I’m so excited to finally announce a new series I am bringing to Elle Apparel. Its called, The Monthly Dress Series. It will be one dress each month that I design and sew inspired by that specific month. And what better month to kick things things off than the month of October?! Here is my first dress in The Monthly Dress Series: The October Dress…
The October Dress: a dress inspired by the dark, eerie month of October. I added multiple layers of tulle on the bottom section of the gown, and added a structured tulle double overlay shorter skirt on top to create a full dramatic silhouette. I wanted to keep this dress feeling more like a gown rather than a costume, but it needed some good embellishments, so I added black raven feathers along the neckline and crafted smaller feather florets that I scattered throughout the skirt overlay. I polished off the look by outlining the bodice and tule skirt with velvet ribbon.
Since this is the first post in my Monthly Dress Series, I wanted to give you a little background of how this series came about. I’ve included it all at the bottom of this post, along with a video, the tutorial for this dress, and my inspiration board.
A few months ago I was approached by the producer of Project Runway about being on the show. I thought all of my dreams had come true! I was on cloud nine the entire day at the prospect of getting to show the world the kind of clothing I can create. A few days later the excitement wore off, and I thought about the reality of what being on the show would really mean. Months away from my kids was the main reason I couldn’t move forward, along with the stress and pressure that would come with signing up for that kind of production. I just didn’t feel right about pursuing the show, so I closed the door on that opportunity and put my focus else wear.
A few weeks later I got a message from a reader asking about where a dress I wore to church was from. I replied and told her that I made it, and she responded, “You made it? I didn’t even know you sewed clothing!” Then it hit me. How many others out there have no idea about the passion I have for sewing and designing clothing? I have years and years worth of sewing tutorials on my blog, and I have created an entire online video sewing course that teaches all about how to sew and design your own clothing. My passion for clothing design is what started Elle Apparel seven years ago. In the beginning days of Elle Apparel, I couldn’t afford to buy the clothing I wanted, so I taught myself how to sew my own clothing and designed clothes that I really loved. I set that passion aside for a while, but I decided it was time to start it up again, only on a bigger scale. The Monthly Dress series is something I created to stretch my own clothing design limits. I want these dresses to be hard, and complicated, and challenging for me! I had so much fun pushing the limits on what I could create with The October Dress. From the initial dress inspiration, to selecting the fabrics, to the shooting location and photo concept discussions with my photographer, I loved diving back into this creative world again. I really hope you like this series!
I wanted to give you a more in depth look at my Monthly Dress Series creations, so I filmed the whole design process as well. It really gives you the sense of how the dress is constructed….
Here is my inspiration board for the dress. I am a huge Marchesa fan, and I couldn’t get that bottom right navy and black dress out of my head, so I pulled most of my inspiration for the silhouette of my dress from that Marchesa dress.
I created an advanced tutorial for this dress as well. It is very high level because it is so complex, but I wanted to include it for those of you interested. If you don’t know how to sew but are interested in learning, make sure you check out my online sewing courses for beginner and intermediate sewers.