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Added Jan 7, 2011

by ashchaser

Nashville, Tenne...






This frock is the final product of an entire semester studying how to draft patterns by hand, WOW that is tough! I am horrible with math, yet after much practice my fractions are getting a tiny bit better, and my slopers actually fit.
The inspiration for this was the emotion of “amourousness” which means you feel very passionate and in love, maybe even lustful in some cases. To embody this in a dress I chose to use a mass of flounces to give it that “butterflies in your stomach” feeling when wearing and seeing.

To construct I chose a basic strapless form with princess seams made from plain cotton broadcloth. Next was the fun part!
Since both the outer layer and flounces were chiffon I could not mark on ANYTHING, or rip seams, because my professor would find it of course. Carefully, I added simple darts and started to work on the flounces themselves.
To get a cascading effect from the right to left side, I measured diagonally across the form, divided by Pi and created two different sized flounces. These were then sewn in pairs (9 in all), serged with a rolled hem, and pinned so that the convex of each was on the right side of the dress.

An entire weekend was devoted merely to the flounces themselves; cutting, tapering, learning how to adjust my serger, pinning, basting, stitching, etc.

Unfortunately the dress is still with my prof, but atleast I was able to get a couple of decent photos!

Material Notes

I have noticed that there is no how-to about flounces on here, so I MUST get on that before classes start!




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Beach, Bridal, Classic, Evening Wear, Other, Romantic
Chiffon, Cotton, Polyester

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    Jan 10, 2011, 06.07 AMby missymellie

    it looks amazing!!! sounds like such a tough job making it but it turned out soo well!

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    Jan 8, 2011, 12.21 PMby lizah

    so sweet!

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    Jan 8, 2011, 04.05 AMby marloncosta

    AWESOME JOB!!! this dress is so charming and unique!!! Its fun, it`s sassy, fresh…beautiful!!!

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    Jan 8, 2011, 02.33 AMby milnay3

    Love it! I’m feeling inspired, I’m about to start a pattern making course this year too!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 08.23 PMby dilshadburman

    WOW! Love the ruffles! Someday I’ll be able to do those!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 07.11 PMby lienepien

    Very nice dress!

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    Jan 7, 2011, 05.58 PMby ellohdesign

    wow! what a process…thanks for sharing. you’ve got me thinking about taking some classes now. Great job on the dress too – very cute design.

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      Jan 7, 2011, 06.06 PMby ashchaser

      Thank you! For a while I was stuck in a pattern rut and felt very uncreative, but just reading a ton from drafting books really helped me understand how easy it is to manipulate everything with simple math.

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