I’ve been going through a spate of design ideas and details lately, sufficiently to have cleared my drafting table. Being a technical person, I don’t ever write about design itself but since I have enough material here for a week’s worth of posting, I thought I’d break with tradition and declare Design Week on Fashion-Incubator. I suppose there’s a central theme, that’d be cut and detail rather than color or fabrication. This is my proposed rundown thus far:
- Vintage Lane Bryant catalogs. An interesting thing about their sizing strategy too.
- September issue of Vogue magazine. Eric bought me a copy for the article about Nicholas Caito (the New York pattern maker) but it wasn’t in there. So, I subjected the issue to my usual treatment and thought I’d share the whats and whys of what I tear out.
- An Issey Miyake home sewing pattern was probably the impetus of it all. Gorgeous lent me hers and I thought I’d show you ways you can learn from existing patterns if you’re not in a production environment and have no other patterns to learn from.
- The most recent issue of Threads which I haven’t bought in years. Someone said this was a good issue for vintage stuff and after seeing one style from The Aviator which I’d seen the night before, I’d decided the costume designer was my new favorite designer (Sandy Powell won the Oscar for it) so I bought it using a 50% off coupon from Jo-Ann’s. Speaking of, I haven’t been to a fabric store in ages. Fabric prices -at least there- have gone through the roof. I wanted to buy some dummy fabric and the ugliest suitable knit I could find was $5 a yard.
- While on my aforementioned foray in homesewing, I bought some additional vintage patterns that I’ll never sew up. I just like to look at them. Specifically, my entry will be about one of my pet peeves, namely coffin clothes.
I hope this sounds interesting. This week will be off kilter for me so be patient. I will likely be going up to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Vegas (NM, my son’s in the hospital there) toward the tail end of the week so if you have something compelling you want to talk about, best get it out now. At any rate, hope this week’s design series will be of interest to you.