Tuesday, 29 November 2011
This autumn has seemed like a really creative time for me. The only problem is the dark afternoons where my studio gets too dark and the lack of light on these grey days frustrates me. I have been sewing like mad and enjoying the process immensely. MY skills as a pattern maker get better all the time and I am using a lot of vintage trims at the moment, as well as beautiful contemporary fabrics, though I think they still have a nostalgic feel to them.
Wednesday, 23 November 2011
It's funny sometimes how the creative process works. It can start with an intention to do one thing and then end up with you going in a different way altogether. This week I knew I had some really nice striped jersey and I thought that I would make some leggings to go with nice boho style dresses. I made the leggings and then made the dresses, but the dresses looked better with tights so I thought I would leave them. But I had these leggings now and nothing that would go with them. So I thought that what would be good was some sloppy batwing t-shirts, so I made one to test the pattern. I made it from some old grey cotton jersey, just to see how it would turn out. It was really cute, and I was hugely impressed with my sewing machine's ability to cope with jersey. So I made some more and then made some scarves to go with them to give them a frenchy look. Then I thought I would experiment with some more shapes and made a more fitted top with a funnel neck, but then they had no trousers to go with them. So I made some plaid pants in some of my favourite indian cotton. They looked really cute. Anyway the upshot of this is that we have ended up with a whole range of relaxed outfits, completely unintentional, but I like it when that happens.