January 22, 2013 by thepolishedbutton
I don’t really bother making New Year’s resolutions, as on any given month I could usually do with eating less crap and dragging my backside to the gym, so January is no different.
However, one thing I consciously want to make an effort to do more of this year is sewing clothing, both for myself and my daughter. I literally have no excuse apart from having no designated space for my sewing machine, but frankly that’s a cop out as the kitchen table is just as viable.
As part of my Big Polished Button Business Project ( it’s essential that this is said with an X Factor style voice over, makes me feel like I’m important and getting somewhere…) I have been doing some research into independent pattern designers, particularly companies that do designs with a vintage twist. My dear friend and all round clever lady Zoe over at So Zo…Blog is always a guiding light in these matters, and she wrote an excellent blog post a few months ago on this very subject.
I have been having a mooch through various websites, and thought I would show you some of my favourites.
First up probably one of the most well-known indie companies is Colette Patterns. They have a huge selection with a real retro twist. My favourites at the moment are the Hazel dress – perfect for summer in a cool cotton print, and the Beignet skirt, perhaps in a wool flannel or cotton drill? Perfect for work!
A fairly new UK company is Eliza M Patterns. These have a 1940’s/50’s appeal to them, and I’m sorely tempted by the Hop and Swing Pants. I love high waisted, wide leg trousers, but struggle to find THE perfect pair – I am only 5’2″ with a big bum and smallish waist, so trousers send to gape at the back, wrinkle across the hips or have side pockets which cause a hideously unflattering winged hip effect – not good! Maybe these are the ones??
Finally, it’s not just all about me, oh no, I have a very stylish 2 year old to think about too. Check out this set from Mod Kids – how cute is that? And the print possibilities are endless!