I am thinking about creating a blouse that uses a translucent fabric to create an ombre et lumière effect.
I have been collecting inspirational images.
And here are my thoughts.
- Some sheers are more sheer than others
- A translucent blouse does not have to be white; interesting effects are achieved with deeper shades and pastels
- With a blouse we need to provide coverage for at least the erogenous zones, for decency’s sake.
- A solid body with sheer sleeves or yoke, or a visible camisole are the obvious fixes
- Layers themselves can provide coverage
- Manipulation of the fabric, darting, pin tucks, frills, gathers and ruffles can create density and coverage
- Construction techniques are obvious – it seems likely we will need to use French seams or other enclosed seams throughout
Over the next few weeks I am going to buy a variety of translucent fabrics (with an emphasis on natural rather than synthetic content). I will then make some samples or a garment to see how I get on. I think my only experience with translucent fabric was a fine cheesecloth dress I made for Esme when she was three.
This dress had a double yoke, but the dress and sleeves were unlined. I made a pair of matching knickers (not seen) for modesty purposes.