----------- Here's a photo (tiny, but the only one we have so far). Maybe we can track down larger shots of it on the runway.
And Showstudio's comments: We are utterly delighted to announce that as part of the Liberty Ross 'Dress Me Up, Dress Me Down' project, the brilliant Japanese designer Junya Watanabe has offered to contribute a garment pattern from his forthcoming Autumn/Winter 2005-6 (not-yet-in-the-shops) collection. Picked out by Liberty Ross from Jonathan Kaye's draft selection for the live event at the end of next month, the pattern is for a wool and pvc dress (pictured above). The pattern will be available (free of charge) for you, the viewer, to make up in advance of the event (urging you to engage with the draping and cutting techniques of the designers represented forces you to enter into the spirit of the coming season, no?). We expect it to be launched in 2-3 weeks. Forgive me for gushing, but Watanabe has been a heinous omission from our contributors list and this is a longstanding personal aspiration fulfilled. Hurray!
So come aboard and join the sewalong - it should be a great one. While we wait for the pattern to be posted, we'll be talking about Watanabe's previous collections, theorizing about what the dress might be like, and generally getting excited!
I just heard from .:Lola:. that her camera's not working, so she asked me to post photos of what I sent to her:
Lots of loot (this is the group shot, but I posted it to show off the "pirate gun" - yes, it was purchased, but it was too perfect to pass up! It comes with tiny plastic people to shoot with plastic pellets so ye can have target practice).
Jack Sparrow t-shirt (inverse image on the front, regular image on the back, with ribbon on the sleeves and some random skull & crossbones).
Close-up of the blank book for recording treasure maps - comes wiith a loop to wear on your wrist. Jack Sparrow is on both covers. (It's really funny how many of us made books of one type or another!)
Compass choker - because a pirate always needs to know where she is on the seven seas.
And a pirate lantern, to light the way through dark tunnels to secret treasure.
This was so much fun, and I loved getting to make all this pirate stuff! I'm now officially addicted to swaps.
Pictures of my pirate booty from .:Lola:. that makes me say Arrrrr!!
Check it out...she made me an entire l'il pirate outfit, including skirt, vest, and ruched blouse. That bandanna for the head is sewn into a cap-shape so it slips on without any effort...ideal after too much grog! There's also a cute little buckle on the back of the vest that you can't see here.
So many pirate goodies... From left to right: a little pirate chest with treasure inside (I put some in front to show everyone) a journal bound in wood & cleverly made to be refillable, so I can draw treasure maps to my heart's content and a sea-faring walrus who will guard the treasure chest - notice his adorable tiny hook...
I'm back! Back to working on the jacket, I mean. I've spent most of the week on my final class project - my ideas for costumes for "The Tempest" (but not sewing them, thank goodness! Just drawing them.) It was fun, but I'm happy that it's over and I can get back to my jacket.
So I promised photos of my interpretation of the 6/7 flap issue. I think that you both sewed them much more accurately, but I like the way mine looks:
A close-up on how you can see a sliver of silver along the right side, because I sewed it with both sides free.
From the other angle, with the flap flipped back to show the silver underside.
By the way, has anyone done the grosgrain on the four little flaps (the ones that go on the basque and near the left shoulder, etc.)? I have tried various methods to get the grosgrain to get around that curve without looking too horrible but none of them have worked particularly well, not even doing it by hand. It looks okay, but not as nice as it ought. Any advice?
The little flaps are my little enemies. After a lot of fighting with flaps, pins, and grosgrain, I gave in and just sewed it on by machine. The curve isn't very smooth, even though I took little tucks under the presser foot as I went around, but I've decided that they're good enough. Isn't there some quote saying that true beauty lies in imperfection?
Tired of all your bobbins getting tangled and wound around each other? So was I. Then came the brainstorm, while eating take-out teriyaki:
Chopstick threaded through bobbins = instant organization! (That's a clean chopstick, by the way, not a leftover chopstick from the teriyaki. )
So simple, so easy...and so pleasing. If you use the cheap unfinished chopsticks, then the rough wooden surface holds onto the bobbins and they really stay on quite well. Plus, now I can see exactly what colours are on the bobbins, without having to constantly pick them up, put them down, pick them up, drop them, rewind them, etc...
(I'm sure that many sewers before me have had the same idea. But I had to share the joy anyway.)
I have this great metal box that originally stored drill bits. I sold the drill bits because I don't own a drill, but I couldn't bear to part with the box. It's so cool! I just have no idea what to do with it...
The holes vary in size. For reference, an eyeliner pencil would fit in about 2/3 of the holes. But I don't have enough eyeliner pencils to use it for that.
Here's the top. I love the letters stamped into the metal.
I really feel like it has some great potential use! Any ideas? What in the world could I store in there?
I can't find red elastic anywhere so I'm either going to go crazy and dye some white ones, or do a strap adjuster thing like on a backpack.
Here's how I did mine, and I really like how it looks. I used the same buckles as on piece 9, and since I took this photo, the straps have been sewn down.
I also put the flap onto 6, which covers where the straps are sewn down, so the straps go under the flap and that looks even nicer, I think.
So I finally got to the point where I could start fitting it to myself, in terms of where the snap closures should be, etc. It must be made for a girl that's completely flat! (Well, it was designed for a model, and they're usually flat-chested, so I guess I just solved that mystery. )