Drapey angles and balloons

Here’s some May Day fun. Will this idea last ?
Feast your eyes on the fascinating cut of these voluminous dresses.

Issey Miyake Vogue 1238


Sandra Betzina Vogue 1234


McCall’s 6347


or McCall’s 6350 for something more restrained.


For a balloon style, there’s the Sewing Workshop Tosca dress.


or Donna Karan Vogue 1175.


And what about these pants :

Vogue Woman Vogue 8588


or for stretch knits there’s Vogue 8738.


And a skirt by AKO, Vogue 1248


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I love that it’s possible to wear longer dresses this season. People here are coming out in them as soon as the sun shines. And I love swishing skirts. These look as if they would be marvellous to swirl around in. Though I’m not sure what happens when you sit down.

And I do think this is one instance where shape shouldn’t echo shape. I may have a triangle shape body, but I don’t think I would look good in these triangle shape clothes ! More like a mountain with foot hills. . .

I’m intrigued with how these are made, though I wouldn’t be happy wearing them myself.

But great fun for those with the panache to carry it off :D

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Patterns and links available May 2011

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3 Comments on “Drapey angles and balloons”

  1. This is very useful to me :) I’m doing design related to pockets and I was searching in google, glad I found this website, it’s amazing that we have same inspirations, thx a lot for your references !!!!

    • sewingplums Says:

      Thanks echohuang – I enjoyed your ideas about pockets.

      For amateurs the advantage is we can add embroidery without worrying whether it’s commercially viable !

      Do you like Alabama Chanin’s styles ? – a hand-made effect for less work.

      • Wow, I’ve searched about some of Alabama’s work, that is actually very clever ! There’s some chinese embroidery techinique that will also put small piece of fabric instead of huge amount of hand sewing time.

        That’s fantasic idea, thx so much about it :D I actually considering doing it :)

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