Monday night I taught a class that finished at 8.30. As I drove home in the summer twilight, there was not a breath of wind. The harbour was deep teal, glassy and still, and mirrored back the changing sky, shot with lavender and pink, glowing gold at the Western horizon, and tinting to indigo over the Eastern hills.
When I arrived home Mr D met me at the door. “Isn’t it amazing!” It was, indeed, amazing. “It’s a pity it’s so late, or we could go for a walk.”
“Why not?” I said.
So we hopped in the car and drove round the bays to Hataitai Beach, where we walked around the waterfront, marvelling at the sea and the sky. Every view yielded a new delight; every moment a subtle change in the glory. We walked to the end of the little pier, surrounded by sea and sky, the lights and boats shimmering against the water.
I captured image after image of the view, and then asked Mr D to try to get one of my newly finished Wearing History Smooth Sailing trousers.
“It will be too dark” he said.
But it wasn’t.
So I sat on the pier, in the deepening dusk, and he snapped image after image, and I became part of the scene. I’d meant to do a photoshoot with the trousers on Tuesday, in the city, all ’30s businesswoman, but this impromptu shoot was far better.
I am, for the record, madly in love with the trousers, and I’ve already gotten tons of compliments on them. They only have one problem: the rayon is a little too light coloured, and a little too fine, and I can’t tuck ANYTHING into them without things showing. So I see some nude tap pants and a few more shirts that I can tie in front coming up…
We took photos until the light faded from the sky, taking the final traces of cerise and lilac with it and the sea changed from teal to midnight. When the last of the light was gone, and the moon rose, we headed home.
The Challenge: #2 – Innovation
Fabric: 2.5m of slubbed rayon in palest golden yellow, found at an op-shop for $4 – I still have enough to make shorts or a blouse left over.
Pattern: Wearing History’s ‘Smooth Sailing’ Trousers.
Notions: Vintage thread, fusible interfacing (I know, an out of period cheat), a vintage zip, hooks and loops to fasten.
How historically accurate is it? Reasonable. The fusible interfacing in the waistband isn’t helping it, but other than that everything was period accurate. 90%.
Hours to complete: 5. Super fast and easy!
First worn: Mon 13 January to teach a class.
Total cost: $3
So what is the innovation in these? They are a double-whammy: rayon, and women in trousers. To read about women in trousers, pop over to Glory Days issue 2, page 36-37 and read my article on the Bifurcated Woman. As for rayon, I’ll be covering that in a terminology post tomorrow!