mindfulness is a bahit

  Why do we buy clothes? Yeah, I know, because we can’t all be hippies and live our lives in naked bliss. Because we’d be cold without clothes. Because clothes are an expression of the self. But why do we buy clothes, all the time? How cold are we and how much can this “self” be expressed through clothing? Or is it something else? Could it be we go to a shop when we’re sad or tired, because we feel the need to reward ourselves for our hard work? Could it be that we need to feel beautiful or sexy…

minimalist laundry

As a sewist you probably own a lot of clothes and fabric. If I look at my own clothes, I have those that I made and love and actually wear outside the house, then the clothes I’ve made and like but don’t fit with anything else in my wardrobe or don’t actually fit my lifestyle (frosting anyone?), then the clothes I bought and love, the ones I’ve bought and still love but don’t wear because they change shape, they’re difficult to iron or I just keep postponing their wear for “a better occasion”, the ones that were a gift, the…

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Today I was thinking about ways in which I could simplify the making of the bodice. Now, I have a bodice that I’ve made following the instructions in Helen Joseph Armstrong’s book, Patternmaking for Fashion Design and another from Sarai Mitnick’s book, The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress but I wanted to see how I could make one fast and easy, if, let’s say I am too lazy to look for them And then I found this video with Peggy Sagers who explains pattern-making by draping. I always thought this was difficult to do, but…

tshirts on a line

  What is t-shirt reconstruction? T-shirt reconstruction, or t-shirt surgery defines a way to alter or hack a basic t-shirt that completely transforms in into a new garment, sometimes an altered top, other times a cap, a skirt, a dress and even a handbag. The various techniques used to hack a t-shirt are cutting and slashing, sewing, painting, embroidery, braiding, and the list goes on and on. All you really need to start is a t-shirt! featured image: Saarbruecken city seen with my Nikon 35mm F1.8 DX lens by 55Laney69 licensed under (CC BY 2.0) How to cut a t-shirt…

Fashion Illustration

I love how illustrators take the everyday and make it fabulous, magical. What I like most about  Nancy Zhang’s fashion illustration is how she takes an outfit that she wore and draws her feelings or mood, as she was wearing it. Or maybe her intention when she created the outfit. Zhang’s outfits are stories, they are sometimes journeys into the past, other times frozen fragments of the present. Sometimes they are pretentious and constructed, other times practical and comfortable. Even though she wears a lot of designer fashion, she is not a slave of the latest trend. Instead she travels in…

bow tie vintage neckline

One of the reasons why I like vintage sewing books is how practical and down to earth they are. Many go over women’s fashion and expect seamstresses to be able to apply the learned concepts to make garments for kids and men. The purpose of learning dressmaking is to be able to fill the needs and wants of all members of the family, garment making shouldn’t take too much time, yet the clothes should enhance the personality of the wearer and last a long time. I am curious whether you agree with me or not on this one, but I…

Check out these new thin knits I bought! They are just wonderful. The green/khaki one is the thickest and I am thinking to make a long hoodie out of it. I really like this one from Free People. It has all the chances in the world to look like a sack and to end up being used around the house, but I would actually enjoy wearing this with a pair of tall socks. When I initially bought the purple/wine knit, I thought of making a t-shirt dress with an asymmetric hem, but then I realized the fabric might just be…

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A multitude of soft yellow, tidy, wax hexagons. A surface that’s soft and rough at the same time. A structure that’s both transparent and opaque; a honeycomb is a thing of beauty. I’ve had a honey-filled honeycomb as a wallpaper on my computer for a few weeks now, and even though I picked it because it just was just nice to look at and nothing more, I am starting to become more and more interested in the beauty of the shape. I don’t know what attracts me most to the shape of the honeycomb, if it’s the repetitiveness of the…

woodruff flower

Spring is almost here and what better moment to shuffle, edit and update the way you dress. I didn’t do a lot of sewing this winter. Even though I live in a Mediterranean climate, winter mornings, when it’s still dark outside and you hop on your bicycle are still cold. I can’t even think of dresses or silky shirts, just my practical everyday bike to work uniform, which is mainly constituted of pants and a jumper. Not very chic, but warm and comfy. But spring, that’s a whole new story. Spring is wonderful here. With crazy blue skies and timid…

leather painted bracelets

I had this leather leftovers in my “to use someday” stash for more than a year. I had bought them to make handles for the bags I used to sell in the Etsy shop, but then I decided to close the shop for a while and forgot about them. Many years ago I used to wear a lot of these leather painted bracelets: they remind me of spring, of music festivals, of laughter-filled sunsets and nostalgic, cold sunrises. I don’t really wear bracelets anymore, actually I almost don’t wear any accessories except the watch I recently bought because my smartphone…