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« on: May 23, 2008 10:44:01 AM »

So after a 2 year textile A level course, I have come to the end! The final task that we had to do was a 15 hour exam, in which we had to produce a final piece. We were given over 30 various briefs, but I chose the one in which you had to create a garment inspired by a painter/painting. My painter was Egon Schiele, who I love, using his paintings of houses as inspiration.

This is what I came up with, although I can't help but think that the photos don't really do it justice.

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I love all the details on it, however the actual construction of the dress is rather awful as I drafted the pattern myself and essentially winged it, tbh! I cringe just looking at those back darts, haha.
Those pleats at the bottom were murder. They took me hours and hours and even more hours. Luckily, they were counted as prep, so I got to do them at home, otherwise I would have spent the whole 15 hours making them! They're really tiny, and do look rather adorable if I do say so myself...! I left the edges raw, so they create a feathery fringed edge in a way, which was good as I looked at 1920s dresses as well. I fancy making a whole skirt of them, although I don't know if I have the patience, hehe.

This is a close up of the collar Smiley

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I cut out all of the shapes using a soldering iron on polyester chiffon. It gave it a lovely edge. There ended up being 4 layers, each with "window" cut outs (I became very interested in house windows as an icon!) and random areas of machine embroidery. They were then sewn together and fasten with a clasp at the back. It is completely detachable from the dress, so it can be worn on it's own if you wish!

I'd love to get your feedback on this. I'm feeling pretty pleased with it!
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008 10:51:14 AM »

sweet!
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2008 11:05:52 AM »

holy crap, this is amazing. I have a crush on the collar. And the pleats are adorable!!This is a garment that would wear the person, not the other way around. And I would so let this dress wear me.
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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2008 11:38:29 AM »

I love this dress...what a gorgeous design.  Is the collar detachable? I would love to see it modeled by a real person! 
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« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2008 11:39:52 AM »

Oh wow! Me too! (To the A level textile thing.)

You had thirty briefs?! We only got eight.

I love Schiele, I study Art History too so I'm definitely with you on mixing textiles with fine art thing. I'd have been tempted to focus more on his grotesque portraits, but I definitely think a more subtle look at his houses works brilliantly for this.

This is totally gorgeous, you should be so proud. I predict an A!

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« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2008 11:48:23 AM »

Unlimited_Lou: Yes, the collar is completely detachable. I think it could look really interesting with a loose white jersey t-shirt... I'd love to see it on a real person as well, but unfortunately, I don't know anyone that tiny! I'm sure the mannequin that I used is a size zero or something! I might try and squeeze my friend Jodie into it though, as she is rather petite.

Curegreed: How odd that you only got 8! We must be on a different exam board or something. What did you choose for yours? I often find myself combining fine art and textiles inadvertantly, as I studied A level Art too. I like to create texture on my canvases with fabric, and I often find myself painting fabric! I think it will always go hand in hand with my work.
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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2008 12:11:07 PM »

I love the bright red buttons on the back!!! Great job, hope you got an A+!
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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2008 05:47:25 PM »

Oh my lanta! That is GORGEOUS! I am pining for an action shot!  Wink
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« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2008 11:06:58 PM »

that collar is wonderful!<bR>i seriously love it<Br>the different layerings.<Br><br>i hope everything went well with your exams!<Br>i'm sure you did.
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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2008 03:14:27 AM »

I'm on AQA. I had to do a sketchbook and final piece based on Window displays in confectioner shops, and I had to study Wayne Thiebaud and Claus Oldenburg.

You can see the piece on my blog, which I've linked to in my signature.
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« Reply #10 on: May 27, 2008 01:43:04 PM »

Wow, your final piece is absolutely gorgeous...! Did you post it on craftster?

I love how it looks like a mad tea party, and things involving mad tea parties can only be a good thing! That hat is fabulous. Well done Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: May 27, 2008 06:08:51 PM »

its very unique i like it!!!!!! the dress has character
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« Reply #12 on: May 29, 2008 01:10:21 PM »

Wow, that is gorgeous! I love the detail on the collar and the fringe. I would also love to see a close up of the fringe. Great job!
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« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2008 02:04:09 AM »

I love it! Awesome job Smiley And the construction really isn't that bad.
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« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2008 08:08:28 AM »

Gorgeous! And I can really see the Schiele influence Smiley It looks like something he would paint. Those pleats look like they would have killed me, but they're so beautiful! They really make the dress--them and the red buttons. Fantastic.
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2008 08:12:38 AM »

the texture on the collar is incredible! I love mini-pleats!
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« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2008 08:23:20 AM »

Cheesy Thanks everyone!
And yes, those pleats really did nearly kill me! Unfortunately, I can't take another photo of them, as it's been handed in for moderation. I now have to wait and see what grade I get! Eek!
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« Reply #17 on: November 19, 2009 01:38:44 PM »

I don't think it would have occured to me to use a soldering iron on cloth. Very clever!
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« Reply #18 on: November 20, 2009 12:08:36 AM »

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well done! totally awesome! Love the collar
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« Reply #19 on: November 22, 2009 08:19:17 AM »

That's a really cool concept. I really love the pleating at the bottom I thought it was some sort of purchased trim (In the good way Smiley).
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« Reply #20 on: December 02, 2009 01:59:35 PM »

Brilliant, I totally see Schiele in that.  Nice work in drawing from the inspiration in a creative way.  I'm super impressed!
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