The Ladies Waldegrave painted by Joshua Reynolds, 1780. This image is in the book “Women Sewing”. This painting sits in a museum in Edinburgh, Scotland.
When I get writer’s block, this is what you get; random sewing thoughts. There’s plenty of sewing blog material in a folder containing half-written posts; I just cannot seem to put a complete coherent post together. Oh well, it will pass. So lets begin the random conversation….
- This is entirely a personal opinion: Loose, elbow length sleeves look dumpy on my short stature; as obvious in the tussore silk tunic knocked off last week. I shortened them, tightened them (right photo) and heaved a sigh of relief. Much, much better.
Same conundrum with the white rayon top (below) wherein I removed the sleeves entirely, and am loving the summery sleeveless result.
This old button down shirt (probably sewn in 2011 or 2012) in a favorite Liberty-like print had loose elbow length sleeves (per pattern) to which I added pleated ruffles and still digging it after all these years.
Side note: I took pains to form the pleats on a pleater, but after years of meticulously pressing them after each wash, I now hit them with an iron – let the pleats fall where they may. What would you do? Take time to form the pleats after each wash?
2. Where on the head exactly does one measure for this hat? Serious question. Straight around the forehead and parallel to the floor? A little tilted toward the back?
3. I will be off to see a fashion photography exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – soon. Hoping to see this iconic image of model Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn photographed by Irving Penn. Dress by Jerry Parnis; don’t let the name mislead you, Jerry was a woman, sister to 50s designer Mollie Parnis. I love fashion history.
4. Related to #3: we make much of the creativity and genius of the designer. How about the model and the photographer? They actually sell that genius design! I’ve said this before, but my profile photo for this blog was shot by Brian Campbell Photography based in Southern California. Look at his beautiful portfolio and contact him if you’re looking for a professional photographer.
That’s that for today’s equivalent of a water cooler talk (without gossip).