Intro: I figured it was a good idea to see what the umbrella cut dress would look like before blindly just creating one with kali (pleats). I wanted to make a simple one to see how the overall look was for a home-made dress in this cut (they all look good online but usually not in person).
What I created: I went ahead and created another dress for the doll that I created in the first test. I took some parts from the same fabric that I was going to use to create as a trial dress for myself. I went ahead and first created a pattern on scrap paper... once I had a pattern that I was satisfied with I went ahead and transferred the pattern to fabric. It didn't take long to create this dress perhaps because I had learned basics from the first test. This second test went a lot smoother than the first time and definitely turned out nicer than the first one when completed.
Final thoughts: It looks like that both types of dresses can be created - with pleats (kalis) or umbrella cut. The type of dress I want to create is now ultimately going to depend on the design I want. I am thinking about creating a few sketches on actual designs (decorations and embellishments) then I'll go from there. I'll post sketches once I have them completed. It'll be quite a process as I'll have to create the design keeping in mind that it'll have lights included. The dress still has to look nice without lights on...and with the lights on the lights still have to fit in with the design - wow!!! That's quite a headache that I already see coming.
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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