This week's theme was to use a white sheet to create the majority of an outfit. This proved to be a greater challenge than I thought it would be. The numerous possibilities from one blank slate piece of fabric kept me second guessing my plans. In the end, I decided to create two looks from one dress, by adding either a sash or a bolero jacket. I am thrilled with how it turned out, and I hope you will be, too!
Kiss From a Rose
One king sized flat sheet made from 100% organic cotton.
The New Techniques
I had never used Rit dye before this challenge, and I have to say I was very pleased with the result. It was a lot quicker than the natural dyeing I had done in the past.
Here's the sheet I started with. I regret not taking pictures during the process, but you can see how the colour turned out from all the photos.
I really enjoyed my first attempt at stencilling. Although similar to the freezer paper stencilling I did for week one, I liked the fact that I could reuse the stencil and just keep going. I used acrylic paint and this Martha Stewart stencil.
While I love adding pleating to my garments, this was the first time I had combined it with draping (allowing the fabric to fall loosely from the pleat). I just draped the fabric over my dress form, and started shaping. It took awhile to figure out the look I wanted and then getting the fabric to take that shape. Instead of ironing the pleats, as I usually would do, I just left them as is. This technique worked exactly as I had wanted it to. I stabilized it on the inside of the bodice with some tulle (you can see it a little in the larger pic below).
My first invisible zipper! I've been wanting to try this for awhile, and as I often say to myself after I try a new technique: "Why didn't I try this sooner?!".
Patterns & Tutorials
No patterns or tutorials were used in the making of this look. I do need to give some credit to my little dress form, though...this outfit wouldn't have been possible to make without it! :)
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