12 06 2012

the Cultured Girl’s dress

Hello, here is my latest piece from “minus the sun, night all day” collection. It is a simple dress with breast darts and no shaping at the waist. Made with navy cotton drill, baby blue and orange cotton fabric with crocheted black silk yarn at the hem with gold beads. The concept for this dress is a double star. A double star is a star consisting of two stars which are close (it looks like a single star from far away) and linked by gravity making then orbit around the same centre. I have used a famous double star called Albireo as the motif of the pockets. It is famous because of the colour contrast of the two stars, orange and blue. It is very interesting to learn about stars… It will be nice to have an astronomy geek as a boy/girlfriend.

Close up of the neckline
There are two cut out circles, one each for front and back. They are linked with a hand stitched dashed line in grey. I tried to represent how two stars are related to each other in a double star.

Close up of the neckline showing the hand stitched facing in blanket stitch

The two flap pockets representing the stars of Albireo, the orange one is bigger than the blue one. They are hand embroidered with the star inspired pattern in the same colour thread as the fabric. When you lift the flaps the inside is embroidered as well and the shapes of the pockets become complete circles.

Close up of the hem with silk crocheted trimmings in black with gold beads. I like the contrast of gold against the dark fabric making it remind me of the night sky.