Added Nov 14, 2012
I made this dress back in August, but I hadn’t worn it yet. It’s not the sort of thing you wear every day – it needed an event to do it justice.
Cue Radiohead tour.
The dress is a pattern from the Japanese pattern book, She Has a Mannish Style (I love that title!). This pattern was one of the reasons I bought the book, in fact. I saw this fabric on Tessuti’s website, and thought it would be a perfect match, but it was a little pricey on my student budget. Then it went on sale for half price, so obviously I had to buy it.
The dress is very simple, just a basic draped dress, two pieces of fabric, and with black satin bias binding on the neck and arms, it was incredibly easy to make. Although I did leave broken sequins everywhere after cutting the pieces out.
The dress is named after one of my favourite Radiohead songs, which I was very excited to hear then play last night. I almost called the dress ‘The Exfoliating Dress’, because the sequins are sewn on with metallic thread. And that many sequins + metallic thread is a bit scratchy to wear. But naming it after a brilliant song, band, and gig is much better than naming it after itchiness, isn’t it?
satin bias binding
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