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...
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).