This is the third and final part of a series of posts recalling my going back to school and today I’ll be wrapping up and giving you a glimpse of what’s in store for the future.
One of the biggest reason I wanted to go back to school was to get help creating and launching my project. This special year was truly a blessing because it gave me time to learn, experiment and practice my creative skills something that would have been hard to do on my own.
Now that I’ve showed you all the creative process behind the making of my finale collection, let’s talk about the more practical aspect of the project.
So, at first, the main question was: how do I get to live a creative life and be part of the fashion world, while staying aligned with my ethical conscience without relying on a lot of financial help?
As much as I love the creative process behind the fashion industry, it’s not without its problems. Factories are overproducing, wasting a lot of natural ressources and treating human lives badly.
This is not something I want to support and be part of.
And let’s not forget that it has been increasingly difficult for new independent designers to bypass the system and make it on their own. Producing a whole collection yourself isn’t really financially viable nowadays.
But there’s a solution!
I am a strong believer that the do-it-yourself movement is kicking some serious butt at the moment. More and more people are interested in making their own clothes, TV shows about sewing are gaining popularity around the world and there’s a general positive mood about doing things yourself these days.
Sadly, I think it’s something the fashion industry is completely blocking out.
For some reason, there has always been a gap between the professional industry and home sewing even though they started out as the same one. Because if you think about it, not so long ago, it was expected to make your own clothes and it was even a skill that everyone had. Nowadays, most people have completely lost the value and patience it takes to make a simple garment. And that’s something I find very sad.
But as I said, things are looking up for the do-it-yourself enthusiasts.
Making fashion accessible to everyone and getting people to sew and enjoy the process will make them more conscious about the problems of fast fashion and mass production. It’s also getting across the message that sewing is cool again and DIY can be a concret solution for a fast-consuming world. Besides, it’s a great way to try a more slow fashion approach to a wardrobe, be the one who sources the fabric and knowing how each stitch was created. And on top of everything else, it allows you to unplug from all that virtual clutter while crafting a unique style for yourself. What’s not to like?
So, with this project, I’m hoping to bring together the two industries. Show that it’s possible to make your own clothes at home and still experience the craftsmanship and stylish world of fashion.
That’s why my aim is to create a fashion collection that will be sold as DIY fashion. What I mean is that all the garment in the collection will be available as patterns to make your own wardrobe for the season to come.
I know that creating sewing patterns is not something new or revolutionary. Many independent designers I admire have done that before me and are really successfully doing it.
Nevertheless, I feel this is the right direction for me. This solution completely answers my aspirations and allows me to produce something aligned with my conscience.
Plus, I aim to offer small collections of patterns that can be purchased as a bundle or separately. That way it’ll be possible to create a whole seasonal wardrobe that’ll be actual and perfect for the months to come.
While this is my ultimate goal, I know it’ll have to start small.
And as I have been enjoying sharing help and tutorials on this blog for quite some time now, that’s also something that will be important for me: helping makers achieve their dream of a beautiful handmade wardrobe. So in addition to fashion-friendly clothes, expect clear and well explained patterns.
While all these reasons were the starting point for my project, trying to merge the requirements of a fashion school and this personal project of mine turned out to be quite a challenge.
The compromise between creating an actual product that was in line with my values and something that would be coherent with a collection for a fashion school gave the idea of a DIY box.
The box would contain everything necessary to create the garment of your dream, from the pattern to the fabric not leaving behind the thread and notions to complete the design. That way, the final product wouldn’t be patterns but a real fashion product that would please fashionistas and makers alike.
That was the result presented to the jury during my exam. However, in the real world, where such mondain things as ressources and finance come into play, that particular idea isn’t achievable just yet.
My goal is to start small and iterate as needed.
In order to do so, I will start by getting available a digital pdf pattern that will be free at first. The idea is to get feedback and test the waters before jumping into more serious and complicated designs. Then, I’ll adjust from there and release the next ones.
Needless that say that there’s quite a lot of road ahead to achieve that dream project. Plus a ton more to learn and master to get to the place I want to be. But that’s the fun part, right?
Hopefully, these boxes will be a reality someday but for the moment, let’s focus on slowly building the way and worry about the big picture later.
If you’re a keen observer, you had noticed from the boxes pictures, that there’s already a new name for this exciting project: Wearologie!
When you add the latin suffixe -logie to a word, it creates the term designating the study or the art of a particular subject. So here you go: Wearologie.
Do you like it? I certainly do! 🙂
So in the end, what will it mean for Stitch-N-Smile?
Sadly this space has run its course. I don’t want to delude myself in thinking that launching a new space will still leave me time to blog here. For the moment, all the content will stay available and accessible here. I have to admit that I don’t want to erase all the hard work done for Stitch-N-Smile. So for the time being, this will just be left as is and the new and fresh content will be posted on the new blog.
Hopefully, Wearologie’s first pattern will launch soon. In the mean time, you’re welcome to stay in touch by subscribing to the newsletter on Wearologie.com. That way, you’ll be the first to know about the big launch.
The social media accounts are already live though. So if you want to know how the story continues, don’t hesitate to follow my adventures on Instagram, Facebook and of course on Wearologie.com.
I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead so here’s to a new journey filled with fun and projects.
Credits: Photos by Jade Righini – Models: Chloe and Laure