October 10, 2010

Penny Lane Pants & Point Camel Blouse

I love skirts and dresses, but sometimes pants give me a liberating feeling. I don’t have to think of the smoothness of my legs or look for matching pantyhose, pants are comfortable at work, great for speedy exits and perfect for spending time with the kids. Women started to enjoy this feeling sometime in the 1930’s, when a revolutionary and exciting innovation was added to women’s wardrobe – the pants. Pants became an essential item for work, at home and on vacation. Women wore pants while exercising, going for walks and riding bicycles. Women’s status was changing, and their involvement in various professions and in the business world made them match their clothes to the new situation. The search for comfortable, dynamic and practical clothes caused fashion to create simple items, comfortable and unadorned.
The feminist revolution, the single revolution in history which did not involve bloodshed, was manifested in designing clothes that did not limit the female body, especially after the tightly fastened girdle was out of fashion; women’s clothing became more loose-fitting and made more sense.

I designed tailored pants named 'Penny Lane'. I mixed three features in their design – masculine, feminine and sportive. The tailored shape and the fabric give the pants their masculine touch; a high waist and a close-fitting design add a feminine touch; and the straps along the trouser-legs and in the rear pockets create the sportive look.
The pants are made of Cool Wool, ‘dry’ wool woven from a thin thread giving it lightness, unlike the traditional heavy wool; this fabric can be worn all year long. The location of the belt loops creates a flattering look - when wearing a belt the waist seems higher, although the pants have a concealing cut. The lateral strap creates the illusion of length and motion. The strap is an inch wide and made of thin olive-colored wool. I used the same fabric for the back pocket rims for an uncompromising perfect look.
Many small but significant details in the pants have been meticulously thought of. The pants are buttoned with an inner hook which creates a clean look, and there are no outer buttons that might interfere with the belt; the location of the belt loops with relation to the waist; the pocket lining is made of the same fabric as the side straps. The length of the pants fits a 5 foot 7 figure, but an inch and a half of extra fabric is concealed in the hem, to allow an extension if needed.

I matched the pants with a blouse called 'Point Camel', with a design identical to the previously shown Ludwig blouse. A small and gentle masculine collar, olive-camel cotton fabric with black polka dots. The sleeves’ edges give the blouse a feminine touch – a thin fine rubber strap gathers the fabric and fastens it to the wrist, and the sleeves’ end gently widens below it. The rubber strap also allows you to raise the sleeves in order to shorten them.

Model Blouse: Point Camel
Model Pants: Penny Lane


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