Strips And Stripes
When I ordered this striped cotton voile at Mood Fabrics online, I had no idea what I was going to do with it. But white-n-black combos were on sale, and if something on sale piques my interest, that’s a chance to get enough yardage to fearlessly cut and piece and drape till I like what I see. (Apparently I’m not the only squirrel, she’s gone online, but there are more striped voiles here, and peep that blue floral one!)
Signs that I am binge watching Game Of Thrones: there are no zips, no snaps, there are only drawstrings. They made swords, you’d think they could swing a zipper… no matter, these drawstrings are pretty much the most elegant medieval accessory ever: strips of Carolina Herrera silk chiffon. Oh yeah. She jumped in my cart too. I thought the two prints would pair nicely in some sort of paneled way, but the chiffon has a grayer tint against the voile. There’s a delicious high relief twisty strip of bias running the length of the chiffon, so I just ripped a few yards every inch and boom! Designer drawstings, no fray.
Teehee! I get excited looking at the back! So, there’s a long chiffon strip encased in the front neckline, and another across the lower back panel. The upper sides are folded under & topstitched, leaving 4 ends to tie up any way you choose, gathering up as much or as little neckline as you like in the process. As you can see from the top photo, the hemline reacts equally to how you choose to tie & gather (and I probably would have chosen multiple action/reactions for the camera, but mais, the photographer: he must be kept happy, and it was well into cocktail hour at this point.)
But I’m getting ahead of myself. After creating front and back panels on the crossgrain, I cut two godets on the bias to give it sweep…
And sweep she has! What she ain’t got: lining. What is it with me and voile? I couldn’t bear to put anything more than skivvies between us. She just feels so cool. Maybe she’s meant to be worn with a bathing suit.
Well, if I must.