Inspired by the very able Ruth of Corecouture I have signed up for the Vivienne Westwood Challenge. I really love Dame Vivienne’s approach to clothes. Designed to flatter the female form, unlike a number of male designers who appear to design clothes for men (very tall skinny ones). I have a bought a few Dame Viv items over the years, mainly in the Liberty’s sale, or for a very special occasion – for example when Ben and Melanie got married. As the grey, floppy fronted jacket was rather expensive I have tried to wear it as much as possible and it is the kind of item that “makes” an outfit really stand out.
Apart from the flattering cut which emphasises full hips and busts, Dame Vivienne is known for her use of tartan, asymmetric, draped cutting and a certain rebelliousness. All of this appeals to me.
Now Sew2Pro has issued a challenge – to construct a garment that pays homage to VW. I haven’t yet actually started making anything as I am still getting over the four month sewing-fest that was the SWAP competition. The deadline is fast approaching (7 June) and I am wondering if I can make the time. I can’t make the widget work that declares that I am joining the Challenge. Even worse I tried to reply to a comment last night and managed to delete my post. So I am rewriting it this morning before work. Feeling pretty hopeless.
I was considering making a skirt from a lovely piece of wooly, plaid-like German fabric that I got from Dragonfly fabrics. There is about a meter in my cupboard.
But in the end I decided to try to copy my RTW jacket, perhaps with modifications. While I have more or less drafted the pattern now I didn’t have suitable fabric. While the lovely, drapey blue fabric, pictured below, is what I had in mind, the squares measure 2.5 inches, and I think the scale is a bit large for a top half garment. It might be possible to embroider with silver thread to alter this, but I am worried about the drape. I also have some wonderful fuchsia wool (it’s positively ecclesiastical) but it is really a coating weight fabric and not right for this style.
I may have to go shopping!