Weaving Destination Contest Entry - Part 3 August 27 2014

This is the final part of a 3-part series. You can read the previous parts here and here.


Today I want to share some details of the construction of my fashion contest entry and some photos of me modelling it in the fashion show at Edinburgh Festival.

The first thing I did was to cut a muslin for the skirt from old sheets. The sheets were cotton, not quite as heavy as the final fabric but with a similar drape. I wanted to check the levels of the hemline on both the low side and the high side, and make sure that the S-shape of the hem curve was deep enough. I was happy with it first time, thankfully.


Weaving Destination Contest Entry: Part 2 August 23 2014

Today I’m going to share a little bit about how I constructed a pattern for my entry for the Weaving Destination fashion contest. This is part 2 of a 3-part series; if you missed the first part, you can read it here.

The dress itself is based on one of my own patterns, the Martini dress, with some modifications influenced by both Indian and Scottish traditional dress.

Here’s the technical drawing of the Martini dress for reference.


Martini: The inspiration behind this ‘cocktail dress with a twist’ July 14 2014

Today I want to write a little about the inspiration behind the Martini pattern and hopefully give you some ideas for fabrics and styling of your own version of it.

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Martini’s inspiration

Martini’s shape is designed to emphasise the waist. By making the top of the dress hang away from the body all the way around, and the waistline very snug, an optical illusion is created that makes the waist look narrower to the eye. This same trick was used very effectively in Chanel’s Spring 2014 Couture collection.