Here's a fabulous vintage pattern I found listed on ebay. I didn't buy it though, because I haven't yet scrutinized my pattern stash for something similar. I think I might have one or two that I could use as a starting point. I may have to make some modifications to the style, to give it a side zip (or even a back zip), figure out what I want to do for pockets. I have a pocket style in mind, and I'm sure there is a name for it, but I don't know what it is -- think Dale Evans, and in the meantime I'll try to find a vintage photo that shows what I'm thinking about. Another compelling reason to get this pattern is that blouse! I love kimono sleeves, dolman sleeves, and batwing sleeves. I find that styling to work really well with an overly generous bust, particularly if the waist is brought in with a belt, or cummerbund, as illustrated below. And I love it used unbelted, over the turtleneck as shown in the upper right.
I'm trying to improve my blogging presentation skills. I wish I knew more about making photo collages without purchasing additional software or add-ons. So, I've been playing around in Microsoft Paint, and reading online about how to use its features.
I wanted to put together a seasonal wardrobe inspiration board, like the ones I've seen on more visually appealing blogs, but I'm not there yet. Here's what I have come up with so far, a basic palette.
And I even figured out how to change a color on a photographed image, and then collage the result.
It's not the inspiration board I envision, as that is beyond my skills at this time.
I guess it's more important to to make the actual clothes, then I can photo and blog.
To undertake a Me-Made Seasonal Wardrobe project, here are the obstacles to be overcome as I see them:
1. My sewing room needs a major decluttering and reorganization.
2. My dress form needs a breast augmentation, and then to be covered.
3. Then she'll need a name, any suggestions? Better yet, if you do, save them, and when I get her done, I'll celebrate with a giveaway of some sort. I 'll have to figure out something suitable as a dress form-naming prize.
4. I need to select my patterns, then modify as needed, and grade for size, and alter for proportion. My figure type is an inverted triangle. At least my overweight figure type is. I put all my weight in my bust and around my middle. Years ago, when I was slim, I was more of an hourglass. I'm a little tall, (almost 5'8"), and have a longer torso, and only slightly longer than average legs.
5. I'll need to source fabric, which may be a bit of a challenge. There is only one fabric store in spitting distance, and I would prefer to see and touch the fabric before I buy, as I am trying to coordinate my colors pretty tightly. I think the colors I have chosen are universal, and should be easy to find, but it hasn't been that way online, so we'll see.
6. Then there's just the making of muslins, cutting and sewing the garments.
7. And then the shopping for shoes and hosiery, and the accessorizing.
8. Then the modeling and the styling and photos and the blogging!
9. Oh yeah, I forgot to add knitting 2 or 3 Shetland cardigans (and selling my plasma to buy the wool!). After all, I'd like to be dressed at least as well as your average Shetland pony!
What do you think? Am I crazy to try this with the holidays approaching? Or is it too hard to tell, since I haven't actually quantified the scope of the project, like how many of each type of garment. I'll work on that part of the planning next.