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Lake Spirit

Added Jan 4, 2018

by JPGagnon

Grand Rapids, Mi...

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Description

This coat dress was inspired by my recent study abroad to Europe and seeing the birthplace of Balenciaga at his hometown of Getaria, Spain. He grew up on the waters of the English Channel and I felt a connection as having grown up in the state of Michigan, which is also surrounded by water. I decided to do a simple and chic Balenciaga trapeze style silhouette and mix in design elements I enjoy – digital textile printing and creative seaming.

The digital textile print is the same one used for my “Lady of the Lake” piece that can be seen in my gallery. The collar and “cuffs” are digitally printed on cashmere/silk blend (80% and 20%). The collar is a modified butterfly style that borders on a Puritan collar. This coat dress and that piece will be featured in my last student collection, “Kindred Waters.”

The inside of the gathered puff sleeves is lined with digitally printed silk habotai left over from “Lady of the Lake.” The piece is completely lined and the hem is interfaced to add stability to the light weight tropical wool. All seams are top stitched with a light blue to draw the eye about the garment. The lining features two functional pockets as well.

This piece was submitted to the National Make It With Wool competition and I am awaiting the results. I’ve included the final line sketch of “Kindred Waters” as well. I’m looking forward to getting this collection made and presented at my last student fashion show appearance! I graduate in August!

Material Notes

Digitally Printed Cashmere/Silk (Collar and “Cuffs”), Tropical Weight Wool (Coat Dress)

Difficulty

Advanced

Categories

Season
Summer, Spring
For
Women
Garment Type
Coat/Capes
Style
Business, Classic, Evening Wear, Mod, Preppy, Vintage
Material
Cashmere, Coating, Blends, Wool

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    Jan 19, 2018, 05.35 PMby sewing fanatic

    wonderfully expressive and unique, beautiful work x

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.07 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you so much! :D

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    Jan 7, 2018, 12.32 PMby matkailijakirppu

    Cool shape and pretty colours & fabrics! :)

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.07 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you!! :D

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    Jan 6, 2018, 10.38 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    This is beautiful!

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.07 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you! I appreciate that!

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    Jan 5, 2018, 02.37 PMby Mary Athey

    This is fabulous. I love how you blend the fabrics and the finished dress is unique and quirky which I love. Good luck xx

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.08 AMby JPGagnon

      I love quirkiness too! Thank you so much!

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    Jan 5, 2018, 10.38 AMby Maria Hayek

    Interesting design, I like how you play with elements into your digital prints. Good luck with the graduation and keep creating :)

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.08 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you so much Maria!

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    Jan 5, 2018, 08.45 AMby martinK

    Hi guy, first, a happy and creative new year!!! You did a great job on this collection and I wish you a lot of success with finishing your graduation collection. All the best, Martin

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      Jan 24, 2018, 05.08 AMby JPGagnon

      Thank you so much Martin! Hope you have a happy and creative new year too!

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