By Marijke Bongers
Because making beautiful handmade clothes is a huge amount of work it is a wise idea to work on it with others. I think it is also good that women in small creative businesses support each other and cooperate.
One of the reasons is that it can be really nice to do what you love most. And leave other work to one who loves to do that. Another is that you can share your joined project all on social media and attract more attention to it. The same is with joining forces on photoshoots, fairs or shows not only because it can save money but also that you can achieve more.
We are working now to make new work for the fair fashion festival this summer. Caitlin is our expert on spinning, she is always on the search for the best local fibers. She loves to work with Alpaca sometimes combined with other delicate fibers like silk or yak. Combined with some hand- and plant dyed yarns the package of yarn goes to Mieke de Bruijn the expert on weaving and owner of her own studio. Mieke de Bruijn started on making a pile of experiments on weaving with our yarn. She lives more than an hour drive away so not around the corner. We cannot wait till we can go to her and decide on what to use for a
Next to weaving Caitlin and I are working on other decorative techniques that can be combined with the woven fabric. We love Kantha stitching and Japanese textiles like Boro's. So hand stitching embroidery is added to a design. We could add some personal motifs or text for a bespoke piece of work.
I used to study Haute Couture sewing, and now we are working with handwoven delicate and soft fabric it was fun to research how a Chanel jacket was made. The silk lining is inserted with a kind of quilting like stitch, joining two fabrics together. Making sure there was enough room for movement but also made so that the silk is a support for the woven fabric. This makes the famous jacket so lovely and comfortable. We would like to make kimono style jackets in this way. And we would like to add decoration in a very personal way. You could call it a signature coat. I imagine a lady who buy or make one for herself could wear it on many occasions for many years. In the future we will share video's on the making on our Patreon page Voor