I couldn’t get a few of those portraits out of my head and I found myself in March of 2008 rather taken by the idea of velvet sleeves. So, combined with a new love of screenprinting, devoré, velvet sleeves and the need to produce my metre piece for my City and Guilds course, I came up with the following piece:
Whilst this was very grand with its devoré details, beaded fringing, machine embroidered organza cuffs, embroidered buttons and rouleaux loops. I couldn’t help feeling that it could have been improved on in a kind of less-is-more kind of way.
What if I didn’t do any embroidery or surface embellishment? My mother, when visiting my exhibition, pretty much read my mind when she surreptitiously tried the wrap on and hinted such a garment without the “lace” finishings would be quite the thing for the various social occasions she needed to attend. So one bit of velvet and satin stitching later and she found this left under the Christmas tree for her:
Now, how would this look in a nice crisp dupion…….and some good ol’ fashioned one step buttonholes?