The inspiration garment and suggestion came from my dear friend and sewing guru, Shauna, who spied this gem in the January 2009 issue of W (with a flawless Christy Turlington Burns on the cover). I was three issues behind and would not have found it on my own till April, probably, but she showed it to me in December and suggested it might make a great men's shirt refashion project. I started deconstructing the shirt right before my Canada trip and felt stumped about those bust pleats -- how much fabric could I eat up in the darts without affecting the a-line shape too much? I wasn't sure I'd figure it out in time to meet the contest deadline.
It never really becomes clear to me until I start sewing it. I had to unpick, re-measure, re-draw, and re-sew the bust pleats three times, and I think I will move them again in my next (and hopefully final) version. But overall I think I got most of it right and it will be interesting to read what the SPR voters think about it! Not that I want to lobby for votes, but if you're eligible to vote and you like the dress the best of all the entries, please do vote for it! :)
Here's the review on PatternReview.com. There's some neat stuff in that refashion contest gallery!
You're wondering about the purse, aren't you? It is, in fact, a Columbia Lily original in a beautiful, nubby gold shantung. I was fortunate enough to win it during her Birthday Week of giveaways a few weeks ago, and it is even lovelier in person than in the photos on her blog. My husband assumed I had bought it and was duly impressed that it is an original design from an independent designer, handmade with love and care and extra attention to detail. Want one of your own? Right this way.
Re: the vlogging in my last post... I am sorry the video quality was so low when I finally posted it. The resolution is very good on the (very large) original video file! I am sure there are other options for compressing the video and I'll do some more research on that. If you have any suggestions for Mac users, I'm all ears. I'm using my iSight camera and it's great that the sound is OK. There's got to be a simple solution and if it's not simple, sometimes I don't feel motivated. So I was thinking I would post a vlog tutorial on the empire waist shirt refashion (like #11 or #12). I will see if I can get that out to you before the end of Feb.
It was so strange to hit that record button. As soon as I started talking, it felt like I was breaking down a very large wall between the dedicated readers -- my blogging buddies -- and me. Totally personal, unedited, like the messy house in the background! Plus it's funny how many things I want to look at as I'm talking -- I can look into the camera but it's distracting to see myself on the computer monitor. LOL Hope it wasn't too weird for you. XD