For our first Inspiration Post I'm featuring some basics -- pattern possibilities inspired by the setting & characters of Dance, Gladys, Dance.
This novel is set in Winnipeg, smack dab in the middle of Canada. Horizontally speaking, at least. This is a fairly unusual setting; while there are many urban novels in CanLit, they are more often set in Toronto, Montreal or Vancouver. So following along with this setting, here are some ideas, all from Canadian pattern companies.
You might want to wear a bustier just like Frieda in the early chapters of the book -- though I'd recommend not accidentally wearing it backward like she does ;) BraMakers Supply in Hamilton carries a fun pattern for the "Freedom Corset" -- not exactly bustier but close, and definitely sexy!
Or, you might want to try a quick underbust waist cincher or an online Craftsy course by Linda Sparks from Farthingale's right here in Stratford.
If you're thinking more along the lines of Mr. Hausselman for inspiration, you couldn't go wrong with this beautifully designed Belvedere Waistcoat by Thread Theory, based in Vancouver. Classy, with lots of pocket space for memory cards or usb sticks when you're out there busily photographing the urban landscape.
Meanwhile, Lady March may inspire a full-on Mrs. Roper look with the Charlie Caftan by Closet Case Patterns, or perhaps a slightly more casual look with the Suki Kimono from Helen's Closet.
To evoke Ginny's business woman look, wear lots of power make-up and the dressy Cordova Jacket by Sewaholic Patterns - wear with In-House Patterns' New York Mini Skirt & heels and you'll be heading to the top of the office.
If you're dreaming about a Gladys era dress, try Victory Patterns' sweet Hazel frock, in a shimmery green for full Gladys-dancing effect.
Or you just might want to channel Frieda's art making into a colourful, colour blocked Slimming Dress from MacPhee Workshop. Mix up the colours and have fun!
I hope you're getting some ideas for projects through these characters, and if you've started reading, that you are enjoying it! Do you have any ideas for matching patterns? If so, share them in the comments.
If you've started reading, who are you finding to be the most intriguing character so far? Does somebody stand out for you? Share your thoughts below. I'll start... in the first few chapters I really enjoyed getting to know Frieda in all of her foul-mouthed obstinacy, and loved the first time Gladys showed up too. Lots of great characters to follow here.