This week is the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards deadline which means that I have been scrambling around trying to finish everything in time. Every year it's like this, but this year I've had college applications to finish as well so there has been even more frantic running around than usual. Here's a gown that I made this past week for Schoalstics and I just finished it a couple of days ago.
Lately I've been experimenting a lot with the grain line of fabrics. A grain line is the direction of the thread in fabric. When cutting out the pattern pieces of a garment one usually wants the grain lines to be going straight. This is to make sure that the garment doesn't stretch while sewing, which could completely alter the fit of the clothing. As I was experimenting and playing around with the grain line I found that when it’s cut diagonally it creates a fraying effect without the fabric completely unraveling. I loved the look and texture of this technique so I wanted to create a garment that would play off of this effect. I originally also wanted to ombre dye it, but when I did a test try the color of the dye was not what I wanted.
(If you click on the images it will be less blurry. I'm tech-challenged so I still haven't figured out how to make images larger without it blurring on blogger).
I hand drafted the pattern using the measurements of my dress form. I wanted to create different shapes to show the movement of the frayed layers so I designed a slim fitted bodice on top with a flared out, mermaid skirt. The mermaid skirt was created by using the same technique that would normally go into making a circle skirt. Each layer was sewn onto the dress starting at the bottom and then working all the way up until the top. Each layer had to be measured and sewn to the skirt correctly in order for the layers to match up in the back where an invisible zipper is. The zipper was hand sewn to the dress and so was the lining around the zipper. There is boning in the bodice for stability and the gown is fully lined with a crinoline layer in-between the lining and the actual gown. This helps make the skirt appear fuller. Overall the dress took around 50 hours to make, and I used over ten yards of fabric (which as you probably guessed I got from Wal-Mart. I don't know what I'd do without that store).
I have only two more days to finish up the little details for all the deadlines, but then I can't wait to show you guys all the new work that I have made. Hopefully this next coming week I'll have time to put them up once Scholastics is over.
I hope your New Year is going well so far and filled with lots of fun adventures!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Frayed Layer Gown
Posted by Esther Boller at 5:51 AM
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Oh, that's beautiful. I want to ombre-dye it. So lovely! I can't wait to see it on and the beautiful photographs you takeReplyDelete
That's amazing. You never fail to impress! I hope you do well in the competition :)ReplyDelete
You're incredible! Lordie, I feel like we could have seen this dress on the red carpet last Sunday. Good luck good luck!ReplyDelete
Oh my gosh that's stunning - I love the simple silhouette, it really showcases the detail! Good luck!ReplyDelete
That dress looks like a high-fashion designer made it. You are amazing!ReplyDelete
Your dress is beautiful. You are so talented. All the best with your application!.........ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, as always! I've been away from my sewing machine so I haven't created anything recently but this makes me want to start something immediately.ReplyDelete
how beautiful! I love it! The mermaid skirt compliments the layers perfectly.ReplyDelete
sheer beauty!! Its looks like couture! x good luck!ReplyDelete
It's almost like a new, fabric spin on your masking tape dress. As always, you are awesome!ReplyDelete
Very beautiful. College applications should be a peace of cake when you can pull this off!ReplyDelete
Hi, I'm a new follower and just want to say that looks gorgeous.. would be a great wedding dress:)ReplyDelete
Wow, this dress looks great! I just found your blog (new follower!) and the dress you wore for your birthday? a-m-a-z-i-n-g! I wanna learn how to sew clothes (so far I've only made home decor, bags, etc.) but it's so intimidating (but also very exciting!)ReplyDelete
So beautiful! You are incredible! :)ReplyDelete
This dress is amazing! You are extremely talented! Good luck with your college applications and your scholastic entry ^__^ReplyDelete
You seriously have talent. I am an apparel design graduate myself, and your designs are better than some of our senior project designs. I'm not kidding.ReplyDelete
very pretty and i think it would be great for a steam punk wedding dress. what a great idea and what beautiful execution.ReplyDelete
You're so talented, what an amazing dress! I can't even imagine how lovely it would look ombre dyed, too....What kind of fabric is it?ReplyDelete
It's beautiful! I'm totally in love with this dress <3 You inspired me to make one myself!!ReplyDelete
Oh my goodness! It is stunning! I'm planning my wedding right now and this came up while I was searching for gowns. I wish I could sew because now I'm in love with this dress. I want it!ReplyDelete