But first, a few inspiring things that have happened in cyber space in the last 24 hours or so.
- Did you read about Essena ONeill? The Aussie “lifestyle” blogger who had enough of the glorified life she promoted on social media, closed it all down and started a website, where she instead promotes things that she feels passionate about. She’s got some really good things to share – incl. the documentary ‘Fashion victims‘, and my favourite TED talk of all times, Amanda Palmers ‘The art of asking’. Go girl, is all I’ve got to say.
- The Guardian published this interview with Amber Rose. A much needed article, if nothing else than for the sometimes frankly bitchy voice inside my own head.
Moving on to something considerably less ground breaking – my Tessuti Sydney jacket. Guys, it’s so warm and snug I might just never take it off. Oh and in the interest of full disclosure – I did put on make-up to take photo’s for this post. I did not look like this an hour ago. Also, I should really be sweating it out in the library right now, not blogging. But who’s perfect…I can’t emphasise enough how glorious it is to sew with boiled wool. It doesn’t fray – how about that? All edges are left raw, and most pieces are sewn together by overlapping the fabric pieces. I was a bit worried about making it look even, but the overlapping technique is easier than you think. And a project that seems quite complex is actually pretty easy and fast to put together.
I bought this boiled wool from Stof2000. I originally got it for another project, so wasn’t counting on the darker side being visible, but I think it looks quite cool. I lengthened the sleeves by about 22cm. Making changes to the pattern was a bit confusing as the pattern pieces looked quite different to anything I’d worked with before. But with some helpful photo instructions from the ever so kind Ute and advise from other instapeeps, I figured it out.
As much as I like wearing long sleeved jumpers etc in the winter, I like the bulky effect the rolled up sleeves has. The only ‘negative’ about it is that I wish the jacket had some way of closing it. This thick fabric does not look good with a belt unfortunately. But I’ll live!
- Sydney pattern – £4.50
- 2.2m boiled wool – £33.50