Remember when I mentioned a piece of hot pink linen that had befriended me in the fabric store and then beseeched me to give it a new home and some purpose in its life? (ahem) Well I’ve done the right thing by this piece of lolly-bright fabric fabulousness and transformed it into something that I am already excited about wearing a tonne of times this summer! A bomb of times! A colour bomb! A Barbie bomb! Wait, I doubt if Barbie is considered very cool, or even PC anymore...? so mebbe scratch that one…
I used Burda 7723, again; my go-to shorts pattern now. Such a nicely tailored shorts pattern; with a slight flare enough to make them "cute", a wide high waistband that sits securely and firmly at one's true waist, and good sized pockets. The last feature making it a definite win all by itself... I also think this shape just really suits my style and my figure too, I think. In the past I’ve altered this pattern slightly each time I've made it up; to make them more flared, flat-fronted and longer respectively, but this time I made it up just as is. Oh, except for my usual modification; the addition of a zip placket. Well, naturally why wouldn’t you put in a zip placket? uses hardly any fabric and you see them in even the cheapest and most badly made RTW shorts so it is completely beyond me why patterns continue to leave this minor, but telling little detail out. I once did a sort of tutorial on how to add a zip placket to any fly-front pattern, here.
Now just to diverge for a sec into photography territory again, I know lots of other fashionable seamsters aren't interested in the slightest in photography; but I am. So ...
I first thought of photographing this ensemble against a bright white wall, in the strong midday sunlight; thinking that the intense shades of cobalt blue and hot pink would stand up well to the lighting challenge. But I was still a bit amazed at the incredibly deep shadows created... also I realised that you couldn't see the shorts properly with the tie thing-y in the front hanging over the front of the shorts. So I tucked in the top, and moved over to a shady spot. But the photos I took, even though they don't show the shorts very well, still intrigued me in an artistic sense so I decided to put one in here as well. And btw; I do not photoshop or alter my photos apart from cropping. This is how it is! (although oftentimes I wish my face could always be in shadow like this...)
When you look at pictures of clothes, do you prefer realism; as in showing the dressmaking details as accurately as possible; or do you like to see a bit of artistry in the photography as well? Me, I know I like a bit of both... but I've said enough about that in the past so I won't repeat myself.
What aspect of fashion photography do you appreciate the most?
Top; blue "bunches", from Pattern Magic 3, of thin cobalt blue cotton jersey, details here