One of the hottest trends of the season, after knitting and baking comes sewing…….
As part of my recycling post I wanted to explore the world of upcycling. There’s no doubt I love fashion. But I don’t really love spending lots of money on it. Since reading various blogs which should be researched for anyone who is thinking about why they should sew their own clothes, I’ve become more determined than ever to cut down on my fashion high street purchases.
Sure, we can go out and buy it because fashion is now cheaper than ever, but wouldn’t it be more satisfying to recreate today’s fashionable looks on our own…. It feels pretty awesome when you make something for yourself and the salesgirl at a boutique goes crazy over it, saying they have something a little bit similar on the floor, but yours is SO MUCH better, especially because you made it!
Sewing is definitely back, partly due to the downturn in the economy. Don’t get me wrong I love my highstreet clothes but sometimes the quality is lacking with today’s cheap fashion. Home-sewing, upcycling and craft practices are great alternatives. Customising your own style rather than dressmaking is much easier getting more out of clothes currently in your wardrobe. Social networking sites such as Pinterest offer a Wealth of inspiration for people intersted in taking up sewing and ideas as well as dedicated blogs to DIY your clothes. Sewing your own – or, at least, customising shop-bought clothes – is a way to create something unique.
Etsy is ever popular where people buy and sell all things handmade. Becky, queen of frocks is a great example of this as she makes beautiful dresses for ladies in sizes 6-20. She also sells on the ASOS marketplace
A new BBC primetime television programme devoted to the phenomenon aired last year, The Great British Sewing Bee, pitting enthusiastic amateurs against each other in a competition judged by Patrick Grant, a Savile Row tailor, and May Martin, a sewing teacher.
In London the Fashion and Textile Museum, its sewing classes have been met with unprecedented demand looking at everything from machines to the fabrics and techniques used by women to create their own couture. It is a trend definitely taking off.
There are plenty of dressmaking books from amazon, Waterstones and Goodreads to tempt your sewing taste buds. People are increasingly wanting individuality and something you can’t buy in the high street shops. I love the idea of upcycling a plain jumper and jazzing it up with some big jewels.
This gorgeous necklace was upcycled and repaired by @ArtisanGaynor. What a gorgeous piece of jewellery.
Josy Rose is an amazing haberdashery shop. From British manufactured sequins & trim, crystal diamanté to a vast collection of craft, fashion & jewellery haberdashery I recommend checking out the amazing website, I have spent hours trawling through all the beautiful beads and spray motifs and the prices are great to.
Sewing The Trends
I walked past All Saints high street store and noticed their window display which is impressive and a little different from most. What looked like 200 or more singer Sewing machines all in rows, lined their windows and in-store walls to make it look like a working factory floor.
Websites such as the Good Wardrobe
are also great. This website Is an online style-sharing community hub mixing the best of sustainable fashion with services that prolong the life of your wardrobe.
I love making my own jewellery. The London Jewellery School
is great for teaching how to make beautiful unique pieces of your own. I have attended taster sessions for making a fascinator and beading for beginners. But for the more discerning jewellery makers they also offer jewellery diplomas and business classes for jewellery making start up businesses. The staff are friendly and just around the corner from chancery lane is very easily accessible. They let you take away your creations that you have made in the sessions away with you and provide all the materials whilst you are there. They offer help and advice on getting your creative juices flowing as there are so many different beads to choose from, it is like being a little child in a sweet shop – well it was for me anyway. There are also places near by where you can buy the materials for when you get home.
Here is a little with love from k creation.
I made this!
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@JosyRose_Tweet @Waterstones @amazon @TheGoodWardrobe @FashionTextile @sewingbee