The Rocky Ground Dress
Oh I do love an embellished garment my Pinterest is full of them they’re what I ooh and ahhh over, I stare at them without blinking, I stroke the computer screen and say things like ‘I wish you were mine.’ Beading, embroidery, gorgeous rich fabrics and colours, different cultural textures, faux fur, pom poms… I love to show a twist in cultural elements within my clothes and jewellery choices. I think this garment reflects my taste in clothes very much.
For this challenge I copied my favourite thrifted top ever that I have worn too death and is sadly just about ready for the bin. I picked up a sliver of this gorgeous rich fabric which almost mimics that of my ‘Favourite Top Ever’ The sliver happened to be $40 a metre I grabbed half a metre and decided to only use it for the front of the bodice and made the trimmings for the bottom of the dress with some of the leftovers. I used some scrap jersey from last weeks top for the back bodice which is a win really, it allows for easy entry and comfort, my Favourite Top Ever was tight and hurt my underarms but because I loved it so much I put up with the red patterns it left on my skin when I removed it. Ah the things you do for fashion huh?!
When I cut the front bodice I knew I wanted to add the circle for the embellishing to sit. The faux fur is leftovers from the shrug I showed you on the On-Trend post this is sewn into the neckline like an oversized collar. The bottom half of the top is cut from a stretchy mesh fabric which I found in the bargain bin at Spotlight for a couple of dollars. I cut twenty panels all up just like My Favourite Top Ever but ended up using only fifteen panels due to it’s elasticity. The panels are approximately 6cm wide at the top and fan out to 12cm in width across the bottom. The dress is sleeveless due to limited fabric, she still works with the jersey knit underneath.
The beading took the longest which I found really relaxing. I had no special design to follow it was a matter of just going with what I had on hand, making it up as I went. The cowrie shells and walnuts were thrifted sometime ago, $1 for the whole bag. Yipee! The other beads I purchased from Spotlight. I wanted it to have a real earthy feel about it I think I accomplished that. The dress needed to be completed by the weekend because we were out all weekend visiting my folks, the beading I managed to do in the car on the way and finished the rest off sitting on my mums rocking chair with the sun beaming down on me which felt lovely after being full of a cold for what seems to be an eternity.
Making our way back home hubby found this dirt road just off the main road surrounded by fields of canola yet to bloom so we pulled in and took these photos. Natural, earthy shots to reflect the dress.
I’m naming this one ‘Rocky Ground’ after one of Bruce Springsteens songs off he’s brilliant new album Wrecking Ball which I recommend everyone listen to, it’s heart wrenching and very unexpected. I think it’s a masterpiece and am now a Bruce Springsteen fan. Yup! Have you heard it? My gosh do yourself a favour and have a wee listen.
Fabric | Woven silk, stretchy mesh knit and jersey
Pattern | Copied from my Favourite Top Ever.
Year | Contemporary
Notions | Beads, walnuts, cowrie shells
Time to complete | The dress approx 4 hours the beading another 4hrs approx. I’m not a timekeeper.
First worn | for these photos
Wear again? Too death till us part
Total price | Woven silk $20, mesh $5, beads $1 cowrie and walnuts $5 for the others.