Basic clothes doesn’t entice me when I’m looking for new patterns to make as I’m always looking for a challenge! But I do like to wear timeless, classic garments, especially if they are made with quality materials. So there is a gap in my wardrobe that I’ll try to mend with my latest project – sewing a capsule wardrobe using some nice (and organic) materials. In this video I give you the low down of those plans and the inspirations behind them. Also you’ll learn why it is so hard for a Swedish person to tell the difference between a polo shirt and a turtleneck sweater, plus some funny bloopers that I decided to keep to give you some insights into the reality of trying to speak cohesive English in front of the camera!
Also last weekend I participated in a 3-day sewing retreat with a bunch of other sewists. that was amazing on so many levels and I also got started on some of the garments that I talk about in the video. Check my Instagram for some sneak peeks of the progress.
Fabric sources for the planned garments in the video
Stoff & Stil’s organic collection (the polo short, turtle neck and trouser fabrics, though the fabrics I bought seems to only be available in the stores)
Andersson & Hjalmarson organic wool knits (the cardigan, only available in Sweden I think)
Books mentioned in the video
This books covers pretty much everything and also shows several different versions on how to make similar alterations, depending on your body type. They suggest working with pattern tissue fitting to save time, but this book works just as well with muslin fittings which I think will yield the best results (but I did use tissue fitting method on my Red Dress and it turned out great!) .
Covers both pant fitting and sewing techniques. I have yet to try this book, but it looks promising with an interesting step by step guide to follow when fitting pants. Perhaps not as through on the fitting side as the original Fit for real people but the sewing techniques looks really good, and adds value.
Also: I’m thinking about adding the Pattern Fitting With Confidence by Nancy Zieman (Amazon affiliate link) to my library. Do any of you guys own it, and would you recommend it? Also if you have both Zieman’s and Palmer’s book is it worth owning both?