Cleo’s been on my radar for a little while and it’s easy to see why it’s been so popular with sewing bloggers across the world. The Tilly and the Buttons pinafore is perfect for weekend adventures and times where you want to feel comfy yet look great!
As soon as I found out about Dixie DIY’s cutout dress, I knew I had to make it. The dress is a real beauty with a gathered skirt, high neckline, V neck back and cutout sides and it’s just calling out for a floral fabric to make it in. I actually wanted to make it in this fabric but it wasn’t to be, sadly.
I haven’t done any sewing for a few weeks now, what with being in London for work and all, but I did make this beautiful (if I do say so myself) dress before I went. I don’t really know what to say about this dress, except that it’s another Emery pattern, in a Liberty Strawberry Thief print. I really love my Liberty print!
Despite making quite a few of these dresses now, this Emery still turned out differently, even though I followed the same instructions. I’m not sure whether I was a little bit tighter with the seam allowances but this one was bigger in the waist and bodice than any of my previous attempts. Hmmmm.
I’m also a massive fan of the length of the Emery dress, but the last one was just a little bit too long. So I shortened this one quite a bit and now the length is perfect for me.
I loved working with the Strawberry Thief fabric and I loved that it had quite a straight print as it made me really take notice of how I cut it and of making each part match up. I’m really pleased with how it turned out.
The only thing that’s slightly annoying me is that I made a facing for the neckline. Although I love facings generally, this one seems a bit bulky in the front and needs pressing down. My initial plan for this dress was to make matching bias binding for the neckline and arms, but I cut out the facing before remembering my plan and didn’t really want the beautiful fabric to go to waste. I think, in the future, I may take it out and try the bias binding option.
Like the other Liberty fabric, this one too is very thin but I’m sure I’ll get a lot of wear out of this dress. Plus, it’s Strawberry Thief! Who doesn’t like birds picking fruit from a tree on their clothes?
Today is Fashion Revolution Day, a momentous day in the sustainable fashion world. It marks two years since the Rana Plaza factory disaster in Bangladesh, where 1133 people died and a further 2500 people were injured while working for well-known fashion brands, brands that we buy into here in the UK.
The day was set up in response to the Rana Plaza catastrophe in 2013 by co-founders Carry Somers and Orsola de Castro, in an effort to raise awareness of the incident that happened in 2013 and to call for a systematic reform of the fashion chain.
The initiative is gathering huge momentous on social media where organisers are encouraging people to post photos of themselves wearing their clothes inside out with the hashtag #fashrev and asking the question, ‘Who made your clothes?’. The main aim of Fashion Revolution Day, however, is to stop the UK buyers forgetting about the incident and organisers hope instead to create change in the fashion industry.
The organisers say, “In short we believe that 1133 is too many people to lose from the planet in one factory, on one terrible day, without standing for something.”
They continue, “We need it [the day] to show the world that change is possible.”
So, do you know who made your clothes? I’m guilty of buying from high street shops without a care for how the clothes were made or who made them, but isn’t it time we took a stand and started caring about the conditions of the workers who make our clothes?
At the very least, that is what I love about making my own clothes. I know exactly where my clothes have been made and who made them, although I know less about the fabrics used to make them. There are so many positives to making your own clothes, not least for the above.
But, for today, I will be asking ‘Who made my clothes?’. If you’d like to get involved too, the Fashion Revolution website is here, or show your support via the organisation’s Instagram or Twitter.