30 August 2011

Clothing for someone else.

I've just finished two garments I was hired to make for someone else, with one more to go.

It's made me change the way I sew for myself, in that I usually take my time (over several months, if necessary) finishing projects.  This summer I've had these other designs hanging over me, so every piece I've worked on for myself has been sewn in one or two days.  The compressed time frame means I get nearly instant gratification, but it also means I have less time to puzzle through tricky fitting and construction snags.

A few pictures of the first garment:

It's a cowl-necked raglan-sleeved blouse, sewn in multi-colored silk charmeuse and black silk gazar.  It is unlined, with Hong Kong-finished seams.

The front is cut on the bias, while the back is on the straight grain.

The second garment is an unlined seafoam-green linen dress, with 3/4-length sleeves, in-seam pockets and a simple princess-seamed pleated front.  

The collar has an asymmetrical overlap that mimics a lapel.

The inside of the dress-front, with the in-seam pockets flared out like wings!

The final garment will be another day dress, probably in raw silk, with kimono sleeves and a skirt inspired by this practice-drape in muslin: