Commercially Alternative: April 2013

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Inspiring Brand Details

This week’s Inspiring Brand Details are Victorian Maiden’s pintucks. I’m really fond of what this brand does with this little detail. You find them on sleeves, the backs of blouses, skirt hems, etc. It’s a wonderfully simple way to create texture and detail while remaining inexpensive (e.g. lace, ruffles, etc). So, if you can master a straight even pintuck, put it on everything and put a little brand feel in your homemade garment. The brilliant thing about pintucks is that you don’t have to alter your pattern to include them. Simply pintuck your uncut fabric and lay your pattern right on top (making double sure everything is straight!). 



And check out the pintucks on the sleeves of these next two! What a lovely way to take in the fullness of the sleeves to create texture and shape.





I wanted to pay a special attention to this new blouse from VM, the Classic Marine Peplum Blouse. Usually Lolita blouses tend to be very fitted, with corset lacing or waist ties. This blouse, on the other hand, has drawstring gathering at the waist. I absolutely love how they took the fullness of so much fabric away from the shoulders with the use of pintucks! And don’t forget the pintucks on the sleeves and hem as well.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Inspiring Brand Details

While I'm still working on future sewing posts, I would like to start a new series of posts, Inspiring Brand Details. I would like to look at those little sewing details that can make brand details so special. Maybe my readers and myself can draw from these ideas and incorporate them into our own sewing.

This week I would like to look at this lovely new dress from Victorian Maiden. It is a part of their Rose Greeting Series called Rose Greeting Paulette Dress. The fabric features subtle striping, pale clusters of  flowers, and small birds carrying letters. I'm especially fond of the navy version. 



When I first saw the dress on the website, I had assumed that the skirt was gathered. However, I quickly noticed that it was actually a box pleat skirt. I then continued on my way, admiring the other dresses VM had to offer. But wait… I stopped and puzzled. The skirt had been incredibly full for a box pleat skirt. I went back and noticed this little detail.



There is a second fold in the pleat! How fun is that? And you can tell that it is still just a simple rectangle skirt because all of the stripes are perpendicular to the waistline. Now, it seems that second fold is not as… deep(?)… as the fold on top. Below is a drawing of what I think is happening at the waist.



Because of this, I'm afraid of the excess and not evenly distributed bulk. So I'm not sure how well it would work for me. However, I could be wrong in my drawing or the bulk might not make too much of a difference. Either way, it is still a really fun idea.