Originally from Hawaii, Barkcloth was brought back after WWII stationed personnel returned home. It than became a staple fashion fabric (before it was used mainly in home decor) often associated in the 1940’s though 1960’s, in many types of prints. Most common ones were/are floral. Inspired by the fabric history I picked a retro inspired pattern. It also gave me the opportunity to use as much as the fabric and boarder print as possible.To contrast the fitted and tailored fashion of the era, I envision to create a soft crop top. Something “modern”. Well, crop tops started in the 80’s and are having a come back that started last year and continues till today.
Pattern:Burda Style bustier 5/2011 #127
Fit &Alterations: The bustier pattern fitted me perfectly as is. (I bought a tall version). This is the 3rd time I have sewn this pattern. I love it.
Design changes: Lengthen the pattern from bra to bustier.
Supplies, techniques & constructions:
The fabric was given to me by a long time reader and blog friend Rhonda
for a fabric challenge running tomorrow (feb 2nd) on her blog. OHH and there will be voting.
The idea was to create something unique with aprox. 60″ in length and 18′ wide of shirt weight barkcloth. A fabric that was completely new to me. It has a rough surface like that of tree bark but maintaining a very soft and drape characteristic.
Lining: Cotton Pokadot from my stash and scrap of black crepe fabric used on my sweet scallop shorts (yet to be blogged) on the bust cups.
Medium weight interfacing. I choose to block interface the barkcloth before cutting my pieces.
7″ open end invisible zipper. I had a real hard time finding an open end zippers at this size. I wanted an exposed zipper and even considered resizing but digging the stash I managed to get a vintage invisible zipper that worked. Vintage (even if it’s mint
)fits the brief and inspiration right?
Black beads bought in Brazil two years back.
Previous versions :Couture bombshell/ Birthday dress. All unique. I love how patterns can work as blank canvas.
Really enjoyed hand embroidering the flowers.
It almost made me want to sew my wedding dress… almost! I have been thinking to make/ work with a bespoke veil designer. That will be the handmade element of my outfit.
Styled: Named Mai Jacket + Faux leather midi pleat Skirt from Zara