Fashion Revolution: Falling back in love with your clothes

My Liberty print skirt, handmade by Jess Hawke

To my beloved Liberty print skirt,

It’s been almost five years since you came into my life and we’ve had so much fun since then. The story behind your unusual spiral pattern is well documented on this blog, but the initial photos I took when you arrived really didn’t do you justice at all. I’m sorry about that. One day, I’ll manage to make it up to you, I promise. In the meantime, rest assured that you always get lots of love when I share glimpses of you with my Instagram followers, plus I’ve genuinely lost count of how many compliments you receive in person.

My spiral Liberty print skirt, handmade by Jess HawkeWhen I popped into the (sadly now closed) Great Castle Street boutique of independent fashion brand Fever London, I didn’t expect to find an item that would coordinate so well with you. But, in amongst the rails of vintage garments that had been purchased by Fever’s designers as inspiration for their own designs, a yellow polkadot blouse with a Peter Pan collar caught my eye. I don’t often wear yellow but the paler tones suit me, so I tried it on and was charmed by its simplicity. It doesn’t detract from your wonderful green swirls, merely compliments the peacock feather panels.

That classic Liberty ‘Hera’ print isn’t often seen in green, so that vintage fabric was a real find. I still don’t know how the extremely talented Jess Hawke managed to stitch together those unusually shaped panels on a treadle sewing machine, but it’s just as well she had an overlocker to finish all those edges! Every beautifully finished seam fills me with as much joy as the fabrics, and whenever I wear you I remember the story of how you came to be.

So, here’s a photo of you to share with the world. It still doesn’t quite do you justice but it’s a better representation of your colours and how I wear you whenever you get taken out of the wardrobe. I enjoyed finishing off this outfit with my beautiful green felt feather headband, hand made by milliner Anna Dominoes. Talented creative women need to have their work shouted about more often, so I love being able to wear what they’ve made and tell people where it came from.

Thanks for all the good times. I’m sure there will be many more to come x

No one can replace the beautiful jacket that your grandmother wore and gave to you. Or that perfect little dress you found while travelling somewhere special. Rather than buying new, Fashion Revolution is encouraging you to fall back in love with the things you already own. Share your own love story on social media during Fashion Revolution Week (24-30th April 2017), and be part of a Fashion Revolution!

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