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« on: March 16, 2013 03:34:27 PM »

Here's a few dresses I made for school projects.  Apparently I just love to work with hand sewing (?) because all of them involve handwork!

The theme was Primitivism.  I wanted it to look like a warrior woman's dress, with a tie soaked in blood...but pretty, if that makes sense. Grin

It's a boiled wool skirt + belt with a windowpane wool sleeveless top.  There are small squares of the same wool hand appliqud on top.  The skirt is stitched together with blanket stitch and a tan jute cord.

The belt is dipped in red rit dye and beaded with various red beads.  

Next is a simple bias cut silk charmeuse gown, with hand tucked 'trees' on the sides.  It's got a hi-lo hem and skinny tucked straps.  I made the tucks with silk thread and just pinching and tucking as I go.

Here's one of my finals.  Also known as, an exercise in insanity. I draped a simple ballgown, then cut out the shapes by drawing on the muslin, added seam allowances, then sewed all the shapes together with lining & fusible.  

Then....I joined every piece together by hand, with embroidery floss, making floats and french knots.  

It's made of silk taffeta, lined in two different kinds of poly taffeta, and fused, so it basically stands on its own.  The fluffy one next to it I also made, but cannot seem to photograph well.  

Yikes!  Time to make some fun, simple clothes!
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« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2013 03:49:06 PM »

Oh wow - these are amazing.
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« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2013 04:19:25 PM »

I love the effect of the scarf!

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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2013 04:38:11 PM »

You did amazing clothes! Especially the last dress is very interesting. Congratulations!
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« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2013 03:06:55 AM »

Lovely work. I particularly like the outfit with the beaded sash. And the hand-tucked "trees" are a very neat idea. I can think of lots of possibilities for that one.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2013 05:22:13 PM »

Thank you guys!  Grin
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