SPRING COLLECTION: DESIGN #1

Saturday, April 07, 2012




Ahhhh! I am so beyond excited to show you all the first piece in my spring collection! After months of planning and one and a half months of rushed sewing, I produced 5 complete outfits for my school fashion show. I can not believe how well this piece came out when I compared it to what I had envisioned in my mind. My inspiration came from the image of a fallen statue lost out in the bottom of the sea. I wanted to portray the idea of a beautiful disaster and the dress coupled with the mystic and sea inspiration came to look very much mermaid-like with the aquatic light blue-green color.

The best part about this dress is it took less than $30 to make ;) I used muslin for almost all the pieces in my collection because it was cheap and I actually quite like the feel of it (plus I had intended to dye everything on my own anyways so it didn't matter about the color). I estimate that I used about 4 yards of muslin at the most which was $2 per yard. Then on our Fashion class' LA field trip, I purchased a TON of cotton crochet trim at discount fabric stores all around the Fashion District, which cost about $15. Lastly, I used an invisible zipper I already had lying around and transformed the cream colored muslin into this light turquoise color using Kelly Green Rit dye ($2) and the liquid Aquarmarine Rit dye ($4).

I made this dress with the help of the adjustable dress form I got for Christmas :) I used commercial patterns for the basic fitted top and maxi skirt. The crochet trim I had purchased came in rectangular blocks and the other in a circular garland. I had to alter the shape of the rectangular trim to get it to resemble the deep V triangle cut-out in the back which was a bit difficult since I also had to refinish the edges so the crochet would not fall apart. Next, I pinned another rectangular piece to the front to add to the neckline, and sewed that piece to the back piece to construct straps. I then sewed the circular garland trim around the mid-section of the skirt. Lastly, I cut up the remaining rectangular trim in half the long way and finished the sides again, and sewed that onto the bottom portion of the dress.

I dyed the dress with a mixture of the Rit dye colors and it came out this pretty turquoise color! I was pretty lucky that it came out the way I wanted since I had never used Rit dye before... At last the dress was finished and I finally got to go collapse onto my bed that night! I'd say it took about 4 days to make this dress with school in the way and such. Tell me what you guys think of the dress in the comments! <3 I can't wait to show you guys the remaining 4 outfits! Until then, have a great weekend and don't forget to enter my ROMWE giveaway here!








58 comments:

  1. that dress is amazing, i love it :)

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    1. Thanks girl it truly means a lot to me! <3

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  2. I can't believe you made that dress!
    It's absolutely stunning :)

    The color and the design definitely come off across as having sea inspiration. You look absolutely gorgeous in the dress and I really like how you added the starfish cuff. This is the perfect mermaid outfit (it would be perfect for Halloween!) <3

    I can't wait to see the other pieces you made.
    If they're anything even remotely as cool as this dress, I'm sure they'll be spectacular!!


    ~A
    theaceofheartsa.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Alice! Your kind words always keep me going! You are always so sweet! <3 xx

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  3. it is amazing.. I love the colour and the fact that you made it.
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  4. Oh my gosh! My only question is this: where can I get one? :D

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    1. Hehehe oh Lauren you flatter me too much!! I've been thinking of making them to sell, but a problem always comes in finding the same materials again (i.e. same type of crochet trim) D: But who knows what will lie in the future! :D

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  5. Oh wow!! What a beautiful dress!! So talented!! (: The color is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the crochet detailing!

    -theresa
    collaredblouse.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you so much Theresa! I can't thank you enough for all the comments you leave me! xx

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  6. Wow, you are so talented!! Now following, I seriously love your style.

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  7. omg that dress is gorgeous! SO talented :D is that what you want to do? Design? Look forward to seeing the rest of your pieces! :D

    Hayley xx
    www.addictionstoshopping.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Hayley! Yes! I want nothing more than to go to Parsons but I am always worrying about wether or not I can afford the $59k tuition :'( Hopefully a miracle will come my way! But it makes me happy to hear you are excited to see the rest of the collection so thank you again! <3

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  8. this is gorgeous! The color really did come out perfectly and I'm totally digging that starfish cuff! I have a starfish ring! woohoo <3

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    1. Thanks Eunice!!! <3 Is the starfish ring from H&M? I saw it online there but I'm trying to abstain from going to the mall until junior year is over because I went crazy on the LA trip LOL

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  9. beautiful dress!! i looove it!

