Today I thought I'd share some of the fun stuff on patterns, fashions and other miscellany I've found around the web of late. Enjoy!
- Worn Through is a fascinating website I stumbled across that discusses fashion from an academic perspective. I really enjoyed this article on Paper As Textile, which included a background on the paper dress craze of the 1960s inadvertently kicked off by the Scott Paper Company (see above photo). Many more fabulous photos on the site!
- Did you know that the Victoria & Albert Museum teamed up with Liberty Fabrics to produce commemorative fabrics for their exhibition on British quilts? They'll be available in March, but you can pre-order now.
- Need to get rid of some of your fabric stash to justify buying some of the aforementioned fabric? Pattern Review's latest Fabric Stash contest starts February 1 and runs through the end of March. If tradition holds, I will enter with great ambitions to use up multiple yards of fabric and will succeed in sewing up one A-line skirt.
- Also on Pattern Review: sharp-eyed forum members spot a tag in the back of this new DKNY dress pattern. Apparently Vogue designer pattern envelopes always feature actual RTW garments...who knew? So the Tracy Reese dress that gave me conniptions actually made it to the sales floor?
- Unsung Sewing Patterns focuses on the utilitarian patterns of days gone by. A really cool perspective -- after all, why should party frocks get all the attention?
- Male Pattern Boldness is a hilarious blog by that rarest of creatures, the male sewer. Follow newbie Peter (who has some mad skills!) as he makes clothes for himself and his glam "identical cousin" Cathy. The Selfish Seamstress has declared him her nemesis to boot!
- WhipStitch Sewing wants to know what your 2010 sewing goals are, and their survey runs through February 7. They promise to come up with helpful guides with the results -- my question is, will they come over and match up patterns and fabrics for me? Removing me from the decision making process would make my sewing so much faster.
- Those of us who remember reading Highlights Magazine in the dentist's office as children will appreciate the "Goofus & Gallant" cartoon that accompanies the "Keeping Track of Your Patterns" article at The Sew Weekly. It's a good accompaniment to the "Are you a tracer or a cutter?" question over at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic.