I got out to the mall yesterdy and wanted to show a couple of fun details from the Anthropologie stuff I tried on. The first is this ruffled tank called the Cherimoya Blouse. It retails for $118 on the Anthropologie site.
In person, there is this cool optical illusion.
At first glance, there seems to be a few more layers of ruffles. In fact, all they did was sew three pintucks at the bottom of each ruffle layer. This adds the illusion of depth.
Here on the Profiterole Blouse the ruffles are edged out in a bias trim.
Rather than just ruffle them and sew them down, they are ruffled a little, then stitched down the midde in a circular / rosette pattern. Really pretty. I’m going to try and approximate the contrast trim with a serger rolled hem. It would probably work best with Wooly Nylon. But, Wooly Nylon and I don’t talk.
Last year I mentioned that I have a thing for the designs of Hollywood designer Helen Rose. That love affair began when I rented the 1957 movie, Designing Woman.
The photos below are about six years old and aren’t very large. But, you can get a sense of her femine yet professional style. In the film Lauren Bacall plays a fashion designer who marries a sports writer.
Note the definition of the waist and the slimline of the skirt. Don’t even get me started on the PERFECT angle of her cute little hat. Mmmm. The fabric covered buttons and the white gloves too! And the black hat on her imagined love rival is fantastic. Sigh. I love it. You know, if Mad Men is filled with images like this, I get why everyone raves about it.
This isn’t even my favorite dress! I’ll show you another one soon.
I have always liked nail polish and loud jewelry. In fact, I remember taking my mom’s Fashion Fair nail polish and painting my nails this garish red when I was in elementary school. Then, being so afraid I would get into trouble, I scraped it off with one of those Afro-fisted black metal picks. I have fond memories of Bonnie Bell’s peel-away nail polish. In high school we could only wear ‘natural’ colors and I was always sneaking some version of brown or vamp on my nails. When I look back on my college graduation photo, I still remember the name of my nail polish (OPI’s Not in Kansas Anymore Red). Actually, I liked that color so much that a friend scooped up four bottles for me eight years ago when it was discontinued. I’m down to the last bottle and a half.
Now, I will be honest with you about what some would see as a bad habit. Retail therapy. Having something new (sewn or purchased) makes me feel better when I’m a little down. Well, so does a cold glass of Riesling. But, having shot my fabric wad on the very first day of the month and not wanting to become an alcoholic, I went with a low ticket item. Nail polish, under $3 a bottle on the right websites and arrived today.
I’ve been waiting all week for this Tiffany Blue color to arrive. You see, in loving jewelry and loving nail polish, it’s perfect for me. It’s called ‘For Audrey’(ironic because I thought the book ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was boring and oh, kind of racist. Still like the jewelry though 🙂 ) If I was somewhat thinking, I would have put it on my toes instead of wearing it to work tomorrow on my fingers. But, I am not sure I care right now 🙂
I came across this $198 hat on the Coach site while looking for inspiration for the March ‘Sewn Hat’ contest on PatternReview.com. Totally reminds me of the fedora in the now OOP Vogue 7460. I made this one for my mom over six years ago. Apparently, before I knew how to sew straight lines.
Heehee. In searching for photos I found this one of my dad modeling my muslin from six years ago. My head was too big to wear it! Appropriate, as today was his last official day of work. He retired today after 28 years working for the federal system as a nurse. Isn’t he adorable?
I’m already pushing my work schedule with my classes, but how badly would I like to attend this local program? Can someone go for all of us?
THE FASHION DESIGN PROGRAM AND THE OFFICE OF STUDENT LIFE
THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN FASHION LECTURE SERIES
THE THREADS OF TIME, THE FABRIC OF HISTORY
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2009
LIBERTY CAMPUS, NEW BUILDING, COMMON AREA
12 NOON TO 2:00 P.M.
Ms. Rosemary E. Reed Miller, author of The Threads of Time, The Fabric of History will speak about the role and contributions of African-American designers to the world of fashion. Accompanying Ms. Miller will be Ms. Paula Brooks who will talk about pioneer Baltimore fashion retailer, Pauline Brooks, as well as some of the early designers, milliners, and retail merchants that contributed to Baltimore’s rich fashion history.