Today is Vivienne Westwood’s birthday. Happy birthday, Dame V!
Actually, I don’t think Vivienne Westwood will read this. So with any luck, she won’t find out that I’m about to blatantly invite you fellow sewists to copy her formidable, subversive style and make the kind of garment that will invite raised eyebrows when you wear it, along with the question, “Is it Vivienne Westwood?”
So that you can reply, “Oh no, just my homage.”
It needn’t be a difficult challenge. Imagination, a sense of fun and boldness are more important than overwrought patterns and precise stitching. If in doubt, find the most interestingly coloured tartan you can, use it to make up your favourite T’n’T pattern and voilà! But if you’re daunted, I’ll try to tempt you over the next five weeks with ideas, tutorials and hopefully a guest post to help you decide on the characteristic Westwood touches that would perfectly suit your project. On 20th May, I’ll post your submitted creations in a blog fashion show where we can reveal our tweeds, plaid, clinched womanly waists, drapery or big curvy lapels. Ooh, and some bondage trousers too, I hope!
What do you think? Pretentious? Well, just slightly. But I think Dame V would approve.
Tell your friends, copy the button code into the widget area of your blog if you have one. Ask for fabric or pattern suggestions.
Tell me. I hate doing this alone. Leave me a comment below if you want to play, or if you have thoughts on Vivienne Westwood or favourite creations.
Do some reading (and window shopping) for now and check back in a week for an update.
UPDATE: Some home-type upheaval has caused me to postpone the deadline to 7th June which I hope will help some of you who are joining later on.