The shop carries many of the same pieces as the boutique in Salmon Arm although this owner is far less in your face which I appreciate. It's hard to enjoy details when you're constantly being interrupted with designer info and sales stats and it bothers me that telling a client the piece is popular is a sales tool. For me, it works opposite. If this is the most selling item in the store, I'm not interested.
The White House Design Company has a line of clothing called Simpli that's made from high end, gorgeously draping, knits. I downloaded a few of the pictures from the company's website There are numerous knit mesh garments with lace or pleating details that are designed to wear over or under other garments. They're beautiful only I'm not the type to buy a $120.00 overlay for an equally expensive under garment. With four pieces, the garments in the image above are well over $400.00. That's never been me.
Knit mesh is hard to find. Beautiful lace trims are even harder. Lorraine and I talked about that and I wondered about creating my own edging using thread lace. I have a LOT of ideas for thread lace. I need to sit down and play with them. Perhaps next week when Barb is here.
In the Spring 2013 collection is a series of garments with pleats. It's interesting to observe how the designers played with a theme making long and short versions of each of the pieces in the collection. It'll give you some ideas for series work if that interests you. They even have a formula that is supposed to help us dress Simpli. LOL - I'm not sure it works for me but their clothes are gorgeous.
I really liked these pants. A lot. They reminded me of Marcy's out of print Vogue 8637 with even more leg detail. Lorraine said they were my style. Fun.
IMHO, the details are both the fun part of shopping and the fun part of sewing. This top was in another shop in Salmon Arm that is quickly becoming a favourite. The owner is intrigued by the fact that I sew and shows me things from that perspective. These simplified godets are a detail that's showing up more frequently. It's a rectangular strip that's serged into a slit. It reminds me of a shirt placket. The long edge of the rectangle is equal to the length of the opening while the depth forms the drape. The shape of the rectangle can be manipulated as desired.
Mixing knits and woven fabrics has become increasingly common. A lot of the garments look like they were dyed later but some are a combination of different fabrics. This dress has a knit top and underskirt and a woven overlay. The collar - which you can barely see - is knit with a raw edge flipped and tacked occasionally. Yesterday, I saw a blouse with princess seams in the front only. The back and the side fronts were knit and the center front and collar were woven. All the buttons were different. LOL - I probably should have taken a picture of that one. I had my camera with me but...
I think this embellishment is called grommet tape but I'm not sure. It's a twill tape with metal grommets regularly spaced. The tape is not bias so small tucks were used to shape it around the curve of the seam and it was used on the sleeve and the pocket detail. Bagged pockets seem to be popular as well.
Before I start sewing any clothes for me, I want to work on the alphabet book for my grandson and the coat with his name on it. I'm still debating which pattern for the coat so that project is stalled for now and - LOL - he's not quite big enough yet anyway.
BUT... before that... I'm cleaning house today and this time I actually mean it. I have to. I have company coming - VBG.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a fun day away