so this is a new creation of mine and it is a little bit Japanese inspired but also a modern take on Japanese fashion. I really like the print of the fabric when I found this fabric in Shepherd's Bush I was so amazed it was in one of the little stores on Goldhawk Road.I was so mesmerised by the black pattern of this It really looks like something's been drawn across it so I wanted to create something that would emphasise the pattern and really would bring it to life I was looking to create something that was fun and exciting. I Sketched down the few design ideas I wanted to create something that was detailed but also very easy to make I wanted the simplicity of this shape to show through. So I decided to fold the fabric in half and create the dress just from cutting directly onto the fabric. For this design I decided not to create a pattern I wanted to use my creativity I think there's a kind of pure honesty when you actually just put scissors to fabric and just create. There is something so innocent about applying this technique and it really can bring about something exciting I did have an idea of how I wanted it to look, but when you're experienced with pattern cutting you kind of know what shapes look like beforehand so I had a mild idea of what I wanted to create when I started cutting the fabric.
I knew that the bottom had to be pleated and wanted it to have a thrill or I wanted it to be cut on the bias so that it would have a thrill of some kind. I wasn't 100 percent sure with how I wanted it to be but in the end I decided to cut a circle on the bias and I made the circle a little bit bigger than the circumference of the bottom of the skirt so that I could create some pleats so I combined the two ideas together. I found this created a really beautiful effect and gave it fullness and quite a lot of bounce at the bottom of the skirt so when I walk it follows. I think that this was a very good idea because it looks better than cutting it on a straight piece of fabric and pleating it. Cutting the fabric on the bias is giving it extra bit of flow that it wouldn't have had if it was just a straight piece of fabric pleated. After that I decided to create a three-quarter length sleeve I don't want the sleeve to be too long and I did make a small mistake around the neckline and made it a little bit too wide so I decided to correct with that with something elastic and I created a ruched neckline and it actually added a beautiful design detail that I hadn't planned on. That's the beauty of creating as you go along because if you make a mistake it can become a bit of a fun design detail or something beautiful and you can always learn and sometimes mistakes aren't that big that there's no return. Most of the time you can correct it and that's why I love working in this free and fun way. Finally I decided to finish the dress using bias binding I thought this would give it a really polished look and I like the way that it looks. So I hope you enjoyed this blog post if you did don't forget to leave a comment down below about what you think about this dress and also stay tune for new sewing tutorials.
Hey I am Chantelle,
Hello, I'm Chantelle, A freelance designer, fashion blogger/ vlogger and social media expert. London based designer graduated from University with a degree in BA (Hons) Fashion. Inspired by travel, photography, fine art and Fashion trends. My main skills are Social media marketing, fashion design, video editing, blogging and Fashion writing. I currently work as a freelance social media manager & fashion blogger I've been blogging & vlogging for 8 years so I gained experience in growing an audience and social media presence online. I also have taken a digital marketing course
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