That’s what I do in these Star Trek pajamas I designed with cuffs and epaulettes, and pant pockets, even!
Between 2013-2015, sewing and fashion design was a big part of my free time. It is again and will continue for the foreseeable future. As part of this move and in anticipation of more articles on sewing and fashion, I have organized the 110 articles on said topics that are this blog into a number of categories listed below. You will also be able to find them on the My Fashion page, or under the menu at the top under My Art, or in the Categories menu at bottom left, if you want to see the articles together in some sense.
Ah, men’s dress pants. What can be done with them for design without getting disapproving looks for “unprofessionalism”? Not much, really. Even a stripe down the side or something makes them athletic and too casual. Flashy colours makes you look like you’re going dancing, even if it’s a hip look. Colour block you look like you’re going out dancing or for a fashion show. Even jacquard style tone on tone is regarded as being a bit much by some. So what can one do?
What do you do with a strip of fabulous fabric not big enough to make anything from? You frame it! That’s what you do!
I had this stunning strip of fabric (folded under) with pop art on it that I’ve been waiting for the right inspiration to come along to use. Finally, I found it in the form of some long black tennis shorts that has a full side reserved for it, only needing one side seam on the side in which I carry balls during games. Tennis shorts are made with two pockets so the buyer can use either. However, if you’ve ever played tennis, you’d know you only need one pocket on the side of your weak hand since the racquet is constantly in your other hand. Given these are my own designer tennis shorts, I made them with only the one pocket to leave the other side a full panel so I could show art like this without interrupting the image with a seam.
There is a well known optical illusion with two faces in profile on the left and right side, leaving a vase / cup / goblet in the middle from the background space between them. I used that illusion on a dress shirt, with a nice but conservative and rare colour combination of navy, white and brown.