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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Tue Oct 18, 2016 9:21 pm

October-time for my annual "buy yourself some reflective tape ribbon and apply it to your outdoor clothing and accessories"
public service announcement. In the Northern Hemisphere, fall daylight hours are getting shorter. That evening rush hour
sun can be rather low and in the drivers eyes but you the pedestrian or cyclist could be missed without some reflective
tape glinting your presence to the drivers.
Besides, this is the time to pop into your local fabric store and support it by buying your fall project needs and some
of the wonderful 3M yardage that you can sew onto coat cuffs, tote bags, scarves, gloves, Halloween costumes, etc.

Another project idea-put in one coat pocket a little loop of grosgrain or ribbed ribbon (or use some from a lanyard
you no longer wear) and sew it to a section inside your coat pocket. Then you will have a fabric anchor onto which
you can clip on the marvelous item you do not wish to lose in transit. Why do this, you ask me?

I may have lost a USB stick but it has a keytag, a short colourful fabric loop and two tone body. I did not atttach
said USB stick to my key ring or whistle lanyard so I do not know if I dropped the item or the wind nudged it
out of my coat or tote bag. Thus, now I am keen to learn from the experience and put in those pocket loops
so a big carbiner can clip onto it. Good idea for any key rings on which you have your store loyalty program
keytags dangling from (you want to keep the tags separate from keys as keys can scratch magnetic strips)-you want
to put those rings in a secure spot and not fill up the change pocket on your wallet.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sun Dec 04, 2016 6:50 pm

If you sew or attend fan conventions, you may be familiar with cosplayers who dress up as their favourite film/tv/manga series/anime characters or cartoon person. Did you know there was a specific group of cosplayers known as furries? They are people who wear costumes or emblems that represent the animals they are portraying.
WATERLOO — How do furries go wine tasting?

Just like you, says a research group that studies furries with the aim of increasing understanding and decreasing stigma.

It is launching a series of videos this month to promote public awareness about furries — people who create a unique anthropomorphized animal character they identify with and use within the community.

These "fursonas" can take the form of badges worn to conventions, online avatars, paraphernalia such as animal ears and tails or, for some, elaborate costumes called fursuits.

"These are idealized versions of who they want to be," said Sharon E. Roberts, an associate professor at Renison University College at the University of Waterloo.

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/7002183-the-facts-on-furries-waterloo-researcher-promotes-understanding-of-costume-play-community/
Would the Ryo-okhi cabbit character from the Tenchi Muyo series and books qualify as an animal? She is a cat-rabbit cross with space travel abilities among other characteristics.

Related to cosplayers-McCalls Patterns carries a line of patterns by Yaya Han that seem to reflect anime character style outfits and Steampunk style!
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/designer/yaya-han
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Live in Europe and know some do-it-yourself (DIY) crafters or sewists? Burdastyle.de has DIY boxes for 4 projects-a clutch, statement neckpiece (collar style), espadrilles and fox gloves. Each box comes with the pattern, instruction and supplies to make the contained project. These boxes could solve your gift idea dilemmas for the crafters on your list.
http://www.burdastyle.de/schnittmuster/box/
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Thinking of what to wear or what to alter to have something "new" for December? Here are some patterns for consideration (sold in North America at fabric shops or pattern websites online):

Women-
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9229
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1527
https://butterick.mccall.com/b6299
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7263

Men-
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v7488
https://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v9041
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7374
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7486

Children-
https://butterick.mccall.com/b3350
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7239
https://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m7223
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:17 pm

Having seen a couple of versions of an article on the popular young designer, Christian Siriano, I am going to post the UK version from the summer to this forum. He found entry into the New York fashion scene harder than the London one. Given his exposure on Project Runway, the reality designing show, and a personal interest to dress any woman, he created a place for himself in the US. Read on:

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2016/sep/25/christian-siriano-i-just-assumed-you-had-to-dress-all-women
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Dec 24, 2016 2:24 pm

Sir Hardy Amies, once HRM The Queen's designer in London, is a known name among the people. Regular people relied on his coats not to drop buttons while the Queen would have custom designs created for various occasions.
An exhibition of the late designer's creations is open to the public in London:
An exhibition celebrating the origins of Sir Hardy Amies, revered supplier of tailoring to society and royalty, opens this week in the east London borough of Dagenham.

Photographs and letters, memorabilia and original designs including a pink hat and coat created for the Queen’s silver jubilee will feature in the exhibition, as well as a moth-eaten and battered object Amies kept his whole life – his old cap from Brentwood School. Amies returned to the school several times, to open a bazaar in the 1950s, to give a fundraising fashion show in 1957 and, in the 1960s, to redesign the girls’ uniform still being worn today.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/dec/02/sir-hardy-amies-show-celebrates-life-and-legacy-of-queens-dressmaker
Hardy Amies, a Dagenham Designer, 3 December to 25 February 2017. Free admission.


Exhibition location information:
Create London, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Create London, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
+44 (0) 20 73827284 / info@createlondon.org

http://createlondon.org/event/hardy-amies/
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Feb 04, 2017 3:43 pm

GotStyle is a store brand for men and has two locations in Toronto, Ontario in Canada (a second location offers both menswear and womenswear). But the owner saw a gap in custom suits options for women and with a tailor's help, can offer nine patterns for suits to be used to make a suit for women with curves. When the time comes, a woman with the means can have a custom made suit made for her and it will fit her.
The main difference between men and women under his measuring tapes, says Malishevski, comes down to perception. “Men look in the mirror and they see the suit and how it fits. Women are looking at their own insecurities: does the skirt make my butt look fat, or does the jacket make my breasts look big. It’s a very different psychology, getting women to look at how a garment fits without layering in all those preconceived notions about who they are, and what it says about them.”

By putting the fruit back in the bowl, and instead focusing on proper fit, Austria and Malishevski are working to change women’s minds, one lapel at a time.

https://www.thestar.com/life/fashion_style/2017/01/28/gotstyle-now-offers-made-to-measure-suits-for-women-with-curves.html

Another retail store for men just opened in Toronto-it's Lululemon's version of a men's store named The Local:
https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/01/26/now-open-lululemon-stretches-out-into-men-only-stores-with-the-local.html
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Thu Feb 16, 2017 11:43 pm

Spring 2017 womenswear contains soft, watery pinks. Uniqlo's collection by Christopher Lemaire has a pink long and baggy coat for the women.
Bell-sleeved tops and dresses come in pink and other soft colours at various chain stores selling clothing to women. Seldom do the pinks have another colour ora print with them but the fabrics may be textured, giving pink that dimpled and cozy feeling.

What inspired the blush tone to dominate women's clothing? Was there a dream, a feeling, a wish to make things seem simple?

I have not figured it out. Though I did obtain a spring dress pattern to read later this week, I don't intend a version to be made in pink.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:28 pm

A few days of mild weather almost makes me feel like spring has arrived but it has not (evenings are chilly and even icy). However, there is merit
in planning for new spring clothing. A new dress pattern has been just cut apart, lightly pressed and pieces refolded to fit into a page holder. I have the second skit length with sleeved bodice in mind for a dress for someone but there remains some pattern fitting to do on the bodice and waist before the pieces can be pinned and cut out on the dress fabric. Good idea to make project into smaller tasks to get the momentuum started.
https://butterick.mccall.com/b6446
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-irtWP--kY
Doesn't this dress say spring to you?

The winter dress project needs momentuum-pressing of the fabrics, pattern pieces traced and the instructions translated. Then pattern fitting and fabric pinning and cutting. While the weather remains cool, the woolen dress will be of use and offer a wardrobe option that is stylish and warm.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Wed Feb 22, 2017 11:39 pm

Christian Siriano's Fall 2017 ready to wear collection has bell sleeves, fire tones and pink tones (inspired by a place in the US)
and fits for all body types. http://wwd.com/runway/fall-ready-to-wear-2017/new-york/christian-siriano/review/

Chloe Pre-Fall 2017 collection-some muted tones and various looks. Love the black pants with large gold dots-something I'd wear.
http://www.vogue.com/fashion-shows/pre-fall-2017/chloe/slideshow/collection#24
There's a very oversize look to all the pieces. One denim blue coat with matching ankle pants seems very ready for fall.
The dresses range from practical to sort of dreamy to very complicated items.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby alohasand on Tue Feb 28, 2017 5:26 pm

Academy Awards night fashion-lots of press/social media posts/video coverage of who wore what in California for the annual film industry event. For viewers wanting ideas for special occasion wear-know what you like. The range in women's eveningwear was wide (styles, skin expsoure, colours). Did you see how some actors had blue jackets or suits? Think it was a dress code or stylists liking blue as a change from black? The ACLU ribbons were light blue and pinned on some outfits in support of ACLU's free lawyer outreach at airports where travellers might need legal help.

All aspiring musicians need to take in Pharell Williams' conductor style jacket-it had presence, a double row of buttons and made Williams stand out for his work on film production for Hidden Figures.

That cold-shoulder look in tops and dresses-Viola Davis' dress had the look and the vivid coral colour too.
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Re: For the love of thread arts (sewing & such)

Postby CielOnTap on Sat Mar 04, 2017 10:42 pm

Have you noticed the dominance of soft blue coloured tops in womenswear for spring? The Breton stripe top in particular has a fascinating historical fact-
We love a factoid. Did you know that the original Brittany navy uniform had to feature 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories?

https://www.longtallsally.com/ca/blog/how-to-wear-breton-stripes?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social%20organic&utm_content=3_1_how_to_wear_stripes

Guess the nautical or relaxed feeling of being on leave from whatever routine had inspired designers to convey freedom or ease to shoppers for 2017. Or are shoppers left feeling at sea or lost among all the options available in store and on websites?

Personally, I was thinking the green colour that Pantone pronounced as colour of 2017 would be reflected in clothing fabrics as well. Calming or nature's greenery soothes the mind.
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