Winter inspiration can be found in a hushed palette of blues in Prussian, denim, navy and indigo.
Thank you to Sharaine Talip for creating this Winter inspiration blog for our Below The Kōwhai community.
To see more of Sharaine’s beautiful work you can follow her on Instagram at @anak.the.label in addition you can follow along with her Waldorf teaching and lifestyle posts at @head.hearth.hands
Wattles with your tiny suns,
Underneath the spotted gums.
Warm our hearts til Springtime comes,
Lovely Winter flowers.
– Waldorf Winter Festival song
The icy blast of Winter has blown across the land. King Winter and Jack Frost are frequent visitors to our vegetable gardens, flowerbeds and windowsills.
Many dark mornings we wake to find delicate fingers of ice dancing across spider webs and leaves, turning to drips and puddles as the sun slowly wakes up from her deep sleep.
Winter is a time of inward reflection and seeking an inner light amidst the darkness.
The Winter equinox marks the shortest day and the longest night, and in the Waldorf tradition we celebrate the turning of the season with a community lantern festival, sharing a warm meal and singing songs together.
Winter in the Southern Hemisphere is a rich dichotomy of dark and light, cold and warmth, moon and sun.
For this season, a hushed palette of blues in Prussian, denim, navy and indigo reflect the outer shades of Winter. Little pops of gold and daffodil remind us all of the inner light we carry.
This inner light and outer dark is carried through into this season’s make: a long sleeve Kauri dress in a cotton-linen blend.
This pattern is such a joy to sew with and I have now made it in almost every way imaginable. It continues to bring me much joy as a maker. It is well loved and appreciated by every wearer, no matter their age or the season.
Made in Prussian blue cotton-linen blend with a cotton poplin lining and pocket detail. This long sleeve version of the Kauri dress is perfect for Winter layering.
This season’s make features a fully lined bodice to keep its recipient extra warm and an extra pop of colour in the waist bias binding.
The whimsical woodland floral print featured on the bodice lining is also reflected in miniature hand embroidered detail on the outer bodice.
As we look now towards the warmer and brighter months, may we all reflect on the Winter that has passed. Remember that quiet little glimmer of light that kept us all going in darker times.
Thank you for creating this thoughtful post for our sewing community Sharaine.
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