Weekend Reading: Fashion revolution, me made may, and inside a couture collection



We had an amazing anniversary this week. Not only did we get so many thoughtful, kind comments from all of you here on the blog, facebook, twitter, and instagram, but we got a surprise cake sent over from the lovely Lisa over at Sweetpea Baking! So incredibly sweet (both the gesture and, of course, the delicious cake).

I’m hoping to do some sewing this weekend while the sun is hiding. Here’s some reading for your weekend pleasure:

Sarai Mitnick   —   Founder

Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Thank you for that link to Armani’s article “Couture has a role to play; it’s a dream, it’s the utmost expression of the best craftsmanship, of that heritage of savoir faire linked with pure creativity – things we can’t imagine giving up.” – Amen to that :)


Did I see a Macaron and a Zinnia in that Guardian article?

Alyson Clair

I do so love the concept of 0 waste patternmaking. The sad thing is it doesn’t work for anything graded. :(


I love that last article you posted! When strangers ignore each other, it’s like pretending that as human beings we have nothing in common. It’s ridiculous and erroneous, and life is so much more pleasant (for both parties) when you say hello. I’ve worked many years as a barista, and I really can’t stand the “business only” approach.


I hear you about zero waste patterns. I’d rather cut sew and make what I need but make a tailored garment..unless it’s a kimono, the perfect no waste garment.


My cheap gene expresses itself when I make clothing, for good and not-so-good. I buy ends or less fabric than I may need for, say, a blouse with long sleeves and a collar. The patterns I go to again and again have variations such that I usually end up with a short sleeved, collarless version! On the other hand, if I have a lot of shirt fabric to start with, I will make the version that has not only a collar and long sleeves, but also long tails. The highest ideal is to use all of the fabric piece I am working with. As related to the Wardrobe Architect, this approach affects what I have in my clothes closet at the end of the day, if you can imagine where this approach naturally leads…

I use the same approach with pants, though not so much. Pant and shorts styles and their uses are much less flexible in this regard. I usually start with fabric that inspires me in some way, and then I buy as much (or as little) as I imagine my budget allows. Then I find a pattern (or patterns, if it’s a large piece) that will yield useful pieces of clothing. I know it’s backward, but it keeps sewing a fun hobby.

This strategy wouldn’t work well if I had greater need for specific clothing, but I do office work from home and live in the country, so the need is small, while the desire for applying creativity is huge in comparison. There are times I wish at the end of a make that I had more of the fabric to work with, but that is rare. Oh, and I rarely follow suggested layouts, other than as a general guide, which usually save lots of fabrics, up to as much as a half yard over the published required amount.


I should have added that I lean toward heavily tailored too, and that adds to the challenge of using every scrap. I recently bought a straw hat that has a brim which has holders, such that I can make matching scarves for it to go with different outfits. I also save scraps for making eye shades, which I have to use every night to sleep with, to help deal with dry eyes. This is a great use of luxury fabric scraps!

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