I don’t know if I’m going to pull this off but I need a special occasion dress to wear in just under 4 weeks’ time.
It should showcase what I’m capable of – in case anyone’ll be looking – without being fussy or formal.
Recently I’ve been giving the matter some thought and have decided to copy one of three designs:
Option 1: Six Napoleon Dress
By Masayo Yasuki, of Dogstar, this has an asymmetric boned bodice with sheer drapery redolent, in both the style lines and the volume of drapery, of Vivienne Westwood. This caught my eye a while back on Pinterest and the trail leads to this website where the description reads, with spellings corrected: “featuring carefully placed tucks and a well fitted corset, who can resist the luxury and fullness in its 8 metres of silk organza?”
Well, that should narrow down the fabric search.
I’ve made a muslin of the bodice which was easy enough but I now wish I’d paid more attention when those of you who teach me stuff talked about Draping.
Difficulty level = 8/10
I really think it’s time I tackled draping. I have an aversion to travelling to courses but I’m good at self-taught so if you know of a book that will demystify the process, I’d be grateful for a recommendation.
Option 2: Pleated Neckline Dress
I’d already been experimenting with my own pleated neckline designs when I discovered this picture on Pinterest. The trail takes me to the website of Eileen Fisher but nothing in the designer’s current collection is like this. Everything about it appeals. I love the straps and I can just imagine how sensual it would be to bury fingers in those midriff folds. The wine stain colour is gorgeous too, but not essential.
How do you envisage this dress ending? I mean, what should happen in the lower half?
Option 3: Sleeve Drama
Not much dress visible here: the sleeves steal the show. I’ve experimented with this design a lot, firstly by making a simplified version and putting it onto a refashioned men’s shirt (you can download the pattern PDF). I’ve now fine-tuned the pattern to be more like that in the original above. The rest of the dress would be long with princess seams, and also a thigh split like in the BHL Anna dress.
Difficulty = 4/10
And talking of the Anna dress, that’s my back up if I run out of time. It would be a shame though. Flattering as it may be, neither the workmanship nor materials are special (Anna’s more of a t-shirt than a special occasion dress).
Or I could go to Liberty’s, where while gallivanting around with Ruth last autumn I spotted dresses that would be perfect, made by proper designers. Yeah, and spend the rest of my days in self-loathing.
So many sleeves, so few arms…
Like I said, no pressure.
I have already made my decision and begun work on one of the above but I’d love to hear what you’d do.