I spent part of the weekend making a “My Twin Dressform” with help from a dear friend. (No, that’s not us below!) Tackling this project meant I had to stand for an hour in a plastic bag while my friend wrapped me in wet plaster bandages. Once the bandages hardened, she cut the plaster cast off of me, and I was left with two halves, which I sewed together today. Then I had to cover the seams, arm holes, and neck hole with more plaster bandages.
Photo from the My Twin Dressform Website
After the cast is completely dry, the next step is to fill the dress form with a liquid mixture that turns into a dense foam as it hardens. Once the foam is complete dry, it’s time to peel off the plaster and shave off the remaining bandages. The last steps are to sew a casing on top of the dress form and glue it to a base. Wish me luck!
I’ve been thinking about the organic cotton eyelet fabric (below) that was used in a shirt from Aventura Clothing in a previous post.
Eyelet Fabric in Remi Organic Cotton Shirt from Aventura Clothing
It inspired me to draw this sketch of a dress that would play up the rows of eyelets that make up this pretty material. Would you buy this from Aventura Clothing if they made it?
Bouclé San Francisco Eyelet Dress Design
Watching movies, old and new, is a terrific way to spot trends. I saw the dress below in the 1972 Academy Award-winning film Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie) that I think is very now. A nude-colored, netted number likely cut very wide at the bottom, like a swing dress.
Since fishnet tights became popular a few years ago, it’s no surprise that netting, along with its fabric cousin mesh, appears in clothing these days. I think we’ll probably see more of this trend, thanks to it’s transparency, geometry, and playfulness. Here are some examples.
Racerback Net Romper from Nasty Gal
American Apparel Nylon Spandex Stretch Lace Diamond Grid Long Sleeve Button-Up
DimePiece Designs Cat Scratch Hoodie
We Love Colors Fishnet Mini Dress
Tadashi Shoji Origami Dress from Neiman Marcus
She-bible Organic Classic Dress
She-bible is a label that designs and makes clothing in San Francisco. Turns out they are making their best-selling dress in an organic cotton, hemp and lycra blend. The fit on this dress is fabulous thanks to a bias cut panel, which forms a pretty cowl neck. Ties at either side of the torso allow for a custom body-hugging fit. Pretty and elegant, this look will take you easily from day to night.
Spun Diane Wrap Dress
Mountains of the Moon Wrap Dress
Who knew the world of sustainable fashion had so many wrap dresses to offer? I’d try Spun‘s Diane dress for a night on the town, Mountains of the Moon‘s version for a weekend jaunt in Napa, and IDEO‘s black number for a weekday when you need to make a quick transition between night and day.
Patagonia Lithia Dress
Patagonia gets sustainable, modern chic right with this dress made of 55% organic cotton and 45% Tencel. A drawstring neck flatters the shoulders, while a tie band accentuates the waist. With pockets and a long length, this piece is perfect for your next adventure in tropical terrain.
Plastic Spoon Dress 1 (close up)
Plastic Spoon Dress 1
Recently at the Hospice d’Havré near Lille, France, an exposition entitled “The Dress: A Plastic Object” showcased dresses made from unusual materials, such as plastic spoons (shown above.) This led to a search on Google and Flickr, which turned up these finds. Care to comment on your favorite?
Plastic Spoon Dress 2
Julie Gallo Plastic Spoon Dress