My draping class started last night and so far, so good.
Our professor explained that we're going to be working a lot with striped fabric and our final project is going to be a striped dress. Now, I have worked with a whole lot of plaids and floral fabrics over the years, but I can count on both hands the projects I've made with stripes. I own quite a bit of striped fabric, I just rarely use it.
Our professor has encouraged us to start clipping photos of striped garments we like and I've already started my own Pinterest inspiration board (labelled, natch, Stripes!) which you can see here.
I don't know why I haven't sewn with stripes more often. I guess I often think of stripes as a little dull, at least as they generally appear in menswear. (You may recall that I wrote a post about stripes four years ago, when I was putting together a bathing ensemble for my cousin Cathy.)
An excellent resource for using stripes creatively is the book Decorative Dressmaking. There's a lot of inspiration in this book and I'm sure I'll be referring to it during my 5-week intensive draping class.
Stripes are prominent in the new Fashion Institute of Technology Museum exhibit, Uniformity, which I caught this afternoon. (We'll be visiting again on MPB Day on August 13th.) I loved it.
I'm excited about working with stripes, I really am. Looking through my iPhoto photo albums, I have a lot of images of striped garments and fabrics that excite me.
Friends, how about you?
Are you a fan of stripes, be they vertical, horizontal, on the bias, or draped in some other way, and do you sew with them often?
Or do you find that, like me, you're more often drawn to solids, florals, and/or plaids -- who knows why?
When it comes down to it, are stripes boring and just a little bit too reminiscent of prison uniforms?
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