Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Modeling Career

To look at me now you'd never believe it, but I was once a French model.  It was a fashion shoot. My measurements were about 26-23-27. These days I could double for a ship in the harbor, and no one would know the difference.  But back then I had a cute little figure, and so did my brother.  We were hired (?not sure about that) to model for a clothing catalog.  I think our wages were a rain coat and hat each.  I still remember that pair of shiny red and blue raincoats!  If there was any money involved, I was never told about that.  Mom?
LeHavre, France 1969
I was in Kohls tonight and confirmed the fact that my body is not made for clothes.  Er, I mean, not the ones on the rack.  The marriage of forty-eight anatomical years with lycra, polyester, bamboo, or spandex just doesn't cut it.  What ever happened to natural woven fabrics with drape, grace, femininity, and opacity?  Are they only used now to create frilly bed clothes?  Oh, I got it!  I could use a tablecloth to make this skirt.  I'm not crazy about the length, but I love the wrap.  It would cover up all this ship-shaped (not to be confused with ship-shape) body.

Okay, all you expert seamstresses, tell me what shape those two skirt pieces are.  If you look at the photos on the lower right, it appears that there is a seam down the center back, and the top of the skirt is cut on a slight concave curve.  Any ideas?  How wide do you think the top pieces are at the waist?  And at the bottom??  Is it cut on the bias?  Help.  Where's a good sewing forum?

8 comments:

  1. Wow, what were you doing in France? That picture is adorable. I'm no help with the sewing questions. I avoid clothes shopping. Although, I have to go to Kohl's soon to use a 20% off coupon. I need a shower curtain. Hey, I could wear that, if you are wearing a table cloth!

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  2. mom here - nope, no financial gain for either you 2 or your parents. i think it was the privilege of being away from mom for an afternoon with our pretty French teenage babysitter, Francine, (who spoke English), and riding in her old old French car.

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  3. Oooh that is a very pretty skirt! I really wish I knew how to sew better.

    And you were a darling little one! ( I definitely see more than one of your girls' likenesses above) ;-)

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  4. What cute models!!! I never knew you were a French model...something impressive to put on your resume.

    Nice skirt, but I always have nightmares of wrap skirts & windy days. Have you ever looked for a patten at JoAnn's?

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  5. What a couple of cuties you two were. And what a great skirt. I am not really sure what it would take to make it but I do know a great site for advice. Head on over to sewingmamas.com if you want. There are lots of great of great ideas and wonderfully helpful ladies there :) Oh and there are tons of materials on sale for $1.50/yard at Pine City Walmart if you need some great fabrics.

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    1. My dear sweet mother bought the skirt for Alison and me to share! So now I can make a pattern from it. One of us is bound to love it. :) Thank, Mom!

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  6. I love the skirt! If you figure out how to make it and would be willing to copy the pattern to paper, I'd love to buy a copy!

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    1. I couldn't sell it to you, but if I manage to figure it out I will happily send you a copy. :)

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