Intro: I am wanting to create a light-up dress in the next coming months. In order to make it I have to first learn how a dress is properly made as I have never made a full life-sized dress before. I have made miniature lehnga for dolls in the past but the dress type I am wanting to create is Anarkali.
What I created: In my opinion it would be best if I learned how to put together a simple one first before diving into a more elaborate work. I decided to create a simple dress that would be made using pleats and not a full circle made of one piece. To test things out I made a small version for a doll first to make sure I understood how to evenly measure each pleat type.
Typically the pleats (kali) are all the same in size and shape but I am going to make more of a traditional skirt as I do not want that many pleats for this test dress. The traditional method has the biggest pleat in the center (2 as one goes on the front and the secon on the back) with the side pleats being smaller in width.
This doll dress currently has 5 pleats (sections of fabric) for the front and 5 for the back with a total of 10 sections creating a full circle. I am going to use this as a model to create a full size dress using more than 10 pleats if this is the method I end up choosing.
The fabric I used for this doll dress was really the wrong type of fabric to be using for tests... lesson well learned. It was all I had available at the time in scraps. I originally created the top part of the dress (blouse section) in model of what I would create for a life size dress but I had to change that as it does not fit the doll due to the doll not having proper portions. So I re-created the blouse similar to the small one piece that she came with. Things worked out better that way. I know I am going to have to see if I can cut the circle skirt in proper size so I might create another mini dress to test that out... or just stick to newspaper.
What I would change: I would pick a better fabric to make even this test with... It does not help when the fabric you are working with frays with the simplest touch. I would pick a bigger test subject, such as a bigger doll or even a child sized dress.
Final thoughts: I am thinking after some research that I might end up using a combination of both skirt types. Using the pleats at the top for the main fabric then using the umbrella (circle cut) skirt for the lining with other materials in between to add form to the skirt. Has anyone attempted something of this scale before?
I used to be a digital artist but switched back to traditional art as I feel more connected with the art I create this way. Currently, I create art whenever I can for art trades and commissions. I have worked with clay (earth clay to modern forms like Polymer, Sculpey, even Air Dry clay) along with watercolors, acrylics, oil paints, pastels, charcoal, pen and pencil drawings, India ink, Chinese Colors, wires, felt fabric, yarn, weaving, basket making, and the list goes on and on. I am currently working on exploring nail art, make-up, dress making, scrapbooking, and small canvas art.
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