Hi there, Makers, Menders, and Constituents of Style!
Exciting developments have been rolling out this past month.
Let's get crackin.
...In taking spectacular theatrical risks, reminiscent of Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Vivienne Westwood,
Positively hooked on those honeycomb skirts.
Read on at T Magazine, "Jun Takahashi, The Sorcerer of Fashion" by Gaby Wood. 8/17/17
Now available at ACAST or iTunes.
The ReFashioners is on for 2017!
Last year's denim theme was fantastic - so many clever submissions!
Click here for this year's theme, plus
the blogger inspo line-up.
T- 4 days.
Feeling thankful to all the fine folks out there working to fight fire.
These daring, brave souls not only jump out of planes into wildfire territory, they also sew and repair their own gear.
Read more of Charles Post's story on the Filson blog:
The Life of a Smokejumper: Wait. Jump. Fight. Repeat.
Video from CBS Sunday Morning
Our hearts go out to those affected by flood and fire.
It feels good to give and help.
Please watch this video
before donating materials
and remember monetary donations
make it easier on the organizations and the victims.
That's a wrap for now.
Until next time, friends.
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Welcome to The Maker + Mender's Styleposium.
If you're visiting here by way of Slow Fashion October,
we're so glad to have your company!
We aim to bring you the best
inspiring and informative stories to
celebrate and improve our relationship to our clothing.
Pictured above clockwise: dress shields packaging, dress shields (or pit pads, as we costumers call them), fusible patches, mending yarn, pocket replacements, and a wooden darning egg.
I've been collecting these little bits of mending supplies for about a year or so. I find them at tag sales, thrift stores, and such. I don't think I will outright utilize them, as in some cases, like the yarn, their strength has been compromised over time, Nonetheless, its a treat to find them, because they are evidence of a time when clothing had more value which we strived to keep alive.
Recently, I had the chance to check out a new book called,
"Wardrobe Crisis: How We Went From Sunday Best to Fast Fashion."
Great read for this conversation on longevity.
I only wish I was further along,
so that I might share a more fully informed opinion of it.
Find it at your local bookstore or library.
Perhaps you have quite a bit to say on this subject?
You may want to get in touch with Fashion Revolution.
They are launching a zine this December and the theme is
"Money, Fashion, Power"
Call for Submissions ends this coming Sunday 10/16.
For more information click here.
Just...when you thought the fun was over with
House of Pinheiro's, #sewphotohop...
another community-building event is on the rise!
Follow along & play on Instagram.
So, what is this exactly...?
In the words of Fringe Association's Karen Templer, here is an outline:
Week 1, Oct 1-9: INTRODUCTIONS
Who are you, and what does slow fashion mean to you. What got you started thinking about it — people, books, films, etc. Are your concerns environmental, humanitarian, financial? Most important: How does your thinking factor into your life and closet. Also, any special plans or projects for Slotober, and what are you hoping to get out of it?
Week 2, Oct 10-16: LONG-WORN
How can we make the most of the clothes already on the planet — from taking care of and mending and wearing things longer, to thrifting, swapping, heirlooms, hand-me-downs, alterations and refashioning.
Week 3, Oct 17-23: HANDMADE
How do you understand your style, choose projects well, advance your skills, get the right fit, and keep things interesting and long-lasting at the same time. What are your go-to patterns and most successful garments. How do you avoid mindless acquisition of yarn and fabric, or making “too much.” How do you make time and space for making — and why?
Week 4, Oct 24-31: KNOWN ORIGINS
Good (especially good and affordable) sources of yarn and fabric with traceable origins. And for the things we buy, favorite sources: from small-batch designer-producers to fashion companies trying to do the right thing in a transparent way.
More details here at FringeAssociation.com.
Ms. Templer also runs a gorgeous shop called Fringe Supply Co.
Please have a visit,
I think you will like it.
The images above were fast favorites.
btw, not paid to say that...in fact,
Did you know that Styleposium is an 100% bonafide labor of love?
Our mission is to celebrate and shine a light
on all the wonderful, inspiring, informative stories and resources that help us move towards a better relationship with our clothes, our resources, and our global community.
That's it for this week. See you next Monday~
Until then, you know where to find us!
Makers, Menders, + Constituents of Style!
So much to look forward to in September:
A new academic year,
The September issue of Vogue
New York Fashion Week next week
Hispanic Heritage Month come 9/15
- but that's not all,
Herrrrrre we go.
A ReFashioner's Update:
Left to Right: MessyEssyMakes, Makery, and AllThingsJoost
How are those denim re-fashions going?
Above are some more fine, fine specimens.
For more information about each image,
a detailed account can be read over at Makery.UK.
ERMERGERD. You guys are amazing.
What a great community of makers!
If you like that,
you'll enjoy these next two community events in September:
House of Pinheiro's SewPhotoHop
Yours truly has been playing along,
and it has been such a fun treat to meet other makers.
Upwards of 20,000 posts with the hashtag sewphotohop!
See you on Instagram!
If September proves anything like August
(seriously where did August go?)
You'll be happy to meet Dressmakers Social.
Each week a card is drawn with a featured theme.
This week's theme is:
Similar premise to SewPhotoHop, but they're really taking the long cut, which is lovely.
See you next Monday
with more inspiring and informative stories
and personal style.
Or you can find Styleposium in the usual spots:
We resonated like a giant carillon bell
with the diverse and topical themes
discussed in episode 10 of Seamwork radio.
Sarai Mitnick talks with Heather Lewenza
about her early days in the auto assembly line,
about being an interior designer for opulent foreign shopping malls,
and how her personal relationship to clothing has evolved.
Seamwork Radio Ep 10 - Talking Money with Heather Lewenza of Closet Case Files
Below, some choice quotes from the conversation:
I feel like ...spiritually...we're a little adrift right now,
...We're in a very weird place:
Those are some ideas to chew on.
A serious, yet completely necessary conversation we all need to be having.
Although things are in a state of transition,
everyday there seems to be improvements to the scene.
Thank you Heather and Sarai for sharing your story.
Have you been following The ReFashioner's
Jeans Challenge over at The Makery?
All month long, guest bloggers have been sharing their take on
refashioning a pair of jeans into a new outfit.
Above, a few favorites thus far.
From left to right:
Mirjam of Miushka, Sarai of Seamwork/Colette, and Zoe of So Zo', What Do You Know?
For more specifics on this event, check in here or here.
We don't even know what that is.
Just kidding, folks,
any sewist worth their salt never hesitates to wield a seam ripper.
Although this enamel pin looks like it could do the job,
it's a badass piece of jewelry meant to adorn your bodacious, fly person!
No regrets, indeed.
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You're cordially invited
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Browse, source, + research categories like:
Constituents of Style
Vitamins for the Mind
Independent Pattern Makers
and plenty more each week.
That's it for this week, but if you'd like to continue the conversation,
you may find us here at the usual places:
PS - You may have noticed a theme with Seamwork/Colette in heavy rotation. Unintentional, but we we'll make no qualms about it: we love their work!
This here is a celebration at the intersection of