Designing a Dream

“Eugenia never wears modish gowns. She says there are more important things to think of than one’s dresses.”

“What a stupid thing to say!” remarked Sophy. “Naturally there are; but not, I hold, when one is dressing for dinner.”

Georgette Heyer, The Grand Sophy

Is it just me, or is almost every young lady in the public eye desperate to become a fashion designer? They all seem quite eager to foist upon the world – or perhaps just those equally young women who seem to want to be them – clothes which “they would want to wear”. As opposed to all the clothes which they buy from high street stores and which promptly sell out once the photos have been published…

Don’t get me wrong, I love clothes probably as much as the next woman, but it hardly does anything for females as a group if the ones anyone knows anything about just want to design clothes. Clothes are important, it’s true; we all need to wear something – I have been known to express the desire to be a doyenne of the Fashion World, if only to be able to get girls into clothes which leave a little to the imagination – but it’s not the only thing a girl can do these days. It’s not even the only thing a girl can do to become famous, either, if that’s really the ultimate goal.

On the other hand, since who am I to stand in the way of your dream, if any of these aspiring designers would like to design something which I would like to wear, that would be just grand. Because I so very rarely find anything which I like in the every-day collections of high street stores. The clothes are badly made, and of generally nasty fabrics, and in frankly peculiar measurements so they never fit properly. I’m a bit fussy about my every-day garb. I see no reason why it can’t be pretty and practical, and well-made. And which fits properly. You’d think, wouldn’t you, that with all these “curvy” girls designing clothes they could design something for a curvy girl, instead of just giving the illusion of curves and sticking to the current semi-standard measurements which aren’t very curvy. I can’t be the only woman out there unable to find things to wear which fit the bust, the waist and the bum, without it being baggy or too tight anywhere. Or am I? As it is, I’m a bit limited to vintage repro companies and vintage shops, and my budget doesn’t always stretch that far, and they don’t always have every-day clothes.

In the meantime, I shall get my sewing machine and my sewing patterns out, and I shall make my own. Yup, I make clothes, too. Sometimes, I even design them myself…

The dress came, surprisingly, from New Look, with a few alterations of my own: namely the sleeves and the yellow edging.

The dress came, surprisingly, from New Look, with a few alterations of my own: namely the sleeves and the yellow edging. It still needs a little taking in at the waist, but I still need to find the right upholstery too, so the waist is not a priority.

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