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Weaving Destination Contest Entry - Part 3 August 27 2014

This is the final part of a 3-part series. You can read the previous parts here and here.

 

Today I want to share some details of the construction of my fashion contest entry and some photos of me modelling it in the fashion show at Edinburgh Festival.

The first thing I did was to cut a muslin for the skirt from old sheets. The sheets were cotton, not quite as heavy as the final fabric but with a similar drape. I wanted to check the levels of the hemline on both the low side and the high side, and make sure that the S-shape of the hem curve was deep enough. I was happy with it first time, thankfully.

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Weaving Destination Contest Entry: Part 2 August 23 2014

Today I’m going to share a little bit about how I constructed a pattern for my entry for the Weaving Destination fashion contest. This is part 2 of a 3-part series; if you missed the first part, you can read it here.

The dress itself is based on one of my own patterns, the Martini dress, with some modifications influenced by both Indian and Scottish traditional dress.

Here’s the technical drawing of the Martini dress for reference.

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Weaving Destination Contest Entry: Part 1 August 20 2014

I was very excited to read over on Debi’s blog a few weeks ago that Weaving Destination were going to host a fashion contest, with a fashion show to be held during Edinburgh Festival. I decided almost immediately that I wanted to enter. The contest was open to all, with the entries to be created from Weaving Destination’s fabric; this very special fabric is hand-woven by survivors of human trafficking in Assam, India. You can read more about Weaving Destination here.

I loved the idea of helping a social enterprise, promoting the idea of ethically-sourced fabrics and giving myself a creative challenge at the same time. In this post I’m going to be telling you a little more about the inspiration behind the design of my contest entry, and about the fabrics I used and why. In my next post, I will be talking about the pattern drafting for my design. And then I will be talking in detail on the construction of the dress in a final post, as well as sharing some photographs from the fashion show (sorry, it was just far too much to put into one post!).

I was very inspired by seeing pictures of the Weaving Destination ladies working their hand looms at their campus in Assam, India. I wanted to do something that represented the tradition of hand weaving, and also something that celebrated the connection between the weaving ladies in India and Weaving Destination's fashion show in Edinburgh. I therefore chose to make the dress from a combination of Weaving Destination's cotton fabric from India and Harris Tweed, a traditional wool fabric which is hand-woven by the islanders of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The design is jointly inspired by Indian and Scottish traditional dress.

 

On the Weaving Destination hand-woven fabric from India

Weaving Destination is a social enterprise, run by Debi and Javita, which promotes the financial independence and empowerment of indigenous women in Northeast India through the sale of their hand-woven organic cotton and eri-silk products. All of the women employed through Weaving Destination are either survivors of human trafficking, living with HIV/AIDS or are female migrant returnees who are highly vulnerable to re-trafficking, social exclusion and poverty. Weaving Destination provides employment and also housing and support for the women and their children.

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