Friends, what are your thoughts about reversible garments? Do you own any? Have you ever made any -- and if so, was it worth the trouble?
I ask because my hunch is that most people rarely, if ever, reverse their reversible clothes; they prefer one side and stick with that. (Also, doesn't one side get sweat stains?) But I'm open to the possibility that I'm mistaken!
I've been thinking about reversible garments lately because I'm about to make a muslin of my 1930's men's jacket -- the one with the rib knit cuffs, collar, and waistband - and I'm thinking it might be a fun challenge to make it reversible, with wool plaid on one side and cotton/nylon on the other.
But would I ever reverse it?
I found some very cool reversible jackets online that were just the kind of thing I'd been envisioning:
I'm not entirely sure how I'd construct such a jacket with all those knit edges -- I guess it would be like bagging a lining where you'd leave one seam open and pull everything right-side-out -- but I'm assuming I'd be able to figure it out.
Commercial sewing patterns for reversible garments have been around for decades. They're usually relatively simple-to-construct garments: basic skirts, shell jackets, boleros, stuff like that. Which makes sense, since you must to be able to turn them inside-out and have both sides look fully finished.
Cathy is no stranger to reversible clothes, owning both a reversible playsuit top and reversible bikini. Actually, Cathy's a bit reversible herself...
In closing, readers, what's your take?
In these days of fast fashion, is there really any need for two-sided clothes when you can just as easily (and relatively cheaply) buy two entirely separate garments?
And isn't the whole reversible clothes thing based on a matchy-matchy outfit ideal that, by and large, has gone out of style?
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