Functional Creativity: Clothe week

by kath_red on 16/04/2013

in Sewing+Fabric

During most of 2013, will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!

Introducing Mary Jo for the month of April :: The theme for this month is functional creativity.

Mary Jo :: Five Green Acres


I’ve begun to realize that my wardrobe has a serious pocket deficit. The skirts are to blame, the skirts that I wear most days — many I’ve made myself or resized from existing ones. When I consider all the requests I get during the day to ‘hold this’ or see the need to wipe a nose or find a marble in the middle of the hallway that should be picked up on my way downstairs, it boggles my mind that I’ve been able to live in this state of functional undress for so long. This lack of proper pockets is degrading the quality of my mothering! I said aloud to no one in particular. Well. A clever girl can fix that in a jiffy, if only she sets her mind to it and quits her whining. Let’s explore some options.

Mending is another indispensable tool of functional clothing, but one that often gets overlooked as drudgery. The pile of forsaken clothes waiting for attention on the floor of my studio are testament to that — when pitted against flashy new yardage and a shoestring budget of time, it’s no surprise that a whole season might pass before I take the time to sew on a new button or patch a hole. But a patch can be a design element of its own, arriving to the garment out of necessity but often bringing its own magical synergy.

I’ve come across this many times in my own making — maybe I’ve cut out and sewn nearly a whole garment before realizing the unfortunate placement of a stain. Placing a patch over the offending mark, or splicing in different fabric altogether adds a design element that I couldn’t have foreseen in even the greatest of design epiphanies. In utilitarian garments like work clothes, the accumulation of patches appear like merit badges or, like the accumulated multi-color splatters on the handle of a paintbrush, a record of what’s been done.  Check out the You Are Awesome patch here and a great sweater repair tute here. Do you have a favorite patched piece in your own wardrobe?

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1 Dawn Suzette April 19, 2013 at 11:15 pm

This post made me smile. Love pockets here!
Thanks for all of the great links… I had to find my way back here to comment. So much goodness out there in the sewing world!


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