Last month I arranged a meet-up with Ruth while she was briefly in London. We recognised each other immediately. Well, I have been a follower of her blog Core Couture for several years! I examined her Merchant and Mills coat and ‘Vivienne Westwood’ dress at close quarters and can confirm the standard of said garments was impressively high, even better in light of day than the photos suggest 🙂 As for the vivacious blonde that I expected, she was there alright, complete with a melodic Irish accent but somehow more petite than I’d imagined. Which I told her!
This is something that’s been remarked upon before: sewing bloggers look smaller IRL than we do on screen. Why do you think that is (or, do you agree)? Maybe in the pictures taken in our living rooms and gardens, we ‘fill’ the frame, whereas in real life we’re surrounded by big spaces?
Our rendezvous was Liberty’s. We had a look at some of the designer wear on the first floor and felt thankful that we were skilled enough to be able to recreate many (though not all – see left) of these garments at a fraction of their RTW price – if we wanted to. Ruth’s dress was a perfect example of this. I felt happy that I’d played a small part in prompting her to make it.
I got a present! A bundle of sewing patterns wrapped in a length of fabric. It’s wool, possibly a blend, with a nice amount of drape for it to rest against the skin cosily – great for right now while winter and autumn are battling it out. I love the muted colours. The warm tones I’ve overlooked over the years but the rest – black, ‘envelope blue’ and green – are totally my palette. In fact, I was hunting for a zip for a green dress I was making so Ruth and I walked over to the new MacCulloch and Wallis premises for a bit of habby shopping before checking out the stores on Berwick Street. As the afternoon darkened, I got the feeling we were walking against the tide: workers rushing to tube stations for their Friday night getaway, pushing into pubs, not to mention the semi-manic shoppers stlll jostling about. I hope we get a chance to meet again, soon 🙂
I mulled over what to make with my new fabric then by chance I found a sketch in my old notebook that I drew while watching ‘Borgen‘ (the Castle) years ago. This was a really good Danish series about a fictional female Prime Minister who’s not only a consummate politician but so attractive that my husband pretended to watch the series with me! The ‘slash with side bow’ blouse was worn by the another character, the young political journalist. It was black which created a stunning contrast against Katrine’s blond hair and pale skin. If I make this again, I’ll go for a block colour and try a big, more confrontational bow!
I drafted the slash and bow blouse pretty quickly from my bodice block, cutting at the upper bust line then playing with strips of paper till I worked out the two lengths of the bow on the side. The big sleeves are Colette Aster Flutter Sleeves. Here’s the view of the slash on the inside, showing the facing. The bow section is double sided.