Throughout the ages, artists have used their clothing to stand up for political, environmental, or cultural ideals. Clothing is like a language, a form of expression that is powerful and full of meaning. In this issue Tauko are diving into the art of dressing inspired by our favourite artists. As a sewist, you are holding the magic wand in your hands, and clothing and dressing can be turned into a new creative art form!
This issue features 10 new patterns in this issue from various designers, along with editorial pieces from creatives. Read on to find inspiration and fabric suggestions for each pattern.
The TATA dress is a loose-fitting design with an elegant fall that works well with different body types. Built from simple shapes with a single rounded cut for the neckline, the dress follows the practice of zero-waste cutting. The repetitive cutouts allow you to get super creative in your mix of fabrics, patterns, and colours.
Choose light to medium-weight fabrics with drape. Viscose, Cupro, silk, and light Tencel are good choices. This pattern offers the opportunity to colour block with different colours of the same print or combine a print with coordinating solid colour.
SASHA by Sasha Huber
The SASHA design is a classy workers’ jumpsuit with patch pockets and an elastic band on the back. The design was created to fit many body types, which is why we have included an additional size for someone who is 55"/140 cm tall. When made from a lighter fabric, you can wear the jumpsuit oversized and add a belt if necessary. You can easily vary the design by removing pockets and adjusting the lengths of the legs and sleeves. The legs are made with facings so that you can roll them up if needed.
Choose a medium to heavy-weight fabric with no stretch. Consider using cotton, a cotton/polyester blend, linen, hemp, or denim. For an oversized style, choose a lighter fabric.
FELIX by Sadie Egan
The FELIX smock is a cross between a cobbler apron, a utilitarian fishing vest, and an organizational wall caddy. It adds large functional pockets to any outfit for crafting, collecting, choring, or exploring. The design was created as an imaginative solution for more pockets to hold tools while working in any sort of creative studio.
Choose a heavy-weight fabric with no stretch. Consider using cotton, hemp, linen, a linen blend, or denim.
PRISM by Aims Watts
The PRISM robe has adjustable ruching via drawstrings – you can make them as loose or as tight as you like. You can completely change the shape of the robe by adding a casing at the waist or under the bust and using additional drawstrings to cinch it. The robe has either patch pockets or inseam pockets, but you could also choose to remove the pockets completely and close the side seam. This design comes in two length variations: mini or midi-length.
The PRISM robe works best with lightweight, non-stretch woven materials. Anything floaty and airy (like double gauze, silk, linen, and cotton) is good. The ruching will create bulk, so we advise against using anything too heavy. This is another pattern that will let you play with different colours and patterns. We recommend our reversible double gauze for this pattern.
PICNIC by Mila Moisio
The PICNIC dress has an angular hem with large pockets and a fitted bodice, creating an articulated, fun, and sculptural silhouette. Two different necklines (round and boat neck) allow you to vary the style.
The PICNIC dress works best in medium-weight woven fabrics. A cotton fabric with some stiffness, such as poplin, is lovely for this piece as it can hold its sculptural shape.
LEIJA by Kaisa Rissanen
The LEIJA trousers have a long crotch and an angular hem with large pockets, creating a sculptural silhouette. The statement design makes these trousers perfect for festive occasions, but they are also great for travelling and everyday use. You can easily adjust the leg opening and open the seam a bit to give the trousers more space.
The LEIJA trousers work best in medium-weight woven fabrics. A cotton fabric with some stiffness, such as poplin, is lovely for this piece as it supports the sculptural shape.
PINA by Vanessa Hansen
You can use the PINA pattern to make a maxi dress, a mini dress, or a top. Choose either shoulder straps or shoulder ties for your garment. This pattern features a fully lined design.
Choose woven, non-stretch, lightweight fabrics such as cotton lawn, viscose, silk, or lightweight seersucker.
AURORA by Abby Huston
The AURORA dress is an apron-style full-coverage sundress that wraps in the back and closes with long attached waist ties that thread through an opening in one side seam and cinch at the natural waist in either the front or back.
This dress works best with light to medium-weight woven fabrics in natural fibres. The designer’s favourite is medium-weight linen – but silk noil, cotton poplin, cotton lawn, or lightweight denim would also work beautifully.
APRIL by Susanna Smailova
Made from lightly quilted cotton, the APRIL jacket is great for multiple occasions – as a light mid-season liner or as leisurewear. You can use pre-quilted fabric or create your own. Experimenting with different quilt battings will allow you to create multiple looks with this simple design. The jacket is designed to be worn open; however, if you wish, you can add sew-on snaps or buttons to the front.
The APRIL jacket is designed for lightly quilted cotton double gauze or baby corduroy.
AURI by Johanna Morris
The AURI design is a loose-fitting jacket that can be cropped or full-length. It features bold, wavy, asymmetrical lines that wrap around to the back at the side seam. You can sew the sleeves as a shorter cuton sleeve or make them full-length with a seamed sleeve. To highlight the wavy seams, try different combinations of colour-blocking, or experiment with other methods such as ruffles, topstitching, or other embellishments.
Choose light to heavy-weight woven fabrics, such as linens, cotton, chambray, wool coating, or boiled wool.
For more details of the fabrics used by Tauko for the editorial photos visit their website.