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Vintage Overview: French sailor trousers

Plus free flat sketches (when you subscribe to Fashion Tech support's newsletter). Continuing from where I stopped on my previous post: time to talk about my second pair of sailor trousers, the French one. The fit: Originally a generous straight leg, but not enough for me to call them wide leg trousers. I unpicked the inseam since I was in that mood, tried it on and realised it could also work as a skirt. But I decided to keep them as trousers and added a triangular panel between the legs so i could have the wide legs I wanted. You can barely see the natural curve of my tummy (that's called being a woman), so this would be a good style...

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Vintage overview: Italian Sailor trousers

Plus free flat sketches! As I wrote on my post about redoing a vintage kimono, I love shopping for vintage clothes, supposedly for research purposes and actually for wearing them myself. This weekend I decided it was about time I adjusted two pairs of sailor trousers - one Italian, and one French - bought in August 2016, at Cenci Vintage London (hint: don't be fooled by the number of followers on their Instagram, major Fashion houses send their teams there twice a year for research!). And since I had to take them apart anyway, there was no excuse for not drafting the patterns, as well. These trousers have no side seam, only an inseam; it's an interesting construction that is...

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Vintage pattern: French Sailor trousers

It’s that time of the year: the holidays are over and now you’re stuck with that holiday weight and all the articles on how to lose it. Medium tried to be clever and sent an article titled “How to eat according to your carb tolerance” on their daily digest, but I’m not that kind of person so I’d rather announce the glories of these French sailor trousers that, besides being very Jean Paul Gaultier-esque, is very effective at hiding a protruding tummy.   Italian sailor trousers on the left, tummy-covering French sailor ones on the right. And I’ve also promised to share the patterns on a previous post. It took me considerable time to prepare this tutorial, since I wanted...

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Portfolio overview: Boro project (gallery + video)

  This is the project I made during Fashion Folio CSM ( 2014-15), and used to support my application to the Graduate Diploma course. Research & Development: Boro: "a class of Japanese textiles that have been mended or patched together. The term is derived from Japanese boroboro, meaning something tattered or repaired. As hemp was more widely available in Japan than cotton, they were often woven together for warmth. [...] Furthermore, during the Edo period fabrics made from silk and cotton were reserved for only a select portion of the upper class. Boro thus came to predominately signify clothing worn by the peasant farming classes, who mended their garments with spare fabric scrapes out of economic necessity. In many cases, the...

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