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Fans of Koos

decoratrice | Posted in Patterns on

We got into d discussion on fabric joining techniques (under Felt thread), and Koos van Den Akker’s name came up.  Any fans out there?  What have you been making?  Has anyone tried the skirt in Vogue 2971, the one with the striped blouse?  I trust Issey Miyake’s strange cuts, but this one looks problematic–could look like a hot air balloon.  As to joining fabrics, I often use Madras plaids; the multicolored warp and weft in them makes a really successsful color bridge, IMHO.  Also, I search out finely-dotted prints at the thrift store.  As soon as I learn to resize pictures, I’ll post some.

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  1. katina | | #1

    Thanks for kicking off with this thread.

    Katina

  2. katina | | #2

    That pattern's very interesting, but I'm short and hardly sylph-like anymore. I'd look as though I'd wrapped myself in multiple layers of bed quilts....but on the tall and slim among us it would be stunning.

    Katina

    1. gailete | | #3

      I'm tall enough for the dress, but even with a 45# weight loss I couldn't/wouldn't wear it! I do like things of his I've seen but haven't attempted making anything.

      1. katina | | #4

        I made my first Koos-inspired garment way back when the article appeared in Threads. I cut out a sweater top from navy flannel, leaving generous seam allowances, and joined the shoulder seams, and attached the sleeves. Then I cut pieces from a variety of African indigo-dyed cotton fabrics, pinned them on the flannel until I was satisfied, and then sewed them in place with a small zigzag stitch.  I had some cotton bias binding in my collection - it was red with a tiny white design on it. This I stitched down carefully over the raw edges. After pressing it all, the side and sleeve seams were trimmed to the pattern dimensions, and then sewed together. I used a good quality rib knit with spandex for the neck, sleeve and hip bands. I was surprised at how well it turned out as I was basically experimenting. A tip: sew the bias strips in the same direction on each side or there may be a slight degree of rippling.

        Katina

  3. Ceeayche | | #5

    Decoratrice,

    Like Katina, I thank you for starting this.  Also like Katina, I couldn't wear it. 

    But now that I've looked at it, I'm thinking it would look great on my sister!  She's uber tiny and taller than I and goes for architectural shapes.  When I first looked at it I assumed the top was knit and I could make the skirt out of linen or taffeta.  But now I'm thinking I'll follow the instructions and it will make a nice winter outfit in wool knit.  Mmmmm, maybe Christmas?

     

    1. decoratrice | | #6

      I want to try this skirt in a couple of Kaffe Fassett prints, with the overlay perhaps a piece if iridescent duppioni.  I will substitute a v-neck, crossover front blouse for the one Koos uses, extending the crossover into ties as he does.  That's because I have sloping shoulders--no wide necklines for me--but I am quite tall and reasonably slim.  We all have BODY CHARACTERISTICS, but no FIGURE FAULTS!  A word about his jacket, Vogue 2915, with the stand-up collar--even though my neck is not shorter than average, I find the collar a bit tall, BUT, if it is cut down, the proportions, with the edge binding, are thrown off.  So, I just assume a regal bearing!  Have made it twice and always get compliments.  Haven't made it reversible, though.  Has anyone made the swing jacket?  The sleeves scare me a little...

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