Bespoke Couture High Tea Dress by Mooshi

Project Description

What are you most proud of? It would have to be the result I achieved with my custom fitted bodice and sleeve pattern. I spent countless hours researching formulas, drafting the patterns and testing my toiles on my mannequin. Please note this project is a work-in-progress and has not been completed. For updates on my progress you can also visit my blog on this project at Mooshi~ Handmade with Love (www.mooshi.com.au). Hope to see you there! :o) What advice would you give someone starting this project? When choosing a fashion fabric, think about the interlinings you would choose to complement it from the inside. Colour shouldn't be overlooked when choosing interlinings as they can add a variety of subtle background shades to your fashion fabric, especially if it is sheer. Baste, baste, baste....learn couture hand stitching techniques to get the best result and use quality fabrics and notions.

What you will need

  • Fashion fabric: 1940's vintage English cotton voile with lattice embroidery; Interlinings: Mocha Irridescent Bridal Silk Chiffon and Cream Silk Satin Organza; Lining: silk cotton blend voile (perhaps tea dyed).

Q&A with Olivia Torma

sleepy-dumpling asked:
Olivia Torma answered:
Thank you :o)
bobkiss asked:
WOW!!! Unbelievably. BEAUTIFUL!!! I've enrolled in Craftsy classes to learn to sew, just from seeing crafts such as this beautiful dress!! I do t even know where to begin, but your work inspires me to get serious about STARTING, somewhere!! So incredibly beautiful. Any suggestions on where to start, lol. I know this is many levels away from "beginner" material, but one can dream of creating such master work!
Olivia Torma answered:
Hi there! Thank you so much for your comments. It's nice to hear people appreciate my work. :-) And a big welcome to the world of sewing!! If you've not done much sewing before I recommend subscribing to Threads Magazine and watching their videos. They have some great beginner lessons. Being skilled in hand sewing is essential especially for couture. I would enrol in Craftsy's hand embroidery class and also their pattern drafting and draping classes if you want to learn to create your own patterns. If you like embroidery and quilting, Allie Aller has a lovely crazy quilting class here on Craftsy you can take. She teaches some hand embroidery stitches and you can download her e-book too! On my Facebook page I recently published a link to a Martha Stewart video on haute couture. She also interviews Valentino! His tip for fashion designers is to focus on the detail. Hand sewing skills will definitely put you in good stead to create beautiful detailed work! Other than that, I would buy some good sewing books on couture sewing, hand embroidery, smocking, beading, whatever takes your fancy! :-) So exciting for you! Let me know if you'd like more advice. Enjoy. Olivia :-D

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