The first 7 dress was hastily thrown together to wear to a party.
The party´s theme was 7.
I had left things to the last minute and scanned my studio for ideas- quick ideas- I didn´t have time to recreate the 7 deadly sins; I didn´t want to dance with 7veils. I didn´t really have a plan. I saw some black viscose stretch and chopped straight onto it.
I knew I didn´t want a "normal dress" but I didn´t want a weird dress either.
I was after tight,yet loose..*
When I had sewn the dress together and it was on my table I "saw" the 7 dots.
I coloured in the dots with a white marker pen and went to the party as a domino.
I didn´t think about it again until I found a wonderful robust stretch- the kind that might be used for a 70´s track suit. In the robust stretch it gained a sculptural quality.
This has been a favourite winter dress. Warm, indestructible , non-clingy and with massive pockets - Boots and then ready for anything.
It is the featured image. Draped across it is the "Paniertasche" **- another story.
I knew it was time to revisit the dress when I saw an octopus print.
The dress is perfect for featuring prints. I decided I wanted them in the shop.
After months of being locked up I needed to make myself laugh and started toying with the idea of a beach theme. I pictured beach balls and sand and beach ... pure escapism.
Early in her career ,the Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, created a piece called The Airport (1972).Speakers were installed in a cultural centre in Belgrade. They announced arrivals and departures of fictional flights - of course such flights were very restricted in communist Yugoslavia....
So back to the frock- The 7dress to be precise.
I have made it in soft viscose, striped cotton/elastan, 100% cotton single jersey. French terry- with a pocket on the front OR with pockets in the side seams.
The dresses can be loose or with negative ease. The size range is inclusive and looks it great too.
I have seen it on Busty women and pear shaped women.
This dress has been tested!
The very first made outside the studio was by Ronda @anakiequilter
She posted a gorgeous video of herself dancing around to" Beautiful day "
Yep! she made an amazing version with a striking all over print- it brought tears of joy to my eyes.
The pale blue version by @2ducks_swimming has a waif-like quality in a floral soft stretch.
Imagine my delight when Elaine, better known on instagram as @grandmaelaine,
Made her version featuring Klimt print- Stunning!
Then I noticed her dress didn´t have sleeves.. why not ? The dress is completely hackable. Elaine also reviewed the pattern on the curvy sewing collective.
Check it out:http://curvysewingcollective.com/pattern-review-stokx-patterns-7-dress/ (5 stars !)
I have attached some sketches for different versions or "variations on a theme "or a new hashtag #stokxhackx
Here are some ideas : with a wide short sleeve; sleeveless; with a long wide sleeve and standing v collar OR a version with both sets of pockets.. if you want to impress me. ; )
Even the silhouette can be made more or less dramatic. Do the same to the front and back- add more dramatic drape or create a simple A line.
The zippered coat version would also be cute...
You can find other versions with hashtag #stokx7dress
Please tag it @stokxpatterns - I love to see what is out there,
*This" you can have it all " is a running gag for me.
** re named the Heldintasche it can be found www.crafteln.de.
My friend Meike was instrumental is starting the pattern project and has this pattern.( in German with good pictures )
It definitely is art!!!
I think I fell in love (again), already thinking about my fabric stash deciding which one to try out… Love Kathrin