My Entry for The Refashioners 2017

This is my entry for this years refashioners competition! It wasn’t supposed to be so last minute. I actually started 2 weeks ago, but my first idea wasn’t working out as I had hoped. I had first planned on making a classic notched collar tailored jacket but after spending a day on a muslin for it I decided to go in another direction. For inspiration I looked up designs from one of my favourite designer Thom Browne, which often feature contrasting wool suiting fabrics, always in a very inspiring way.

I used Vogue pattern 8998 as a base for this dress. I then cut it into horizontal sections, varying from 2″ to 7″ wide. This made perfect use of the fabric since it was divided into so many small pieces. I found 3 perfectly coordinating used suit jackets from the local thrift store. Two were wool and one was cashmere. I wanted the dress to have quite a bit of body so it would stand away as it does, so I backed every single piece with organza, which is part of the reason my entry was so last minute. Hand basting around every piece took a couple nights alone!  I then covered the horizontal seams with bias tape I made from used men’s ties. I always have used ties in my stash for making bias binding. I learned this from the designer Koos Van Den Akker who often used ties in his work. And using men’s ties for this project was just too fitting!

This was such a fun project, I’m so glad I got to enter the competition this year! I loved seeing everyone else entries!

What I started with

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