Saturday, July 31, 2010

Yipes! Stripes!

I love stripes in fashion! Just look at all these angles. I saw this little blouse in our local/only department store, Peebles, and had to have it, if for no other reason than inspiration! I have always loved what stripes can do. I get stripe envy watching those old 1930's and 40's Edith Head movies where the women wore exquisitely tailored suits with stripes at all sorts of angles, the better to accentuate their positives. Stripes can be such fun. Here are a few details on this blouse that I am anxious to implement on some other garment.
Look at what the topstitching does here, adding another dimension of striping to the garment. It is heavy and repeated in channels.
This sleeve really fascinates me. Only the top is gathered, making great little cartridge type pleats. Love this. If you peak inside you can see that the lower part of the sleeve is flat and the elastic for the gathering runs only across the top. I haven't quite figured out how they did the gathering. There is no stitching on the outside of the garment but inside you can see the channel the elastic is run through. Somehow it doesn't show on the outside at all. The sleeve is not lined. I could see how you could pull this off with a lining but there is only a small facing, a facing that is in there solidly.
And look at all the verticality here. I love how the darts, because of their curve, give a sort of psychedelic effect. All in all this is a fun little shirt with lots of great details that can be implemented on other garments.

If you would like to see another great use of stripes check out Summerset's post here.   You can also see some other great striped fashions on this Google Images page here.    

Yesterday I nearly completed a dress from start to finish in 2 hours. I just have to machine up the hems and then it will be photo time. More to come.........bunny

14 comments:

  1. Great inspiration! You've got me thinking about those sleeves too, now! :)

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  2. I don't blame you for grabbing that blouse. It is really cute. I am in awe about those sleeves also. Wouldn't those look cute on something for Shelby? I will save that image for future use, but mine won't look like that. LOL

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  3. That is such a gorgeous blouse. I love the gather in the pockets and the cute little sleeves.

    Trudy
    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  4. There certainly are a lot of very interesting details on it. If you figure out the sleeve do share. I really like that detail in particular.

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  5. stripes gives you so much options to work with. I always enjoy working with stripes. Nice blouse, i like the sleeve detail.

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  6. i don't really like stripes unless they play some attractive game... and your shirt does, i like it!

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  7. How cute is that? I like stripes too. There's so many ways a stripe can be used. Lots of fun to play with!

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  8. I'm another stripe lover. That awesome shirt will give you lots of ideas for sewing play.

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  9. Oooohhh! What a sweet sweet blouse. Great work!

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  10. The sleeves are definely a winner on this garment. Congratulations on your pattern matching too.

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  11. Boy, you have been busy, both sewing AND posting! I've got lots to catch up on.

    Could they have used some clear, flat elastic in those sleeves on the striped blouse? I recently bought Ms. C. a top with very similar treatment but I could SEE the elastic.

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  12. Beautiful! I will take note of those fantastic sleeves!

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