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« on: August 13, 2009 04:34:36 AM »

Hey guys! So I'm sort of in love with this sort of intricate draping & weaving on dresses:


(at the back)


I especially love the black one & if possible I'd really like to make one like that myself (although http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a166/feobeo2/ramibadedit.png slightly edited, mind the bad photoshop, haha). Problem is, I can't figure out how on earth to do this!

Any pointers?

Also, apart from the actual draping itself, I'm also confused by how they could have made them so that they don't shift, without having stitching showing...the pink one looks like such a fine fabric, I can't imagine it being topstitched but it doesn't compute for me that it can be held together any other way! Haha Tongue

Thanks in advance guys!
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« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2009 06:24:35 AM »

The pink one is probably mostly hand-stitched, you can do very fine stitches from the right side that will hold the gathers and not show through. The black one has probably got most of the controlling stitches concealed under the other panels of the garment, but you could definitely hand-tack it if you were making it yourself. Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009 05:52:01 AM »

These types of gowns are actually built on a strapless corset-type foundation, with the shell fabric (the pretty chiffon fabric) overlayed and shaped to form what you see. The corset foundation actually does all of the work shaping and holding up the gown, so the overlay can be formed/stitched/placed in any position needed - in the end it's all attached to the corset foundation underneath. The pink gown's skirt portion is also built on a basic skirt foundation, which allowed them to gather and weave the fabric into what you see - attached to the foundation underneath.
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