I put up a photo of a garment and then asked you to guess what it was going to be. Many of you guessed correctly - knowledgeable sewists that you are - but I may have given you one too many clues. I also published a pic of the pattern piece, that, when enlarged, had the garment actually printed on it! Silly me!
This has now been removed to keep future readers guessing and by special request of the Centre for Pattern Design, as it is a copyrighted item and some unscrupulous individual may try to replicate the pattern from my crappy photos! Shame on you!
All the images (apart from my 2 photos) are Balenciaga designs. All vintage - nothing new.
Anyway - I shall honour the giveaway promise regardless - for all of you who commented with the correct answer, I put all the names in a hat and pulled out TWOTOAST, who happens to have this quote as her mission statement - “Dress shabbily and they remember the dress; dress impeccably and they remember the woman.” Coco Chanel.lI shall be contacting you soon to see what pattern I have and which one you would like.
For those of you who missed the post or couldn't figure out the garment - I shall now put you out of your misery.
But a blouse with no side seams, no sleeve insertion, one pattern piece and your choice of neck finishes.
This full scale pattern is fashioned after one demonstrated by Salvador who managed Monsieur Balenciaga’s tailoring atelier during the Golden Age of Couture in the mid-20th Century. It is a single bias-cut pattern piece which comprises the front, back and spiral sleeve of an easy fitting top. The back hangs in a cowl at the hip and there are no side or shoulder seams. It may be worn open or closed in front. Fits 8 - 16 with adjustments.
The pattern is from the Centre for Pattern Design: Our mission here is to recognize the skill of pattern designing, to educate and provide research for professional development and to explore contemporary applications.
They take iconic designs, refine, manipulate, adapt them and produce purchasable patterns that have as few pieces as possible but with impeccable fit and cut: in other words, a brilliant design aesthetic.
This blouse is inspired by Christobel Balenciaga - remember the simplicity of cut and innovative sleeves are his trademark.
The blouse is cut on the bias, so generally there is no need to finish the seams as they won't fray. The two seams that hold the blouse together spiral down from the centre back neckline, around the sleeves to finish at the wrist.
My first attempt was in a chiffon, so these seams were frenched - look, there's only two seams and a hem!
The pattern comes with a simple round neckline and I kept this. I sewed poppers along the centre fronts as closures and generally leave the neck to flop open.
If you're wondering where the finished silver satin version is - it's in the bin! It had a run-in with a too-hot iron. That's the problem with single piece sewing, mess up one area and the whole lot is ruined.
Please check out the CPD website - they have beautiful patterns for sale, books, classes and lots of information and nice things to look at - another procrastination site!