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"The beauties of nature" Furifu ふりふ 2013-14 Autumn & Winter Collection
Senmendrop - 扇面ドロップ小紋＆袴 (Fan plane drop Komon & hakama)
The original inspiration for this dress is from a painting called Joanna of Aragon by Raphael and Gulio Romano that I saw in person at the Louvre in August. But I ended up pulling different design elements I loved from the Tudor, Renaissance, and Elizabethan era, so it’s a bit of a mishmash.
I used Simplicity 3782 as a starting point for the pattern since this was my first time making a corset. Using heavy duty hvac cable ties as boning, the corset actually cinched me in quite effectively for a true conical shape and it was comfortable to boot. But because of the boning getting in the way of my sewing machine, I ended up having to hand stitch most everything including the sleeves and all the finishes.
And yes, everything you see here other than the gold lace and the brooch can be found in Joann Fabrics. The gold and the burgundy is the same fabric but reversed. I love the subtle gold slubs on the burgundy side.
Valentin Yudashkin sent down an absolutely gorgeous and delicately feminine collection for his Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Flower appliqué and immaculately precise stitching accompanied ethereal silhouettes. There were billowing skirts, elegant daywear and pink floral pieces that personified Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina. Hand-painted watercolors and pastels juxtaposed the metallic filigree in a strikingly luxurious way. When you lacquer something in gold, it becomes that much more precious.
The models looked like walking vases - an open canvas for blooming life and rejuvenation. The dresses could be mistaken for floral couture, as if a garden was blooming directly on them. A palette that consisted of the colors of clouds could only be fit for a modern Disney princess and her woodland nymph counterpart.
Photographed by Vogue Italia
The finished “Fall Flower Fairy” dress and crown. I like how this dress turned out, I think it’s really cute and it makes me happy! Hopefully i’ll be able to get proper photos of in a pumpkin patch or someplace autumny.
The whole thing was made in a week from chiffon, organza, tulle, and sixty dollars worth of fake flowers. It was really easy and fun to work on.