Oriental Influence

Just like so many in the fashion industry I have caught the oriental influence bug.  A few days ago I posted that I was finally going to be sewing for me (see here).  Well, today I got started on MY projects.

The first outfit I am making for me will be this dress and jacket. . .
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The fabric I chose will give the outfit an oriental influence.
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A little closer look at the pattern will help you see why I chose this one.  This dress has a long, flowing, a-line skirt, a back zipper but the winning detail is the princess seams. 
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Princess seams start above the bust at the armhole and curve across the bust and come all the way down to the hem.  This adds a vertical line to the design which is very slimming (and I definitely need slimming).
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Notice the round curve in this piece.  It will go across the front of the bust.  Dresses with these seams have a center front and side front instead of just a single piece for the front.

Many skirts have this same detail (a side front, front, side back, and back) and it is called a gored skirt.  These skirts are very popular for the same reason-they are very slimming.

I have the dress all cut out and ready to go and hope to start sewing tomorrow.  I will keep you posted of my progress.

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2 Responses to Oriental Influence

  1. louisianalurker says:

    Patti, The fabric is very pretty.

  2. pattisoriginals says:

    Thanks, awhile back I was invited to participate in a sales promotion entitled “East Meets West”. I bought this fabric to create an outfit for a child for that promo. Life happened and I never got around to it, so I claimed the fabric for me! Patti

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