I like reading sewing blogs! There is so much inspiration, new ideas and information in each of them, but more than anything else, I love peeking at the photos of crisp and shiny new clothes. You probably know this feeling of excitement when both you and the garment are ready for the photoshoot. It’s impossible not to admire the new attire and show it off to the community. For some time, I wanted to document the stories of my aged garments thinking that we can learn something new from the way they have been made and treated.
Since the very moment I put it on, I liked my Andy coat: it’s fashionable, it’s comfortable for cycling, it covers my bum and it’s pink! I wore it all last winter and so far this winter, I’ve worn it almost every day. One reason, which incited me to write this blog post is, whenever I see myself in a mirror I notice puckers on the front: the results of using bland fusible interfacing. That is the reason why I can’t not help, but showing you some of my most frequently worn garments for you to see how they are ageing.
First and foremost, fabric of a higher quality, which is usually slightly more expensive than the average, lasts longer, keeps garments’ shape and looks much better. Look at the Andy coat, my favourite coat ever! Made from the Tessuti wool cashmere, it has survived two winters, and it still looks like new. However, for the front coat panels I used a piece of cheap fusible interfacing, I applied horsehair interfacing to the back facing. What made me use the fusible was lack of patience and time. I also refused to believe that the standard of the fusible interfacing could create such an impact on the garment. I was wrong!
This lovely striped dress is one of my most worn garments: I wear it on average once every two weeks and wash it after 2-3 wears. The fabric I used was purchased on sale in this fabric shop in Sapporo. I am not quite sure about the quality of the fabric. After a few months of wearing the dress I noticed little holes in certain places. In all fairness, I can’t really say what causes the holes: frequent washing, snags or questionable fabric quality, but,, personally, I blame the latter.
Last but not least, the Miss Chalmers skirt, yet another favourite of mine, was made from the best fabric in my stash: NaniIto cotton gauze and linen mix. The inside of the skirt is a combination of silk organza, silk crepe-de-Chine and batiste. In the warmer seasons this skirt is worn weekly, but during the winter, I tend to only wear it every now and then. It has not been affected by shrinkage or wear and the only problems I get with it are little seam rips due to cycling.
So that’s me! Would you like to hear more about my aged hand-made wardrobe pieces? What about you? Have you noticed the correlation between fabric quality and the look of your garment? If you want to share how your garments age, please add a link to your comment :- )