Added Dec 10, 2011
Los Angeles, Cal...
I made a simple white dress with a fishtail skirt, trimmed with narrow black bias tape. The hem swoops from above the knee in front to almost at my ankles in the back. I used a fabric marker to write the words of E.E. Cummings’ “i carry your heart with me” poem along the hem. To emphasize the carrying of a heart, I drew a heart onto another piece of fabric and fused it to the dress, then added red stitching along the outside.
This project was purely self-gratification, as I love this poem (and anatomy). The dress is a little much, though, for everyday wear, and its humble cotton sheet beginnings and emo heart are not quite right for special occasions either. But! I love how fantastically twirly it is and that’s good enough for me.
More pictures and the details about my trials making this dress here.
100% cotton king-sized sheet from IKEA, black bias tape, invisible zipper, embroidery thread
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