Yesterday I got excited about combining grey and gold and sewing an Alabama Chanin pattern. The obsession spilled over into another mood board.
I love the hems of the two Alabama Chanin skirts on the left. It is such a great idea to use two or more layers of jersey together to create a thicker fabric. Thicker fabric is more forgiving to lumps and English weather. It also helps clothes hang well.
Last autumn I made a reversible gold and black coat from Vogue pattern 8930.
It is black wool with a bronze-gold foil on one side. I made it fully reversible but I haven’t worn it on the gold side. That’s a little too much bling, even for me.
It needs some mustard gold and grey to carry it into spring. And maybe it needs those gold brogues.
I know I do.
Also, I’m obsessing over these hand-woven, Colombian, cotton bags designed by Sophie Anderson. I’ve been noticing these beautifully woven, rather pricey bags popping up all-over lately.
It should come as no surprise to us makers, that they take between 10 days and a month to make. Traditionally, the bodies of the bags are made with a crochet hook and the straps are made by weaving on a backstrap loom. However, Sophie Anderson’s versions don’t seem to include the beautifully woven straps.
You can also buy colourful, (slightly more affordable) versions from Chila Bags.
I was tempted to suggest crocheting my own but really the work and skill that goes into them by the Wuyuu women deserves to be supported.