I've been whipping up a pattern-free garment storm, in preparation for my 4-day workshop at Grampians Texture in a few weeks.
I've also been Photoshopping my head out of a bazillion photos for student notes, which is strangely liberating ("Tired, middle-aged face, begone!!").
My week has been a world of ideas and experiments ..and of making myself a few new outfits.
I've also been working through ideas for shapes other than my own. The whole notion of Pattern-Free is that you work around your own particular shape, and the more you do it, the better you get at judging what will and won't work (and you start to be able to eye-ball measurements on fabric that will fit your body's proportions).
The difference in proportion between this top (below) and the first photo in this post, is the difference between it flattering my shape and being a bit ordinary.
The longer, tummy-covering drape would look a treat on some figures. Perhaps it's the posture here (it sort of freaks me out when I see family resemblance in a headless photo), but I can see this one on my eldest sister. She has about 7'' more height and a bust.
And I think that a bust wouldn't go astray in this twisted tube dress, too. Perhaps some hips... and maybe even a waist as well.
I've come to the conclusion that I'm a straight-tube sort of gal. Minimalist....
...with a bit of a twist.
There are some shapes that would look fabulously fluid and flattering on anyone except people under 5'2'' with swimmer's shoulders and no bust.
But Pattern-Free, being all about adapting shapes to suit the body, offers solutions...
Yup. Minimalist and much better.
This week, I may have also made my new favourite top.
..and dress. (Once again, the shirring elastic came out.)
Here I am, practising for when I wear it to art exhibitions....(art here by Manus Walsh and Ilse Theilan).
there'll I'll be, in Halls Gap in a few weeks time, throwing lots of fabric about the place with a bunch of great gals who love sewing as much as I do. I can't wait!