Leave it to designer Thom Browne -- he just has to be different, doesn't he? I need a Dramamine.
Friends, I have returned to sewing, or at least, prepping for sewing. Up first is this early 1940's beach topper (the swimsuit comes later). And I plan to do it in this black and white stripe.
I guess it would look something like this, only more graphic.
The front is cut on the straight grain, so it could be a simple vertical stripe. But how interesting would that be? I'm wondering how I could liven things up a bit. Of course, those deep front darts might prove a challenge, or would they?
Apropos of stripes, last weekend at the flea market I found more than three yards of this great red and white cotton stripe. Not sure if it will play a role in this project or not.
So today I've been thinking about stripes. And I've learned that depending on the scale, stripes can pretty much go in any direction:
Vertical...Don't do it, Joan!
Horizontal (lampshade not included)...
In the 1940's, designer Gilbert Adrian was famous for his inventive approach to stripes, particularly in tailored suits.
In menswear, vertical stripes are traditional in suits, while horizontal stripes are more common in knitwear. But today anything goes, surprise surprise.
Of course, it used to be said that vertical stripes are slimming while horizontal stripes are widening. I mean, hasn't this been proven? Wait -- maybe not. OK, I'm confused...
Regardless, too much mixing of directions can be distracting -- and hard to look at, right?
Anyway, friends, what are your thoughts about stripes? Do you wear them at all or are you more the Laura Ashley type? Do you prefer your stripes vertical, horizontal, or diagonal? Or chevron-style?
How do you think stripes are most flattering on you?
Stripe advice greatly appreciated.
Have a great day, everybody!