I love admiring RTW clothes in up-market boutiques. Clothes that are beautiful in themselves; where the fabric’s motif and position of the pattern has been sensitive and considered. For example, both sides of the fabric are used in the one garment, spots and stripes, matt with the shiny side and right side and wrong side printed fabric. Many have a knack of mixing spots with stripes. Stripes while predictable and conservative can be cut and arranged to create dynamic patterned garments. I have seen different sized and coloured stripe combinations. I remember making a vest and placing the pattern on grain, stripes running vertically, I thought what would happen if I did the opposite? I often think of all the different ways you can slice a loaf of bread…..what about fabric?
This is one of my favourite fabrics. It is a light weight silk/linen blend. Spots on one side and stripes on the other. I just love how it feels and while I made 4 garments using it, I have not yet really pushed the fabric.
1. This shirt for Mr T….using the spotty side. I did not think he’d like this fabric, so I was a little wary of using both sides. I snuck a little contrast of the strip on the pocket.
2. Pull on slim pants made using the spot side. To tell you the truth I was really unsure of this project….and can say I prefer neutral coloured pants. In this over shirt, I have the spots for the bottom and stripes for the top.
3. ‘Snap To It’ cross over top. Only using the stripes, however I did put the sleeve cuffs and back yoke on the horizontal. Opportunity lost.
Here are two fabrics, both sides are interesting. I am petty sure I will make a short jacket/shirt from the navy cotton, with a deep hem and front facing that I will turn to the inside, showing the light blue. As well, I will do the collar and fold back cuffs on 3/4 sleeves in light blue. What do you think?
Now for the grey wool. I am thinking of Snap To It the above crossover jacket (Louise Cutting Design). Right side using the dark colour while the left in the lighter? Positive/Negative.
I have a few mens shirting in my collection and have been considering making a classic shirt using a different patterns/colours. Any thoughts? Is it fashionable or have I gone to far?
Regardless, it will be another idea developed….and maybe done.
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