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Symbiosis Dress

Added Jun 13, 2011

by Malia J

Ontario, Canada






This is my first year final dress. We were assigned themes, mine being symbiosis, and we had to then design a dress within specific requirements, like it had to have a collar and set in sleeves and a waist seem. We had to draft the entire thing from a basic block and sew it up, then present it to the class. I researched symbiosis and decided the symbiotic relationship between different sea creatures was interesting and this is the fishy design I came up with! I’m very happy with the way it turned out! It had to have a button down front, but I really wanted to include this draped skirt into the design, so I found a way to fit it in! The draped skirt actually opens up and is only attached to the one side seam, and underneath is just a straight button down skirt. The over skirt is attached over to the other side with just a simple button.
Unfortunately we had to make it in model size, so it didn’t fit me, mostly the problem was my big butt! haha So that is why I didn’t post any back views! hahaa the front fit alright though!
The over sleeve was tricky, I found a pattern making book that had an illustration similar to what I wanted to do and what I thought were instructions on how to draft it, but it turned out it was a design flaw and there were no instructions. I really like a challenge so I was determined to figure out a way to make this sleeve, and finally I did!
The last picture is my muslin, to make sure everything would work out nicely.
Pardon my messy bathroom! :P

Material Notes

100% linen for most of it, and for the draped parts such as the over sleeve and the over skirt are made from 100% cotton voile


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    Jun 19, 2011, 09.39 PMby Malia J

    Thanks everyone!! :)

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    Jun 14, 2011, 11.37 PMby Tata O

    wow it’s super duper cute dress! perfect !

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    Jun 13, 2011, 10.04 PMby pumpkinpatches

    super pretty and elegant. love it!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 06.29 PMby emily-marie

    it’s really great! I’m loving all of the elements you managed to get into this dress.

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    Jun 13, 2011, 06.26 PMby Priscilla Folley

    It’s a very, very interesting dress and I like it very much! It’s what Carrote said, it seems like those elements should not work together. But they do! Congratulations!

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    Jun 13, 2011, 06.03 PMby Nicole Nolan


    Are you at Ryerson? I modeled for one of the design students and have been set on applying since seeing the drafting room <3

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    Jun 13, 2011, 05.06 PMby Debby H


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    Jun 13, 2011, 04.05 PMby carottesauvage

    I always think that an excess of features (here:Peter pan collar, ruffles, drape) could actually be over the top. But you prove me wrong… beautiful!

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