Sunday, May 1, 2011

What Not to Wear Gets it Right

If you have followed this blog, you know I like to comment on this very popular show from time to time because, like many reality shows, it  doesn't always sit well with me. Fashion and creating fashion (i.e. sewing garments ) are so closely related subjects that I often treat them  as one. But I will admit when I think they have made a good point. And that point is: "Fleece is not your friend."

Fleece looks good on babies, dogs, athletes and teenagers. For the rest of us fleece is a fashion cop-out. It says to the world, "I've stopped caring about how I look." And if you attend sewing shows in North America, you will see a significant portion of the population in fleece suits. They sometimes spend lots of money on beautiful quilt fabrics, but they have given up on sewing for themselves. It is a shame really when there are so many resources available to these talented people to make themselves comfortable, flattering garments in which they will look and feel good.
Some designers have come up with lots of patterns on how to make a sweatshirt into a jacket and how to make quilted clothing, but with very few exceptions, they still look like what they are--sweatshirts and quilts. If Stacy and Clinton can convince women all over America to dress better, then maybe someone can convince those who can sew to give up their sweats and sew practical garments that flatter and fit.


  1. Thank you! That needed to be said.

  2. I wish you could see the very fashionable swing coat made out of fleece by my talented friend Rachel Clark. It might change your mind.

  3. Jan, you make a good point. I have equated fleece with sweatshirts and sweat pants. And that's probably an overstatement.

  4. I don't know. I think bike shorts worn anywhere but on a bicycle are much worse (and I saw some at the grocery store the other day).