Spring is coming

Lighter brighter warmer days are coming…soon. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling the heaviness of these times. We’re all exhausted. It’s been a long 2 years and frustration is running high.

From protests to doping scandals to snowstorms, I feel like pulling the covers over my head. Wake me up when it’s all over!

Feeling lighter

What I’d really like to feel is lighter. Part of it is changing on the inside, feeling more hopeful, uplifted, and rejuvenated.

The other part is being able to go out into the community unencumbered. By that I mean, not only not having to mask, social distance, and show passports and ID, but also free from being judged if I do still want to do these things to feel safe.

And, the final piece is not having to put on heavy winter boots, coats, hats, and mitts to venture outside.

Spring/Summer wardrobe

Probably the easiest of these things to do is lighten up our wardrobe. That comes naturally as the weather warms up and the snow melts.

So, I’m looking forward to bringing new bamboo designs to life. Capsule pieces that mix and match well together and easily integrate into your current wardrobe.

Drawstring pant

First, there’s the drawstring pant. This is the perfect lounge to work style pant for the Spring/Summer. It’s a lightweight bamboo micro stripe jersey. The drawstring waist has a bit of elastic in the back for a comfortable fit, making it easy to pull them on and off.

I changed the pocket from a side seam pocket to a slant pocket. It adds less bulk at the hips and makes it easier to slide your hands in, or carry things. I also made the legs narrower (on the right) than the original sample (on the left). They’re still a wider leg but a width that looks good on long and petite legs alike. I’ll be doing them in 2 colours and 2 lengths.

Carolyn in the new drawstring bamboo pant, Light mix micro stripe on the left and dark mix on the right

Light micro stripe on the left. Dark on the right.

Tell me in the comments which colour you like, the light micro stripe or the dark?

Rib knit t-shirt

Next is the bamboo rib knit t-shirt with a relaxed fit and not too long length. it’s designed for comfort and versatility. Wear it with everything.

Lighter brighter warmer days are coming with this bamboo rib knit T-shirt in silky blue

Bamboo Rib Knit T in Silky Blue

Bolero cardi

The third piece is the bolero cardi. It’s inspired by an old Club Monaco sweater I’ve had for many many years. It’s so old, it’s starting to disintegrate. I’ve worn it over everything from dresses and skirts, to dress pants,  jeans, and shorts. Whenever I travelled, I threw it in my bag.

So, I thought why don’t I design something similar to replace my old hole-y one. The bolero is light weight and small enough to take with you wherever you go. It will fit in most handbags depending on how big or small a purse you carry. It’s a great layering piece for an air conditioned office, a cool evening stroll, or as part of your travel wardrobe.

Lighter brighter warmer days are coming with this bamboo bolero cardi

Bolero Cardi overtop the Carolyn Dress

In capsule wardrobe style, all three pieces work well together, or on their own with whatever you already have hanging in your closet.

Pre-order coming

I hope this gives you something to look forward to when Spring finally arrives. These designs should go into production at The Bobbins Production Studio right here in Ottawa in April/May. I’ll offer them for pre-order as the time gets closer and of course, as loyal subscribers, you’ll get first dibs. That way you’re guaranteed to get your choice of colour and size.

In the meantime while you’re waiting for lighter brighter warmer days, you can shop the “Spring is Coming” styles already in stock:

Spring is Coming

Wishing you a Happy Family Day!

Until next time,

~ Colleen

Colleen Kanna, Photo by Anna Epp Photography

I’m a recovering Chartered Accountant and Breast Cancer Champion turned Fashion Designer. My COKANNA Canadian-made bamboo clothing is all about comfort and style. Giving back to the community is important to me so I support Rethink Breast Cancer‘s metastatic breast cancer education, support, and advocacy work.