Spring / Summer 2020 ~ The Parisian Collection

The Fifth Dress in the Collection – Dress Abigail.

The mock up dress in cotton muslin is finished and amendments have been taken and saved. This toile was quite tricky to make with applying the textile effect straight to the pattern pieces seen here as pin tucks, however, I like the originality 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 – its a good idea of the completed design. The Abigail dress just like the Charlotte dress, before, has been inspired from a recent trip to Paris but this dress is taken from the Muse d Orsay with the many images of women in the impressionist era. I was really drawn to the typical attire worn in this age and how it looked and how I could bring some style ideas from the past to a more modern and uniquely styled present-day dress.

S.S 2020 Abigail


The key features to this dress are its high neckline its capped simplified sleeves, the back buttoned bodice portion, the front paneled and pin tucked chest part, its hip line accentuation with the visible belt panel and a straight A line skirt half. The dress is with a clear reference back to history and is just simply different. The Abigail dress like most of my dresses has a small to medium sized train. The dress is to be made in a very interesting silk d chine which is a cotton and silk mix which is in Ivory colour and a silk dupion mix. Silk is used for its sensual nature, light and soft feel to touch but also its fluid draping qualities.

The adjustments needed where for the neckline panel to be doubled to avoid a simplified finishing to the opening, the sleeve and side thrilled fabric to be re positioned to the front, starting from the sleeve shoulder point to the waist to hip band area – something more prominent in style. The pin tucks need some attention to detail and I will look at my technique and see if there is any supporting features I can utilize when making them. I will need to revisit the skirt portion to make sure its with more ease and flare to enable more space for the potential bride. I look forwards to making it up again with its new alternations noted, and using the selected fabric, giving a more refreshed and final 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 Abigail 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 within the design and a business who looks after the environment in its practices.

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