Monday, 27 February 2012

Lovely, Petal.


On Friday afternoon, I texted this photo to my mother and sister with the caption: it was only when the blouse was almost finished that she realised the effect was more 'human flower' than 'total fox'. Seconds later my mother replied with the words: Lovely, Petal. Quite. Sometimes, it's only at the final hurdle that you are able to spot what's blisteringly wrong with a pattern that you're experimenting with. I drafted this collar as three pieces - two small scallops at the front, overlapping one large curve. It was only on the final fitting that I noticed that because of where my shoulders visually intersect the larger curve, what it actually appears to be is a collar made of evenly spaced flower petals with my head appearing from amongst them like a grinning human capitulum*. Damn.

But actually, the visual effect of it was so amusing that it was almost worth it and I am smiling like a loon in this photo as I was taking it especially to text over to my family. But now I'm sharing it with you here...although I wasn't aware I would at the time...if I was I may have removed my daughter's pink dressing gown (which makes this photo appear as though it's been deliberately taken in sympathetic colours to my blog header) and wiped the bathroom mirror of the splatters of toothpaste that my little boy likes to spread liberally about.


Happily, mistakes are less painful when you had the good foresight to buy up the entire bolt of fabric due to it being on sale at £3.49 a metre - it has such a good drape and is so plain that I thought it would be perfect for using as toile fabric as I draft different patterns...which hopefully may result in a few wearable muslins. The photo above is actually in full colour, but for some reason the fabric looks grey instead of blue. However, in trying to boost the colour in Picasa back to it's original blue this morning I noticed that there are two brand new tabs in the settings: they are gimmicky tabs, rather than genuinely useful additions, but I momentarily forgot all about trying to make my fabric blue again as I was having too much fun transforming myself first by pressing the 'cinemascope' button, then topping up with some '1960s' and finally adding a sepia wash. There are also some old favourite lens that I've come to love through using Hipstamatic on my iPhone, such as Holga. You'll notice that in the photo below, I don't look nearly quite so loopy due to some of my petals having been decapitated by the black cinema strips...if only it were fixed so easily in real life.


I know that many people have been devastated by the impending disappearance of Picnik, but I've always loved Picasa for editing photos - it has all the basic functions, such as cropping and the ability to play around with highlights, shadow and tone. And it's completely free...it amazes me what's free on the internet. You can find Picasa here, where you can download it straight onto your computer to use off or online. Have fun (and yes, I do think that the first thing you should do is transform yourself into a 1960s starlet...perhaps we could start up a Flickr gallery for sharing the results). My fabric never was properly transformed...as I discovered the 'cross-processing' button and decided I liked it better like that way.


I am now off to redraft a more suitable collar. I am hoping this one will be serene, elegant and make me feel as though I own a fragment of the wardrobes of Olivia Palermo or Alexa Chung . I know, that's a lot to ask of a collar. I could be some time.

Florence x

* I learnt while writing this post that the yellow centre to a daisy is called a capitulum.

14 comments:

  1. I do think you're almost there. And a few tweaks and it will look amazing. And you look very beautiful in the photo.

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  2. Thank you, Evie (that's very, very kind!). I'm undecided as to whether to ditch the double collar effect altogether and just go with a simple Peter Pan collar or whether to try again and get the distribution more uneven...

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  3. Well I think you give great capitulum:-) It's a lovely blouse, and I had no idea you could turn yourself into a 60s starlet on Picasa, thanks for the tip!

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    1. Giving great capitulum! I love that expression!

      Yes, you can indeed turn yourself into just such a thing. However, I think the 1960s effect is so spot on that I'm quite tempted by a traditional 1960s housewife image and if I ever find myself with a spare half hour with no collar adjustments/other more pressing things to do, then I'd be tempted to find a picture where an apron is involved and cast myself back by 50 years. Please do share your starlet picture if you have a go. x

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  4. Florence I love your collar - I think it's adorable. A wonderful twist on the peter pan. :)

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  5. Lol, oops! Oh well, it's a learning experience... Would look great on a kids dress :o)

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    1. Yes, you're so right - it would look really sweet on an adorable toddler.

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  6. Oh dear! I once made a dress from a commercial pattern thinking it would be very sophisticated and stylish, and before it was finished I put it on and discovered it made me look a lot like a Flower Fairy. (It wasn't anything like your blouse, though.) I've still got the bits of fabric somewhere waiting for re-purposing...

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    1. Yes, fabric choice is everything, isn't it. It's funny to think that we walk around assuming we are how we are, never realising we are just one piece of clothing away from being transformed into something entirely awful and unwanted such giant human flower fairies and capitulums...

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    2. So true! Not a pleasant experience when it happens!

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  7. You're hilarious. :) I should think the neckline would be darling on a little girl. And you don't really look so silly in it, either, had you not mentioned it. :) Now I can't see it any other way.
    Your wry commentary on your photoshopping experiments had me laughing, too. :) Have a great day!

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  8. It's a lovely collar but I know what you mean about the "total fox"! Sometimes things don't always translate from brain to sewing machine! Agreeing with other comments though, it would be lovely on a toddler.

    Thanks for the Picassa tip, I am a bit sad about Picnik. Somehow though I don't think it's powers will be great enough to turn me into a starlet!

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  9. I don't think I would have noticed the collar if you hadn't pointed it out! I made a doll with an Amy Butler print with an ornate paisley design on it, which due to careless placement made the doll look a lot more anatomically correct than it should have been! Luckily the skirt covered it up...

    Another option for photo editing is to shell out for a an app (or program if you're on a PC!) like Camera Bag 2. Not as powerful as Photoshop but you could spend hours playing with the filters!

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