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  10. It looks so good! I would never have guessed that you made it, you're really talented! I'm majorly jealous of this dress, it's beautiful. I wanna buy it! :)

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    1. Aww thank you so very much Camelia! Yay! That's what I want to hear-- that you can't tell that it's been handmade ;) I have been thinking of trying to sell some of my dresses but that is only an idea in the back of my head for now but maybe that is something I can think more about this summer :D

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    1. No, you are!!! You are the DIY QUEEN and I worship thee! <3

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  12. i love this dress! looking forward to see the rest of the collection :)))

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    1. Thank you so much Nicole :D More designs will be posted this week once I catch up on reading Invisible Man ;) Fun times yayayay hehe

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  13. such a romantic dress, i love the story you have behind it, it really adds mystique. gorgeous :)

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    1. Thank you so much Daze! <3 Glad to get some appreciation for the backstory as well :3

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  14. Major love your dress ♥

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  15. I love that you left it wrinkled-it really adds to the sea-swept idea! And such a pretty color as well :)

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    1. Thank you Jackie!!! <3 Hahaha I didn't even think about the wrinklyness until you pointed it out! But yes I do like that it adds to the sea inspiration :) (I actually was just too lazy to steam the dress after I dyed it xD But I guess sometimes the best things are unintentional!)

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  16. This is beautiful Jennifer! It came out so well, and you really achieved the look of your source of inspiration (I think the color is just right & the lace adds the right detail, but most importantly, the piece is really wearable) I enjoyed the background story as well; I love hearing about all the behind-the-scenes efforts that go into making something like this. Can't wait to see the other pieces!

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    1. Claudia thank you so so so much! Everything you said means a lot to me, especially that you think that piece matches the inspiration AND that it is wearable too. I love pieces that are incredibly complex and extravagant but my aunt always reminds me that at least when you are starting out as a designer, if you don't make your pieces more wearable, you won't be able to attract enough customers to buy your pieces at first and help you make a living. I'm glad you are excited to see the next pieces too! <3 xx

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  17. i can't believe YOU MADE THIS!! it's the perfect colour and the lace/crochet detail completes the look. i'm so proud of you!

    pandaphilia style

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    1. Thanks so much Angie! :D It means so much to me! <3

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  18. So lovely the dress!
    I'm your new follower, if you want follow me back.
    xx Ilka
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  19. Whoa, you are very talented. Would you consider selling me your original dress? It's gorgeous. I need a wedding dress -- pretty please. :]

    Also, interview?

    Best,
    Andrea


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    1. Oh wow Andrea I am so incredibly flattered! I'll send you an email right now and sure, I'd love to have you interview me! ^^

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  20. Beautiful and very inspiring posts! I like your blog!
    Would you like to keep in touch and follow each other?
    I'd love you to be my new fashion friend!:)

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    ♩ I love all those pictures in your blog. Very nice layout.
    Clean and beautiful. ヽ( ^∀^)ノ

    ★ blog → www.christianyuen.blogspot.com

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  22. you are so talented! that dress is super lovely. love the color and the details.

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  23. oh my gosh girl this dress is GORGEOUS i cannot believe you made it, that is insane it is soooo incredible!! the color turned out beautifully, and i love all the crochet looks amazing! you are so incredibly talented, i loveee it!

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    1. Koko thank you so much! Your words of support mean a lot! I hope youre doing well :) I still always go to your blog when I want to see what new great deals youve snatched up!!

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  24. cute outfit, love it x

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    1. Thank you Adaora :) Love your name btw!

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  25. spring collection dress is looking gorgeous. i really like your dress. you can buy online dress materials from G3 fashions surat.

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  26. This is so amazing. You are so talented that it hurts me. Hahaha!

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    1. PS. I wish my school had a Fashion course :-(

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