Play with Shapes – explore silhouette and make a garment with a different shape to your usual choices. OR for quilters, try working with a different shaped block as a basic shape.
In the interests of allowing as much time as possible, the due date is Wednesday 25th February. I will post Thursday morning (my time). You do not need to complete an entire project to submit it - photos of any sketches, research, comments are all fine. The idea is to inspire you to think differently about your projects.
What is silhouette?
In fashion terms, a silhouette is an over-all shape of a garment. There are loose shapes and fitted shapes, skirts of all kinds of lengths and shapes, dramatic collars and sleeves. Trousers with skinny legs or wide legs - these are all examples of differing silhouettes.
Here we have a range of different shaped dresses. This is an A line, and reminiscent of 60's style.
Silhouettes change dramatically with fashion, and there is such a thing as a 'fashionable body shape' at any given point. Frequently with no reference to actual body shapes! If you are thinking of submitting sketches for this project, you might consider studying a particular style or time in history. Pointy bullet bras are the tip of the iceberg (hehe, sorry). Throughout history, women's undergarments mess with silhouette like nobody's business!
If you want a practical rather than research project, examine styles taking note of the overall shapes of garments. Try making something that takes you just a bit outside your comfort zone. Maybe a bit more drape than usual, or a dramatic hemline...
If you are more of a patchworker, look at the shapes which make up your projects. Frequently quilts are made with square or rectangular blocks. But this is not the only way! Investigate another basic shape - look at assembling quilts with strips or hexagons, or spirals. Find examples of others who have taken a different approach and share your findings.
PS. Bonus puzzle. Each of the above technical illustrations is from Simplicity's website. Can you find them?