My approach to ethical fashion is buying my clothes secondhand, buying less, but choosing well, or making my own clothes. Although I started sewing my own clothes when I was a young child, fewer garments have been made in my adult life. Sewing for myself has been a frustrating process of time and money wasted on making ill-fitting or frumpy looking clothes from poorly drafted or sized patterns. Lately I’ve been giving it a second chance using patterns from independent designers, and I’m happy with the results.
I recently made the Wiksten Tova Top and loved how it turned out (see here). I’ve been anxious to make it up in a dress and had a piece of fabric that I thought would work well. I used a beautiful, wispy batik that my mom brought back from one of her travels. With encouragement from Jane I decided to alter the pattern and make it sleeveless and collarless. I love this dress! It falls at a flattering length just above the knees and it drapes beautifully without being clingy or frumpy. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good full length shot of the dress, and I’m not much for modeling, but I can tell you it’s darling.Depending on the look I’m going for it pairs nicely with my made in the USA cowboy boots or summer sandals. I’ll be turning pirouettes in this dress all summer long.
Other patterns I’d love to try:
- Valley Blouse and Pocket Skirt by Cali Faye
- Linden Sweatshirt and Moss Skirt by Grainline Studio
- Wiksten Tank by Wiksten
- The Rugby Dress, The Fielder top, and more at Merchant & Mills
If you have any favorite patterns, I’d love to hear.