Friday, August 31, 2012

Finished: the scalloped dress

These were the busiest days this summer, readers. But I am so happy I was able to accomplish what I planned. Here is my latest dress. How does it happen that until you take a picture you don't realize that the bodice needs a better press? I am embarrassed - please forgive me, readers.


By the way, you'll get points if you spotted the scalloped border behind me! Only now have I realized the scallops haven't entered my life with the newest trends. Interesting, how photographs offer a new perspective on yourself... what was I talking about? the dress?


Ok, posing for photographs is not my strength - I was following my daughter's instructions.



I love her :)

unpressed bodice (please, give me some comforting words - tell me it doesn't look unpressed!)
I mean scallops look good...
Ahem... and the photographer was my 6-year old daughter - she is not bad at all, right? And I need another belt for this dress.

I drafted the pattern myself using the sloper I made in Kenneth D. King's Moulage class. The fit was perfect, until I dropped several pounds while on holiday. Seriously, I was eating a lot. In fact, in the place we stayed in Italy they feed their guests up. But it's probably all that hiking and a healthy dose of good Italian wine. I wish I was still there... Anyway, I decided not to overfit the dress, but my master sloper will need couple of ease adjustments.

I will show detailed construction shots in a separate posts, especially the closure in the back, since I decided to keep the upper separate from the skirt, to allow for movement.

All fabric, including the wool as the fashion fabric, silk organza underlining and silk crepe-de-chine comes from Mood Fabrics. I loved this wool, very thin Super 120, which according to the selvedge comes from a Turkish mill which supplies big fashion retailers, such as Zara for example. It was surprisingly affordable and easy to work with, just perfect for a sloper test project. I love working with wool, and Mood has a great variety to choose from. By the way, if you are in New York, have you seen their new suitings sections? It looks so good, all the wool is perfectly organized - I love just hanging around there.

To construct the dress I used techniques taught by Susan Khalje in her Couture Dress Class, and the scallops were drafted following instructions in her Threads article "The Scalloped Hem" (Issue #85, from the Threads Archive).


25 comments:

  1. great dress, great scallpos (I immediately spotted the scallpos behind you) What did you say is unpressed? I do not see anything unpressed at all :-)

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  2. I actually like the leopard with it- I'm not sure what could bring down such a lovely dress!

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  3. I love the dress. It doesn't look unpressed, just as though you have been wearing it. I'd even buy a pattern for it and I'm not supposed to be buying any more patterns!

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  4. I love it, even very slightly unpressed. I also think the belt gives a great fashionable touch.

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  5. Fits like a glove Marina, and looks just beautiful (as always!). I have been thinking about doing something with scallops, too,and you have definitely inspired me. I love that you used your moulage sloper too. When I took KDK's class here in Tacoma it was CRAZY to watch how well the process worked on so many different body types. Keep up the wonderful inspiration!

    Maris

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  6. I love the fit and design of the dress. Feels classic and elegant with a twist. I'd love it if you could show a couple of shots of the underarm and side shoulder fit...I'd love to learn from a pro like you as I struggle with that area of fitting.

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  7. Your daughter did an amazing job taking the pictures! And the dress is stunning!!!

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  8. love the simple design of this! never would have thought to do scallops on both the skirt and bodice, but it's a great detail.

    by the way, i sometimes utilize my 6 year old for photo shoots... except she can't hold still for more than a nano second! props to your daughter, the pics are great! :)

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  9. It looks beautiful. Yes, the bodice could be pressed better, but it's not like you had the help of a professional stylist who came with an iron and ironing board in tow.

    I'm very indulgent of photos of nonprofessionals (and your daughter did a very nice job). It's so much work to make something and then get dressed up and be photographed in it. The only time I worry is when I see something that's horribly wrinkled (as well as ill-fitting) and the blogger seems not to realize it.

    Again, lovely work. I'm saving this post as an inspiration. Thanks.

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  10. You look terrific! What a talent your daughter is :-) And I think that beautiful outfit is so nicely styled with the belt and shoes. Very chic lady.

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  11. Lovely. It's a great color on you.

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  12. What a beautiful dress. It looks great on you. And it is always rewarding to use high quality fabrics.

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  13. its so you. and it looks beautiful and well made. great job.

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  14. Really, really gorgeous. I LOVE the colour and the style of this pattern suits you wonderfully! I've used that Threads article on scallops before and it really does work a treat. And wool is such a wonderful fabric to work with!

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  15. scallops. fabric. belt. HAIR. you look stunning!

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  16. You did a lovely job on this dress and your daughter has helped her Mum really well too. Great dress.

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  17. Marina, such a beautiful dress and love the colour on you. I look forward to the construction detail posts.

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  18. How gorgeous! This looks amazing on you! I love the color! Another MVK triumph! :)

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  19. I love the scallops - especially on both the bodice and skirt. And fantastic photos - your daughter may have some budding talent!

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  20. I love the scallops! Very inspiring - really need to make something with scallops myself. The colour is also gorgeous.

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  21. Gorgeous and so sophisticated! I love scallops. I recently made a scallop dress too: http://www.roadtotheheart.com/2012/08/a-1960s-scalloped-collar-dress.html

    Great job :)

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