Fabric type or technique ?
I came across this photo in a magazine and was very curious about the fabric. I am a designer and would love to know if this is a new kind of fabric that is somehow gathered like a smocking technique or if it is just pleated/gathered and stitched in place for a tight gather look. Because of the tight fit, I was wondering if it would have to have a stretch to it.
Just curious and inquiring minds want to know…….
From the differing directon of the gathers in the different colours, I suspect that this is a fabric that is shirred for a special effect. Threads had an article(Nov. 2002 Issue #97) on how to do this type of pleating/shirring that was reprised in the SewStylish issue (Tubular Pleating) on embellishments. A coutour garment would fit like a glove. This appears to be one. Cathy
I gotta tell ya, this one stumps me. The warp thread in the curved insert is curving! I weave and I can't tell you how to pull that one off. I mean, inserts aren't difficult, and these inserts are clearly done in conjunction with the bust dart. But looking closely, I also see that the fabric seams to curve around her bust line in the center front with no dart control. My first impression was creative photo editing. I don't see any surface texture, so I don't think that it's sheared. If you use two different yarns in the weft of the fabric, you can achieve a similar result, ie: linen and silk. I guess if you wove a tapestry piece with the weft forming a steep curve and then cut the curve as an insert you could achieve that look. I still think there's a good amount of photo editing.
Evangeline Lily? This is a couture dress. I wouldn't be surprised if every tiny pleat was tacked in place on the backside to a formfitting bustier.
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