This is a challenge I’m giving myself but the world, I feel, also has a part in it. There is so much stuff around – in my studio especially it sometimes feels! – and I’m issuing myself a ticket for holding onto things too long without making them useful. In all fairness, I often have lots of stuff to do and I do have to wait until I come up with the right ideas for things.
There are shelves full of fabric on rolls and notions in bins and I’ve had enough of looking at it and thinking about all of the things I want to do and haven’t done yet. Some of the things I bought and can remember why; some of it I bought and not only can’t remember what my plan was, I can’t even imagine why I chose it – but it’s mine now and I must figure it out!
Sometimes folks give things to me from their mothers’ and grandmothers’ houses when sewing is no longer a regular habit for one reason or another. There have been so many coffee cans full of buttons and one of my favourite things to do while I’m watching a show is to sort them. In and amongst the regular, plain old buttons there are always some real gems from the olden days and that’s always something to look forward to.
I also do some work in film and television making costumes and props and am often left with chunks of fabric – from random chunks to rolls of yardage. More often than not it’s stuff that I wouldn’t necessarily have chosen but that’s part of the fun in trying to figure out what the heck to do with it!
This is the challenge I’m presenting to myself:
I am to use only materials I already have to make the majority of Oona styles for the coming year. Unless I absolutely have to purchase fabric or notions for a specific design (or if I absolutely cannot resist something I see Dressew post on Instagram!), I will be sourcing from my own collection.
There’s so much amazing stuff to use in the Oona Studio and I know for sure that I can come up with all sorts of cool things to make (I actually already have!)!
Along the same vein, I’ve been making “Post-Production” styles for the last bunch of years and these are often made of bits and pieces of fabric leftover from runs of other things. Sometimes I sew chunks of fabric back together to make yardage and then recut it into garments so each one has unique “scars” and sometimes I take the approach where I cut different pattern pieces from different fabrics and the result is more of a colour -blocked garment.
Some of the things given to me are actual items that are not commonly used anymore such as doilies, table runners, table cloths and garments that nobody would likely wear for various reasons.
Let’s see how it goes! I’d love for folks to follow me as I take on this endeavor and I know there will be lots of amazing Oona products coming this year (I already have lots of fantastic ideas)!
It’s all one of a kind or one of a few so it’s all the way special.
The holiday season can get quite expensive with all the parties and treats and wanting to give gifts that are thoughtful to our loved ones! Take a look at Oona for fun, useful gifts that are made with care and are built to last!
Something I often get asked is “How long does it take to make one of: (name your style)?”. Truthfully, I generally don’t know because I only make one of something the first time when I’m making a sample and then I apply batch work methods to production – and then I forget how long the first one ever took! Batch work and efficiency along with many years of fine-tuning my skills allows me to be able to keep my production timelines sharp and that then translates to an affordable retail price to the customer which is a goal I strive for.
Many folks are more and more interested in shopping locally and supporting makers rather than large corporations which take advantage of the cheap cost (and often quality) of mass production overseas, resulting in the exploitation of and harm to factory workers, not to mention great destruction to many of our earth’s land and natural resources.
Unfortunately, it’s getting more and more difficult to pay for what needs to be paid for, so for those who want to shop locally but are faced with tough decisions I try my best to give good options, all the way down to locally made underpants!
Fast fashion presents a lot of issues for many but the cost of living can sometimes force people to have to choose against what they’d prefer. One of the objectives of Oona is to give more choices to folks who want to make decisions they feel good about while staying within their budget. It’s very important to me that Oona products are as accessible to as many people as possible.
Drop by the Oona Studio or browse through Oona Online and see which great gifts and stocking stuffers are a match for your friends and family!
More and more people are wanting to know where their food comes from – is it organic? They want to know where and how their clothes are made – are the factories ethical? Folks are sourcing many more goods and services locally which is an amazing trend to see for so many reasons. Local economies benefit, carbon footprints are smaller and members of communities get to know and support each other better; but there are some things that don’t always get that kind of consideration – maybe because they seem small, less significant or maybe folks don’t think of those things as something someone might make so it doesn’t occur that these may be things they can get from a local company.
Underwear is one of those items that seem to just “appear”. They are just at the store. We need them, we buy them, we don’t think much about them other than if they are comfortable and maybe cute. As it happens, underwear is one of the most wear and tear items of clothing we own. It is washed and worn more often than most items in our closet and in the modern world, it is often subject to living under layers of rough denim and fly zippers. So much stuff that is made overseas is not only produced unethically , it’s cheap. The price tag doesn’t always reflect it but most of the actual garments are made of sub-par material and are poorly constructed. Boo.
Oona Unders are made to last! Every single pair is cut, sewn and printed in the Oona Studio with my own two hands. The patterns are tried and tested and they are made to endure countless wears and washes. All of the fabric is purchased locally so, while I may not be able to guarantee where the fabric itself was manufactured (most mills are now overseas), I can tell you that I’ve supported a local business at the point of purchase.
Many styles are available up to size 5XL because I do my best as a one-woman company to include as many people as possible. I keep my prices fair for the same reason.
Next time you’re in the need of new underwear, consider where they come from and please consider Oona where feeling as terrific as you look no matter who you are or what size you are is a main goal!
I’ve been hard at work making new items including sleepwear and some fun and flirty Unders sets!
With a certain day coming up in a couple of weeks it’s a great time to pick up the perfect gift – even if your sweetheart is you!
As well as being able to come to the source of where all Oona styles are made with my own two hands, there will be PRIZES! All you have to do is come to the studio and sign up for the mailing list – easy! I won’t send you a million emails, I just want to be able to share upcoming sales and special deals with my favourite folks.
There will be two prize packs available to win:
* All entrants must be 19 years of age or older to enter
*Contest ends February 6, 2022 at 11:59pm
*Winners will be chosen randomly on February 7, 2022.
I hope to see you there and, fingers crossed, you’ll win!