On Monday I told you that I’d become fascinated by Kibbe bodytypes and wanted to try sewing some clothes inspired by the suggestions for Gamines. Well, here you are, a very basic first attempt!
Two sweatshirts! Here are the factors that make these appropriate for the gamine body type:
- high neckline
- fitted at shoulders and wrists
- outfit made of seperates
- slightly cropped length – gamines are generally short, so clothes shouldn’t overwhelm them
- print and colour-blocking – basically high-contrast pieces, not a monochromatic column of colour
- clean lines – not a lot of frills or draping
Sweatshirt #1 is made from secondhand yardage I picked up cheap at a charity sale – I love a large scale floral on a dark background!
#2 is the fun one, inspired by the image at the top of the post. Can you see the hoodie halfway down that is black, white and grey? For my version I used scraps of sweatshirt fleece lefts from projects for my husband. The Sewcialists are hosting Sustainable Sewing month in November, which inspired me to try some scrapbusting!
So how do I feel in these tops? Do the Gamine style recommendations work for me?
Um, I guess? Yes. These definitely feel like “me” garments to wear, but lets be honest, a 3/4 sleeve sweatshirt was never going to be a stretch for me! I like the proportions of the shorter hem combined with the high neck, but the hem is a bit drafty on a cold day. I think more experimentation is called for!
I did have fun looking through some past makes, and pulling out a few that did (and didn’t) follow Gamine rules!
I think these all follow the suggestions for Gamines: some some tailoring, with at least some fitted elements on each outfit… separates or elements breaking up the design… high contrast and fun prints!
These are NOT gamine – the two dresses are more soft and would suit a Romantic type, and the two voluminous tops are more Natural, perhaps? Frankly, I don’t feel great in any of these.
These ones are… goodness, I don’t even know, but I like wearing them! They certainly show my love of a bold print and high neckline. The stripe maxi and the cocoon dress are voluminous shapes, but they do have a more fitted shape at the shoulder. The blue dress and far-right maxi both have ruffles, which is not so Gamine, but I think the fabric means that neither veers into twee.
Finally, some outfits I love that are streamlined and modern, but broken up by border prints and contrasting colours. These don’t really follow Gamine suggestions, but I can see elements that align.
Part of what I’m trying to assess is if I’m a true Gamine, Flamboyant Gamine (with more angular Yang and more graphic style) or a Soft Gamine (more Yin, aka softness). That’s what I’d like to figure out with my sewing experiments!
What do you think? Do I suit edgier or softer fashions? Should I just wear both? (Answer: Yes.) I’m really enjoying pulling inspiration from my Pinterest board, and using it for some fast and fun sewing. Will it actually change my wardrobe? Who knows, and who cares. It’s FUN!
P.S. Check my last post for links if you are curious about your own type!