The Design Process

The Zephyr- Fit tips

The Zephyr- Fit tips

It is worth taking the time to fit your Zephyr dress. Unlike most of my styles  it isn´t a given that it will fit you perfectly straight off the page.  This is because most people are not just one size. Even the same measurement s can be distributed differently on different bodies. For this style I would need a size 4 top and a size 6 for the hip- even though I can wear the shirtdress or the Kim without adjustment in the size 4. As with every project, start with measuring yourself and measuring your pattern. I would also...

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Why Octopus ?

Why Octopus ?

I can´t say that it is typical of me to think “ I need to print octopuses on dresses” This is what happened.. I was scrolling through social media and I saw it...it was a lightbulb moment- YES! 2020, I was desperate to make something that made me laugh- we were heading into winter and I thought about the beach; about sunshine; light and wanted/needed a whimsical diversion from reality. I could “ see” it on the 7dress and imagined creating a seascape in my shop in the middle of the pandemic.  This octopus is a classic image from the19th...

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Pimping your Zephyr dress ( work in progress)

Pimping your Zephyr dress ( work in progress)

The Zephyr dress  The Zephyr works best in a classic one over one under weave; like gingham, poplin or linen  Then the cloth is stretched along the diagonal it should have at least 25% “Give“. There is no zip* so it needs to be able to stretch around your shoulders when It is pulled on over the head. It is a deliberately simple shape- just 4 main pattern pieces and optional pockets.   One of the first ideas is to make it even more simple. By removing the sleeves.The illustrations below show how: 1.to straighten up the top back piece....

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Plus size styles -work in progress

Here are photos of the Big pants, the Athena Blouse, the Carla dress and the Marion hoodie I was finally able to meet my model yesterday.  Her measurements are.  Bust 140 cm Waist 132 cm High hip 160cm  Low hip 170cm  upper arm 60 cm  She is 170 cm tall  These big pants are a size 10.  They were too tight to wear as trousers but worked well pulled up as a Romper. I will make her  pair she can wear more ways because my model is into them. Adding a halter neck strap may be a good idea too....

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Getting to know your Bias

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Getting to know your Bias

 It is exciting to work on bias grain. It transforms rigid cloth; with a set length and width, into a pliable interactive surface. If you take a square of cloth and fold it diagonally you have the bias grain,  45° to the selvage. Pull the corners of the triangle and it will stretch. The space between the woven threads determines how much movement is in its structure. A loosely woven cloth will have more “ Give “ than a tight weave.  Woven cloth is a lattice. Imagining it this way will make it easier to understand how the cloth will...

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