I've had a really hard time posting this week, and I think it's because I've had too much going on in my head. Too much that I'm struggling to uncurl; too many thoughts about slow fashion, what it means, and why it means something. Actually that isn't entirely true. I've written the posts but they just aren't readable. They are like looking into someone's head.... Slow fashion is such an interesting topic.
This week's theme though is easy for me. Loved. I've written in the past about both the things I'm going to show you today. But in essence it is the outfit below. I've worn it over and over again. They both makes me feel good. And that's what I really want out of clothing - things that make me feel good. Things that make me feel like me.
They are both really simple - simple patterns made with beautiful quality materials. Materials that in both cases have lasted and on a per wear basis would now be tiny. And both of them were altered by me to give me a fit that suited my style and shape.
The cardigan pattern is Vitamin D by Heidi Kiirmaier and all my alterations can be found on Ravelry here. Simple alterations that made it more Me-like, so flap-less. And I can't talk about this cardy without talking about the yarn. This is by far my favourite yarn in terms of longevity and wear. And it feels beautiful. Silky and Soft. It is called Old Maiden Aunt Alpaca Silk and is a blend of 80% alpaca and 20% silk. It's a handpainted, semi-solid that looks as good today as it did when I made it. Crazy but true. And it cost me about $75 AUD.
The dress pattern is the Wiksten Tank Dress by Jenny Gordy made from a seasonal Liberty print. Based on the fact that I used just over a metre then it cost me about $40AUD. It's per wear cost would be minuscule. I used the arse adjustment alteration I mention in the Simple Sewing 101 post here. I wear it over jeans generally which you can see in the photo at the top with my women.
What is pretty random about this outfit (that means that I actually know how long I've had it for) is that I was wearing it when my partner asked me to marry him four-ish years ago*. A totally out of the blue event, as we had been together for ten years already (and three kids :)), so to me it was just an everyday evening at the park with the kids. This lovely fact means unlike most things in my wardrobe I know that I've owned them for at least that long as there is a photo!
I can't wait to read all your stories. I have the feeling this week will be a little sentimental.
*It was our sometime around our ten year anniversary.