at my makes in March!