I have just had another look at the Sewing with a Plan rules and spot a “desirable” but not “essential” requirement to reflect current trends in at least one item! Eeek. When I first read the rules my eye seemed to have just flicked my eye over that requirement.
Let’s have another look at the modern trends, as captured on Artisans’ Square.
Fall 2017/Winter 2018 Trends
checks, neutral plaids
americana: folklore, patchwork
trench with a twist
feathers or fringe
Spring 2018 Trends
yellow, lavender, orange
bold graphic prints
matching or coordinating fanny pack/bum bag
I couldn’t help but focus on the matching fanny pack/bum bag!! I would struggle with that one. Maybe I can make a bag for my camera as the one I have is pretty dorky.
What about feathers, sequins, fringes, black leather, and sheer – these items make me think of erotic dancers (sorry, just me!).
And Americana – is this a trend in England?
Well – I had a quick look at what is trending at Topshop and Americana is indeed fashionable, often badged as Western or Rodeo. How about these looks? Float your boat?
And would folklore be something we could adapt to our own folkwear traditions? If so would my yellow (a spring trend) gansey (folklore) qualify? And I could always include jeans (navy jeans) as a previously made or ready to wear item.
Allthough you can see fringes on the dress and white blouse, this trend has been cropping up in knitwear, where I am actually enjoying undone, distressed knitting and trailing threads. Here are some images from the Financial Times How to Spend It magazine.
I think this idea was in my head when I finished my woven scarf (which may be the accessory I use in the SWAP). I was really reluctant to trim off all the left over yarn on the right of the photo below. I felt these threads made the item unique and only a hand made item could include them. Even on the left I allowed the yarn to present as it came off the loom, with the red a little bit longer than the blues. And this scarf is full of errors as it is a beginner project. I am fine with that. Everytime I wear it I think of two people
- Jo who gave the yarn, and
- Bridget who taught me to weave, and allowed me to colonise her loom for weeks, and entertained me throughout with funny stories, and wound the donated yarn (in such lovely colours) around the shuttles. She also knitted (facecloths) during our conversations.
I loved the weaving process, by the way. At that point I decided, when I come to retire (I am thinking in about four or five years) I will ask my colleagues to buy me a loom! I want a loom of my own (when I have the time to use it).
How is my SWAP going?
- Grey skirt (redone the hem, looking good)
- Yellow sweater (stretched a bit when washed, so sleeves are MUCH too long. Need to redo them)
- Navy pants (good to go)
- Navy circle skirt (still humming and harring about the hemming)
- Navy sweater (not finished, not blogged)
- Navy and white Marfy top (don’t like it)
- Navy Westwood skirt (made the pattern)
- Red cardigan (not finished, and I have gone off it)
That’s where I am this week.