While on vacation this summer, we made a point to visit fabric shops. We only made it to one, but this particular shop was fabulous. It was chock full of gorgeous wools, silks, decorating fabrics, quilting cottons…you name it, they had a very nice selection of it! And when I found a bolt of dark green wool crepe I knew I had to buy some. It’s a gorgeous, wintery color, and the fabric has a lovely drape and weight. I knew it would make a fabulous dress.
When, in the sketching process, I found I’d designed a dress with a raised waistline and a gathered bodice, I knew this was the dress for this most wonderful of fabrics. They seemed like they were meant for each other!
Originally I’d sketched little puffs on the top of the sleeves, as well; but when I did a mock up I decided that much gathering just made the dress look silly, instead of sophisticated. Just gathering the lower edge of the bodice front and back was much prettier. Then I cut the skirt and sleeves on the bias—–that is, at 45 degrees instead of at 90 degrees—-so that they would drape and flow better.
I’m even happier with the finished dress than I was with the sketch and the fabric! It’s an elegant song in this wonderful fabric, and I’m sure you will love wearing it as much as Melody and Lisette do!