1918-19 madeleine vionnet dress (pattern 1 from japanese bun...
Added Jun 9, 2014
I made a muslin out of the first dress from the Vionnet Bunka book. It was a completely different experience from my usual makes, and it started with enlarging the pattern with an overhead projector and studying visual diagrams since I don’t know any Japanese.
It was my first time making a bias garment. But get this – the entire thing is cut out and sewn on the grainlines. So I have a bias dress without the bias headache! It is not until you wear it that you rotate it 45 degrees that it becomes a bias dress. Mindblowing to me.
I have written more details and have more photos here: http://cathywu.com/journal/kalali/2014/06/08/vionnet-dress-pattern-1-1918-1919/
I wish there were more places suitable in 2014 to wear a dress like this.