Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Couture Alice

My latest project is by far the largest to scale and most difficult I have ever attempted.  I am in process of creating a midnight blue ball gown, that features layers and layers of black-blue tulle as well as a delicately embroidered bodice.  Below is a picture of the lining o the ball gown skirt and its first few layers of tulle, which I continued to layer and build into a full petticoat.

The embroidery on the bodice was originally white, and I hand dyed it to my desired dark blue color.  I than arranged it and drafted it to my dress form.  I mounted all of this embroidery on a thin layer of nude colored tulle, in order to give the effect that the embroidery is clinging to the wearers body.  

The ruffle on the shoulder of the dress form is an example of the style of ruched organza that I am going to lay in a petal like style over the top of the ball room skirt.  Below is my initial drawing of the dress, the skirt will remain the same but the bodice has obviously changed.

 The dress was inspired by Alice in Wonderland, particularly the color and whimsical inspiration.   Part of the inspiration for the skirt design however came from a beautiful dress that Sarah Jessica Parker wore in the France episode of Sex and the City.  I have done much hunting but can not find the designer of the dress!  No matter it is astounding, and its fluffy over sized nature, very appealing.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Think Pink!

     I drafted this dress all by hand using very geometric peices.  The shoulders come to a tapered point, instead of a traditional curved, or cap sleeve.

     The back features 3 bows, and two triangle shaped cutouts.  I have never been one for expsoing too much skin, so i used a sheer matching pink colored fabric over the triangles. 

     I have exciting information as well!  I am making a big move from Alaska back to Oregon, where I originated from!  I will be living with my gramummy in Creswell, Oregon!  I can't wait to be around my extended family full of love and encouragement!

Alaskan Princess

     This is the result of my fabulous friend Tyler's photographic skills.  The dress is mine, I made it originally as someone's prom dress, though half way through the project they decided they didn't want it!  So now it is subjected to photoshoots in the figid cold of Alaska! 

     These photos were taken in Chugiak, Alaska at Beach Lake.  A gorgeous sight no matter what the season.