Sew, Mama, Sew are currently inviting people to contribute to their posts on Sewing Industry Reflections and Predictions. They're welcoming anyone to join in and as I enjoy reading these posts coming from others so much, I thought I'd add my own (and just in case you're wondering, the above photo shows two of my favourite fabric samples from 2011).
Looking back at the 2011 sewing scene, what trends stand out in your mind?
|Dress and photo by Wild Thing Dresses|
|Image by Artisania|
|Image from: Les Composantes|
Did you have a favourite fabric collection or print in 2011?
Not really a favourite collection, more the odd print that I fell for. The above is a Liberty print silk Georgette called Combe. At £45 a metre it felt a little on the expensive side...but I still think of it occasionally and wish that I had some in my drawer (it's now out of print). The Cloth House always has fabrics that I swoon over, but they don't tend to be on bolts that come from named designers. However, I did love many of Anna Maria Horner's Loulouthi small scale voile prints and I'm still considering a dress made from this one.
What do you predict for 2012 in the sewing industry?
I think my expectations are similar to those I had last year: that fabrics will be printed on a wider variety of substrates, particularly ones that lend themselves to dressmaking or quilting in a more adventurous way...or perhaps that should be a more traditional way: once many of these substrates were widely available but it seems that we temporarily lost them for a while as the home sewing market shrank - it's exciting to see more voiles, lawns and shirtings being reintroduced in beautiful prints.
I also feel that generally, people probably have a little less money to spend this year and those that do have some to spare are being more circumspect in their purchases: it sits less comfortably to be constantly acquiring mountains of fabrics and I think there will be an emphasis on stash busting, rather than stash building (this isn't meant to sound puritanical: I'm all for splashing out on fabric that makes your heart beat faster, I just think that people's mindset may alter almost unconsciously, which will have the benefit of fabric houses only printing the very best collections).
Can you tell us what to expect from you in 2012? Any big projects or life-changing goals?
No big goals, just a wish to use my time more efficiently in every way, so that I can fit more of everything in: making more clothing and quilts, writing more sewing patterns and tutorials, blogging more frequently and sometimes more concisely...
------------What do you think? Do you have any dressmaking blog suggestions that you love to read? Do you agree or disagree with what I'm imagining might be a part of 2012? Are you going to add your own post to the SMS opinions collection? Can you recommend something to help me sleep?
I should say that the latter question comes as a result of my having had coffee yesterday (for only the third time in my life). It's now 10.20am and I still haven't been to sleep. Yes, I have been awake all night. I have got so much work done, which feels rather lovely, and I would now be entirely justified in sleeping all day long, but I'm yet to feel even the faintest bit tired and if my last run in with coffee is anything to go by (in which I was sleepless for several days after...how could I have forgotten that?) I could be stuck like this for some time...lawks. Just think of the amount of actual sewing that I could get done if only I had a sound-proof room.