There are a few things my mother taught me growing up.
1. It’s important to look put together-even if you’re not feeling well. I’ve re-worded that slightly. Her version goes more like: It’s important to look clean and put together.
I’ve always had a thing about dreadlocks,
boys with greasy looking pompadours,
and have been known to go at least a month without a shower and even longer without clean clothes. I’m better about those last 2 but still wish I had dreads. Damn this beautiful silky Korean/Mexican hair!
2. Mascara and lipstick-absolutely!
3. Blazers-the completer. A blazer is essential. She bought me my first one and it was lovely. OK-I bought plenty of over sized mens blazers at the thrift store but she bought me my first beautifully tailored womens blazer. It was black wool with leather panels and a zip closure. I wore the hell out of that thing.
So it should be no surprise to hear that I have always wanted to learn how to make my own with all the bells and whistles. I’ve finally started one and it has already proven to be a very long process. On top of the usual pattern adjustments I have cut the pieces for the shell, the lining, the underlining, and the pieces from hair canvas for the front. After that I marked with chalk all the places that need a running stitch. Here’s a sample of where I am so far-
I know the fabric isn’t very exciting. I always go with something simple when I’m learning something new like this. I have thought about using this as practice and buying something more fun to use as the shell. We’ll see.
It do not believe I will ever be as good as Alexandre Plokhov
who makes clothing so beautifully it literally brings tears to my eyes.
Or like David Neville and Marcis Wainwright of Rag and Bone.
I was lucky enough to find a Rag and Bone trench coat like the one below at the thrift store for $15.
Mine has a subtle plaid print with no sheen. When I wear it I feel strong, elegant, and very put together.
A perfectly tailored piece not only feels right when you put it on it also feels right in your hands. You know what I mean? Do you have something like that in your closet?
I’ll keep you updated on my progress. Making a blazer is my #1 goal for 2012. Maybe I’ll have enough time to throw in a pair of matching pants with pleats and tapered legs with cuffs and a button down and bow tie.
I can see it now!