Sunday, August 9, 2009

Red Taffeta Gown - Work in Progress

this red taffeta gown has been put on hold while i cleared the backlog, and completed orders for 2 big occasions.

red is a standout colour and photographs well.
i've kept the design simple with the focus on the pleated upper bodice.

there is a knack to doing the pleating otherwise it just looks amateur and too "done". first thing is to make the pleats deep enough to hold the shape. then work quickly and rhythmically to get the pleats even. a few hand stitches here and there will be sufficient to hold the shape without looking stiff.

the mermaid skirt gives a nice curvaceous shape to the body.

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