Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Japanese Dress Making, a,b: Part 1

I fell in love with this fabric and finally decided on a dress pattern I thought would compliment the beautiful design - something not too busy so that the focus is more on the print than the pattern. The pattern came from the Japanese dress book: Stylish Dress Book, most likely found on etsy.com

I really like the selvage edges of fabric and think it is a shame they are so often trimmed off and thrown out. I thought it would be fun to include it in my dress. It adds a token of who made the fabric and I thought it added an appropriate modern look to the neckline. I added a slightly raised boat neck to the dress as well, which is done with a really thick binding. I thought this also helped to bring in an element of elegance. This way the dress is swanky enough for a date, elegant enough for church and casual enough to go shopping in.

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  1. Absolutely cute design! My mom just started helping me venture into the world of dressmaking. This is such an awesome blog. You can check out my progress on http://greenchickadees.blogspot.com.

  2. Cute dress! So I never thought about selvages before, but right before I saw this post, I was looking at another site and saw this: http://tallgrassprairiestudio.blogspot.com/2010/04/spiderweb-tutorial-for-selvages.html


  3. K - love the use os selvage at that website!

    A - you go with yo' bad self!