Readers, this is not a Halloween costume, nor have I joined the Marine Corps -- I'm a couple of decades too old for that.
I found this beautifully constructed, pristine uniform at the Salvation Army and thought it would be great sewing inspiration. I think the lines of the jacket are particularly elegant; I'm especially fond of the high, nipped waist. I read that the style dates back to the 19th Century.
Moving right along, my FIT classes are keeping me busier than I'd expected, though I love the work. The tailoring is painstaking, and I'm proud to say my pad stitching technique has improved dramatically. This week I started work on the canvas interfacing and I've now basted said canvas onto the jacket fronts. Most of what I'm learning is covered in the Roberto Cabrera book, Classic Tailoring Techniques: A Construction Guide for Women's Wear. My professor does a few things differently but just a few.
Meanwhile, in my draping class, we've been working on pegged skirts (which are fuller on top than at the hem), first with a side seam (immediately below, last week's work) and then without.
For this coming Saturday, we have to present the version without a side seam. I created a wrap skirt (remember, we only drape the right half of what will be symmetrical garments). It's fun to come up with different variations and then commit to one.
Here's how my skirt looks unpinned. The center back seam (at the lower left) is on grain. The center front (and beyond) is off grain. You can see the hip line (drawn in pencil), which starts out perpendicular to the CB seam and then becomes diagonal. The hip line was originally parallel to the cross grain.
To maintain the volume of the folds, I underlined the entire skirt in a second, stiffer layer of muslin. Then I added a waistband. Here's my final skirt, somewhat reminiscent of an upside-down tulip.
I love the volume. This skirt would look great in a stiff brocade.
On Saturday we'll be draping cowl neck tops, using actual crepe fabric instead of muslin, which I'm looking forward to. We're at the mid-point of the semester already!
And that's it. I won't be dressing up for Halloween, though I may wear my Marine Corps uniform around the house. Why not?
Have a great day, everybody!