The Inspiration:

Victoria, Melbourne, Yarra River.

The Dress Design:

The first sketch I made had a zipper down the front with one side of the dress being the river with the reflected lights and the other side the buildings but after trying to force that image, and after I went fabric shopping at Vogue Fabrics in Evanston, IL, I found the material that best conveyed what I deemed the beauty of the river’s reflection.

The Fabric:

It’s a luxe jersey that’s going to end up being drapier than my sketch promises. I’m still excited for this dress because the material I’ll be working with is so beautiful.

As I was fabric shopping with my husband, I asked him if he saw me in a dress made of this material and he reminded me that this was an exercise (I also had a gift certificate which made the shopping guilt-free). Even if I never wear this dress, I’ll be excited to have made it.

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