Maybe it’s my current focus on a handmade wardrobe, maybe it’s the success we’ve had at Rosehaven with the Cut Loose line, but I’ve really been enjoying the trend I’m seeing toward easy, unstructured lines in clothing and accessories. Simple shapes are occurring with greater and greater success in knitting and in sewing for clothing and accessories. A clever girl could create a complete and elegant handmade wardrobe using pared down, essential silhouettes.
Look at these lovely layering pieces! This is gentle knitting, tenderly shaped, that a knitter can create while watching tv or sitting on the beach or at the park. All of these minimalist patterns lend themselves to seasonal interpretation as well.
On the sewing side, I’m seeing a similar trend toward simple shapes. The rise of the independent pattern design movement has contributed in a large way by presenting quick, easy-to-sew, go-to pieces like these:
I want to make at least one of each! More exciting new indie pattern designers can be found on IndieSew, a fabulous new website for those who love to sew. Is this the Ravelry of sewing? I hope so! It’s about time…