Saturday, 21 September 2013

The First Idea For SS14

I'm kinda loving planning my spring/summer sewing now because it's starting to get cold here in England. I'm curling up with my hot water bottle and dreaming of days at the beach and pick-nicks in the park.

I've been looking at my pattern stash and I couldn't help but think of NewLook 6705. This top was a bit of a downer when I made it the first time but I'm definitely thinking that was because I made it in a stiffer, heavier fabric than it needed.

I've got loads of light, floaty fabric in my stash and some of it is perfect for summer, especially a piece I've already shown off on this blog.

The fabric bellow is a lovely silky fabric from the bolt end bins at Abakhan and it might be familiar from my ill conceived give-away that no one entered. I've got quite a lot of it so I'll make one and see if I want to make more. I might even use the white lace from the same post, but I'm still undecided.

If things go right I'll be making view A (the photo) in December.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Sewing For Summer At This Time Of Year?

I wrote in an earlier post, I've decided to start following fashion schedules when planning my sewing. That means the start of the New York fashion should have been very important.

It wasn't.

There's good stuff, but also a whole lot of pastels and baige.
I watched as many shows as I could on Youtube but I felt more and more disappointing. The clothes were kind of boring, baggy and plain, and the colours were not my kind of thing. I don't know what I was thinking, but I expected more shape and architecture, more interesting colours.

I eventually came to the conclusion that it wasn't that surprising. Even though fashion shows are the place that designers show off their skills, they're also there to sell and advertise. If it looks like people are going to want pastels and pretty, floaty clothes then that's what they're going to turn to.

Also, I hate to say it, but the women they choose make the clothing less appealing to me. I know being down on other people for how their bodies look is iffy but when I'm admiring clothing I like to imagine wearing it, and seeing them on the most skinny woman they could find doesn't give me any idea what they would look like on my 34Ds.

And I like boobs.

Watching the fashion shows did have one up side, though, and that was seeing the Bea Szenfeld show. To be fair, it doesn't have any clothes in it, but it's still awesome. They're basically paper sculptures draped on models, and you really should watch the video to see how they move.