Kimono Tee by Salme Patterns

by Cameron

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When the weather started getting warm, I knew I need to get serious about sewing some warm weather clothes. At the top of my list were some cool weather tops, especially a simple woven t-shirt. Salme Sewing Patterns to the rescue! All of the Salme Patterns we stock are ideal for hot weather - breezy, lovely, and not at all fussy. The Kimono Tee especially caught my eye because of it's easy fit and straight-forward construction. 

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From tracing to trying on a finished shirt was probably about six hours of work - not too shabby! The instructions were great, and the details are well thought out, especially that little cuff on the sleeve. I made a size 6 in the bust and graded out to a 12 in the hips, but next time I'll probably go even a little bit bigger for a looser top. The only change I made was to replace the facing with bias tape.

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The fabric is an organic cotton lawn by Mona Luna from last summer. We no longer have it in stock, but we do have lots of other lovely organic apparel cottons in the store right now. This shirt looks nice a lawn - especially a Liberty like the kimono tee sample that Sarah's just finished! - but it would really shine in a rayon or a silk.

What are you planning on sewing up for summer?

Fashion Revolution Week

As makers we are in an interesting position to contemplate what we put on our backs. We have a more thorough understanding of what is involved in making our clothing and accessories. And I believe we have a responsibility to consider the process behind our consumption.

We have been incorporating the ideas of the slow fashion movement more and more around the store over the past couple of years. This has been done through promoting pattern designers, book authors and fabric manufacturers who embody these tenets. It also is done through our existence and aim to encourage all of you to make your clothing. Not only is it fun to "play designer" and make something just the way you want it, but we understand the further effects this action has toward our psychological well-being.

Slow fashion and the Fashion Revolution is not only about making your own clothing, but alsolearning about the process of clothing construction, the people involved, their work environment, the transportation of raw goods to finished garments, the waste created in the process, and what happens with all those unsold shirts that were in style last month.

We want to encourage all of us to look deeper, think more critically about our consumption practices and educate ourselves more about fashion and clothing. This doesn't have to be an all consuming endeavor. It could mean committing to making or wearing a garment made by someone you know once per week or month. It could mean learning how to mend your clothes to keep them going longer. It could mean educating yourself about the fashion production process and life cycle of clothing. It could mean choosing to buy less new and more handmade or used clothing.

This is not an exercise in judgement but in education, exploration and creation. We look forward to sharing this process with you. We want to help you find your entrance point into slow fashion to a more considered, mindful relationship with your closet, whether that's sewing a new button on an old shirt or making your wedding dress.

We walk a funny line, being both a retail store reliant upon your support through purchase of items we sell, and having goals of reduced and more thoughtful consumption. So, while it may sound contradictory to our survival, we have to hold true to our values and we appreciate the continued support you all provide us.

Quilting Class at With Love, From PDX

by Cameron

If you've always wanted to give quilting a try, but haven't tackled it yet, I'll be teaching a class at With Love, From PDX in May that could help you take the plunge! Over the course of three sessions we'll make a giant log cabin quilt (maybe you've seen it hanging in the store?) and learn about quilt making. You'll leave with an almost completed quilt and all the skills you need to take on your next quilt. There will be a limited number of sewing machines available if you don't yet have your own. Shoot WLFPDX an email if you'd like to ask to use a machine.

As always, we'll give you a 10% class materials discount on your materials. Be sure to let us know if you're shopping for this class - or other sewing classes - to get your discount. We love encouraging you to learn new skills!