MOVING

I shall be moving over to Blogger. Tumblr is amazing for finding out new people and great blogs, but it’s too ‘scrapbook’ and I want something more substantial.

SO go here:

http://themagicsquarefoundation.blogspot.com

And enjoy my extended information!


anneyhall:

Bill Murray

anneyhall:

Bill Murray


Some little drawings I then fiddled about with in Photoshop, adding photos of fabric swatches.


playsuits

Playsuits! Throughout my twenteenage years I have wanted a playsuit, specifically one that doesn’t make me look like I’ve been rolling around in a swathe of polyester and then hunched it through my crotch. They’re a difficult one to pull off, especially for normal human beings with average proportions (which begs the question, why do they make them? I don’t know). I know some darlings who, like it or not, look fabulous in a playsuit, however ballooning the shorts maybe, however loosely drawn the waist, however shoddily sewn-on the buttons. Personally, the looser and baggier the damn thing is, the less I want to wear it. Topshop have recently got this baby for a whopping £50:

And, while I applaud on every level the desire to look like Margot Leadbetter on an over 50s cruise, you don’t always want to give that impression.

This one, from Asos, is pretty nice:

Cons: It sort of looks like the sleeve has been viciously torn off. And it’s shaped like a sack. Oh, and it costs about £200. Oh for that sort of madness money.

Then I saw this, confirming in my mind that fashion is deliberately cyclical and the oldies are always the goodies:

An original 1950s pattern, image courtesy of Sense and Sensibility Patterns' brilliant image resource page. That is what I call a playsuit. Classy, bit Greco-Roman, very holiday cruise, fabulous!

I have a 1950s dress pattern with a similar top (which I made for the Cologne dress in taffeta that I have yet to get good images of) of the playsuit in the background, easily adapted for one shoulder. Or I have a basic top pattern that could be redrawn.

I also have a shorts pattern that I have customised from a Burda trouser pattern (also on the Cologne wardrobe list). If I extend the waistband of the shorts up slightly so it hits on the natural waist exactly (at the moment it’s slightly below) then I can make each part up separately and join them together.

The sorts of fabric suitable: something with good drape, nothing too stiff, no patterns (too much detail), single colour, probably dark.

Or not, because that would be boring and I’m in love with this. Soft crepe in coral, £5.49/metre from myfabrics.co.uk.

Paired with these:

Astonishing. And also at £120.00 from Kurt Geiger. Gulp. And some gold chains to be super, extra, unbeatably trashy. Unnecessary and utterly wonderful. Might have to make it now.


putthison:

A couple of pocket squares by Drake’s of London, purchased on eBay from a nice woman in Kent who wrapped them in tissue paper and sealed the tissue with a metallic race car sticker.  Perfect.
There are those who say “why have a complex pattern on a pocket square, when no one will see it?”  Those who get it know that that’s the whole effing point.

putthison:

A couple of pocket squares by Drake’s of London, purchased on eBay from a nice woman in Kent who wrapped them in tissue paper and sealed the tissue with a metallic race car sticker.  Perfect.

There are those who say “why have a complex pattern on a pocket square, when no one will see it?”  Those who get it know that that’s the whole effing point.




In the interests of thriftiness, this post features fabrics which are very affordable. Don’t forget that myfabrics offers 5 free samples a month, and their samples after that are very cheap. They come as approximately 2 inch samples, so are quite big and I’ve found them useful for craft projects.

I have samples of all these fabrics; the Sokudo shirting is very fine and soft, and although you can’t see it, it has a sheen running through the weave. The other two are good lightweight cotton blends for summer, although they do crease easily.

Roses exclusive 12 Italian cotton, £3.01/metre

Salmon pink Sokudo 4 shirting, £2.74/metre

Blue and pink geometric Toyama shirting, £2.74/metre


colour

Directed via CRAFT to The Cool Hunter’s post on colour here

From the Sartorialist, colour in Tokyo:

Feather earrings from Owlita:


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