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Monday, October 27, 2008

Urban Goddess as a Vest

Many wonder whether the Urban Goddess is really for them. A little long and flowing perhaps? Where would one wear such a garment?

There is no question that the Goddess will attract attention. When we did the photo shoot for this piece, outside the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, in downtown Halifax, passers-by stopped to stare. This is not a garment for the timid.

But at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters' Fair, another version of the Goddess got a lot of attention. People didn't know that the Goddess was also a shape shifter. And could be transformed into an everday garment: a vest.
Look carefully at the construction.

The Urban Goddess consists of three sections, three panels. One for the back and two for the front, with shaping at the neck and shoulders so that it can sit well on the body. Through the use of I-cord laces, these panels can be closed in a number of ways. You can either wear it loose, as a ruana, draping one panel over a shoulder or tie one or both sides with the I-cord laces to transform into an over-dress. You can even tie a third I-cord down the front opening to create a shift-dress.
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Shorten it, sew or lace up both sides, and it becomes a vest.

The pattern includes three versions (the full-length as shown in olive green, a tunic-length vest as shown in chocolate brown, and a short, hip-length vest version). You can adapt them as you wish. Whichever version you choose, this will be a feminine garment with drape and allure.

Which version will you want to make?

Posted by Ilga Leja on 10/27 at 01:24 AM
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