Looks very good. I remedier the days of fake, red leather here in Oslo. The strong velvet it was replaced with felt luxurious. Patterns are difficult though. Did I tell you: I'm making a bunad, Norwegian folk costume (it is THE dress here - haute:). It is such a pleasure hand stiching the incredible wool. Meditation.
Patterns are difficult, especially when textures and quality count more for you! I already showed a public transport pattern I really love here-http://cloud9-sttyl.blogspot.fr/2011/09/transportation-network.html. I would love to see your bunad. Maybe you could supply a peek? It's wonderful to have a national or regional costume tradition still alive and kicking. Do you have special suppliers for the wool ? Is part of the tradition to make it by hand?
I will show pictures, in time. Will notify you, may take a while though. Thank you!The wool is Norwegian made, it seems. The silk brocade is made in France (tradition for imported exclusive fabrics, and we do not have silk production obviously), the apron (optional on this one) is a wool, silk mix. I will check a bit more where everything is made. Yes, it is usually made by older relatives or the person wearing it. After Norway's nation building project in the 19TH century variations of peasant's dresses became THE thing to wear. They are right for everything, audience at the palace, Christenings, Christmas, weddings, bigger parties and, of course, national day, the 17TH of May. They are strangely figure flattering too, and tend to look good on all ages. I already have a very elaborate bunad, but it is heavy and is only used once in a while. This one is much lighter and will be used much more. The one I already have is a beltestakk, somewhat different from the one in the link, and this one is damask kjol fra Gudbrandsdalen with a dark blue brocade top part, black skirt and black apron, plus a black head scarf (I'm not fourteen anymore, so I find it nice to wear something on my head - but some of the options were unbelievable:D)http://heimen.net/Produkter/Bunad;Kvinne
Thanks for the explanation and link. They are very pretty, very feminine. I'm not surprised that they flatter the figure. It must have been hard to chose. Maybe these costumes make Norwegian women more sensitive to fabrics! The 19th century national project makes me think of what I just learned about the Slav movement when I was in the Czech Republic. And yet many people think of clothes as frivolous...
Clothes are expression. Difficult though, I try to be more stylish these days. It is quite a stretch. Haute couture is splendid. They are the Norwegian equivalent. You are to have some kind of connection with the area the bunad is from - I've stretched min a bit, but some distant relative ... very distant:DI find hodebunad (what to wear on the head) very interesting. It was possible to choose from tulletørkle, a black woolen scarf with fringes (flattering usually), a wife's cap with embroidery, a triangular scarf and a very strange white triangular scarf stiffened with wax among other things (ensures you look around ninty years old), very, very eccentric. You can also choose from a quite vide variety of blouses and may adorn the bunad with silver brooches and silk scarves. Could you write about the slav movement and clothes, please?
I'll write to you through email!(Please excuse me - no time to write today.)
I do see som serious mistakes in the first comment, sorry. I remember the days of fake.... Goodness, I can be absentminded sometimes.