September was #sewphothop month on instagram, organized by the incredible Rachel from House of Pinheiro. I thought I would share all my entries with you, just as I did last year. Some pictures might be familiar to you, others were taken solely for this competition… Prepare for lots of photos! (+original captions)
Day 1 – hello: I’m a costume design student, currently on holidays in Italy. I was recently featured on Kollabora, so if you want to know more, head over there!
Day 2 – favourite skill: finding interesting colour combinations, contrasting textures and endless inspiration everywhere. Never stop looking!
Day 3 – dream project: a handmade capsule wardrobe for an imaginary trip through Italy. It would be full of high waisted things, little tops, full skirts in blues and whites.
Day 4 – signature look: cinched waist, full skirt. You might also occasionally find me in jeans (high-waisted) and t-shirts (blue+white). And always with a headscarf!
Day 5 – print or solid: Print! Stripes, dots, florals… It’s just much more fun to sew with!
Day 6 – essential kit: thread, pins&needles, measuring tape, small scissors, fabric shears and fabric… my basic essentials (even colour coordinated, ha!)
Day 7 – stash busting: Little crop-tops use only a small amount of fabric and are do easy to make.
Day 8 – made for someone else: It usually takes me ages to finish something I make for someone else, but I’m convinced it’s worth the wait for them. This debutante dress for my sister came together pretty quickly, but there was a real deadline which I couldn’t ignore…
Day 9+10 – gone wrong/mini or maxi: Preferably midi, but rather mini than maxi! Just like this dress, where I stupidly used a really unsuitable fabric – way to stiff for this silhouette! I wear it anyway :)
Day 11 – favourite tool: these scissors <3
Day 12 – tips & techniques: always pre-wash your fabric! (this was a short video)
Day 13 – game changer: getting pinking shears. I don’t have a serger, don’t like zigzaging and french seams can take so much time… so pinking it is!
Day 14 – wardrobe: Mine is filled with all kinds of clothes, dresses for the day and the evening, t-shirts, blouses, skirts – new, vintage, and quite a lot of handmade garments! All my favourites basically. Not too big, not too small. But it still really needs a proper sort-out! :)
Day 15 – sewing space: new semester, new classroom, new sewing space! Still getting used to my machine, this time it’s a Juki. My vintage Singer at home has some slight issues recently, so it’s a relief this one works perfectly!
Day 16 – wish list: The time, and, even more importantly, the perfect fabric for a Colette Albion coat/jacket. I want to make it for so long already – I don’t even remember when I bought the pattern! I’d really love it in a waxed canvas or waterproof fabric so I could take it with me on hikes. I hope I can cross it off the list very soon!
Day 17 – zippers or buttons: zippers for practicality, but buttons for the special details! I hate making any kinds of buttonholes though…
Day 18 – knits or woven: almost always woven, just like this newest purchase from a week ago.
Day 19 – sewing library: actual sewing books – few; inspirational/research books – lots more!
Day 20 – seasonal: Autumn is close and as the weather changes, my clothes will too. Time for warmer dresses (like this flannel shirtdress I made last year), cozy fabrics and many layers!
Day 21 – go to patterns: The ones I drafted myself. They fit perfectly and I can easily modify them to look exactly how I want. My trousers-block is probably my favourite!
Day 22 – texture: my second favourite thing after print – I love interestingly textured and very tactile fabrics. For my graduation collection, I felted and embroidered parts of a jacket for a unique texture and the appearance of feathers.
Day 23 – Inspiration: I find it everywhere! Paintings, books, movies, fabric, clothes (old and new), interesting colours, textures and details in nature, architecture, while traveling or in everyday life. Looking for inspiration and organizing/ storing/noting it for later is one of my favourite things to do!
Day 24 – one-piece or seperates: I still prefer to make dresses (just one piece and you are dressed), but I’m trying to add more seperates to my wardrobe – more versatility!
Day 25 – favourite era: I do love these crazy frilly dresses from the 1870’s. For menswear it’s around 1810 – a classic look, the beginning of the elegant understatement.
Day 26 – close up: One of the first bound buttonholes I ever made and the print magically lined up somehow. Also, really love the dress (the shirred shirtwaist from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing)
Day 27 – other interests: I love the Formula 1 🏁 big fan :)
Day 28 – wow: Alexander Mcqueen’s A/W 2006 collection “Widows of Culloden”. My absolute favourite ever. Just look at this coat!
Day 29 – storage tips: Always keep your chalk well-cushioned – they break so easily!
Day 30 – what’s next?: a Grainline Studio archer shirt in Liberty tana lawn. But first, need to make a muslin!
Wow, that was a lot! Cheers if you made it to the end! :) Did you participate as well?