I’ve blogged about clothes I’ve made for myself over the past few years, but haven’t invested in money to get nice pictures of them on me. More quietly, among people with whom I talk about my clothing designs, I’ve told them I was sure my designs would just as good on a woman as on me. In fact, I “half-joke” they’d look better on a woman than on me if I could find a better looking woman than I was a man. I say “half-joke” because I do believe it to be true, though it’s not like I don’t feel masculine in it. Quite the opposite, in fact, with that band collar and yoke, I feel like I’m in some sort of military uniform half the time! It just sounds like I’m talking about my men’s fashion designs for myself being cross-dressing material when I say I think it’d look good, if not better, than a woman.
In the past year, I became friends with a woman who can fit reasonably well into my clothes. Kaitlyn looked it and when we tried some coats on her, it fitted nicely. A little difference in the bust and hips, of course, but my fitted clothes had enough room to accommodate. Recently, she came over to do a photoshoot in my clothes, as I’m a photographer as well (new Instagram account), and this is the result. I don’t have great pictures to compare me to her in them, but I can guarantee you I don’t look anywhere near as good as she does as a person so you can take my word she looks better. Then just judge the clothes on a woman rather than on a man. I think you’ll agree with me. :)
Interestingly enough, these are the best pictures I have of my wardrobe… and they’re not on me. :)
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I just replaced the bra straps on a bra to make it wide on the top of the shoulders, where thin straps can gouge into the shoulders. The wider straps distributes the bust weight load over a wider surface area to ease the pressure, but tapers to the same points of connection as the thinner original straps so the wearer wouldn’t feel like they’re wearing big suspender straps that aren’t exactly feminine. The straps are double layered and serged for strength, turned inside out, but thin enough still that a regular non-white blouse or thicker top should cover it just as well as a regular strap. The taper is also asymmetric so the edge towards the neck runs further off centre, allowing for a slightly longer edge that may be needed for a rising shoulder to neck.
So here’s my question. Why don’t bra makers do this?
I’ve been meaning to learn how to do a few things for my garment construction development. One was to get a pattern and sew a hood. The other was to put grommets into garments for lacing on my own, as opposed to doing it with a vice like industrial strength tool. So what did I come up with for a project? A hoodie and bolero jacket combination for women.
Today was a great day for Canada as Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister, introduced a gender-balanced Cabinet, and showed Canadians so many ways as to how his government will be different from anything we have seen before. However, one thing that had not changed, but could in a small way with big visibility, was the “fashion”, or lack thereof, of most of the male politicians. They practically all wore ties with the traditional and boring Windsor knot.
So here’s my suggestion. What if they were to wear the beautiful and distinctly visible Trinity Knot in the picture at right?
I’m a guy who currently designs and makes clothes for a passion, not yet for a living. As part of my development to transition into the fashion world, I attended my first fashion show yesterday. It was part of the Mingle on Argyle (street) experiment in Halifax, so the fashion show was held outdoors, not indoors or closed off as many tend to be. This was my experience. Continue reading