From scratch, Stash diet/ Scrap revival

Experiments in draping #1: The asymetric dress

    So I’m on a stash diet. You know, that’s what you do when you have more fabric than space to hold it. The plan is to use up what I already have first, before I buy any new fabric, as I promised myself in January.

    I had this fabric lying around, left over from a self drafted disaster pair of trousers, and I just felt too lazy to find a pattern, copy the pattern, cut the fabric out neatly, then sew it all together (you know the drill)… So I decided to just copy the neckline and armholes of one of my favorite low-back (knit) tops, and use that as a guide to draft a pattern. It was supposed to be the base of a subtraction cut top (will blog about this later), but I decided to make a draped dress instead. I used the wrong (matte) side of the fabric for the top, and the right (shiny) side of it for the skirt bit. I normally don’t wear dresses without a cinched in waist, so when I was experimenting with the draping, I tried to give some definition to my waist while keeping it minimal/modern at the same time.

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The pocket (“hidden” in the seams on the waist) was something I wanted to try for a long time, and I quite like how it turned out! I’m pretty sure the draping is not done as it’s supposed to be done, as it is pulling that side quite a bit, but it works anyway!

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The good

The fabric was very slippery, but pressing it was a joy! I’m pretty happy with how the tiny hem and my first ever facing turned out.

The bad

There are slits on the sides of the dress to allow more movement, but it’s still absolutely useless when it comes to cycling. I ended up having to pull the whole skirt bit up to my waist (yes, basically riding in my tights), covering myself with my cardigan. This is obviously not a solution, so I will add godets and insert invisible zippers to hide them for non-riding times, essentially turning a pencil dress into an A-line one. Or make it into a t-shirt. 🙂

Lessons learned
  • The tissue paper cutting technique really works like magic with silk-like fabrics,
  • Pressing with a wet cloth/steam makes for perfect seam, but once they are set, they are there forever…
  • This tiny hem sewing technique.
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8 thoughts on “Experiments in draping #1: The asymetric dress

  1. This is beautiful! It’s unique but also very modern, which suits your style perfectly. Love it! I really like the contrast between the matte and shiny. Perhaps I will have to try draping one day too. 🙂

    • You should! The way you pay attention to the smallest details when making toilles, would definitely pay off if you’d give it a try. It’s also great for when you have some cheap fabric and you just feel like playing a bit. 🙂

      • Yes! 🙂 I have never tried anything like that, but it sounds really fun! Good things can happen outside the comfort zone after all

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