Member Model Challenge - Pleated Designer Dress
Added May 22, 2014
Houston, Texas, ...
For my entry in the Member Model Challenge, I used print and texture mixing to reference the Spring 2014 luxe-sporty trend.
The main fabric is a printed polyester ponte di roma, with bodice side panels made from cotton pique knit and a sleeve overlay of black athletic mesh.
The contrast cotton pique was more stretchy than the stable ponte knit, so I block-fused lightweight tricot interfacing to the back to stabilize the pieces before cutting. When cutting my pieces from the printed fabric, I had to strategically place the print motifs to ensure the best “brush stroke” distribution across the sleeves, center front, and center back.
I topstitched the curved shoulder seams to give the raglan sleeves more structure, so they stand away from the body. The skirt hem was interfaced with fusible tricot for firmness and body. All seam allowances were overlocked, with hems finished invisibly by hand.
I really enjoyed the process of choosing the right mix of fabrics and textures for this dress. It was a lot of intensive work to do in two days, but the results are worth it!
polyester ponte di roma, polyester athletic mesh, cotton pique knit, fusible tricot interfacing, 22" invisible zipper, hook and eye