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Everybody knows I love Victorian era. I love the cut of the dresses, the fabrics, the decorations, etc. I haven’t been doing much of this style because for a while I felt everyone was doing this. Now I see this happening with the Mori style. But I really don’t want to stop doing mori-style, I love it so much. I love the textures I can use, the ridiculous amounts of lace I permit myself to use, the color palette, the silouettes… etc…
I am trying though, to step away from what I am seing more often. I’ll be doing more sets like “Follow me deer” sets, where I can use other style of silouettes. Pants, plaids, headkerchiefs. A not so femenine and dressy looks too.
So I thought of making this outfit again in a different color palette and with a”twist”. I thought of transfering little victorian prints of roses, cats, swallows, etc into the blouse as a decorative detail.
This images make me smile. They are so cute and kitschy at the same time ^_^ I think they add a nice victorian touch to these sets, make a difference from the rest of the mori-style out there. I’m content. Let’s see how it works out once it’s on the making.
I just returned from running some errands near my parent’s house (about an hour by train and bus from where I live). When I was returning to the train station I passed a huge fabric store (that I ussually check but never buy at, cause it’s too expensive), they where having a huge-insane sale due to the fact they are closing the business. Everything was at ridiculous prices (chantung, silks, swiss voile, cottons, knits etc) like $5 or $6!!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes! So many lovely things, so little money!
I bought what I could with the cash I had in hand, but I am planning a trip next week to buy some of the silks and beautiful chantungs I left behind.
From right to left: Moss green cotton with embroidery, grey and orange cotton, grey voile with gingham pattern, ivory voile with square pattern, strippey voile/cotton, white mohair knit.
Can’t wait to start using them all up!
The strippey jersey is for the tights. The mint green swiss dots is for the camisole. The flowery poplin is for the under-dress/skirt.
I also bought these cute Cabochons, for making the hair accesories together with bows, pompoms and other beads. The pink cabochons are for another set, but I liked how they looked in the jar.
A quick post to show the fabrics I got.
It’s very hard to find nice, good quality fabrics here in Buenos Aires. But, there is this lovely shop that manufactures textiles with their own prints and weavings that I adore. Lately they have been improving a lot their quality and also added some rustic/natural fabrics.
I bought a rustic/raw linnen (with a small percentage of cotton) in a lovely shade of ecru. You can actually see and feel the raw cotton fibers.
Also a lovely tartan/plaid? in shades of muted baby blue and chocolate, 100% cotton. Very soft and thin.
And a linnen cloqué in pale pink (I don’t know if the word cloqué is used in english?). This one is also a mix of India linnen and cotton. Very soft and also with texture.
The one at the very bottom is cotton batiste in ivory. Lovely soft and delicate from a heirloom shop on Ebay.
Also vintage and antique trims. And lovely sort of old bronze charms, great find for complementing the “mori style” outfit I’ve sketched!!!!
When I visited Japan in 2007 I bumped into this beautiful sketchbooks in a “combini” (little supermarkets like Seven Eleven). I loved the idea of having white sheets but small dots for making more technical drawings. I bought one.
I’ve been doodling in it ever since. I hadn’t paid too much attention to my fashion sketches until I realized it really helped my to stay focused at the moment of construction. I used to make loose drawings of the idea of the dress, but later it ended up been very far from what I had in my mind. For the last year I started paying close attention to the detail in my sketch. Thinking of even the minuscule lace or trim, pleats, top-stitch, etc. And now I find I want to keep returning to the sketch for reference and my outfits are turning out exactly as I imagined them.
This month I finished my first sketchbook. Fortunatelly this year I had the posibility to be in Japan again so I bought 2 more. ^____^ And a smaller version for my purse to carry arround with me (you never know, Ideas come in the most unlikely places… like in the train or the queue for the bank :P).