But truth be told, have been thinking about them since Ali’s jumpsuit challenge in May somehow combined in my head with my 2 pair of sleep shorts (here & here) that I’ve worn constantly (indoors only!) this summer.
just need to remove that stiff cotton neck binding & adjust top of sleeves a bit
see how the neck binding stands out along the bottom? might trim that a bit, so it stays flat
the hem’s done!
After making that third pair (top), it seemed natural to give a whole outfit a try. If I could just get back to finishing this blouse’s sleeves… Definitely don’t want to keep that neck binding, either. Too stiff by half! Meanwhile, mending summer & getting out transitional continues. . . 😴
Decorating for Autumn? Hallowe’en? Look at all the lovely patterns over on Pattern Patter.
Spent time last week sorting & labeling haberdashery and fabrics. Makes final fabric sorting much easier. (click a pic to see the whole photo)
In their infinite wisdom (?), American public broadcasting services (pbs) is airing seasons chronologically. Backwards. And they re-named the programme: The Great British Bake Off is “The Great British Baking Show” over here.
Here’s a key to what’s what on our side of the pond.
British Series 5 was shown here as Series 1 in early 2015, and is currently being re-run.
British Series 4 is currently showing in U.S. as Series 2.
I discovered that both Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood have written scads of cook books, and both have lots of listings on YouTube.
Wednesday is the official start of Northern Hemisphere’s cooler seasons, and it can’t begin soon enough for me! How about you?
It’s Saturday, and a holiday weekend for the U.S., in honor of labor (labour for those in other countries).
It generally marks the unofficial/official end of summer: pools close, everyone in New York City & Chicago get out their (fake) furs, and everyone everywhere puts away summer straw hats, thongs, and shorts in favour of warmer things…
Not so everywhere, as more 90’s with corresponding humidity are forecast for the coming week.
Which makes me glad I finally got round to making these lounge pants-that-may-become-shorts, depending on how hot it gets and how I feel.
Believe it or not it was almost fun doing the French seams. Felt strange to stitch wrong sides together, and I almost got that curved seam wrong, but managed to bend my mind the right way to set things straight!
on the ironing board, ready for pressing – did LOTS of pressing, Ali!
bernina #5 foot for top stitching
hint: look carefully at seams & colours
how’s that for a good French seam, Samantha? did I do good?? (worriedly)
I took my time with this make, and hopefully didn’t disgrace meself too badly. What’s your verdict, Samantha? Can I graduate to a kimono?!
“Fan tucks (darts). Use as a decorative feature on the outside or inside of the garment. Mark where tucks are to be and run them by hand or machine.” The Simplicity Sewing Book for Beginners and Experts, 1945; page 33. (from my personal library)
Witness to Fashion blog ~This post (see last 4 pics) really inspired me to give neckline darts (al.k.a. fan tucks, above) a try soon, maybe with embroidery thread. . .
Getting serious about this Vogue 8813 pattern ~
How the heck is it gonna fit?
Here are some of the things I’ve been thinking about.
Hope you’ll grab a cuppa and come along!
considering – fit
I keep remembering Gale Grigg Hazen’s book, Fantastic Fit for Every Body. Don’t know about you, but I’m not flat as a pancake. This book shows how to make & use a 3-dimensional croquis. And might be something I need to think about a bit more with this Lagenlook pattern.
Moving on . . .
considering – proportion
Trolled back in me memory banks and ” bulging columns” came to mind, and something about that being a better proportion to the eye. That roused my curiosity (I’ve got bulges), and I went further. After all, a body is like a column and we want the best-looking one we can get – right?!
According to Wikipedia, ancient Greek architectural principles “gave … a sense of proportion, culminating in understanding the proportions of the greatest work of art: the human body…”
And . . .
Columns, again from Wiki: “The design of most classical columns incorporates entasis (the inclusion of a slight outward curve in the sides) plus a reduction in diameter along the height of the column, so that the top is as little as 83% of the bottom diameter. This reduction mimics the parallax effects which the eye expects to see, and tends to make columns look taller and straighter than they are while entasis adds to that effect.”
“Outward curve in the sides” could be applied to a body
Having a slightly smaller top than bottom could be accomplished, with hair-do, or a tunic
Might beef up a base with boots or leggings
There are three basic kinds of columns, and Corinthian might be most applicable to clothing: “the most ornate of the orders, characterized by fluted columns… ”
A-ha! Use gathers or pleats from top to bottom to elongate the body line.
And that reminded me of Fortuny’s Delphos dresses, so . . . .
Below are three examples.
Click any to go to its source
And ask yourself ~
Does the wearer look good?
What’s the wearer’s actual body type?
What makes the dress look good?
Breaking all those rules? Hmmm – maybe that extra fabric at the base gives it more weight.
Do I like that cinched waist? Not for me! But somehow everything does work . . . do like that shoulder effect . . .
If this “has no tunic” then what’s that darker fabric on either side of the torso?
Whatever it is, I think it helps the overall effect. . .
Real rounded tummy certainly there . . . smaller top . . .
Don’t notice body shape, pleats, much detail except the dramatic deep red against the black.
Overall line, from shoulder to bottom tip of dress does move outward , , ,
Architectural shapes in middle are interesting – could be a good camouflage?
A quick note to report Linda was correct in her comment,
“it looks like two different bodices – one straight and one bat-wing with sleeves incorporated in the bodice piece. Then you add a straight long sleeve onto the one. And a puffy sleeve end onto the bat-wing bodice.”
Turns out I wasn’t paying enough attention to those ickle fold lines on their drawing.