Marianna of Sew2Pro has set a new challenge, which is to make up this dress, or perhaps a version inspired by it. It is by Six Napoleon, and involves 8m of silk organza for the skirt and a boned, corset style top.
What I like
- the boned corset top
- the uneven/asymetric princess lines
- the many layered skirt in translucent fabric
- the contrast “colour”, ie grey skirt with black bodice
- the uneven hem and asymmetric bodice
- the modest cut of the top
- the way the top looks a bit like a T shirt or vest rather than something too “fancy”
- the flattering shape of the bodice and easy shaping of the skirt
- the challenge of creating the top and skirt
- the deep hem
What I don’t like
- too black
- too grungy
- organza is not really soft to wear.
I have agreed to join the challenge and I hope I think a few others are “in”. So what about my design?
Mainly I would want to change the colour scheme and the styling. I like a bit edgy but I don’t want to wear hobnail boots, leather accessories, hat and mask. I do like the idea of including a range of colours – possibly monochromatic – shades of green for example. It might also work nicely with navy or dark brown instead of black. Or I could do a white version with light neutrals in the skirt. Or denim. Or leather. So lots to think about.
I am thinking about doing this as a two piece to get more versatility from it. The corset would look great with slim fitting stretch trousers, and the skirt would be lovely with a T shirt. The skirt could be a yoked skirt that fits neatly under the corset.
In the meantime I will draft a pattern for the corset. I have never made a corset or even a boned top. I don’t know why not – but here is my chance.
And I will have a think about the skirt which it probably best draped rather than flat pattern cut. I want something soft for the skirt – a delicate silk muslin or cotton lawn would suit me better, with a bit of fullness coming perhaps from silk tulle.
Will anyone else join us on this challenge – there is plenty of opportunity for customisation and styling? The deadline is 14th July.