We had an amazing anniversary this week. Not only did we get so many thoughtful, kind comments from all of you here on the blog, facebook, twitter, and instagram, but we got a surprise cake sent over from the lovely Lisa over at Sweetpea Baking! So incredibly sweet (both the gesture and, of course, the delicious cake).
I’m hoping to do some sewing this weekend while the sun is hiding. Here’s some reading for your weekend pleasure:
- Are you doing Me Made May this year? Elena wrote a great article about it for the Guardian. I’m participating, and you can follow along with my semi-consistent updates all month on Instagram.
- Inside Armani’s couture: “Armani Privé embroideries have thousands of inserts – stones, Swarovski crystals, sequins, baguettes – that augment the light effect. If the stones need to be of a precise colour, they are hand-painted, one by one, before being applied.”
- I will admit that I never really understood the point of zero waste patternmaking. So the fabric is not thrown out, but if it doesn’t add to the design, isn’t it still waste? And doesn’t it end up in a landfill regardless anyway? But this article at This Kind Choice presents a different angle, showing how zero waste patterns change the very structure of fashion production.
- I was on my retreat during Fashion Revolution Day, so I wasn’t able to write much about it. But I’m glad attention is being paid to the horrible Rana Plaza disaster on its anniversary. Cheap fashion costs real human lives.
- Long time readers may remember Rachel, who wrote many lingerie detail inspired tutorials for our blog way back when. She’s now off in New York pursuing her dream of designing american-made beautiful lingerie. Her guest post at the Lille Boutique blog has some great snaps from her visit to the factory. Go Rachel!
- Can talking to strangers improve your mood?