Thursday, 26 May 2011

Spot the difference

 This is the story of how an existing dress design from my collection can be personalised to suit individual tastes.



Meet the bride (I'll call her S) - and her fabulous red shoes! They really were ruby slippers just like Dorothy's but about twice as high! S came to me earlier in the year looking for something a bit different for her wedding. Initially it seemed that I might be making something completely bespoke for her, until she tried on this from the collection:



I call it ZigZag because of the panels and its also how my brain feels when I'm making the pattern for it!

Anyway, the dress is asymmetric in places, namely the panels themselves and the hip seam,


and although she liked the panels themselves, S preferred a more symmetrical look. No problem say I, and after a few fittings and lots of pen marks and pins (on the toile of course), managed to come up with an asymmetric-symmetrical bodice!


Aaah...sweet!

Can you see in the pic above how her hip seam is now straight across? This meant that some of the panels needed to be adjusted in width as well. And if you peer closely you can see a tiny bow on the side of the hip seam where we hooked the skirt section up slightly at the side seam for an added bit of interest.

She also decided that some twinkle on the dress would be nice, so we decided to put that where the tulle had originally been at the neckline. Now you see tulle...


...now twinkles.

This was a mix of crystals and pearls.

So there you go. The story of how your taste can change an existing style :)

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