Good artists copy, great artists steal. Famous quote by Pablo Picasso. Fits my agenda on this project pretty well, however, not to the extreme extent of stealing someone’s work. I was merely inspired to create my own interpretation.
This is a dress from Audra Fall 2017 Ready to Wear collection (here it is in full). What I like about this dress is ruffles and gathers coming together to create quite a romantic dress out of a rather serious (if not boring) fabric. What I am not so keen on is that there is a lot of the same (mundane) fabric. But I get it, it is a winter collection, warm and cosy just about does it anyway.
My version is a white blouse – making a dress would be too obvious. I used both right and wrong – shiny and dull – sides of fabric. The ruffle, that goes all the way from the front to and across the back, separates the placement of shiny and dull pieces.
I didn’t use a pattern, but I didn’t quite drape the fabric either. I ‘dressed’ my mannequin in paper, then finished the pattern on a flat surface. The blouse is tight fitting, so to get into it, I needed to insert three zips – two side seam zips (one opening upwards and one downwards) and a centre back zip.
Now, the outcome is maybe naturally a little too flamboyant for me, but a small step outside of the comfort zone is not necessarily a bad thing, I don’t think.
On a side note. Making things on a mannequin – or draping – is not something I will be doing again, as I didn’t enjoy it as much as I though I would. I have also grown tired of using commercial patterns. While I will still be buying Burda (and a Russian sewing magazine of similar format), I am ready to finally try my hand at pattern drafting!
Also features: Trousers – M&S, Shoes – French Connection.