The forearm warmers came as a kind of fluke. I had JUST enough of that awesome orange flower fabric to make the jacket. I couldn't have made it any bigger even if I wanted to. So I thought I would make the sleeves out of the off-white knit material. It looked weird. So I unpinned the sleeves from the bodice and they fell/scrunched down to the forearms. Then, I screamed like a girl.
It was suggested to me that this jacket would also make a good power-suit if I made a matching pencil skirt. Fortunately, I already had one made from a previous outfit that used the same orange fabric. So, here it is!
Then you put it on the form and all is good.
After choosing the fabric, I thought who better to bring out the dangerous curves than Private Benjamin. She grew up in couture and would be the first to take a military uniform and turn it into something inappropriate.
The shorts are actually made out of an old pair of my jeans. I loved those jeans so much that I literally wore holes into them, but didn't want to throw them away. I think the distressed edges really make the piece.
Since the top is very compicated, the slacks are extremely simple. No pockets, pleats, not even a fly at the front. And it's one of the best pairs of pants I have even made....
By the way, in case you are wondering, the flowers are from a papyrus plant in bloom. I saw them in front of an apartment building today and ran out of the car, snipped off a number of stalks, and ran away.
Wonder Woman," you ask? Well, as I am sure all of you recall, at the beginning of the TV series, it is shows that Diana a.k.a. Wonder Woman, Amazonian Princess, former Goddess of Truth, Founder of the Justice League, and Ambassador to the UN comes from Paradise Island, where women's "everyday clothes" are greek goddess-like, hence, the gauze!
Femenium Bracelets, the waist belt, and very short shorts...)
I like this one! I'm beginning to get really comfortable in the current style of looser tops. Although do note that I can't just make things that look droopy, regardless of what is going around these days. I still supported and defined the shoulders with raglan shoulder pads, and you'd better believe that belt is tight.
From a technical standpoint, I also figured out how to make the hood a part of the blouse all cut from the same piece of fabric, (as opposed to attaching it separately like a collar and having a seam at the neck and on the top of the head.) I think this creates a much smoother and versatile transition from hood to bodice.
The theme of this odd dress is, "Caged Heart." I guess the story might be that Raine had tons of Valentine's Day cards, but broke up with her boyfriend before the big day, so she cut them all up and wore them as a dangerously sharp dress. That is why she looks so angry.
I once again turned to "The Addams Family" for dark inspiration and thought of the character of "Gate." (For those of you who don't know, "Gate" was the Addams Family's front gate.) I used the image of the what I consider Spanish Style spikes on different parts of the dress as well as button-accented square connectors.
You might be able to notice that the "skirt" part is actually quite complicated. It's two-layered and heart-shaped. See it? Also, the square connectors are three-dimentional and folded like origami with a button holding it closed, which I wish was easier to see, because those things are what took the most time to make!
(BTW, I totally admit that this dress is SO not even comparable to the awesomeness that was the newspaper Maire Antoinette dress, but they can't all be explosions of genius!)