Step Three – Some Progress

Today is the half way marker of the Fairly Fashionable? two week challenge. I am pleased with my progress so far. I am able to trial colour ways for the skirt now the corset is in one piece. I want to keep the skirt fairly simple to highlight the batik detail in the corset.bodice 3bodice 2 I have had a leaning towards the mint green colour all along, although I find it is a useful process to trial all the options, take photos and compare. BTW, these are not the final fabrics, just a colour trial…I am going to use the beautiful silk organza and a lining of silk 1 ply from Silk Studio Cambodia for the skirt. I purchase this silk from Trudi Pollard at Pollard Designs. You can read about their project and how they support the community here. I have previously used this silk organza in Cathedral Windows and Unreliable Memories.

The mint green wins of course. Now how to quickly dye it? I decide to use a Dylon dye from the Chemist rather than a specialist silk dye. The results are quicker and I feel I have a little more control of the colour outcome. Being a multipurpose dye I can add a variety of fabrics too. I take a gamble on “Tropical Green” and a very quick dip.DryingMint GreenI am thrilled with how well the colour matches, and love the light through the organza.Trial 2Trial 1I have cut out all the flower motifs in the remaining batik fabric and backed them with pink silk organza above. (Margaret Ford dyed this and I grabbed up-cycled it from a throw out table she had at a WAFTA meeting).Flower motifsTRail 6Trial 7This dress model has a foam base, so it is very easy to pin to and trial ideas.Trial 9and wrap…TRial 4Trial 5The two pink silk pieces from the bag are about 7 x 20cm each. I think they will work well to bind the corset edges. I know it will be a challenge due to such a small amount of fabric. I found a bias binder maker in my sewing box (never opened). It worked really well! Surprising considering the number of seams in the strip. Amazingly there was just the right amount of binding required as you can see from the left overs.Bias cuttingBiasScraps

Bias 2Last night I finished the hand stitching.Trim 1Trim 2Photographer Tania Lee Crow visited my studio on Sunday for Fairly Fashionable? You can see her blog post about me and other designers for the challenge here.

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