Posts Tagged ‘style’


Pointedly not stylish

July 18, 2012

Okay so, confession time… that is other than the confession that I have not gotten my act together to get pictures taken of me wearing things I’ve sewn and it’s been so hot out lately I haven’t want to be outside at all but that’s where the best photography light is…

My confession is that, after much consideration, I have determined that I do not like the current peplum trend. I know it’s the hottest trend this summer but it’s just not doing it for me.

Shirts like this one from Vogue 8815  just do not appeal to me.
I’ve been trying to figure out what it is because I do like tunics,  I do like A-line skirts and I definitely like to emphasize my  torso at its narrowest point (and de-emphasize what’s below that point).

I also love jackets with peplums and Vogue 8543 is on my NSO (not started objects) list because I love the sleeves and waist.
See…definitely a peplum there.

And peplums are an historical feature in clothing. Jackets with peplums were essential to a ladies suit in the 1890s, and I’m a Victorian fashions fan of the first order.

So I’ve been trying to figure out what bothers me about shirts like the one above and dresses like Tina Fey’s Oscar dress

I think it’s about the proportions and placement. A trend never returns in exactly the same way.

The historical peplum tended to be part of a tailored jacket in a ladies suit.

It draped across the hips, usually with some tailoring to assist the corset with creating the Gibson Girl figure.

It was also often tailored to be longer in the back. I believe the idea was for it to accommodate or imitate the bustle.



The 2012 peplum tends to be part of a shirt or dress. It is of equal length all the way around. It starts slightly higher than the natural waist and ends pretty much right at the hips.

While the bust and torso of a peplum shirt or dress tend to be closely tailored, the peplum itself is generally a-line or bell shaped and it can look boxy if done in a structured fabric.

I just think the placement of the 2012 peplum just above the natural waist makes it look like the wearer is either wearing something that’s too short for them, or trying to hide something. And they’re not quite succeeding because an empire waistline would do the hiding with more grace.

I’ve seen people wear them and I think they look fine in them, but I don’t know if it’s anyone’s best look and I hope it’s a relatively short lived trend (like black and yellow spandex mini skirts)  or morphs into something better.


Swap in Review #1: White stretchy shirt

May 11, 2010

When I first started the now completed Timmel SWAP, my plan had been to blog about it as I go. This worked for the first two items: the red shirt and the gabardine skirt. From that point onward though my life got far too hectic to sew and blog about the sewing and still manage to finish the SWAP in time. So I’m going to travel back to my completed clothes and talk about how I did them.

First up is the two way stretch jersey shirt with lacing on the sleeves.

Here it is in actionlacey sleeve shirt.

I used Simplicity 4023 as my base pattern. It’s a simple top designed for knits that is quickly becoming my favourite go to pattern for wardrobe staples.

I often find myself in need of a simple long sleeved top to wear under other shirts, particularly storebought shirts as I have inherited my mother’s long torso. With most reegular length shirts I experience a phenomenon referred to in my family as Gaposis. This occurs when one’s shirt is too short and the slightest movement reveals the stomach and lower back.

Now this was not a problem in my teens when belly shirts were in and I was effortlessly stylish (well sort of) but I find that a too-short shirt doesn’t do much for one’s professional credibility, and so I decided I needed a new white long sleeved top to where under other shirts.

Since the theme of my SWAP was A Touch of Whimsy, I added lacing to the sleeves from halfway up the forearms to the wrist. This meant I had to add eyelets to the sleeves. While I am aware that there are some impressive tools out there to press the eyelets in place, I’m a low tech operation so far.

needle nose pliers, awl and hammer These were my tools. The little silver cylinder next to the hammer was provided with the eyelets to be hit with the hammer to create the right sized holes. Due to the layers of fabric and interfacing, I quickly gave it up in favour of the awl.
This was not my first foray into the world of eyelets. I happen to love them and think the fashion world would be so much more appealing if there was more medieval style lacing on clothing.

I have had problems with eyelest in the past. They’ve pulled out of the fabric and so this time, I also purchased these: the smallest washers known to my local hardware store. Once I punched the hole in the fabric and inserted the eyelet, I put the washer around the inside of the eyelet piece to lock it in place before I hammered the other side of the eyelet down. So far, so good.finished eyelet

A finished eyelet.