For the first instalment of my personal french couture adventures I will start with a special collaboration with Threads International. Thread is on a mission to transform the fashion industry, for good. Actually from Ground to Good™. After identifying the first mile of supply chain as the highest environmental impact they have been working with developing countries and local producers to build responsible and transparent supply chains. They work towards a circular model in which materials are not thrown away, but rather return for consume.
I’m really happy to be supporting a company that is challenging the mentality of endless cheap raw materials. Their product range uses plastic bottles and organic certified cotton. We are in a society where we can use technology to recycle products to a high standard. I feel we are all growing conscious of the worlds limits and dwindling of raw materials. However this transformation goes beyond a technological solution but a profound cultural transformation in our society. If you are interested on their work and what fabrics they offer check their website. I can honestly say the fabrics are indeed very beautiful and the positive impact even more.
For this project I used Raw Denim. Denim, as you will know is pure cotton or cotton blend. The warp can be dyed blue or brown with a white filling. Dying textile is another subject we should explore deeper. The term denim was derived from French “Serge de Nímes” a twill fabric made in Nímes, France. Denim look better broken in so I’m really excited to see how this project will improve with age.
Deer and Doe patterns have a lovely hourglass proportion which suits me well. However their ‘block’ has a very short torso. I always need to lengthen their sewing patterns. I generally like to split the added lengthen in two different areas. The first is dropping the bust apex and the second is just above the waistline. Most sewing patterns companies will add a shortening/ lengthening line. Those are guidelines and work well when the amount needed isn’t very large. It’s more sympathetic to the design lines when you divide greater amounts into smaller sections. The sleeves been lengthen by 3 cm.
Patterns ref notes: Sewn Size 38. Due to the rigidity of the fabric I oped for a clasp finish instead of the traditional buttons. I used shoulder pads for structure and added character to this garment. To make this project I used Mara rPET thread from Gutermann. Made of 100 % recycled polyester. Buttons from my stash. I recently visit a very traditional button store in the UK and we talked about the past were people would have a button box heritage from generations. Next time I travel home I will hunt thru my family lofts and garages for vintage buttons and create my own family button box to travel generations.