Guest review: Inge van der Meulen
Peaky Blinders and the Shelby Cap
Who doesn't remember Peaky Blinders, the immensely popular television series that aired a few years ago? The story is set in England in the 1920s and was widely watched. Rarely has a TV series influenced the street fashion to such an extent. Suddenly, you saw men with buzzed haircuts everywhere. Even now, you only need to look on the internet to see how the fashion style from that era continues to influence men's fashion to this day.
As sewers and sewing enthusiasts, we all understand the importance of having good sewing patterns. They serve as our blueprints for creating beautiful garments and accessories.
On Sewing ChanelStyle, you'll find numerous reviews covering a wide range of sewing patterns, from classic Chanel-style jackets to vintage handbags and even wooden carrier bags. But what makes a good sewing pattern review? Why is it essential for the reviewer to have actually made the pattern? And why is it wise to read reviews before embarking on your own sewing project? Let's take a closer look.
In the realm of fashion, few names are as iconic as Chanel. Coco Chanel's creative genius forever transformed and enriched the fashion industry. "Chanel: The Vocabulary of Style," authored by the talented Jérome Gautier, is not just a book; it is a masterpiece of elegance, sophistication, and visual delight.
The fashion world is in constant motion when it comes to fabrics, the environment, and the industry. Here are some of the latest developments:
There's a growing focus on using sustainable and eco-friendly materials. Think innovative fabrics like Piñatex (made from pineapple leaves), Tencel (made from wood pulp), and recycled fibers from materials like plastic bottles.
There's a shift towards a circular approach in fashion, emphasizing reuse, recycling, and waste minimization. Brands are experimenting with ways to produce clothing that can be easily recycled or reused.
Digitalization and technology:
The fashion industry is increasingly embracing technology, with the rise of virtual fittings, AR experiences for online shopping, and 3D-printing of garments.
Transparency and ethics:
Consumers are demanding more transparency in clothing production. Brands are encouraged to embrace ethical practices and disclose information about their supply chains.
Some brands are going beyond reducing their negative impact and striving for a positive environmental impact. This may involve removing more carbon from the atmosphere than they emit or working on restoring ecosystems affected by the fashion industry.
These developments showcase how the fashion industry is striving towards more sustainable, ethical, and eco-friendly practices, albeit facing challenges and still having a long way to go to implement these changes on a large scale."
In an era where the fashion industry is ever-evolving, with trends coming and going at lightning speed, it often seems like our clothing has a shorter lifespan than ever before. In light of this rapidly changing fashion world, it's interesting to look back at how people in the past handled textiles and clothing. Our ancestors had a profound understanding of thriftiness and sustainability when it came to their attire.
Here are various historical periods from which we can glean insights, with an emphasis on how we can still learn from their wisdom today, without sacrificing the comfort and freedom of modern clothing and fashion.
Are you an enthusiastic seamstress (or seamster) always on the lookout for new sewing projects and inspiration? Then you're probably familiar with the wonderful world of free downloadable sewing patterns. These digital patterns can be found all over the internet, offering a wealth of opportunities for creative sewing projects. However, like everything in life, there are both pros and cons to using free sewing patterns. In this blog, we'll delve into both sides of this coin.
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