Have you ever wondered how we find our materials to make our garments? Well, it can be quite the process!
Ensuring the individuality and authenticity of garments requires one-off deadstock and vintage materials to create the perfect garment for you.
We NEVER create the same garment twice- honestly it’s impossible and being a circular fashion company means that we are reclaiming materials and not letting them go to waste.
I wanted to talk to you through the details and material story behind the minty fresh hoodie.
The Minty Fresh hood was a little experiment of mine! Incorporating pattern work from both the Batwing Jumper and the Cropped Jacket Silhouette. The main challenge was getting the garment over the head, a quarter zip seemed to work perfectly.
Both patterns were designed with zero-waste in mind so that they would take up as much of a piece of material and not be wasteful.
Was from a purchase from Dorothy House. I have always loved silk- But the process behind the production it can be extremely cruel. So whenever I spot a piece second-hand, I have to save it. Silk Is a difficult material to work with and its rigid structure as it can be difficult to form beautiful fitting clothes.
The felt came from a furnishing shop in Frome who had a Deadstock end of rail sale section! The second I spotted the roll of velvet I knew I needed it! It feels incredible, I can’t explain it. Catches the light beautifully and best of all it’s sustainable!
The Wadded Material:
A pop-up shop came to my home town in Warminster with loads of end of roll material, off-cuts and more! I collected a large stack of materials from the off-cuts and this wadded section was among. The wadded section was the primary basis for the hoodie. So its original panelling is from the off-cut itself. I love how the panels tell a story and become a map on the body.
I made sure to keep the selvedge edges from this material to finish off the hem of the garment.
I was doing my regular charity/thrift shop rounds when my local Age Uk was selling a LOT of Haberdashery. When I say I spent hours rummaging, I mean I spent hours rummaging! Collecting lots of different zips, elastics and fastenings. I now have a large collection at my studio which I have been using on projects.
Facebook Marketplace is where you find all of the thread! In the space of a week, I once found two sellers with loads of thread to offer. A common detail inside of our garments is the colour-contrasting/matched threads which compliment the colour scheme of the garment. Buying new threads constantly for projects seems un-necessary. I would much rather unravel the thread to its spindle!
Every single garment at Daines Atelier always has a large story to tell! With every garment being unique it can be sometimes difficult to keep track of every journey! But all of our garments hold a special place in our own hearts as well as yours.
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