I’m British so it was an easy choice. Over the years we watched Diana blossom, were in awe of the gowns and outfits she wore. When she divorced from Prince Charles she wore a little black dress for her first foray into the public eye. It was immediately named ‘The Revenge’ dress. Using this as an influence I created a dress that could be worn in two ways. The main dress is made out of silk dupioni in a wonderful peacock blue that turns to purple in certain lights and movement. It has an asymmetrical hem line and is paired with an underskirt made from silk chiffon. The underskirt transforms the dress from a short cocktail dress to and elegant full length evening gown.
To push myself creatively
I have sewn for years, recently more home furnishings and quilting. A couple of years ago I took a pattern making class and decided that I really wanted to get back into dress making. I’ve never done anything like this before so it really was a personal challenge.draping is one thing, turning it into a finished garment is quite another! My original design changed slightly as I realised that the fabric didn’t quite drape the way I wanted on a small scale. I used muslin to test my design and the. Made a pattern from it. I know that I would do things differently the second time around. I made the biggest faux pas.in sewing…..I put the zipper on the wrong side! It was my first time putting in an invisible zipper, I just put it on the side I thought would work better. No thought to the unwritten rules of couture! Since the. I have tried to find out why zips are always put in on the left side? I could say my design was meant for a left handed person!
I have learnt a lot!
The most important thing is to give yourself time, there’s always something that takes longer, doesn’t work out at first or simply isn’t right.
I was a little disappointed not to see more photographs and no mention of the challenge on the Sewing Expo website. I was excited by the challenge and, as it was my first competition, didn’t know what to expect. Personally I expected more from the organizers. I think visitors to the show would like to know the details, i.e. Why, what, where and how? I am sure that some of the participants would be disappointed not to see their garment I any of the photographs, I was lucky that mine was placed by the one of the winners otherwise I would not have seen it displayed.