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My final Entry to Discarded to Divine: The outfit consistence of a Faux 17th century bolero (complete with cartridge pleated sleeves) over an empire wasted dress with a charmeuse cowl bodice. Both garments are 100% wool and lined in silk. Both garment are also 60% recycled from other clothing.

Preview night at the De Young is April 15th 2011 (For people who want to see the clothes, but not bid) The Actual event, auction and fashion show is April 28, 2011. http://www.svdp-sf.org/DISCARDED/
All Proceeds from the auctions go towards clothing a feeding the homeless/transient population of San Francisco.

Construction/details since my last post...  )
My teacher is going to have all of my classes garments cleaned/pressed/photographed and turned in by the January 10th deadline. After that they will be juried for the silent auction and runway show.
I Really hope my outfit makes it into the fashion show. As a costume-designer it may be the only time I see a non-costume piece go down a runway like this.
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A continuation of my last post, this is the (surprisingly long) dress diary of the up-cycled dress I am making for the Discarded to Divine Charity auction as part of a Special Project class I am enrolled in. All of the proceeds of the auction benefit the St Vincent De Paul Society of San Francisco.

How it works: Designers go to the Society head quarters and pick out donated garments they want to up/recycle into new clothing. Completed garments are then turned in to the juries, with most ending up in the silent auction, and a select few in a live runway show. Designers are allowed to use up to 50% new fabric to supplement the garments they pick out (although, when I was there they also had fabric that had been donated you could pick)

discarded to divine

Lots of Pictures, from sketch to 90% complete. )
And now bed, It has been a productive weekend, and I feel accomplished!
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It's official, I picked a dress ( my first Regency gown!) Specifically it's the 1810 Gown from page 158 of The Cut of Woman's Clothes which is an un-gridded pattern with little indication of grain.

regency,diagrams,period costumes for stage and screen

I started by draping the dress over my stays and mannequin, and then I realized I was using grain lines I had assumed based on modern standards, especially around the neckline. So I made a post over in DressDiaries_So:http://community.livejournal.com/dressdiaries_so/20330.htmlam Asking opinions.

Drape etc  )
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The third and final project in my creative draping class was to make a Boned bodice top of some kind (my teacher used the words corset and bustier interchangeably) with added volume. Another aspect of the project was to pick a couture house that made corsets, and design something in their style. When I worked for Darkgarden corsetry, I was deeply in love with their "Jacob" style (a men's racer-back corset with tails) I decided to use that style as the inspiration for this project.

I was also given permission by my teacher to drape at home on my uniquely you manniquin, instead of the schools size eight's. The end result is something I can actually wear! That doesn't usually happen with my school projects.

drape,tail coat

Drape and Finished  )
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motif gown,georgette,draping

For the Second project in my creative draping class we had to make a Georgette motif Dress. The process was to design the motif and place it on the manniquin. The rest of the fabric was then draped going around the motif in a circle. The end result was the very bizzare looking pattern piece above.

This is the first project: http://izodiea.livejournal.com/17237.html

Drape and Finished Dress )
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One of my classes is called creative draping, and is specifically geared towards teaching things that can only be achieved with draping. (Garments that couldn't be drafted on paper etc.) The style the teacher uses is very different than what I am used to, but I find it very enjoyable despite the occasional "lost" feeling. I say "lost" because we are not allowed to start thinking (No sketching etc.) about what we want to drape before we start...we just have to do it.

For example, the first day of class I was given six yards of Sheer pink polyester knit, a mannequin and told to drape a one-seam dress before the end of class. GO! When we (my fellow students and I) tried to ask what she meant by "One seam" she replied we were just to start, and if she saw us doing it wrong, she would tell us...

Closer to the end of class (When we all had something dress like) She gave a more detailed explanation. She wanted us to make a dress that looked as if it had "incomprehensible" construction. It could have more than "one seam" but none of them could be of a traditional style or placement.

This is my final result in fashion Fabric:
My dress actually ended up being fairly "one-seam". The entire skirt is one piece (If you don't count joining panels) and the bodice, straps and pocket are all one piece. Where the skirt is sewn to the bodice (And straps to skirt) is just one big seam making a jagged circle around the garment.
I love weird Functional pockets!!!

More photos, Details, and Interior shots )


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