Sil`hou*ette“, n. [F.; — so called from Etienne de Silhoutte, a French minister of finance in 1759, whose diversion it was to make such portraits on the walls of his apartments.] A representation of the outlines of an object filled in with a black color…
Interesting definition from the 1913 dictionary, isn’t it? How to illustrate this in sewing… flummoxing! . . . but let me lure you into the mind of a sewer . . . . .
Sewers are obsessed, generally, with detail, and we can see that detail much better in an outline format, as shown in these 2 examples. I positioned the colour examples at the end of each set so you might get used to the somewhat lack of detail in the black & white versions, and then be properly surprised when you view the colour.
I know these aren’t proper silhouettes, but we just don’t deal very much with them in sewing. Oh! Light bulb moment: If you’re thinking . . . these are from Emma One Sock & you can click the piccie to go directly to the fabric on her site.
Original WordPress post is here.
Other photos over here…