This lovely dress is the finished product of a project I started in my draping class last semester. I really enjoyed experimenting with this “twist” technique. I think its such a great way to add movement and depth to a garment.
It was also my first time working with crepe de chine – which I absolutely love, it feels like butter! A little tricky to work with though, I think next time I might try using a stabilizer. Don’t you just love that color!?!
The brown panel on the bottom wasn’t originally in the plan – but I made a mad dash to the fabric store when I realized my dress was a bit too short. I actually really like the way it looks and how it ties in with the collar, pulling the whole look together.
The leather for the peter pan collar I got from scraps my cousin gave me from some pants she cut into shorts. I’ve been dying to use it and thought this project would be perfect.
I ended up sewing this straight from the drape, which means I don’t have a pattern for it. I’m quite sad about this because the dress turned out so cute and I’d love to try it out again in different colors and possibly a different fabric. The Gentleman’s suggestion was floral print with a denim collar – how cute would that be!
Anyhow, I hope you like it as much as I do. Not only is it comfy, but I like the way it seems a little vintage & mod.
p.s. linking up here:
Hey all! Thought I’d share with you a lovely couture technique I learned this past semester called Fluting, which essentially means folding 1 1/2″ strips of bias cut fabric and layering them on top of each other to create a beautiful and unique looking texture. This technique looks particularly beautiful with chiffon, which is what we were working with. I used one printed chiffon and a matching solid crinkle chiffon.
Below are the cut bias strips, which we rolled out onto a paper towel roll to keep organized in between sewing. We cut about 1 yd of bias from each fabric. With chiffon, it works best to sandwich the fabric in between sheets of pattern paper, draw out your bias lines on the paper, and cut through all layers of fabric and paper. This keeps the chiffon from slipping and gives you easy bias lines to follow. See the diagram below the photo for how to draw out your bias lines.
Once the strips were cut, we hand sewed them on one by one to the front piece of our bodice. We marked out the design we wanted to follow, and lay the strips one on top of the other, with about a 1/4″ bit of each strip showing. I did a row of ruching (a gathered strip of bias) as the top row of my design to eliminate some of the fluting (its very tedious work).
Linking up here:
Remember the Hat Dress? Well it’s coming along quite nicely. After a few hiccups and break-downs (didn’t fit the form, weird ripples here and there, things collapsing..the usual) I’m at a point where I’m pretty pleased with it. It’s not quite finished, and it’s definitely not perfect. But considering the fact that it’s a dress shaped like a hat (and who ever makes those!), I’m giving myself a pat on the back in spite of it’s uneven-ness and subtle ripples. I have to have it finished by friday and it’s officially due next tuesday. I’m feeling pretty confident time-wise, although its become quite cumbersome and barely fits through the doorframe of my room! I’m hoping it can make the last few trips up to school that it needs to in one piece!
|For the brim I used a layer of metal screen (like for a window) over a layer of buckram. The threads you see around the edge are holding in place a strip of millinery wire that I put around the edge to keep it from flopping around.|
|Brim sewn on and staying up! I used a strong shirring thread and sewed it on by hand (I’ve given up on maneuvering this thing around a sewing machine!)|
|Ribbon and bow pinned in place. I still need to stitch those down. She looks pretty cute doesn’t she!?|
Some hidden adjustments I’ve made since last time:
- Added boning around the top curve, bottom curve and zipper seam to help hold the shape.
- Lessened the depth of the curves in the gores for a smoother look – in my last update the fabric wasn’t laying right.
Now all she needs is a tacked down ribbon and a few thousand rolls of a lint roller.
I’d love to hear your questions/feedback! Email me or leave them in the comments below!
Been busy working on a very intricate term garment for school and my lovely Gentleman suggested it might be something fun to share with my readers… boy he’s a smarty!
So our inspiration is Elsa Schiaparelli & surrealism. I love Schiaparelli because she is so quirky and fearless with her designs, while still keeping it elegant.
My dress is specifically inspired by Rene Magritte, a surrealist painter whom I’ve admired for a long time. He is most famous for his pipe painting and man-in-the-bowler-hat paintings. In the interest of fun and trying something different, I decided to make a hat dress!
|Here’s the under layer… holding shape all on it’s own.|
|Aside from curved gores, I also put darts on the side panels to add to the shape.|
|A peep underneath…teal lining!|
|A look at the shape of my pattern pieces.|
|A french lining with boning will hopefully help this dress to stay up on its own.|
I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
|For full tutorial on how I made the print.. click through the jump!|
- fabric (mine is 100% rayon – white)
- fabric dye
- fabric paint
- rubber stamp
|Choose a fabric and dye color. It is good to research the fabric’s dye capabilities as well as carefully read the instructions on the dye package.|
|Follow the instructions on the package to dye the fabric. I chose to use the bucket technique.|
|Once fabric is washed and dried, Iron it out. I chose to cut out my pattern pieces here, since the garment I was making is quite small, as is the stamp I chose.|
|Pour out some paint onto a plate or palate, using your sponge, dab a generous amount of paint onto the stamp, making sure it is fully covered.|
|Do some practice stamps on a scrap of fabric to get your paint ratio and stamp pressure just right. These were obviously not what I was aiming for.|
|This was more like it.|
|When finished, iron the pieces slowly on both sides to set the paint.|
|Sew together your pieces and admire your beautiful work!|
Use this technique? Let me know how it went! Have a different technique? Please share!
Introducing a new segment: Re-make of the month! You know I’m all about recycling and making things out of recycled & vintage materials, so I will be featuring a monthly project that focuses on just that! The project will either be one of my own, or one from a guest!
This month’s project is a vest I made using BurdaStyle’s Franzi pattern. For the material I used a large wool wrap skirt that I bought at a thrift store ages ago with the intent of using it solely for the fabric. Long vintage wrap or gathered skirts are a great source of fabric for smaller projects. Especially with gathered skirts, once they are deconstructed there is so much fabric in there!
Without further ado, here are the before and afters:
|Finished product: buttons were purchased, red lining was pulled from my stash 🙂|