You, Too, Can Go Sleeveless!

If you can’t tell after that last post, I kinda dig styles of the 1970’s. Love the wide sleeves and bell bottoms, swoon over platform shoes and adore a properly crafted wide lapel.

I also love a good sleeveless dress. Many women don’t.

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Sleeveless, high neck, lightweight stretch fabric in bold black and white mod print

At a sale one day, a woman really liked one dress I made but said, “You know, when you get to your forties, you can’t wear sleeveless anymore.” First of all, I was 44 at the time and by no means we’re my arms anything to be proud of;┬ásecond, I wear sleeveless of some form more days than I don’t (weather permitting or not); third, I saw no reason she should hide from comfort as her arms looked just fine to me.

Later, I’ll talk about comfort vs. style vs. self-image. For now, I’ll just say that a clothing item isn’t just about one body part. I’d never want a client to be uncomfortable, but I want them to discover how they can feel good about their clothes and themselves

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Sleeveless, high neck, very lightweight sweater knit

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That said, here are some of my favorite sleeveless dresses. They have a high neck — yes, I know what you are thinking — but it’s not constricting nor uncomfortable. If, like me, you aren’t really tall (I’m 5′-4″ …. almost), they have a bit of a lengthening effect.

Give sleeveless a try. Summer is coming and I hate being hot.

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Sleeveless, high neck, heavy knit black and white lattice print, slits on each side

 

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Bell Sleeve Dresses

These are three bell sleeve dresses I designed and made in a polyester stretch fabric. They are SO comfortable and flattering on many shapes and sizes. Personally I love this style in a dress or a blouse.

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Pink and orange bell sleeve dress

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Bright stripes bell sleeve dress

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Blue bell sleeve dress

Fabric Rugs: A Zenful Distraction

I usually design and make clothes and handbags, which I’ll get to soon enough. This past week I once again purged some boxes of color-separated scraps by making rugs. A nice distraction, relaxing and focused, plus I got to work on my skills with color …. which I lack. Currently in the works is a basket. I want to practice my how-to-make-it narrative skills, so even though plenty of others have written and posted their own instructions, I’ll do my version.

Will I sell these? Maybe, but odds are good ALL family members will see them as Christmas gifts. 

Blue


Orange and blue basis


Batik


Orange and blue; batik; blue


Basket, not the best color combinations, but it’s practice of the technique:

Pink and green

What did I watch on the iPad while I worked? A couple horror/suspense movies on Netflix I can’t remember well enough not to recommend; “Bates Motel” finale; “60 Days In”; several mid-series episodes of “The Office” which I watch again and again and laugh just the same. 

…. oh yes, these projects did take a long time. 

First of More

Everyone else does it, why shouldn’t I?

Today I finished up the first round of a new project (details to come) so I figure I’d start yet another distraction, writing a blog. My plan is to give pictures and details of projects and techniques, hopefully helping someone. I’ll probably show some of my original designs here and there. I’d love to share the art and design of other people that I use as inspiration, too.

None of that is really different from what others do, but maybe my presentation will resonate with someone else, maybe someone will understand my need to sometimes give way too many details, maybe just one person out there will appreciate knowing what tv show I like to stream as I work.

So, yeah, everyone else writes a blog, maybe I should, too.