PANELLED DRESS WITH FLORAL JACKET
This panelled dress is my longtime dream and I decided to give it a shot to this spring contest and the result is awesome. The fabric I used for this dress is polyester. I lined this dress with poly cotton.
It has 24 panels in total. I made the panels run straight from shoulders till the high hip, then the flare starts. The seams are overlocked, pressed towards one side and topstitched. Actual work on this dress was in cutting and joining the pieces. I mismatched the pieces few times and redid it. But I loved every bit of it.
I created a little yoke in the front and back shoulder part. The yoke fabric is stretchy black lace with maroon dots in that, which matches the main fabric. The shoulder piece is cut on fold, I did that because I wanted to avoid seams in the see-through lace fabric. The sleeves also made with the same lace fabric. The yoke and the sleeves are not lined. I like this contrast look.
I finished the neckline with the double fold bias strip of the lace fabric.
I used the narrow hemming method to finish the hem. This dress has invisible zipper with hook and eye closure.
To counter a mild colder spring and also not forgetting the wild flower season of the spring, I made a knit jacket with floral prints all over. It’s an open front jacket. It’s a thick knit, so this jacket did not need any lining to hold its shape. The neckline and the front openings are finished using facing method, since the knit is thick, to avoid bulk in the seams, I used cotton bias stripes for facing. The raw edges of the facings are hand hemmed around the neckline and the center front.
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