Monday, June 25, 2012

Peplum Jacket & Pants

For the same class, we had to sew fully lined pants.
I used a fabric bought at the school fabric sale. The multicolor print reminded me of a Chanel fabric. It was given by a handbag designer and is backed with a very heavy and stiff black cotton. Nevertheless, I thought the print was really interesting for pants.
To break this busy print, I decided to put 4 black & gold metal zipper in the front. I love how it makes these pants look modern.
Since the last project for this class was to make a peplum jacket, I just went ahead and used the same fabric, so I could have a coordinate business attire.
Here how it all turned out.

I know peplum are right in trend, but I still see then as kind of old fashion. So I wanted to add a twist to it. I played with the sleeves to achieve this more modern and edgy look. I designed cap sleeves which I sew into the princess lines of the sleeveless jacket. I love how it turned out.
Here some close-up and a pic of the back:

I'm truly happy with the final look, even though this fabric is definitely too stiff ans yes, I'm still not fully happy with my finishing...

Here is my design worn by Tiffany for the school Christmas fashion show:

Isn't she super elegante with this black turtleneck underneath?
Oh yeah, and on this last pic, the sleeves are not finished: the armhole needed to be cut and the bias tape applyed. So it's kind of too small and give this bulky look next to the armholes...

Anyway, I was so excited to get to see my clothes worn! It so worth all the work you put in them!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Bias Dress

For my past Fall Design Construction class, we had to do a bias top. The teacher gave us as usual a pattern and we had to alter it. I was not really in love with the top so I decided to go for a full length dress. I changed the top pattern so much using patternmaking and draping techniques, it would have been way faster to just drape it all from scratch.

Bias Dress

The fabric is not my favorite as it has too much colors for my taste. I usually love plain colors or neutral prints. And this one is far from both.
 Well, I got this fabric for really cheap at the school fabric sale. I actually bought it to use as a muslin to drape (its hand would be perfect to use as muslin for silk charmeuse). But I had quite a lot of it and figures it was the best fabric I already had at home for a bias top/dress. Cause I have to start using all the fabrics I have at home, instead of going buy new stuff for each and every project.

I'm fond of lines and plaids and I love color touches for summer outfits! The fabric itself inspired me for the back.I'm quite happy with the final result. I think it's a really interesting dress and the simplicity of the cut enhance the busy print.
On the picture, I just knotted the 4 straps on the back, but I'd love this dress to be a summery one and I need to find a nice coconut closure - the type used for pareo -
I imagine this one for a long walk on the beach at sunset, just before a romantic dinner.