Despite the creativity that sewing my own clothes affords, I still find myself stuck in a sewing rut sometimes, making similar things over and over again – or, on the other end of the scale, making things I wouldn’t usually wear and ending up, surprisingly enough, never wearing the finished garment I’ve spent so long putting together.
I like to think I’ve got better at this (I still wear and like everything I made last year, which I consider a win), partly because I’ve developed more of a sense of my preferences (by doing the things I’ve listed below) and partly because I’m more particular about the fabrics and patterns I use now than when I first started sewing. Here are a few of the ways I ensure that I sew what suits me whilst still keeping things varied. I’d love to hear your tips on this too. Continue reading “A Guide to Finding Sewing Inspiration”
One of my favourite things to do on a rainy day (aside from sewing and watching my way through the Netflix catalogue in my pjs, obviously) is visiting a museum or two. So on the rather grey and wet Bank Holiday Monday last week I headed to Bath to have a look around the Bath Fashion Museum, where there were no less than three superb exhibitions on show that I’ve been wanting to see for a while.
Our first stop was the Great War in Costume exhibit, focusing on the dramatic changes to women’s lives and roles that took place during World War I. For the first time, women were required to do men’s work and fashion evolved accordingly. Restrictive corsets, elaborate dresses and dainty shoes were impractical for their new roles, so functional trousers and hard-wearing boots were introduced to women’s wardrobes to reflect their new (albeit not entirely accepted by some) status as a part of the workforce. The exhibition featured both work and civilian dress, memorabilia and propaganda, as well as some absolutely stunning costumes from Downton Abbey. It must be so lovely to be an actor and get to wear all those lovely outfits for work. Sigh.
The exhibition has finished, but no doubt there will be another equally fantastic one to take its place soon – there is also so much to see in the rest of the museum.
Continue reading “Exploring Bath’s Museums”
Good news for fashion fans in the South West who haven’t yet managed to catch the Bellville Sassoon exhibition in London – a similar and equally fabulous display is coming to Bath Fashion Museum later this month. Continue reading “A Life In Fashion at Bath Fashion Museum”
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the Laura Ashley: The Romantic Heroine exhibition at Bath Fashion Museum, which opened with a wonderfully witty and informative speech by Felicity Green OBE, former fashion editor at the Daily Mirror, who, during the 1970s, astutely described the brand’s look as being one of ‘soft-core femininity’ and ‘Victorian type demureness’. Continue reading “Laura Ashley Exhibition Launch”
Still going strong after 50 years, the Bath Fashion Museum was founded as the Museum of Costume by Doris Langley Moore, a writer, costume designer and collector of historic dress. The museum was moved to its current home in the Assembly Rooms in 1963 and has been showcasing the very best in both historic and up-to-date fashion ever since. It was even listed as one of CNN’s top 10 fashion museums in the world – well done them! Continue reading “50 Fabulous Frocks, Bath Fashion Museum”