My guest for Ep.#63, Brandon Hayden, shares both his amazing creations and positive personal philosophy under the Instagram handle @happilydressed. Since high school, thrifting has always been Brandon’s method for carving out a unique visual identity. Initially, he got a sewing machine to complement his thrifting, which gave him the ability to alter items he found. But soon after, this Atlanta-based creative then found an even greater source of power, pride and self discovery through sewing his own clothes from scratch. In this conversation, he explains his ‘fabric first’ approach to garment creation, how he fell into teaching, and his bright and bold plans for the future.
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Lace curtain to epic shirt, Brandon was wearing this garment when we spoke.
@grandmother.marys.vintage is Brandon’s friend and inspiration.
Brandon is currently making the Mitchell Trousers pattern by Closet Core Patterns.
image source: Closet Core Patterns
Nisan from @the.social.fabric made a stunning pair of Mitchell Trousers.
The Heyday Dungarees pattern by Waves and Wild is one of my favourites.
The Worker Trousers pattern by Modern Sewing Co is also on Brandon’s ‘to make’ list.
Brandon’s set of trousers, jacket and bucket hat from a single length of printed fabric is a vision! See below:
Brandon’s hoodie made from car blanket was made in celebration of being in a great place in his life.