Clothes are our daily magic. With the right outfit we can feel powerful, pretty, cheerful, sad … literally wearing our feelings on the sleeve.
I want to wear that feeling
This is how I usually begin the design process. I want to recreate a feeling. A summer day filled with the scent of flowers, and turquoise ocean. My blood still humming with the swell and salt laden air. A calm spring morning, my bare feet touching grey pebbles in the icy waters of a mountain stream. A time I fought fiercely for my soul. An autumn day. Petrichor—a heavy scent, a thick slow raindrop—adagio descend until the cold water hits my forehead. I want to wear that feeling.
But there is more this is a not quite normal sewing blog. I sew, experiment with pattern making and designs. Each outfit I create has a story. Very often the designs are inspired by nature, the colours, shapes, even smells—impressions of daily life, the garden, or hikes up the Scottish mountains.
And then there is a pinch of magic
If you are interested in things folklore, spiritual, or witchy you might be aware of various meanings and traditions of colours. You might be aware of pouches that some cultures refer to as medicine bags, or protective jewellery, or headdress. You might know that an item of clothing gifted by a friend or sister can have protective properties. So there is a bit of storytelling with the clothes as well.