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Petals in Denim | The Articles

I call this creation Petals in Denim.

This dress has been on my list to create for awhile now. Apart from the lace, the dress is made out of a pile of old jeans that’s been sitting in my sewing space for quite some time. I knew that I wanted to transform them into a dress of some sort.

The initial idea was to turn each pair of jeans into a one-of-a-kind dress. The more I thought about it, the less I was motivated to create a small collection of denim dresses. It just wasn’t the most appealing idea at the time. Well, it still isn’t an appealing idea to me, really…

The idea behind the design didn’t come to mind until a few weeks ago. Most of the jeans were varying shades of blue, so I thought it would be a cool idea to give the dress an ombre effect. Despite having several pairs of jeans to work with for this creation, I didn’t want to get too carried away and end up having an unfinished dress on my dress form, so the petals were an ideal shape and design to give it length and coverage at the same time.

The v-lacing around the neck was a last minute addition to the dress. I thought the neckline was a little too strong and wanted to soften its intensity.

Overall, I’m quite proud of how this turned out. I currently don’t have a particular concept planned for this (as with most of my designs when I create them), but I’m sure I’ll dream up something.


Lee

Dressed in Red and Gold | The Articles


This is one of my original designs. Like most of my creations, this one probably came with a really crappy pre-design drawing. By drawing, I mean a terrible chicken scratch of a thing. I’ll have to find it and post it.

I created this dress for a photo shoot a year or so ago. My role was to be the Queen of Diamonds! Fortunately, in my hot mess of Wardrobe Madness, I had just enough red satin and gold satin fabric to make this dress. In retrospect, I wish I had made it longer (It’s about knee length on me.).

This dress was the first dress where I had attempted to make the princess sleeves. I actually stuffed it with tulle inside to make it more puffy to show the different colours in it. For the collar, I used a bit of a interface to stiffen it and have it stand up as straight as possible.

For the bodice section, I crisscrossed red and gold ribbon and placed AB rhinestones in the centre of each ‘diamond.’ Then as a final touch, I have gold braided trim around the bodice to accent it. To give it a full look, I believe I have three petticoats underneath the dress.

Like I said, I created this for a photo shoot. It’s been sitting in my wardrobe since, just waiting to be worn again. It certainly still has plenty of life left in it, and I’d love to use it again for another photo shoot. Now to find someone who’s my size…

– Lee x

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