Here is my project plan – to produce a wardrobe of 11 interchangeable items by the end of April. I am making reasonable progress. I have five items made with only five or six (depending on whether I introduce a RTW item or not, as permissible) to go. So at the half way point I can pause to consider the outcomes. The coat and jacket are quite challenging, but I am confident I can do this.
But. I am missing something. I want to introduce something a bit different, an item where I can really express myself. Regular readers will know that I have already pondered and played around with the question of adding in a pair of trousers. Or shorts. Or a jump-suit. Or an embroidered cardigan. Or a loose, hand painted over blouse or coat. I used quite a lot of the preparation period and January to consider all my options. The rules of the contest include the idea of something that can change or become something else. This is actually an idea I find fascinating in design – especially housing design (part of my job). Something that can adapt, be multi-purpose. Something dynamic!
- 1.(of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress.“a dynamic economy”
- 2.(of a person) positive in attitude and full of energy and new ideas.
I like to think I am dynamic in the second use of the term. But here I want to try to capture something of the flexibility of a garment that has the ability to change. I also want a statement item that will bring everything together and hold the strong colour palette – deep grey, strong purply-red and turquoise green. This desire has impressed itself on my as I painted my fuchsia suit linings.
So rather than introducing trousers I am thinking how can I get some brightly coloured, hand-painted silk into this collection?
Here is a summary of my thoughts so far:
- A silk velvet or satin scarf that will go with everything
- A silk crepe blouse that will especially match the grey and pink suits
- A silk crepe skirt. Quite a full one that ends below the knee.
- A dress. I don’t have one in the collection and a shirt waister, or something with front buttons would be versatile over trousers or with a blouse underneath
- A pair of trousers
- An open coat/jacket that can be worn on top of the other items – maybe a sort of loose kimono or even a light-weight trench coat
And then there is the idea I am warming to, as it is a kind of hybrid solution, is a skirt with top (called a camisole in the 1960s) attached. Here are a couple of 1960s patterns I have that use this couture technique. The skirt is attached to a camisole, avoiding the need for waist band, and allowing an overblouse to sit neatly over it, giving an elegant line. Here are two patterns from my collection. This camisole with overblouse is so evocative of the 1960s to me. For my version I would have a camisole that could be seen, but also could be covered up by an overblouse (two of which I have already made up for the SWAP).