I have to be inspired by Valentino, so I chose his simple, pleated details:
|interesting pleated? textile on bodice|
|love the pleats, hate everything else :)|
|two above from 2001.|
Sorry for the poor quality of photos again. My phone is not smart, nor does it take good photos. I need an upgrade.
Here are the fabrics I am using for the design:
A gorgeous purple dupioni silk shantung. A generous gift from another student who acquired it from a friend. He said a relative? of his friend willed the fabric to a fashion design student and he got a whole lot of beautiful fabrics.
And, gasp! a polyester charmeuse lining. This is a $1.50/yd purchase. The colors go so well together and it will be perfect lining fabric. Floral, feminine, and sort of Valentino. Mixing silk and poly is just wrong, but I refuse to spend a lot of money on a school project that I can't even wear!
And while I'm at it, here are other recent fabric acquisitions:
Grey Silk Gabardine from the FIDM scholarship store of all places. $2.00/yd.
Brown/purple-y Wool/spandex blend suiting from FIDM scholarship store. $2.00/yd.
shiny black Cotton/Spandex sateen from FIDM scholarship store. $2.00/yd. It looks grey in the pictures because its so shiny. I'm using this for a dress (that I have to sew tonight!) for my pattern drafting class.
Unknown cotton like plain-weave prints from swapmeet $1.50/yd.
Livebird, winner of the "name the dress" giveaway, please email me your info so I can send you the pattern! You have until Friday!
More to come this weekend when I have more time to blog. I have to get back to drafting a shirt sloper and then sew that dress!