The moment she walked on stage, you could hear the audience take a breath.
I'd seen the dress in fitting over several weeks, but this was the first time I'd truly seen it on a person. Hairspray was a wonderful play, but my favorite part was the movement of the singers in their bias cut siren's outfits. Dress forms sometimes hide the beauty a well cut outfit may reveal.
Bias cut clothing is always beautiful on a woman, but they are certainly more trouble to do the math on. This week, I did my version of it with a kimono twist inspired by a great 1960s French designer I respect. I also thought I would do two version just to show you the importance of using good fabric. Both dresses are cut from the same pattern, the main difference is the dress on the left uses cheap chinese polyester while the dress on the right uses beautiful lined US cotton knit. People often wonder why they get weird sagging guts or lumps. It often has to do with the fabric used. If you can afford nothing else, buy yourself the best quality fabric you can afford.
I shall attempt to give you a real model to view it on next week while we are inspired by an Italian master I respect I studied while working on Cinderella last month. Happy travels everyone.
Dara and Nash are two happily married craftspeople who love making practical beautiful things.