Callot Soeurs by Lorna Rae
Who was your design inspiration?
Callot Soeurs, 4 sisters, designers of gowns 1900’s through 1930’s. I loved the Edwardian styles of the 1910’s.
Describe your entry in detail: fabrics, techniques, etc.
A shoe box of vintage laces, tatting and handkerchiefs influenced my design. I had planned something completely different, but the fabulous textiles in the box were just calling to be used. The delicate nature of some of the tatting lent itself well to a Edwardian gown. Virtually all items used in my garment were re-purposed from that box! I draped the Handkerchiefs, beautifully embroidered with drawn-thread work and plain (which I tea-dyed), on my mannequin until I had a shape I loved. Laces, netting and tatted trim completed the look. My only additions were thread, snaps, hooks-n-eyes, and some silk ribbon embroidery for a touch of color.
What was your goal when entering the challenge?
To push myself creatively
Explain your creative process in this challenge and tell us what you learned by participating?
I allowed the fabrics and trims I found in my stash to influence the final decision of what kind of garment to make. (So many possibilities!) Then it was play time. I then draped and pinned the different fabrics and trims in a variety of styles until I loved it and would not change a thing.
How would you advise someone entering the challenge for the first time?
Do it! Do it! Do it! Draping is such a satisfying way to play with design and structure, and not hard at all.
Is there anything else you would like to share about the challenge?
Loads of fun! I had so many ideas initially. Could have made over 10 outfits if I had time :)