In April, the Apparel Design department at my school held its annual fashion show. It was my first ever fashion show--the first time I saw a garment I had made go down the runway! It was a super exciting experience, I loved my model, and I was SO happy with how my dress turned out.
It's silk habotai, which I handpainted with Serasilk dyes.
I threw salt on for some nice variation in color, and here's what I got:
It's a basic 2-dart bodice (which I drafted) with a cute heart cut-out in front. The cummerband is pleated, and the skirt is just gathered. The fabric drapes so beautifully, I love it! It was so fun to watch it move down the runway. And my model, Cassie, was a total doll.
Me & my model after the show...
& a bunch of us who participated... friends & floormates! We're just lil freshman, but it was fun to pretend that we had a bit of the limelight, haha.
So then, for my final project in my Pattern Development class, I had to make a Little Red Dress. We were given a bunch of guidelines for the project, because the top 5 dresses were going to be selected to enter a contest in Dallas in Spring 2011. So I chose a lightweight wool fabric, and built my design around a technique I saw in one of my professor's fabric manipulation books: lattice (or Canadian) smocking. Here's what I came up with:
Hand-picked zipper.. it is disgusting how long this took me.
However. The smocking took much, much longer. Like, seven hours.
My princess seams fit! Which was super exciting for me... I fit the dress the day before it was due so I wouldn't have had time to fix it if it hadn't fit!
Finally, lace hem tape is my new favorite thing.
So... my dress was selected to go to Dallas! I am so excited. It's nearly a year away, but that gives me time to save for a plane ticket, and definitely a trip to look forward to!
A very successful second semester, I'd say. :] Thanks for looking!!