2015. november 12., csütörtök

Peek inside my Worth gown

I had to say, I loved to work on this project, it was very different in everything: colour choices, era, and the best part of all: pattern and cutting. Maybe you start to get use for the fact, that all my dress has a little story, there is no exeption with Worth's Oriental tea gown. (... or shall I rename as, "not enough fabric, damn it" dress? :) )

My interpretion of Worth's design more information of the original fashion plate here.

This problem haunted all the time, while I was working. The reason is, because this fabric wasn't mine. Many years ago, a customer left at me with another finished gown, so I hadn't start to use this fabric, until I could manage to reach her. (I took it as my payment for that work) After 3 years, I decided to use it for my own project, it perfectly fitted as a stunning Worth tea gown, what I saw at my friend's Facebook page. Meanwhile, I was buying fabrics for the caftan, but I was sort of money, so I could afford only limited amount of it. A year later, was a massive sale in my favourite shop, and I just bought a lovely mint silk for nothing, and later I realised, it matched perfectly for this dress.

I saw it at Automaton Aliza's site

I think, I never spent so much time with cutting, but was very hard to manage to have every pieces in general, not even to pay attention for such a details like pattern-matching at the seaming line. In the end, I still had to let-in 1 metre exta fabric in the back, and 2 small gussets at both sides.
Back panel, cartridge pleats - I took the inspiration for an another Worth gown to insert a different fabric

Gussets - Above my original 1890's dress solution if you are short of fabric

Construction pictures, details:

Pattern, what I used, and the reference picture

I love this purple fabric. I used every little piece of it, it was a leftover from another project. I used as a lining in the sleeves, collar, and inside hemming

The lace is tea-dyed :)

Also an accurate solution to keep the shape of this era. With these strips you can adjust the back to have the perfect silhouette

Snaps and fasteners - and an antique lace collar :)

Double sleeves - I did a little pad to give a shape for the sleeves, but I still felt them so flat. I decided to use some extra tulle. Accurate or not? I'm not pretty sure, but it definitley works.

Boning, and of course, date and signature :)

More information of the whole project is here.

2015. november 1., vasárnap

My first Halloween!!!

I know it's sounds strange, but since I've moved to England, I couldn't manage to going out.( I had to work all bank holidays and weekends, but I changed my job, and I have more freetime, hooray!) Anett organised a fantastic party, it was the best time to dress up as Santa Muerte. I know, it's quite classic, but that has been my dream costume since I came here.

I'm still struggeling with time management, I really want to finish my Worth dress before I start any other kind of project, so I couldn't design a new dress for this event. I wore my mournig gown of Sisi, and I made a special headpiece.

The reused gown

Little bit more about Santa Muerte:

She is praised in Mexico, but she isn't accepted by the church, because she is an idol, and it's forbidden to whorship. She impersonates of Death, but people can turn for her help healing, and ask for help of safe journey to the other world.

Her colourful, ornated dress symbolises of profane caducity, whislt her skeleton body shows of glossed reality.

In Mexico she is te last sanctity for poor people, and many of her admirers are from kartels and offenders.

If you interested to read more about Santa Muerte, just click here.

My main inspiraton

I have quite simply reason why I choose such a questinable saint as my costume: I like her look. :) Sorry, that is the truth :)

...aaand the costume!

We tried to make some funny pictures, but actually it become quite scary :D

I choose you :D

We can't skip some selfie with Moniee :D Even Death is blind without glasses :D I enjoyed so much Anett's party, thank you to invite us < 3