Saturday, February 25, 2012

the sparkly part of the job

Today I received the sketch and some reference for something sparkly! yeah!
The sketch is lovely but I will just show you the reference here which is a look worn by Gene Kelly.
I have to make a pair of flat fronted period cuffed trousers in this lycra with vertical spakly stripes and a golf type T-shirt in a stretch net with broad bands of tiny sequins.
How much fun is this?
The pants are already cut out and in a basket ready for the next lucky stitcher who finishes what they are currently working on. (I can't tell if they are looking forward to it or not, hmmm...)
The shirt required a little sample in black and white drill for me to figure out the contrast placket, facing and collar which will be in a solid sequined fabric in silver. The body of the shirt will be flatted onto a flesh coloured base fabric so it will appear to be see through, but that will conceal the construction details of the placket and facing. The shirt fabric you can see at the neck of the stand where I pinned it before trying out my collar idea.
I think it is going to look great, and it is fun to do a little bit of the glittery bits amongst the wools.
This look should also be ready for a fitting next Friday when our designer is in house.


  1. Hi Terri,

    seems great to work with this kind of fabric, though maybe not easy ;)

    One question of vocabulary : what is a "golf type t-shirt" ?


  2. I suppose I should have said a tennis shirt which I think is the ancestor of both the polo and now golf shirt.
    So like the Lacoste tennis shirt, pullover with a placket front, usually with buttons and a convertible collar (not a stand and fall collar), and with short sleeves.

  3. Thanks. In France, I think it's always called a "polo shirt", even while there are actually some slight differences in those made for golf. Following your answer, I learned the history of this garment, it's quite interesting.
    And of course, now, I need to make some...