Clothing-as-sculpture was my thing. I wasn't interested in conventional garment shapes. It was more about "What DOESN'T a jacket look like?". I was obsessed with exploring the potential of patternmaking.
(BTW - These jackets were designed before Montana did his away-from-the-shoulder numbers... I'd been watching The Scarlet Pimpernel on telly and this was my 1980's interpretation of 18th century dandyism).
I also worked as a designer-patternmaker for businesses that wanted their skirts to look like skirts and their jackets to look like jackets. I could do that, too. I also used to make LOTS of clothes for myself, and put thought into them.
...I stopped. Having a small business (and then a small business and baby) meant that I had no time for anything but absolute simplicity - tried and true patterns that I knew would fit, stretch sewing that could be whipped up on an overlocker in no time, kids clothes from commercial patterns.... No fiddling. No thought. No play. All my patternmaking time has been on hat and bag patterns for work.
I bought this book a year or so ago, and have been poring over its lovely matt pages ...feeling my old patternmaking fingers beginning to itch.... and twitch...
Until now there's been no time to play with it.
Today I MADE TIME for it!
I scraped off the rust, oiled the joints and started working on this bodice. It took all afternoon and I only made it to toile (rough sample) stage. It's holidays and I'm learning to slow down, re-work things, and enjoy the process. No quick-fix t-shirts today.