Dress Diary Part 1
The journey has finally begun! The theme of next year’s Your Wardrobe Competition is a character from literature. Exciting, isn’t it?! I haven’t been able to decide on which character to go for, as I feel like I can’t go down the Jane Austen lane and yet another regency gown. Unfortunately the Elizabeth Gaskell characters are from particular years which I am not willing to spend a year on recreating and the wonderful characters of Dickens are of wrong ages for me. There are some sympathetic background characters in Astrid Lindgren’s books, but I have already made a competition piece inspired by her Edwardian teachers. I have already seen many go for my dear Tolkien characters. I thouhgt a while of making a dress for David Eddings’ Polgara. Then there is a character in the Narnia book “The Silver Throne”, which actually has tickled my mind for many years – the snake witch! When I was a child I dreamed of designing a dress for her, but then I lacked the skill to carry it out. Now, as a member of the Stitchling Society, surrounded by true masters, I think that I actually might be able to pull it through!
The Snake Witch
I read the passages with the witch again (in Swedish). She is obviously the most beautiful creature Prince Rilian has ever beheld. Haha! She is very slender, with curly hair and a little sparkly skin. Her dress is flowy, in a venomous green colour.
I want to make a dress for this lovely lady! In order to get such a slim waist, I will need a corset with waist reduction and breast padding. As I like the victorian take on the medieval fashions, I will make what I call a Medievorian dress. I will use my lightweight dupioni fabric from Buchara, hoping to create a flowy texture on top of the corset base.
I made a self drafted corset pattern by Cathy Hay’s tutorial, years ago. Because of lack of money and thus lack of the right materials I have never finished it. I have returned to it several times, though, and drawn cryptical lines… I believe I originally made it for giving 2″ waist reduction and some push up.
Here comes my several mockups.
Now I am ready for draping the foundation layer and then the dress on the corset mockup. Hopefully I will have time both for finishing the corset, the dress and accessories in time for the competition.