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. 🙂
BJORN Tennis Shorts (front)
I finally got pictures of me taken in these shorts in the post linked here.
Last summer, a lady at St George’s tennis club gave me an old brown T-shirt with the Bjorn Borg kneeling victory celebration silhouette in white logo (see pic). I guess she thought I could fit it but it was too big for me, so I got this idea to use that logo and fabric in a pair of tennis shorts highlighting that logo. They’re be like long beach or basketball shorts except I’d use them for tennis given that Bjorn Borg tennis player logo. Like my trademark tennis shorts, they’d also only have one pocket opposite my serving side to hold balls, since the serving arm always has the racquet in hand.
This dress shirt is meant to evoke calmness and stability with its hunter green, white and medium brown colour scheme inspired by trees of the evergreen forest. And like the evergreen trees, the buttons used has a little bit of wood on it.
This is the second go I had with using some beautiful toile I got in Manhattan. The first one was meant as a fitting and lining up picture fabric exercise. I was hoping I had the fit correct, but it was almost correct. Wearable, but not to my standards.
Convinced I was only one draft away from the shell pattern from which I would create many of my dress shirts, I went for it on this draft as if I had the final pattern. In case I was wrong, and I have been several times on this adventure already, I just did a design without yokes, appliques or other detailing. Never one to miss an opportunity, though, I picked out the only toile that I had to create a design where I had to line up a picture across the front seam. I also did it on the left body seam, being my weaker arm that doesn’t move as much as my right that exposes the lined up right seam. I couldn’t line up all seams, though since that would have required the pattern repetition to be ideal for my upper body pattern circumference.