Hello, this is my very first post with The Monthly Stitch. I can’t believe that I’ve been sewing for so long and never found you earlier – but here I am and willing to contribute what I can and will probably take away very much more.
As this is TMS’s third birthday, the August challenge is to create a garment that encompassed three elements – here’s mine……
Three patterns: Alabama Chanin corset, Paco Peralta half circle skirt and self draping.
Three sewing techniques – hand (reverse applique), regular machine and overlocker/serger
Three fabrics – solid red cotton jersey, floral mesh, burn-out white cotton jersey
Three designs – fitted (corset), draped (overskirt), flare (underskirt)
Three items – dress, gloves, necklace
This dress was also part of the Six Napoleon dress challenge set by Sew2Pro way back in May 2016. The deadline was pushed further and further as making this proved to be more problematic than anyone thought.
The corset top is an Alabama Chanin pattern with reverse applique on one side.
The patterned overskirt is draped onto the Paco underskirt.
The two were then stitched together to make a dress.
Leftover bits were used to create the accessories: opera length fingerless gloves and a plaited necklace with intertwined pearls.
The overkirt has 4m of pleated fabric and is hemmed with a facing of red jersey using the overlocker at the edge and machine stitched along the top.
I’m not terribly proud of this dress as it was an experiment and the finishing is not up to standard but it’s completed and is a wearable item and a great learning experience. Just not sure where and when I’ll wear it…..Ideas welcome…..
Corecouture – my sewing blog with more pictures and dress development from idea to garment. And lots more…..
I hope you enjoy this unconventional dress. I certainly enjoyed the process of using a designer dress as inspiration but at the same time trying to make it the same but different – adding my own personal style and personality.
There are no limits…………