The second letter
I am happy to be writing to you again so soon, maybe writing newsletters is my new addiction?
This time I want to share a lighter topic with you, personal sewing.
Sewing is not my passion, that would be pattern drafting. I have always considered sewing a necessity, one that I enjoy certainly, but a necessity nonetheless. It’s something that I have to do frequently for my work, which means it’s not often that I want to sew for myself on the weekends, nor do I really want to spend time in my studio on my days off. All this to say, it’s rare that I sew for myself. I mostly make sample toiles and prototypes for my models to wear during photoshoots.
I have a fairly small wardrobe, which corresponds with a small closet in a small house. It’s often said that the cobbler always wears the worst shoes, and I would add that the fashion designer is often the most poorly dressed.
In any case, right now the desire to sew myself a few new pieces has come back. Ideally, I would want to be as involved in the creation as possible- weaving, then dying my own cloth before finally sewing the garment. And because I am a pattern maker, I would also want to design the garment as well. But alas, my free time is limited at the moment so I am going to have to be okay with simply designing and drafting the pattern, dyeing the cloth and then sewing, which is still quite a commitment.
I don’t need any new clothing, I have what I need, so maybe the desire for renewal is what is pushing me to want to sew?
I have something to share, I really love the new pattern I am developing. It checks all the boxes- practical, comfortable, stylish and durable. I think it must be this new pattern that is giving me wings, it makes me want to sew a version in 36 different materials and colors!
In the next letter, I will tell you more about it and might even have some pictures to share with you.
But before I go, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your messages and kind words following my last letter; they really touched me.
See you soon, Raphaëlle
PS: In the photo above I am wearing the Patsy overalls that have been hacked to have suspenders. I made mine from recycled jeans that have been patchworked and paired them with the Jeanne t-shirt. If you want to hack your own pattern, you can find a story highlight saved in my Instagram profile to find out how I did it.
A few thing on my mind at the moment
THE PARTNER OVERALLS IN CAMEL COLOR COTTON CANVAS
Durable and sturdy Partner overalls that give off a worker vibe with their black accents (topstitching, buckles, cording etc…)
Image credits: KATM - Carhartt - Big duck canvas
THE JANE SWEATSHIRT IN MERINO WOOL
I am planning a move to a colder region in France and a lightweight merino Jeanne sweatshirt will be just the ticket.
Image credits: Björn borg - The ecologyst - wedressfair - Merz b. Schwanen
THE JAMES SMOCK IN HEMP CANVAS
I have some hemp canvas in my stash that is waiting patiently to be dyed with indigo and then sewed and I think the James smock would be the perfect project.
Image credits: Armor lux - Etsy
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