Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Classic Shorts

These are the Chloe Pleated Cady Shorts that I have been admiring lately. This photo is from net-a-porter website and shows all the lovely details of these shorts. I think in a colour like black or navy I could get quite a few seasons of wear out of these!

The fly front is a nod to menswear ( I'd face the zip back the other way)  and I love the belt loops over those little front pleats. I'd have a go at pick stitching the pocket edges as well.

Net-a-porter says these are tailored for a loose fit and are mid-rise, and equally important in a mid-weight non-stretch fabric. The back features two single welt pockets and the waist band seems quite a bit wider than the usual width.

The fabric is :
55% acetate, 45% viscose; lining: 70% acetate, 30% silk

My fabric choice:

Linen / viscose  blend
 it is a soft black colour and should be nice to work with!   and should give a very relaxed look


MaxMara 2014 s/s Hand Stitch Detail



I came across this little detail while looking on the MaxMara website. I believe the fly zipper is done with a pick/prick stitch by hand rather than decorative machine stitching. This is definitely something I want to try once I get this personal fit slack pattern fixed, perhaps a Pick/prick stitch might look nice. The MaxMara site also had some nice quality detail shots of the inside stitching of their coats which are nice to see...





Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ladies Slacks- Using the Runschau Draft


The Rundschau drafting system seems to be respected on The Cutter and Tailor forums and I love reading the comments from the professionals. If you do sign up to The Cutter and Tailor forums, please remember that you'd be wise to just read and absorb, I just think it shows more respect to those who are more advanced.

My first experiment is with this ladies slacks Rundschau draft posted here

I also found a great blog post from A Tailor Made blog. It goes through the most common terminology you will encounter using a pattern draft.

My first job is to try to take some seriously accurate measurements.

Waist
Hip
Crotch Depth
Leg Length
Thigh Measurement?

This is the sort of look I was after





it kind of looks like the crotch might need some extra length here? it seems like the waistband might be pulling forward in the middle. I'm not sure what this fabric is but please let me know if you know what brand they are!