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Starfish and Seashell..

By Eliza Narayna, Apr 11 2019 12:41PM

Since last summer I have revisited my work I did for the FAD 2016 competition I did back at uni.. The theme was A Sense of Place. My work was inspired by nature especially by the coast.

I am glad to report I made a couple of these designs come to life! I am hoping to complete a collection for these gowns this year.. Below photos show part of this process..

So the starfish inspired me and I attempted to replicate this by sequins and beadwork..


Starfish spotted at the seashore..
Starfish spotted at the seashore..
Starfish sample using hand embriodery and sequins
Starfish sample using hand embriodery and sequins
Starfish sample using beads
Starfish sample using beads

I then produced the prototype shown below, this was very tricky as I had not sewed with organza yet and this was to be gathered and stitched to the hem of the dress..



Prototype of Starfish Dress excluding detail
Prototype of Starfish Dress excluding detail
Final garment work in progress..
Final garment work in progress..

The final outcome, beadwork was really time consuming but I got the hang of it eventually :) Gathering organza was not an easy task especially working with organza for the first time! Rolling the hem stitch was new to me also.



Final Outcome of my Starfish Dress
Final Outcome of my Starfish Dress

I am very excited to say I made my seashell dress finally! So from my sketchbook work I tried different samples to show the seashell look as per below..


necline sample
necline sample
Pleated nackline sample
Pleated nackline sample
Gathered sample
Gathered sample
Gathered edge sample
Gathered edge sample
First attempt at a ruffle..
First attempt at a ruffle..
Finished prototype of Seashell dress
Finished prototype of Seashell dress


I am happy with the final outcome. From this design I learnt to make ruffles and rolled hems:)


Final outcome of my Seashell dress
Final outcome of my Seashell dress




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