I am taking my inspiration from the Zulu exhibit at the Fowler. Aesthetically, I am pulling the geometric designs from the bead-work and translating them through piecework and cut-outs in my design. Conceptually, I am inspired by the concept of expanding body space by use of the Zulu spears. I am conveying this idea through looser silhouettes and bright colors.
My top proved more difficult than I thought. But I guess that’s what I get for sewing chiffon on the bias. The cutouts were excruciating, but the easiest way was to hand blanket stitch around them. Making yards and yards of the orange binding tape wasn’t as time consuming as I thought it would be. I’m excited with how it’s turning out, regardless of the frustrations.
It was a busy week home. Even though I was not at school, I brought school with me. I managed to complete my pants. It went pretty well. The only issue was that I realized my material was too thin to do a single layer, so I had to fully line my pants. This turned out to be less difficult than I imagined. I am very thrilled that they fit like I hoped they would.
The sleeve did not fit into armhole, which was frustrating and was due to the fact that the block sleeve was too large and also because I failed to walk my pattern properly.
Shoulder dart into side dart
(with iron rust dribble)