Remember how one of my goals for 2018 is to put my money where my mouth is? Part of that is to salute the companies and bloggers that are making the blogosphere more inclusive and inspiring! To that end, I’ve decided to start a periodic round-up of awesomeness in the blogosphere!
More Inclusive Models
Helen’s Closet has always had illustrations that include women of various skin colours and sizes, but now Helen has her first plus-size model! The model just happens to be her cousin, and doesn’t she look fabulous in these leggings?
True Bias released the Nikko Top and Dress, which I believe features her first model that is a person of colour! I love seeing designers present their clothes on a variety of women, so everyone can see themselves represented and looking great!
Colette has been using diverse models of all ages, sizes and ethnicities for longer than any other company that I can think of, so it’s no surprise that their new Myrna dress is shown looking fabulous on models of different sizes and skin tones! I admire that Colette have made this a core of their company over the years!
Speaking of companies that have been using more diverse models for a few years…
Tilly and the Buttons! Tilly teased her new book this week, and it reminded me that she has been using diverse models for a while now. She included a paragraph in her post about how she likes to use non-professional models because they are more relatable, and how all four models in her book are talented women she knows in person. The models show a range of sizes and skin colours, and I find that inspiring!
I got a copy of Sewn Magazine in the mail last week, and reading it is such a joy! Page after page is full of inspiring, confident, talented sewists of all shapes, sizes and colours. Every outfit exudes creativity and strength, which makes it the antidote to normal everyday life, where most people dress to fit in. Sewn makes me want to put more flair in my wardrobe, and makes me feel like I too could be a badass seamstress!
Maria Denmark launched her first English-language online sewing magazine last week, called Sewing Life! She’s been publishing it in Danish for several years already, and from what I can tell, it features 2 free patterns per issue (1 in this first free issue). In this issue it’s a really cute cocoon dress, which they show you in detail how to adapt into knit and woven versions for each season. I’ve always had good luck with Maria’s patterns in the past!
The pattern runs up to Euro size 54 (I would wear size 48ish), which is a wider size range than the typical indie pattern. Throughout the magazine, the “models” are the magazine staff (Maria, Nanna from How To Do Fashion, and their design assistant) who range in age – and there’s a intro section where they each describe their body type and even show a croquis of their figure! I love the openness about body shape and the inclusive sizing. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you like Scandinavian design!
Our Awesome Community
Did you hear that the Pattern Review Weekend for 2018 is in Stratford, Ontario this year? That’s just an hour from where I live, and I can’t wait to join the fun! I’m so excited to meet even more sewists in person. Registration is this week, so keep you eyes open if you want to attend!
What good news have you seen in the sewing world lately? Please leave links or comments below. And if you appreciate something that a company or designer is doing, please let them know so that these good trends continue!