Check out this gorgeous de Lempicka! If this doesn’t put you in the mood for a boisterous ochrey scarf-neck blouse I don’t know what will.
I actually came across it while trying to find a picture of the right “30s hair” to take to the hairdresser, LOL. I in my dinosaur ways was looking in actual books, but I discovered in looking for credits that there is a really lush and wonderful official website www.delempicka.org that has full catalog of sketches and paintings organized by years: really fantastic! I did Art History as an undergraduate when there weren’t these things. It’s kind of dizzying, exhilarating to see. I suddenly feel like I went to college in 70s, or maybe 1870s; it was really so much closer to that than today.
Anywho, here finally is the ochre wool jersey version of the self-drafted scarf-style tie-neck top I originally posted about ages ago! I went a different direction on the tie!
The neck ties are cut extra long, so actually wound around the neck twice in the above picture to give extra depth at the neck.
Possibly under the influence of the above floaty pumpkin chiffon artwork, I thought it would be extra fun to cut the ties superlong. The wool jersey is so fine as to be actually translucent, so not especially heavy. And it is fun: I can make exhuberantly wrapped cowls, and tied up peplumy goddess wraps and whatnot, and in the end someday I can go in and clip it down to a straightforward tie-neck length so when I do want to just wear the regular tie it doesn’t look so theme-park costumey (ie the word I’m dancing around here you know is “clowny”).
Clowny or no, it really is actual clothing-derived fun wearing it with all that bow hanging out the front of a sedate herringbone suit jacket though, especially in that color. Great cascade of woolly color.
I love it dressed down too. On the right it’s layered with the ubiquitous Burda one-piece kimono T in the same fabric. Worn this way it doesn’t look anything like the blouse I was originally going for but I really love how it came out.
The tie ends are noteworthy, BTW. One of the Vogue Couturier patterns I studied in my “research” (come on, I read patterns for fun and relaxation, don’t you?) taught me to close the ends of the scarf at the end, after sewing and turning the long sides of the ties, then you fold in the very ends and blind hem. It gives you an opportunity for a much crisper corner (at least with a fabric that holds its press better than jersey with lycra), and in this particular case, it gives you the freedom to change your mind on length, because you can always cut them off and rehem them! Pretty cool!
That is probably all there is to say. I did do a facing on the neckline to support all that scarf, jersey or no jersey; I assume that’s a no-brainer even for those of you more proficient in the knits than I.
So all that’s left is another photo of me cavorting in the ochre jersey until I can get around to posting all I’ve been meaning to! Still to come: What I Wore this Weekend, Belated Wrap up of items from the Fall Palette Challenge @Coletterie, Introduction to my Colette Taffys, and Weren’t there supposed to be some Suits in there Somewhere?