Ladies and Gentlemen, Ellebay’s Making A New Dress

I know how you all love design processes, so here’re a few photos of what our newest design looks like so far.

Intricate, hey? My mum really outdid herself on the ruching of this one. Also, those who saw my last post will recognize the fabric of choice!

Wanna know something crazy? There used to be way more needles on this bodice. Before the sides were sewn, each pleat was held by a separate needle. Now you know why there’re always needles on the floor of the store.

A few stolen shots of what will be the back of the dress. I really should film my mum making a dress one day, as it’s quite neat to watch her work.

We’re going to try our best to get this finished by tomorrow, so be sure to check back for the final product. Also, let’s get Ellebay’s facebook page to 200 likes!

– Gabrielle Bayona


5 thoughts on “Ladies and Gentlemen, Ellebay’s Making A New Dress

  1. Hello; I’m currently designing a prom/evening dress for my A level textiles and noticed this on a website. I was thinking of doing something very like this with pleating after going to an exhibition in france to see Madame Gres work who does this pleating effect. I just wanted to know is it very difficult and how long did this take you? Thanks you.

    Emily Fellows.

  2. Hello Emily!

    As with most things, it’s difficult to do at first but gets easier over time. The biggest piece of advice I can give you is to work with the bias of the fabric! Manipulate your pleats and pulls according to that, and constantly make sure that the fabric naturally follows the folds you make. Yes, you can iron down folds, but that method doesn’t have nearly the same longevity. This pinning of this bodice took a few hours with a very experienced and skilled seamstress.

    Hopefully that helps, and let me know if you have any more questions!
    – Gabrielle Bayona

  3. Emily,
    Thank you, and ask away! I would love to share what knowledge I have on the craft =). We’re based in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada. Where are you from?
    – Gabrielle Bayona

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