Before I forget: PR last night was fun to watch in a large group! I highly recommend trying this if you haven't done it before!
It always starts out with an idea. In this case, after a couple weeks of Chanel immersion, I got an idea to make a birthday top for myself, refashioned from a men's dress shirt, of course. I have wanted to get more comfortable with asymmetry since the start of the year, so this was a great opportunity to work on something simple and to play a little.
From Chanel: Black & white palette; "epaulets".
From me: Pintucks; asymmetry, buttoned openings at the shoulder to get in and out.
From my mistakes: Asymmetrical pintucks (below) didn't drape well so I made them symmetrical (as in photos above)... better but far from perfect; as a result neckline is a little poochy; cut the armholes way too low, so little cap sleeves were not an option; changed my mind about how I would use the shirt placket so there are no pintucks on the back; just an inverted pleat (sorry, no pics).
I have to admit that, after weeks of torturous pattern refining and production sewing, this was quite a bit of fun, even though it didn't turn out like I thought it would at all!
There have been a lot of thick topics floating around in my head...
- A question about retro styles and gender inequality
- A rebuttal and bigger inquiry into ethical fashion, and,
- With my birthday yesterday, endless internal musing on the topic of "dressing your age".
I am really curious to know what you think about "dressing your age". This is subjective and personal, but please do share what's on your mind. For me, this has a lot to do with grace. When I turned 30, I got rid of those ridiculous miniskirts and chunky platform shoes in my closet. I mostly don't wear sweats ever, have banished most capri pants and hoodies for good, and assess, each year as my birthday approaches, if I feel like I'm "dressing my age".
What does "dressing your age" mean to you?