When Steve and I were in LA, we stopped by Rodeo Drive to walk around every designer clothing store and shamelessly pick through all the clothes, turning them inside out and seeing how everything was made. Steve, with his very casual plaid shirt, shorts, and Sambas waited by the door and looked completely comfortable and not at all out of place (which he should have felt, if he were normal).
I learned all the tricks, at least I think I did, about pleat construction, fabric selection-- Until I realized I had already learned all the tricks myself in school. I could sew just like all those seamstresses in the Chanel Fashion House. I was disappointed when I was expecting everything that should have been done to the hem when I turned it up and it was all there. Nothing new. No amazing trick-- all i learned were new design choices.
Which is still very valuable, don't get me wrong.
Last night I finally cut out the snake dress. Remember that project I brought up about, oh, three months ago? Finally, the readers will have a new blog dress to look at. I deceided to make it a straight skirt, rather than an a-line with fullness, like I planned originally. I needed a lot of pieces for this dress.
I sewed one sleeve, which I'm copying from an Armani dress that I saw on Rodeo drive. Do you see the print on the fabric? it looks like snake skin!
I shamelessly show off my new iphone.