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Weekend Reading: A 21 armhole dress, virtual fitting rooms, and chic shoe shining

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This week, everyone in the studio was abuzz about three armhole wrap dresses. Taylor was reminiscing this 1960’s trend on Pinterest, and someone on Twitter (thanks, @CarmencitaB!) linked to a video of a fashion show featuring Adeline André, a designer who pushed armholes to the limits. The video shows a model patiently threading her arms through armhole after armhole, wrapping herself in billowy layers 21 times before heading to the runway. It’s hypnotizing.

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Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.

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Lelia Guilbert

What a rich source for weekend reading. I will get to all of these interesting and fascinating topics eventually. The first one is sharing the armhole dress with my 13 year old granddaughter who hacks into a piece of knit fabric, stitches some seams, puts it on, and it’s utterly chic on her slim body. Oh, yes, I am corrupting and encouraging her fashion expermentation. We both love it. Thanks for this delightful wealth of fashion reading.

Claudia propertension.blogspot.com

Thanks for the links. A lot to check out.

I recently gave a Calvin Klein dress (designed by Francisco Costa for Macy’s) to a friend that was meant to wrap around like the pattern above. Kinda cool although potentially revealing. As for Kinfolk, I really wanted to like that magazine, but I find it terribly self-congratulatory and yes, kinda millennial.

Deborah Morrison

I believe I might have set Taylor on her three armhole dress quest with a comment on her last post. I am very into this vintage trend and am excited that you all are, too. There is a current version of this dress that is actually for evening, put out by the big three. I want to try making a reversible one from the traditional pattern shown above without the bias binding, although I do love any excuse to get my bias tape maker out!

SJ Kurtz erniekdesigns.blogspot.com

I have made myself a nuisance on the wrap and go topic many times. The wearability issues/the wardrobe malfunctions/the endless yardage/the miles of bias tape or seam finishing; these all pale in comparison to how long it takes to make a simple dress that is not very flattering. Why? Why?
I want to make that video into an endless loop and run it in my workroom, with a Brian Eno score.

Alice Elliot

The video was gorgeous. Good idea.

CitricSugar

Good gravy! I think that’s Roger Moore in the purple swim sweater getting out of the pool…. Double-oh-what the heck is he wearing. :-)

Heidi memorysisters.com

Thanks so much for the inspiration and information! And chuckles.

Alice Elliot

The video of the 21 armhole dress was the best thing I’ve seen in a long long time. Gorgeous.

Raquel

Beautiful , love the armhole dress. Thanks for sharing it’s inspiring.

Roberta Fahrni

Thanks for the article from Business of Fashion. Very interesting!

FatCatAnna therollercoasterrideofdiabetes.com

I actually “borrowed” a hospital gown (went for an MRI) a few weeks ago because was a similar design!!! I live on a sailboat in the summer months, and the way it fit (I’m going to modify to make it more fitted in certain areas) and this would be a versatile dress for me to store onboard the boat (and this would also be great for travelling if you’re like me with a carry on )! After seeing the video as well, it got me rethinking of what material to use! Thank you Colette for getting my creative juices flowing … come on warmer weather (well – not too warm – we women aren’t meant to sweat like pigs – we are such delicate creatures ;) )

Zainab

I enjoyed the – 10 Vintage Fashion Rules From Yesterday That Still Apply Today. #3 “Red lipstick will brighten any outfit”. It got me thinking and wondering – Does/will the lip color work on women with chocolate skins tones, ebony, or with tint of yellow skin undertones, and finally on pale, not ivory but very pale? I am guessing the tone and tints of the “red” color.

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