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Postby fishandchips on Sun May 21, 2017 4:33 pm

In England, Pippa Middleton married James Matthews on Saturday. Her wedding dress and her sister's wedding attire were long awaited.

Ms. Middleton wore a hand sewn lace dress by Giles Deacon. There was a tulle underskirt worn too. The dress back had a diamond-shaped opening; sleeves were cap. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/people/giles-deacon-pippa-middleton-wedding-dress-designer/
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a custom dark pink Alexander McQueen dress with a matching colour fascinator and neutral shoes. I thought the 80s were in mind with the sleeves and cuffs but the pleated feature on one side was a novel feature.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/peop ... s-wedding/

Think those styles will be featured in pattern books and shops for late summer/early fall.

I see news that the Cannes film festival is on this year, but this wedding event has had big buzz since it was announced. Wedding fashion wins over red carpet fashion for now.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Oct 28, 2017 3:19 pm

Cooler fall temperatures can inspire North Americans to think of warmer bedding needs and flannel sheets. This is a good time to look for sheet sets, blankets and comforters. Themed sets tend to sell out fast as retailers stock less quantities of styles and sizes, so be sure to know when stock comes into your favourite retailer and decide on your sets to purchase.

Flannel sheets have started to appear in Winners, Homesense and Marshall stores but they do not all carry the same brands or colours or prints. Most styles are for Queen size beds but a few sets appear for full/double and King. Buy when you see what you want or live in regret applies here.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Jan 30, 2018 3:06 pm

Two stories to inspire you about sewing from the costume design sector:

It just so happened that these two skills intersected on a recent day when she actually performed surgery on one of her injured monarch's wings, an operation that saved its life and allowed it to fly away to migrate.

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/8089520-costume-designer-repairs-baby-butterfly-s-wing-then-watches-in-delight-as-it-flies-away/

https://www.thespec.com/living-story/8098398-costuming-star-wars-with-eyes-on-past-and-future/

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Spring fashions-today I looked at some of Banana Republic womenswear on the website and notice a Utility/Safari look is strong in one collection. Blue and white striped tops are another trend-fascinating bit for me is that the tops have long sleeves with either cold shoulders (exposed cutouts) or drawstrings or flared ends.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:15 pm

Adaptive clothing-clothing to suit persons of special needs or with easy to use closures-is a category of hard-to-find apparel. There's a young post-secondary school student in (Ontario, Canada)that is venturing into this clothing segment after identifying a need. Her peers that use assistive devices yearn to have current fashions that accommodate openings and closures to suit their functionality or devices or mobility issues.

https://www.hamiltonnews.com/community-story/8657545-ancaster-fashion-designer-sonia-prancho-creates-adaptive-clothing-for-the-disabled/

There's a company in British Columbia, Canada that makes adaptive clothing: https://addressingneeds.com/

The April issue of Glamour also wrote about the adaptive clothing market and how a few popular fashion store chains are easing into apparel for this market segment:
https://www.glamour.com/story/how-fashion-brands-can-address-shoppers-with-disabilities
https://www.glamour.com/story/sinead-burke-why-the-fashion-industry-needs-to-do-more-disabled-customers

October 2017-announcement that Tommy Hilfiger was making adaptive clothing: https://www.glamour.com/story/tommy-hilfiger-adaptive-clothing-differently-abled-shoppers
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Aug 04, 2018 1:07 pm

A Toronto, Ontario fabric store is closing today, though the sale has been extended for one more week. It had started last month as a customer appreciation sale at 50% off prices but continued as a closing sale in the past two weeks. A major daily newspaper talked with the owner about the business and how he came to decide it was time to close the store.

After all, the place is still full of rolls and rolls of cloth. Probably about 400 yards of fabric, according to Fainer’s estimation. He hopes somebody will buy it eventually, or else he’ll keep it or donate it. He says he doesn’t know what to do with the building, now that he’s retiring.

As he closes the shop, Fainer admits it is a “dying business.”

“In the fashion industry you need young people. But they don’t believe in antique. They’re all Ikea customers,” he says, sounding almost nostalgic.

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2018/07/31/toronto-fashion-industry-staple-designer-fabrics-to-close-after-64-years.html
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Sep 27, 2018 4:28 pm

Home sewists seem to be the backbone of high fashion sewing work in Italy. The work does not pay well but sewists endure it for the money and
ability to work at home.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/20/fashion/italy-luxury-shadow-economy.html
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