Sunday, August 2, 2009

BLACK WAVE COCKTAIL DRESS

I name this dress “Black Wave” after I saw the pics. I took them out side, facing the bay, and with the wind, the flounces could not stay still. The skirt was dancing with the wind, having a grand o’ time. I thought on waiting till the wind came down, but I wanted the morning light, so there was not other chose, other than wait till another day.

I made the skirt of the dress in Satin Silk soft organza, the body of the skirt was underline with silk organza for support and to carry all the markings needed for the skirt.

Lace, black and brown silk organza were use for the bodice, nude china silk to underline.






























Velvet ribbon was used for the waist band and straps.


















On the next pics I’m showing some of the process of making the dress,
After I did the skirt, it was a matter of finding out, what look I wanted for the bodice. I try doing something a bit different and not so predictable. There were some printed fabrics on my stash, so I went to play with them and see what it would come out of it.









As you see on this pic I liked the stripe fabric with the lace over it, the problem was the fabric is a poly. Although it was a good look, modern and fun, I just was not comfortable mixing fibers on this dress.






Back to square one! The dress will be as I originally though of it, bodice over a nude look.

Most often I use three layers of fabrics to create a nude color when I’m using lace.
Depending on the intensity of the lining color, I’d use a brown organza and, like in this case a black over the brown.




As you see on the pics, just the brown organza over the nude lining did not give me enough dept, the black organza over the brown did.














hand sewing the lace over the bodice.












Traditional hem with lace ribbon








I use paper bags for ironing over seams, using this technique you prevent seam imprints on the fabric. [I use a lot of kitchen tools with my ironing, will post about it some time soon]








Here you’d see how I closed the back of the skirt. The pattern has a flounce that overlaps the center back seam. Using baby snaps on the flounce and the waist seam to close the back. The bow also has a snap to hold it in place.












With the center back closed you can’t see the center back seam,


28 comments:

patsijean said...

You do beautiful work, Barriento. I have been sewing for many years, but will never reach your level. If I ever win the lottery, you can make an outfit for me and I will treasure it.

Shannon said...

Simply stunning!

Summerset said...

Oh, it just screams elegant cocktail party! The plunging neck, the velvet trim, it is all beautiful.

Daisy said...

Your idea of using two different colors toline the lace is brilliant. The dress is absolutely beautiful.

Gorgeous Things said...

That is just beautiful! I love the idea of the stripe underlay. Pity the fabrics didn't work out.

Bunny said...

Cruz, this is absolutely stunning. I never would have thought of the black and brown and nude to give the lace the depth it needed. You are such an artist.

ClaireOKC said...

I love how this came out - elegant, classic and yet so much to it - that "simple" stuff shows all the errors, and this was a clean as a whistle!

Tany said...

Simply stunning! Beautiful Couture work!

CORTEYGRIF said...

Absolutely beautiful!
I love all things with waves,
and you make a perfect job.
ROSA

Audrey said...

What a gorgeous dress! I love the mix of the flounces in the skirt and the lace in the bodice. It looks like it would be both flattering and fun to wear(the movement of the skirt). And as always I learn so much from your photos on the finishing details.

hope said...

I have been a visitor to your blog for one year now, and I was inspired by your work to go back to sewing and I am now sewing party dresses for myself and my friends. I like all your work and still waiting for the final result of that stunning wedding dress.
Barriento, can you please make a small tutorial on how to make rushing. There is lots of ruched bodice gowns and dresses in the shops and the fashion magazines and I tried to make one but I did not get nice result. Do I have to work on bias or on grain and how I anchor all those small pleats on the base piece?

zeynep said...

ı will watching you,
perfect dresses,
and best idea's thank lot

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Trudy Callan said...

Cruz, this dress is fabulous! I love the movement. It is so utterly feminine and elegant.

Trudy Callan said...

I have just gone through all of the posts on your blog. Love your blog. I have signed up as a follower and put your blog on my blog roll.

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