'Androconia' was inspired by the individual scales that make up the wing of a male butterfly, which are modified to release pheromones to attract females. The body of the dress is made from 100% organic cotton sateen, while the appliqued fabric is 100% organic cotton organdy.
Before stitching the garment, both textiles were hand dyed. The shell fabric was ombre dyed, while the accent fabric was dyed a solid blue to create contrast and a more dynamic garment. The final garment resulted in a subtle transition from a light blue in the bodice to a dark teal at the hem.
To create the appliqued effect, I adapted the chenille technique to make it more appropriate for a wearable garment. Traditional chenille is a technique in which several layers of fabric are placed on top of each other and stitched together with parallel lines covering the entire surface of the fabric. All layers but the base fabric are then cut in between the lines of stitching to create a textured textile. However, this can be very bulky, so to avoid excess fabric only two layers were used. In addition, rather than covering the entire garment in chenille, the appliqued fabric was applied in geometric shapes to create a patterned textile.
I began by sketching out the desired pattern and cutting out each individual geometric shape. These were then pieced together on the fabric before sewing the garment. Once the organdy was laid out, each shape was stitched down, gradually moving inwards by one-half inch with each line of stitching. The shapes were then cut between each row of stitching to create individual strips. After each pattern piece had the textured pattern applied, the final garment was constructed.
|State||Published - Nov 9 2015|