This design was not my own- I developed a technique that I read about in a couture sewing manual that spoke to the replication of garments. The replication of garments is often done when you have a piece of clothing that fits well and has a great original design, but unfortunately due to time, (and loving it so much) the clothing becomes worn, torn, or the material goes out of style.
For this dress (seen above- Sun dress for the young animal lover), I took apart an old dress piece by piece and transferred the shapes onto new material. When deconstructing a garment it is important to take photos of what the original looked like, that way you wont loose track of how the newly created sections will fit together.
The end-product will leave you with an exact replica of the old piece of clothing, and if you save the old pieces that you used to transfer on to the new ones, you will be able to recreate the garment over and over again!
I worked on this piece a few weeks ago when I was inspired by something I had seen in a vintage shop. I sourced all of my own materials; but the design was not my own.
My favourite part of this piece would have to be the lace fringe that hangs down to provide a “1920’s lingere flapper girl” style”. I only wish I could have made this in a size large enough to wear for myself!
My spring creations are coming into full form. My main project d’obsession has been a kimono-inspired robe made from silk, wool and my usual dependable Guuterman thread. I love the feel of this robe, (I swear) it came to me in a daydream when I first imagined it.
When it comes to my designs I always like to think about them in depth. Usually they come to me while looking at something beautiful- muses. Or, while gazing out of a window at a gorgeous day.
I completed the robe- but, as I often do, I gave it away as a gift.
My Great Grandmother recently turned 90 years old and we had a large party for her, organized by my Mom.
I thought that the robe would be a nice gift- as it is from the heart, the materials were all imported, and it looks like something she would love to wear.
Here are a few shots of the staged robe:
I have always known that silk is one of my preferred mediums for design. The texture, weight, and structure of silk fabrics ignites my passion like few others.
Japanese Silk Draping techniques by LillyBoChic