My apologies for posting the results of the Challenge weeks after I said I would! Especially to Kate and Ruth who submitted their entries promptly. I was hoping that a few more entries might feed through by now. If anyone is still working on their VW project, please do email me when you finish and I can update this post with your entry.
Kate embraced the challenge very bravely by making a version of a Vivienne Westwood jacket that she has from a self-drafted pattern. The original is characterized by soft ‘waterfall’ lapels. Kate’s own version is a gorgeous splash of blue (is it azure or cyan?!) which shows off the design better, I think, than had she used a busy check. Kate’s design and construction details are in this post (including a picture Kate wearing the very lovely original jacket). The finished jacket and pictures of are in this post. Kate, you’re a mistress of skill and style! Thanks for taking part.
And here’s the always-amazing Ruth. Ruth chose to make a dress that incorporated favourite elements of different Vivienne Westwood dresses. She too drafted her own pattern and used the challenge as an opportunity to learn from Draping: the Complete Course (this book has such good reviews – I reckon I know where my challenge is coming from!) As if this wasn’t enough, she has made a very versatile dress that can be worn in different ways, including off- shoulder. Clever and gorgeous, you bet!
Ruth has written several posts about her project: make sure you read the comments too and you’ll get to find out where to get some dangerously cute shoes 🙂
The back story and design experimentation blogged here.
Pictures of the different ways the dress can be worn: here.
Construction details and close-ups: here.
Thanks so much for taking part, Ruth. You always embrace a challenge with such enthusiasm.
Now, for a little diversion: I found this thesis written by a designer who has worked as an intern for Vivienne Westwood – he describes his experiences in chapter 2. It’s an enlightening read which might make you feel better if you’ve struggled with your own pattern drafting. My conclusion is that talent or experience gets you so far but a team of experts, a living model at your disposal and the opportunity to create multiple drafts also play their part in the designers studios.
For my part in the challenge, I slightly changed a Burda Magazine Crossover Blazer pattern (06/2012/#121), aiming for an early 80s Pirate Collection look. I struggled to find a tartan in the right colour as I cannot bear wearing red (nor orange nor yellow for some reason), whereas blue or green tartan looks great but it also looks like the local girl school kilt… so I ended up with a check, almost identical to Ruth’s, from Unique Fabrics (28 Goldhawk Road). The inside is of superfine pincord from Rashid.
This is my first ever jacket, buttonholes n’ all, which I haven’t been able to wear as result of the freakishly warm weather we’ve been having for weeks 🙂 (Honestly, I’ve seen so much sun already this year that almost all the cellulite off my ass has melted away!) So, you’re the first people to see this, if you don’t count the various kids that pass through the living room space I daren’t call “my studio”. What do you think? Personally I think it’s fine, but the collar is … lazy. I shall post a dedicated pattern review soon though.Thanks so much for reading, for your helpful suggestions and for taking part. As Ruth said, it was a difficult challenge, but I hope it’s pushed our skills up a notch and inspired us to try more!