Anywho, I did want to break my silence to share something I'm really proud of: the first garment I've made in almost two months!
A bit of background info...Every year, my school holds a fashion show to showcase student work in design and merchandising (I'm part of the committee that plans the show, too!) Students can show large or small collections, or individual outfits. Originally, I wasn't planning on entering anything because I didn't think I had anything "runway-worthy". And I was content to contribute to the show by being behind the scenes. Eventually, my biggest motivator was John, who encouraged me to enter something. He said he would be disappointed if I didn't try, and I'm really grateful he cared enough to say so. I don't know if I would have pushed myself so hard if it wasn't for him.
Now, I need to be honest: this dress concept was not my original idea. I was inspired by Chie of Vivat Veritas, a seamstress and Etsy shop owner I really admire. Chie created a woven-bodice dress in blue which is absolutely beautiful! I attempted my own version--using Chanel's iconic quilted handbag, little black dresses, and love of pearls as additional inspiration.
And finally, here is what I submitted for the fashion show. I think/hope it made the cut!
I spent about four different days cutting and sewing it, translating into maybe 20 hours of actual work. The most time-consuming part was sewing all the little fabric strips! The pattern is mine, based on this dress pattern. It's not perfect, but I'm really pleased with myself, especially since I finished it just in time for the due date.
Thank you for taking a look! And please check out Chie's website!