Added Mar 1, 2009
A year or so ago I stumbled on the wiksten-made blog, a peep into the life and work of US designer Jenny Gordy, and was immediately addicted. The way she runs her fashion label, wiksten, is really interesting- she does everything herself- the designing, fabric sourcing, patternmaking, grading, cutting, sewing, photography… all out of her own home studio. She makes short runs of her designs and only seems to make more when the first run sells out- which seems to happen pretty quickly! I really like this lo-fi, small-scale approach to manufacturing. I like to hope this sort of thing is the future of sustainable fashion… stylish gals creating with their own hands and dispensing their labels directly and exclusively to devotees… wouldn’t that be lovely? Anyway, the wiksten designs themselves are gorgeous; they’re perfect pieces for that chic-neat-casual look which we all know can be deceptively difficult to nail. I’d wear everthing in the collection. Happily, Jenny published a skirt pattern for home sewers in the new Stitch magazine. I made both of mine over a couple of evenings and I’m really pleased with them. You only need a little fabric. The cutting out (my least favourite part of sewing) is so quick. I made two, and there are more pictures here at my blog: www. thisisemilykate.blogspot.com/2009/02/another-completed-garment-tulip-skirt.html
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