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Sk01 womens panel skirt now on Craftsy

Free Craftsy Pattern – SK01 – Womens Panel Skirt

It’s here!

It’s here!

It’s here!

Or should I say there – over on Craftsy.  I’ve just listed the SK01 – Womens panel skirt on Craftsy as a freebie so if you were one of the wonderful people who joined our sew-along last month, I’d love it if you could pop over and leave a review. And if you feel so inclined you can also upload your own skirt to the projects section so everyone can see how clever you are.

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Pattern Testing – Threading Rainbows

I had the pleasure of being part of the testing group for Threading Rainbows new pattern recently.  Jaala’s “Scrappies” have the brilliant feature of a fully customizable side panel where you can let your imagination go wild. Check her website for all the different variations the tester came up with.

Scrappies are a bright and colourful  festival/ lounge pant for both boys and girls. They are fun, funky and functional. These pants are the perfect project to use up all of your gorgeous scraps that you haven’t wanted to throw out. Let you imagination run wild with the inset panels. I have made them very wide so they provide the perfect canvas for your inner artist. Make them in whatever style tickles your fancy – modern, colourful, vintage,retro, classy and more.

Here are mine – modeled by my skinny-mini Mr 10 TR shorts 1

Yeah – such a poser! The side panel can be made from matching fabric, or follow the included instructions for creating a patchwork style panel – thus the name “Scrappies”

TR shorts 4The wide stretch waistband, which can be folded or kept flat, is so much softer on young skin than denim and heavy cotton, and doesn’t have the adjustable elastic that always digs into kids hips.

TR shorts 2

They are sized for newborns to 10 years and include options for 3 lengths – shorts, capri and full length. And if you’re a fan of One Thimble you’re going to happy to hear that the Scrappies are included in the next issue – Issue 5 – on sale November 14.

Fast fashion and a video about Zara

Just like slow cooking is the opposite of fast food, slow fashion is a movement taking a stand against crazy consumption rates and fashion cycles that move at the speed of light.

Author of Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion Elizabeth Cline suggests “slow fashion also means buying less, caring for what you own so that it doesn’t end up in a landfill, and upcycling or swapping/trading used clothing,”

As well as thinking about fast consumption, take a look at this video from Hungry Beast explaining the time it takes a fashion garment to go from design table to store rack.

Crazy fast – and to think these thousands of garments are being bought by people who’ll be back in-store the following week to see what’s else is new. Are our attention spans shrinking that much that we need new fashions every few weeks?

Read about some of my other favorite books here.

Fashion Books

3 Books on my Wish List

Do you keep a wishlist on Amazon? It’s handy to have and I love how Amazon lets you know if any of your selections have dropped or increased in price.

I thought it might be interesting to do a round up of books for aspiring fashion designers and was excited about what was available. I found three, one of which I already own but haven’t read yet. Fashion SketchbookFashion Sketchbook – Bina Abling

Spiral bound, 496 pages, Available new $91, and used from $63, at Amazon.com

This book takes you through step by step instructions on how to sketch  fashion figures by showing you how to translate runway photographs. The fashion archive at the back is particularly helpful for budding fashion designers wanting to learn the correct terminology  of  garment design features.

Other chapters include –

  • fashion figure proportions
  • basic figure forms
  • garments and details
  • accessories
  • layouts
  • men and children sketching

I think this book would become a valuable resource for years to come.

Flats Technical Drawing for Fashion
Flats; Technical Drawing For Fashion – Basia Szkutnicka

224 pages. Paperback with CD ROM available new $35 at LaurenceKing.com

This book has caught my eye because it includes information on drawing with Adobe Illustrator – something I hope to teach myself this year. Knowing how to draw up technical flats is important for sharing your design with patternmakers and machinists as they will be looking for specific details and measurements when making the item.

The End of Fashion

The End of Fashion – Teri Agins

352 pages. Paperback available new $11.93 and used from $5.65, at Amazon.com

The End of Fashion details how fashion has influenced our day to day life throughout the ages and how it’s importance has changed. Designers could no longer afford to design for only the elite, and after the stock market crash of 1987, changes to the fashion business came swiftly. Agins covers how consumers habits shaped the way fashion is today and I’m really hoping to get back to reading this book soon.

So if you’re looking to add some new books to your library these might be worth a look.  Be sure to let me know if you own or buy any of these – I’d love to hear your opinions.