You may question what a wedding dress has to do with art! Well, my daughter who is getting married in a few months had asked me to make her wedding dress last year. Of course I was thrilled but a little scared too at this daunting task. This was no easy breezy mind you! The pattern had to be draped on a dress form with certain specifications. I do have a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and learned all the necessary skills and worked in the garment industry for several years before my teaching job but…………I haven’t draped a pattern for awhile! Needless to say, it’s like riding a bike. You never forget the skill and I warmed up to the challenge.
Everything was going quite smoothly until I got to the Alexander McQueen style sleeve. That designer was a true genius in his craft and his designs are more like sculptures than dresses. I told you this was art related! If you ever get the opportunity to see his collections, I urge you to see them. Even the shoes he designed are works of art. I myself might not be able to wear them but they are truly little sculptural masterpieces 🙂
The draping of the sleeve was a monster of a puzzle until I consulted with my dear friend who is a professor teaching at FIT and is an expert in her field. She put my fears to rest with a few quick sketch marks and a facsimile drape of a napkin 🙂
So onward with the task!
Last weekend I finally took the plunge and cut into the beautiful Shantung silk fabric that I bought last June at Mood Fabric Store in NYC. That store is an event in itself. I don’t think I have ever seen so much fabric, lace, buttons, you name it, in one place in my life!
Cutting into this fabric was a very BIG deal because I was actually afraid I didn’t have enough material. It looked like a small amount of fabric on the bolt and I thought that six yards of 60″ fabric would be fine but I really had my doubts as that bolt glared at me each day.
I laid out my muslin pattern on the dining room table which had to be expanded because of the length of the back skirt.
And snip snip snip I went until the whole skirt and lining were cut out!
I pinned the pieces onto the dress form to see my accomplishment. The fabric is even prettier on the dress form than on the fabric bolt 🙂