Happy Wednesday, makers! There has been a lot of discussion about inclusivity, racism, diversity, and prejudice in the knitting and sewing world this week, and I have been listening. It has been eye-opening and heartbreaking to hear stories from makers in our community about discrimination and exclusion.
Thank you to all who have shared and used their voices and platforms to help us grow. To help us understand one another. To help us recognize our own faults and shortcomings. To help us do better. It is unfair to burden BIPOC with the responsibility of educating others, but many are doing it anyways and I am thankful. I also appreciated this piece from Felicia Semple about this week and will be following up on resources mentioned by her and @thecolormustard, @su.krita, @astitchtowearand@ocean_bythesea. Watch their stories and read their posts. Also these resources from Rachel Cargle. I have a lot of listening and learning to do and I hope others will join me.
News (clockwise from top left)
Orangeuse released their latest collection, Écorce, including the Londres Trench Coat featured above.
Republique Du Chiffon released their fall/winter 2019 collection a little while back and they are talking about it in a recent blog post.
There is a new digital sewing magazine for menswear! Check out Bartack – it is free to read online.
Want to inject some more vibrant colours into your wardrobe? Check out #brightsewing! Sew something brightly coloured between now and the end of January to participate.
Join @naturaldane and @onesewsweet in celebrating #BHMPatternDesigners. It stands for Black History Month Pattern Designers and this challenge is dedicated to African American Pattern Designers during the month of February.
Want to sew menswear for yourself or a loved one? We talk about some differences between classic womenswear and menswear, where to get started, and how to approach sewing for a loved one. Plus pattern ideas and tips for success with sewing menswear! Listen here.