Spring / Summer 2020 ~ The Parisian Collection

The Fourth Dress in the Collection – Dress Charlotte.

The mock up dress in cotton muslin is finished and amendments have been taken and saved. This toile was quite enjoyable to make for some reason – I think I liked the simplicity and uniqueness of this dress. Its made in cotton muslin and is only at mock up stage right now, 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, basically its a good idea of the completed design. The Charlotte dress just like the April dress, before, has been inspired from a recent trip to Paris and seeing the art nouvaeu street iron work, such as the stylized metal around the metro entrances and exits, the lamp stands and the fountains.

Dress 4. S.S 2020


The key features to this dress are its spaghetti straps (not shown) its asymmetrical front and back paneled bodice it’s empire line band and its very pleated and floaty A line skirt half; which will have 2 layers to it, hopefully, one natural silk layer and one light chiffon overlay – this should accentuate the ethereal qualities of the skirt style. The Charlotte dress  like most of my dresses has a small to medium sized train. The dress is to be made in a very interesting silk rayon which is in Ivory colour and silk chiffon which is yet to be bought. However, Id like to get a similar if not lighter shade for that part. Silk is used for its luxuriousness, light and soft feel to touch but also its fluid draping qualities.

The adjustments needed where for the originally designed front bodice to be made higher since the up and down linear neckline didn’t really sufficiently do the job enough here; they should fall just where the bust line is. I needed to note how id best acheive the paneled bodice and that was for me to double up the material on each panel there. I also needed to be aware that at my dress making stage, that I couldn’t add a corset to keep the dress up as a strapless type, so I have kept the spaghetti straps! Overall 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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The Charlotte dress is photographed and has its write up now, I know its key selling points and features. I have the fabric planned and I have kept the design ethos in mind and the consumer I’d like to reach also in mind. I have mentioned my key business practices which are appealing to others such as being a British company loyal to the UK with regards to sourcing and being made, my guarantee that every dress sold will have natural silks that it is made from and a business who looks after the environment in its practices.

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