Monday, November 22, 2010

Of Diamonds and Track Suits

Not long ago, I was having lunch in a chain restaurant in the mall (it's not as depressing as it sounds). I wasn't gussied up to the nines, but I'd brushed my hair, done my makeup, and had jewelry on. My usual public appearance.

Next to me at the bar was another shopper, and I think she was about as typical as any lady at the mall whom I could dream up. On her head was a crisp, white baseball cap. Her brown pony tail was fed through the back of it. She wore a Texas Longhorns T-shirt, running shorts, and running shoes. She had a Rolex big enough to put your eye out, and the biggest, BJ diamond ring I have ever seen in my entire life. She carried a name designer handbag. Her iPhone was glued to her ear the whole time as she picked through her salad (how nice that was for whomever she was talking to, the sound of her smacking as she blabbed).

I never can quite reconcile the incongruousness of these elements on a person's body — the exercise clothes, which have been commandeered for day wear, and accessories whose total value equals annual earnings for many other people. What gives? Where did this habit originate? My own memory is that I began to see this in about the late 70s and early 80s in Houston. Velour track suits (many with designer labels!), and diamonds. Perhaps we could blame this on New Jersey.

If the intent is to look put together, the effort has failed. If the intent is to look insouciantly casual, the effort has also failed. Why the determination to ignore what the cap, T-shirt, shorts, and shoes signify ("I've been at the track up at the high school"), and impose the status accessories ("I've been a very good girl, wink, wink") over them?

Whatever happened to the lady's luncheon clothes?!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Dealing With Hems of Flared Skirts

Believe it or not, hems sometimes represent the most trouble and work in a garment. Here's a way to deal with extra fullness in a hem when the skirt or pant leg has a flare!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

November Sewing With Style Meetup

Kristen shows us yet another pair of well-made pants.
Susan and Angela try to figure out my method of adding a bias strip to a hemline. (And this is just a "wearable muslin" of my vintage skirt pattern!)

My  Sandra Betzina skirt has a wonderful tab closure at the waist.

Angela's Lady Grey coat from Colette Patterns is underlined with hair canvas, which our friend, Jeannie, at The Common Thread sells. Not usually found much in ATX!
The Lady Grey pattern.
Joanne's making a knit top.
Susan's working on this pinafore (that's "jumper" to us Yanks) from a Burda World of Fashion magazine).
Her bodice is almost ready to be joined to the skirt.