Bauhaus Self-Draft Kimono


The extraordinary colourful fabric I used to make this self-draft kimono was found in my local fabric shop. It's lawn cotton and I think is by Peter Horton Fabrics, however I there is no imprint on the selvedge and I can't find it on the Peter Horton Fabrics website. The pattern looks very much like Liberty's iconic Bauhaus furnishing fabric designed in 1972 by Collier Campbell. 



Both this and Collier Campbell's fabric are undoubtedly influenced by Gunta Stölzl's complex tapestry Schlitzgobelin Rot-Grün (Red-Green Slit Tapestry). Stölzl was a German textile artist who played a fundamental role in the development of the Bauhaus school’s weaving workshop. She was head of the faculty from 1925-1931 and developed it to become one of the school’s most successful facilities. Stölzl applied ideas from modern art and mathematics to her practice and set a precedent for industrial weaving and dyeing in the late 1920s. 

Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Gunta Stölzl as seen in Bauhaus Women by Ulrike Müller
Gunta Stölzl 1897-1983
Gunta Stölzl's drawings and ideas for textiles
Stölzl drafted a great many sketches in preparation for
her weaving, tapestries and wall hangings

My simple kimono pattern is self-drafted by measuring and tracing around a favourite well worn and washed H&M kimono. 



Self drafting a kimono

Pinterest has dozens of simple self-draft kimono pins (some of which claim to take 30 minutes to make) which are useful as a guide, but I found this Madebyaya video most instructive.

Bauhaus Kimono by Ivy Arch

The border panel is cut from patched together pieces of Japanese indigo cotton fabric, left over from making this Gather One-Piece dress.


Kimono border panel

Stitching detail

My finished kimono cover-up is simple, colourful and a perfectly clashes with all my printed dresses.


Not quite ready for my close up!

Square Blouse: Easy Cute Straight Stitch Sewing


A two hour break from General Election fever is all the time you need to run up this simple Square Blouse from Yoshiko Tsukiori's Easy Cute Straight Stitch Sewing book.


This is made for my daughter and she chose the fabric herself from the fabric stall at Worthing's Wednesday Market during the half term school holiday last week. It was an absolute steal at £1 a metre!


There was no need to draft a sewing pattern, instead I measured out the dimensions directly onto the fabric, hemmed the edges, stitched the side seams and cut a neckline. The trickiest part was making bias binding from this very slippery fine material, but thankfully once carefully pinned into place it stitched together easily.


I love the drape of the finished blouse and happily my daughter is delighted with it too. I'd forgotten how much I like this sewing book and still have many untried patterns to make.

Four Decades of Gudrun Sjödén

Gudrun Sjödén's watercolours, textile and fashion designs

Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design celebrates over 40 years of colourful design and textiles by my favourite fashion designer and offers an insight into her creative inspiration and design process.

Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design

This small retrospective exhibition at London's Fashion and Textile Museum shows Gudrun's watercolours, sketches and early handwritten catalogues as well as textiles, trinkets and inspiration collected on her travels around the world. Gudrun's colourful fashion designs are represented in a display of accessorised outfits from the archives alongside stunning pieces from her latest collections (and a preview of what's in store for Autumn 2017).

At the launch of Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design

Today Gudrun Sjödén is widely recognised as a pioneer of sustainable fashion and the exhibition highlights how environmental thinking is at the core of every collection. For over 40 years she has been making clothes for women often disregarded by the mainstream fashion industry and has created beautiful, colourful clothes that are works of art in themselves.

Fashion and Textile Museum, London

The show is part of the Festival of Textiles and runs until 7th May 2017. It's well worth a trip up to London to see this, and to enjoy the accompanying displays at FTM too!

Floral Circle Grainline Farrow

Grainline Farrow dress by Ivy Arch in Sevenberry Floral Circle

Since sewing my first Grainline Farrow dress I have made three more, two in novelty print cotton fabrics (glimpse them here and here) and this one in Sevenberry's Floral Circles - my favourite so far.

Sevenberry Floral Circle Canvas Cotton

The material is a lightweight canvas cotton and I have found it hardly creases, even after being worn all day at work. Any minor crinkling drops out if I hang it up over night, ready for another day's wear. It looks smart and is a statement of cheerful intent.
Grainline Farrow dress by Ivy Arch

I bought the fabric at Worthing's More Sewing who currently have a super range of bright and interesting dressmaking materials, so many Farrow dress possibilities...

Ivy Arch: Farrow in the wild

Fruit Pop Colours and Bauhaus Elegance from Gudrun Sjödén

Ivy Arch wears Gudrun Sjöden Spring 2017

Gudrun Sjoden's patterned long cardigans have become an essential part of my year-round wardrobe so I eagerly awaited the landing of this season's Macau cardi-jacket.
Gudrun Sjödén Macau cardigan coat and organic linen dress Spring 2017

The Macau is an eco cotton and wool jacquard knit of five different intricately patterned rectangular panels in contrasting colours which have a pleasing patchwork effect. It has a slightly felted texture, drop shoulder sleeves and a roomy A-line shape. I was immediately drawn to the Goldochre version in hues of strawberry pink, pineapple yellow and gauva green, but also had to try the elegant Graphite in tones that remind me of sepia photographs of Bauhaus Women of the late 1920s and early 30s.

It's a wonderful garment to wear and as well as looking superb with any of Gudrun's clothes it also works well with all my A-line handmade dresses. 
Fruit pop colours of the Macau cardigan coat

The other stand-out pieces in Gudrun's Spring 2017 collection are the Nordic hued and Japanese influenced broad stripe dress in linen and eco-cotton worn with a cotton organdie petticoat with a dramatic open-work lace border. I love the square cut neckline and bodice of the frock and the dressing-up element of adding a soft ruffled layer underneath. It feels like fairy tale costume and swooshes dramatically when I walk. Soft edged, colourful power dressing for the 21st century.
Gudrun's woven linen/cotton blend dress has beautiful embroidered detail on the back!

See more of Gudrun's new season treats in her Spring Magazine.
Gudrun Sjoden Spring 2017 delights

From 25 April – 7 May 2017 the exhibition Gudrun Sjödén: Four Decades of Colour & Design celebrates over 40 years of colourful expression by my favourite Swedish designer and textile artist as part of Fashion and Textile Museum's Festival of Textiles 2017. See you there!
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