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…
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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.
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 […]
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.
There are so many great women who have made a difference, many of whom were women of the needle and I thought, given the day it is, I would round up some of the most interesting stories about notable seamstresses I have come across in my reading. Happy International Women’s Day Elizabeth Keckley Elizabeth Keckley […]
Happy International Women’s Day to all my sister sewists! This has always a day that has made me pause to reflect on women’s progress and admire the accomplishments of so many women past and present. This year, my thoughts have got a little more specific and have brought me to my hobby – sewing. For […]
If you’re reading this blog and don’t follow me over on Instagram (@shesewshappiness) I wanted to share some exciting recent news – I have joined the Sew Anonymous Official Sewist team. I am joined by five incredible sewists; Lisa (@bobo_bun), Olivia (@designsbyohm), Nikki (@about_your_dress), Hazel (@hazelandthemachine) and Marcela (@mama.on.a.sew). Sew Anonymous have launched a blog […]
The past week has been a difficult one for me, personally. Maybe, if we weren’t living in pandemic times, I could have coped a little better but, possibly for the first time in my life, without going into the details of my personal life (we’re here for the sewing, right?) I felt totally defeated; physically, […]
Life was so much easier when I was a knitter, and just a knitter… But juggling so many crafts can actually have the adverse effect on me than what crafting should… it kind of stresses me out when I have a few different projects on the go. It’s not just the knitting basket beside the […]