Moar on how we does it!
Here we start, as usual, with reclaimed bedsheets that begin a new life as pattern pieces:
We’ll spare the pics of the pattern piece dress iterations, here is the bedsheet Laura on the dress form, with ‘Kimberly’ in the background:
But honestly? I didn’t like the way the bodice worked. Yeah, I know; halter bodices are rare and wonderful things. And I’ll do a halter on another design, promise. I had something else in mind for this dress; I was going to make such a fabulous skirt that the bodice needed to be simpler so as not to compete. This bodice was much more like it. And the skirt was starting to gel:
Here’s the back:
(As a private aside: I love love love how the bedsheets drape, just like satin would. It really makes it easy to see what the real dress will look like).
Pattern created, now it was time to grab a reclaimed silk dress and get busy. And here we see why using reclaimed fabrics are um, an Adventure and why lots of designers don’t want to bother:
See the layer on top? That’s the bedsheet pattern. The layer on the bottom is the dress-turned-back-into-fabric. You will of course notice that they don’t quite match up and there’s this GAPING VOID where part of the skirt should be. Sad, sad empty void. We cannot have this; we abhor a vacuum.
Here’s what we do. This is a different void from the pic above (there were several) but you can see that we took off some here and put it there…
And here’s what the reclaimed silk fabric looks like when it’s dress-ready:
Again, I’ll spare all the piccies of the ruching and the stitching etc. etc. There are lots of those pics in other post entries. Because we loves ruching, we does.
Here she is, Laura on the dress form! And that heavy silk satin? ::LOOOOOVE::
And, since we always like to create our gowns in more than just white. I chose a gorgeous deep blue hemp/silk/organic cotton satin. The straps you see are the bathing suit straps that belong to the model for whom I was sizing the dress; I’d borrowed a bikini top for that 3-D effect. Worked really well too. I might need to do that for all of my models in the future. ::makes note to self::
Here’s the back. I like showing the back; it’s the view that most people are going to be looking at during the ceremony. Usually.
But the dress could use some decoration. True, I’m not one for bling. I think bling is what designers use to cover up shoddy seams and stuff. I might get flamed for that, but there it is. Often it’s the cheapest-made dresses that have the most bling. ::hops off soapbox::
But decoration? Sure, so long as it doesn’t interfere with the lines of the gown. And these don’t: they are a new breed of flower that I just…um…made up. Not that there’s anything wrong with roses, but I’ve used roses for years and there’s other flowers out there. These flowers would be all kinds of texture-rich and use different fabrics and weaves and add fun dimension to the dress. AND they could be made with scraps. Because we like to find ways to use everything. It’s that ‘zero-waste’ principle thing.
Flowers flowers flowers!!:
Here’s a close-up of those pretties, so you can see the fun textures:
And here’s the dress on a real person (our model, Talia)! Obviously, these aren’t the actual finished shots; I took these pics all sneaky-like with my phone, when Talia wasn’t expecting it. You get to see the chinks! Smoke and mirrors! We don’t use a professional studio! We don’t need to! Betcha no one else uses professional studios either…at least not the folks you’d actually trust…
Here we have a reminder that modeling is thirsty work. All those bright lights heating up the set…
Talia was such a good sport. And don’t the flowers totally make the dress pop? Here’s aside view. Yes, her hair is in fact blue on top. She likes it that way:
Here’s the back, with the skirt bustled:
And here’s ‘Laura’ in blue, with the black hemp/silk and organic cotton flowers. Now you know why I specifically chose to make the dress in blue: to match Talia’s hair:
Soooooooo beautiful!! And bonus: we shot these pic on Talia’s birthday!! Happy birthday, Talia!!
If you feel like seeing other views of ‘Laura’, you can visit her here.
Be well all