Added Aug 15, 2013
This was a custom made dress for a client from a fundraiser event here in my home town. I first drafted the pattern using the woman’s measurements. After the first pattern was drafted I made a mock up dress to make sure the fit was correct. I had to make some small adjustments in the shoulders, but other than that the fit was fine. Once the adjustments were made to the pattern I started the construction on the real dress. I wanted to keep the design of the actual dress pretty simple, because there’s so much work that went into the print. The pattern on the fabric was all hand drawn using fine point Sharpies. I lost track of how much time went into the doodling, but I’m sure it was over 15 hours of just doodling.
And to answer the question that I know many of you are probably thinking – yes the dress is for the most part water resistant. I did a test with water and it was fine as long as there was no aggressive scrubbing (when I did scrub it just faded a little). Since the dress is made from linen it will have to be dry cleaned anyway, so fading should not be a problem.
The dress is fully lined with an invisible zipper in the back of the dress. There is a placket of hand covered buttons over the zipper to create a little vintage element – but without actually having up button up the whole dress.
More details over on my blog: http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2013/08/custom-made-hand-printed-dress.html
Linen, lining, grosgrain ribbon, invisible zipper, thread, blue fine point sharpies, buttons, glue.
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