The Third Toile in the Collection – Dress April
The mock up dress in cotton muslin is finished and amendments have been noted. This toile has taken some time, especially the sleeves since they are textile pieces in there own right; triangular shapes were measured and cut in multiples and sewn on individually, which took up most of my allocated time slot for this toile. But here it is and it is giving me and others -who take interest an idea of what is should potentially look like in silk a good idea of the completed design. The April dress just like the Izzy dress, before, has been inspired from a recent trip to Paris and seeing the impressionists from the Victorian era in a famous French Museum.
The key features to this dress are its centre back buttoned back bodice, its shapely fluted sleeves, lowered v – neckline, with thrilled pleated vintage fabric trim and silk bias trim planned for alongside this. The button stand at the centre front, which I am yet to select and purchase appropriate buttons for and the waist to hip band just before the trumpet shaped skirt half; which like most of my dresses has a small to medium sized train. The dress is to be made in a very fine silk twill which is in Ivory colour to highlight its similarity as a reference to the type of dress which was from that era. Silk is used for its light and soft feel to touch but also its fluid draping qualities.
The adjustments needed where for the originally designed front v neckline to be higher in measurement, since it shows a very revealing and unbalanced neck at the moment. The sleeve block I used is too small at the top part of the arm so this will need attention plus, they also came up too low and elongated so the sleeves needed adjustments too; they should fall just where the bust line is, hence this design is not meant for a top heavy woman. I’d also like to make the waist to hip band out of a separately different and contrasting fabric for some interest and to highlight this area, somewhat. I look forwards to making it up again with its new alternations noted, giving a slightly refreshed and newer version of what is seen here.
The dress is made in the style of keeping with my design statement of being: feminine, classic, contemporary, ethereal and elegant, with a nod to the 1920’s silhouette. The dresses are designed and made in the UK and each dress for sale is made in natural silks, I am environmentally friendly in my business activities, often recycling and up-cycling.
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