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Inspiration – October

Hi

Here are some of the things that are on my mind this month:

Something to read

Reading fringe association’s update about slow fashion October I bumped into this very interesting post by Ysolda teague. It’s called “Getting lost in the wardrobe” and it was written on April 2013, not long after the disaster of the garment factory in Bangladesh. She starts the post with a map of the world showing all the countries she found on clothing labels in her closet.  Then she share her thoughts and questions about what is a more ethical clothing choice. She present a view about some issues that take place in clothing factories and also talks in a very balanced and thought-provoking way about  why it’s important to focus on good quality and fit of the clothes we buy (or make) in order to love them and use them longer.

 In a similar matter: this is Sifted, a new blog that means to be a slow fashion directory. As I mentioned before, finding resources for slow fashion clothing and also sewing and knitting supplies is interesting me but I feel it’s hard to carry out. Think I’ll be following this blog to see what I can learn about this.

Something to learn

When I started to sew with knits I was a bit confused. It turns out that there are so many kinds of knit fabrics, with different qualities. How do you know what to look for when you go to the fabric store to choose a knit fabric? In the past two weeks Colette patterns published a few excellent video tutorials (as a promo for a new pattern release coming soon). This one is a simple dictionary for knit fabric terms and this one is about the 5 things to look for when shopping for knits.

So many possibilities

One of my plans for fall is to sew a fall/winter skirt. Now I start to think about the different options. I tried to narrow my ”fall skirt inspiration” pinterest board to just a minimal amount of photos so I can focus.

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So:

With or without pleats?

Light or dark color?

One color or plaid?

Wool or some lighter fabric?

 What do you think? Please let me know.

Michal

My plans for fall

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 The end of summer, that for us also mean the beginning of a new year, is a good time to think and plan what I want to do and learn next.

 It is still very hot and humid here, and fall weather is not due to arrive until November. Despite this I’m dreaming about fall wardrobe.

 I think I had a success in my humble summer plans to sew and wear light cotton blouses, more skirts and dresses and wear less jeans and tee shirts. So encouraged by this here are my plans for the next season:

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To sew a few basic tops 

To sew a good fall/winter skirt (maybe wool?)

  To start knitting “spring line” sweater that I’m thinking about for 

To sew a manly shirt for G (because I never sew for him and he really deserve it)

     To learn at least one new skill (knitting or sewing)

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Good luck me. Happy planning and creating. I’ll return to this post in 3 months and check if my plans were realistic and if I fulfilled my goals.