Weaving the Tread of each Tale
Each garment has a wonderful tale to tell. From where each component was found, the fabric, trim, buttons, zips, clasps. All found in an unconventional manner. A wealth of people met who have their own tale about how they came to be and why they are choosing to pass on their stock.
The processes of designing the garment, selecting the fabric, finding inspiration in thirty-year-old patterns. Adding eccentric flair to each piece while maintaining comfort and practicality.
Providing the opportunity for one to feel good within the clothes they wear knowing an artist has been supported, the world has been considered and care granted. For the tale to continue and told to others who are intrigued to hear the words.
Cloaked Through Time
Winter, it is always that time of year when one would rather surround themselves with a doona, or simply, stay in bed. And rather than produce another jacket or coat and not quite wanting to make a poncho. Wanting to create a piece to be warm and practical and for arms to not be inhibited.
Inspiration was found in ‘Torvi’s Red Cloak’. Once seen, a pattern was designed.
The piece is designed so that a belt can be worn around the waist, holding the front section down, while maintaining movability in the arms.
The garments are made various material; cashmere, from ‘Campolmi Ala’ based in Italy, founded in 1852 by the Campolmi brothers. Linen which was found in the remnants shelves at ‘Rathdownes Fabric’. Linen created by, John Kaldor Fabricmaker FCNA.
Each section began to take shape using wool sample fabric on the front from, ‘de Le Cuona’, based in the UK, the collection named, ‘Huckleberry Lake’, with individual names for each fabric type, barn, fog, lake, lily, nougat, sea.
The sections of fabric were laid out on the table, partner looked at the fabric and then the complete ‘Medieval Painter’ garment and piped up ‘it looks like an Eleven Ranger’. Usually, names are created long after the garment is formed, but this one stuck, it seemed appropriate.
The night sky between the stars is the perfect description for the colour of this cloak. A deep dark blue. As a child Orions’ Belt could be seen from my bedroom window, it always warmed me to see. It’s something which is missed living in the city these days. Looking up at the sky and seeing a mass of stars and a sky so deep, it’s a comforting globe above. Another reason why camping is so magical.
There is an array of colours to be found within the forest, a place which I love to travel through on my motorbike. It brings joy on a level which freeing. This garment brings those colours to life and brings forth joy within the memory.
Overalls, Long and Short
Named for the thoughts which are brought forwards when imagining the future of this piece. One who’s paint runs deeper than the blood in their veins, who wakes to create. One who has a brush in hand or hair, holding the strands together and bring ideas to life. One who is messy and has no regard for where stray paint lands.
The fabric for this piece includes a blending of heavy and lightweight cotton. The fabric sourced from a fellow seamstress destashing and a patchworker who was analysing their future and letting go of some fabric. The flower piece named, ‘Deco Darlings’ by ‘In the Beginning fabric’ printed in 2006. The fabric found years apart, although brought together in this fun piece.
This piece not only allows room in the waist but length in the legs which are designed to be rolled up. The integration of fabric was laid out to allow for the dimension of each panel. The pattern pieces were quiet unique and created an eccentric flare to the garment.
The soft linen for both of these pieces are comfortable. Intentional crease lines brings a fresh new look to the cream linen and the soft sheen brings a touch of jazz to the green number. The suits house two seamless pockets on either side and have significant length in the legs for those tall and which can easily be hemmed for others.
The fabric was purchased from a clothing company which closed down in Brunswick in 2019. The fabric was originally purchased as a sample piece from Japan for a clothing range. The two meter section of each fabric was one of the largest deadstock pieces purchased and in turn was able to be turned into the front zipped jumpsuits. The zip for each piece came from an Architect who had a few left over.
Even though it is sad when, for whatever reason, others close down. Although it is nice to know others care and make an effort to sort and catalogue what they have so that others are granted the opportunity to purchase what would otherwise be lost to waste.