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Last Saturday I talked about my Lockdown Resolution… during this time of Lockdown there is a lot to be said for “getting back to basics”… using our hands…a bit of DIY maybe? Or how about some good old fashioned Crafting…?
A while ago I was upset to discover that moths had made a 3-course meal out of one of my favourite cashmere sweaters… in fact, so annoyed that I felt that the ultimate revenge on said moth would be to Elevate the piece rather than Relegate it to the bin (yes, it was that bad…)… What if I commissioned some beautifully crafted and embroidered moth appliques to apply over the offending holes… wouldn’t I then have the last laugh… not to mention my favourite sweater back… and not only back, but totally unique and “Wakeleyfy’d” (new word… meaning to customise with the help of Wakeley )This thought process then evolved beyond Wakeleyfying moth holes in cashmere… why not apply these beautiful handcrafted appliques onto a white T-shirt? I applied mine to the back of my shoulder… as though the moth had fleetingly landed there as a butterfly sometimes may…Check out our moth appliques…
As a child, I started my fashion journey customising pieces that I had bought in charity shops (before people even used the word Vintage)… but I always had a passion for ex-military pieces… I guess I loved the utilitarian functionality (all those brilliant pockets)… the fact that the fabrics had got better with age but were fundamentally amazing quality… the fact that each piece probably had a fascinating story embedded in its fibres… On research sorties recently, I have started to buy individual pieces that I have fallen in love with and… yes, then Wakeleyfy them… each piece is a one-off… a piece of wearable art… something to cherish or perhaps evolve and customise further yourself over the years (my own 1950’s US Army parka is on its fourth incarnation and just gets better and better… how I would love to hear its life’s story…)