As I’ve said, I have plenty on my sewing table and I’m just about done with my third version of the Colette Clovers. I made two muslins, one was meant to be “wearable” but the fit was still so far off, I only wore them to make adjustments. I’m hoping that the third version will at least fit well enough that I can wear them.
BBC news was on as I was working on seam finishes a couple of nights ago and there was a quick snippet about the Olympic uniform controversy. Apparently, Ralph Lauren designed them, but they are made in China. I looked into it a little further and found a good article about it in the Los Angeles Times that depicts a wide range of reactions by many in the garment industry. I’m reminded of an old HBO documentary, Schmatta: Rags to Riches to Rags. It explores the garment manufacturing business in the United States and how it’s essentially non-existent anymore. Designers are pretty much forced to produce garments overseas if they have any expectation of making a profit while still keeping prices (somewhat) accessible. I wonder if the recession and the downturn in the European economy will change any manufacturing for the better or worse. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
I’m hoping to get Simplicity 1880 made soon. I was excited to see that Sunni was hosting a sew-along, she’s an AMAZING seamstress and I love everything she makes. But, I couldn’t get my act together in time. I am excited to see everyone’s creations though, I’m sure it will give me the inspiration I need to get going! I’m also planning to sew up a Sorbetto soon, using some strange fabric I ordered online. Have you seen this with fabric? Where the design is split down the middle?