Monday, March 7, 2011
Call me Scarlett
Yes, that one, from the book, and then the movie. Scarlett O'Hara, who pulled those green velvet drapes down from the wall. Somehow she fashioned a gorgeous gown from those curtains because she needed to impress. Not that it worked. But maybe she was one of our original reuse-repurpose-recycle fashionistas.
A friend who redecorated recently gave me their old curtains, and I thought I could use them to try out a dress design I was working on. The fabric is a faux silk-duppioni, I am sure polyester, but it had a lining which I incorporated as the dress underlining.
I almost wish I could find more of this fabric as it has a very nice sheen, and a really rich warm brown color, not to mention that it presses perfectly.
Back to Scarlett - Do you remember the first time you saw that movie?
When I was around 14 it played in a local theater, decades after its original theatrical release in1939. What a great way to spend an afternoon, just me and mom and 4 hours (plus intermission) of tears, drama, the sweep of history as only Hollywood can tell it. However my lasting memory is not so much the story or the characters, but the dresses!
The garden party dress, the black mourning dress, the red velvet and tulle dress. Amazing costuming on all the characters and how great to see in technicolor on the big screen.
I remember being fascinated by hoop skirts, which also featured in movie versions of Little Women, another novel I read at that impressionable age. At the risk of alienating some readers, do you think Twilight compares? From what I have seen, the costumes certainly don't. I love to watch old movies for the clothes, in particular the 30's and 40's where they did amazing things with bias cut fabrics.
I would love to hear what is your favorite movie based on the costumes, and why?
Most of those Katherine Hepburn movies have great dresses, of course Roman Holiday and Funny Face with Audrey Hepburn are fashion all the way. I can't think of any newer ones but as soon as I post this I probably will come up with a bunch.
I cannot resist some embellishment, so here is a bias fabric rose which can be pinned on or not. There are a lot of tutorials on how to make many different versions of fabric roses, I follow an article from Threads Magazine Apr/May 2009 issue. (which does not seem to be available on their website, I checked)
This muslin turned out to be entirely wearable :) so I think it will go in my Etsy shop.
Here is today's SunnyGal Garden photo,
the camellias are in full bloom right now.
Beautiful but messy when the flowers drop.
I have 6 different ones, all in shades of pink and red. But not a white one, which was a favorite of Coco Chanel.
Although I do have an empty space next in the back corner of the yard. . . . .