2020 has been a year of reflection, but also a push to move forward with an idea that has been percolating in the back of my mind for the past year.
In 2019, I spent a glorious week in the studio of Alabama Chanin, breathing in the essence of slow craft and constructing a skirt with slow and careful hand stitching and beading. The takeaway was to continue this rhythm of mindful construction with the addition of some machine piecing and a lot of attention to detail and fit. I couldn’t find the patterns that ticked off all of the boxes of fit, originality and drama so I started to learn flat pattern drafting in muslin. I was completely enthralled with the tucks and pleats and gathers that was vintage and historical fashion in the 19th & 20th century. The Met’s most recent exhibition “About Time” perfectly illustrates this thread that runs from the past to the contemporary.
Vintage inspiration that brings those details into a modern wearable has become my goal. The first piece, an infinity scarf that can be made with a variety of fabrics and techniques and finishing is my beginning into this journey. I hope to launch this piece along with some variations (which will grow), in the coming months.
This lockdown has forced me to explore and stretch. Even though there is a long way to go in my vision catching up to my skill set, I’m excited to begin and share my discoveries on this platform.