One of the reasons for a handmade wardrobe is that I no longer feel that I want to exploit the people making my clothes in dire working conditions with unsustainable materials and the ecological print it brings with it. Instead I am building a handmade wardrobe that fits, is comfortable and is made out of … Continue reading Reasons behind the handmade wardrobe
Quality Most of the time we just want to knit or sew a garment. No gauge swatch and off we go. We tend to practice fast fashion and wonder why the garment does not fit. I must admit I was in that camp and wondered why nothing fitted right and now being a much larger … Continue reading Babysteps
Northstar mittens Bibliotheca shawl by Karie Westermann pre blocking. An explosion of possibilities this week. Yesterday I watched the royal wedding on my computer as the TV decided to give up. A celebration and reminder that we need love and fire. My fire is knitting and I finished the shawl as well as the Northstar … Continue reading Update on works in progress
This week has been a week of making. I learnt some new aspects of making yet another larktee where the material got stuck in the feeddogs and I ended up using paper between my material and the feeddogs. It made it smoother to sew and I then just tore the paper off at the end. … Continue reading Sewing and sowing
This photo was taken in 2016 when I had completed my first Lark tee. A handmade wardrobe does not only include knitted items and to sew some clothes I have gradually overcome some issues resulting from being in a wheelchair and having limited fine motor skills. The sewing machine I have now is a Brother … Continue reading Elements of a handmade wardrobe
What is in a size? It has taken me years to find out that I did not fit the standard sizes of the fashion industry but the change in thinking was hard work.Years of yo-yo dieting and depravation of the foods I liked.Since being poorly I have learnt to respect my body, feed it well, … Continue reading Feeling well has nothing to do with the size you are.
We are all conditioned to earn money and spend it. There are countless days that I fill a virtual shopping cart with beautiful yarns, quirky scissors and a project bag but in the end analysis I wonder why I buy and accumulate these things. I appreciate the fact that in a way it makes me … Continue reading A nice cup of tea solves everything