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Topic: Handpainted Silk & Lattice Smocking (2 Dresses!)  (Read 7602 times)
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Addie Marie
« on: May 21, 2011 07:01:50 PM »

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!!

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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2011 07:33:09 PM »

The red is cute and nicely crafted, but I really love the peach one.

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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2011 07:48:38 PM »

Aw, thank you!

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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2011 09:09:31 PM »

The peach one is the dress I've been looking for! And the smocking on the red is gorgeous. I just saw some of that lace stuff at the thrift store today but didn't know what it was for. Maybe I should go back and get it!
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2011 09:10:36 PM »

 Shocked Awesome!

It is just so stinkin' addictive!
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2011 05:52:03 AM »

So very nice I love then both. I want the dress with the heart cut out how did you do that. So fun Both and congrats on Dallas.

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« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2011 06:45:35 AM »

They are both so pretty!!  Congrats and good luck!   Grin

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« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2011 07:43:29 AM »

Amazing details! Congrats!
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« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2011 09:48:04 AM »

Both of them are lovely. The peach one is so dreamy <3
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« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2011 02:54:03 AM »

Oh my, the smocking looks amazing on the red dress. It was worth those seven hours, and congrats on having your dress chosen for Dallas!:D
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