I had an interesting conversation with my youngest son , surfer, gardener, landlord, entrepreneur.
One of the things he does is be the Atlantic rep for Sitka a Canadian surf board clothing company.
I was looking at their latest catalogue and remarked to him that it all looked like him, right down to the building in the woods thing he has going - the new catalogue has a tool belt and a carpenter's apron.
What he said about this interested me.
"Well the line has to be consistent and express exactly a certain lifestyle."
This immediately made me think about my wardrobe and all these clothes I sew.
If this was a "line" what does it reflect?
If I was offering my closet as a line (OK this is pretty out there, and you have to be out there yourself to know what I mean) what would I leave in and what I leave out?
Is there a direction? A theme? When I think of the fall do I have a theme for the season for instance?
The other thing about a line or a collection is that it has to be consistent with you, not because everyone is making something, you feel you should, or it's good for you to produce this (still in Chanel recovery) or because it's in this year.
So if you were presenting your own closet as a line what does and doesn't fit in it?
You see where I am going with this.
Make any sense at all to you?
- I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon