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This dress was made for Tessuti Fabrics’ In Season Silk Competition. There were two fabric choices, I decided on ‘Autumn Cluster’, In Season Two. I chose it because I thought the floral print had more versatility on what to do.
It took me a long time to chose exactly what I wanted to make. Being a crepe de chine the fabric is soft and floaty, so a soft and floaty dress was what I needed. The colours are very autumnal, and also very 1930s, so I thought the 30s would be a good inspiration. I love Art Deco styles, so this fabric seemed perfect for something with that inspiration. This dress is my version of my favourite pattern, McCall 9043. It dates from 1936 and is designed by Louise Boulanger, a less well-known name but one of the most creative designers of the Art Deco period.
Once I knew that I could design the shape of the dress it wasn’t too difficult to make it. I drew up each pattern piece needed and set about making it. Where the original was a floor length gown I decided to shorten it to tea length so that I’d be more likely to have times to wear it. The contrasting fabric is just a soft polyester from Lincraft, but it was the right weight and colour.
More details on my blog as usual: http://antipodeanstitcher.blogspot.com.au/2016/04/in-season-silk-comp-boulanger-tea-dress.html