The February Dress. A dress inspired by the love and romance that February brings. A month full of flowers, hearts, love notes, and kisses. I knew early on that February would be a ball gown. It had to be big and grand and beautiful, but it also needed to be whimsical. My choice in fabric created that look. The color, drape, and the embellishments in The February Dress had to be perfect. Something breathtakingly elaborate, but also delicate and not overdone. This blush floral embellished fabric was the clear winner. This fabric is symbolic of how every woman should feel in February (Valentine’s Day date or not!). It is feminine, unique with scalloped lace and beading that harmoniously create one of the most beautiful fabrics that I have ever worked with.
This dress took nine yards of fabric and sixteen hours to create. The most fabric I’ve ever used on a dress was five yards, so the creation of this dress was really pushing my capabilities. I was originally going to do a flutter sleeve that mimicked the silhouette of the skirt, but the more I looked at the fabric on my mannequin without any fabric backing it, I knew I needed to do long sleeves to really show off the embroidery against the skin.
I kept the scalloped trim along the edges of the sleeves to match the hem of my skirt. I cut off all of the 3D floral embellishments on the sleeves to give it a cleaner look. I wanted the sleeves to be long, but not feel too heavy. I opted for a simple scoop neck and had the embroidered fabric come just a touch higher than the solid fabric underneath. I placed the embroidered bodice fabric at an angle, and the embroidered skirt fabric with the flowers running straight down, which I think is a really pretty juxtaposition. To get the look that I wanted for the full skirt, the embellished fabric needed to be gathered a lot.
The fabric underneath is a bit more of a baby pink (which kept the dress from looking too peach), but if the embroidered fabric laid flat against it, the skirt wouldn’t be the true shade of blush that I was aiming for. So I gathered about seven yards of the fabric to create the skirt. You will see in my Behind The Dress video coming next week…it was quite an ordeal! I also had to remove all the beading along the top of the fabric so that I could sew it without breaking too many needles.
For the hemline I chose a shorter hem in the front to give it a youthful silhouette. A full length gown with long sleeves would have read a bit older than I was wanting, and I love the little window the skirt has for the Badgley Mischka shoes (which, by the way, are the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever worn). I kept the jewelry simple with only these Baublebar drop statement hoops in the exact same blush shade as the dress.
I decided to keep the location for this shoot clean and elegant. I opted for a studio so that the focus would be on the fabric and the dress, not so much the surroundings. The January Dress was all about the location…The February Dress is all about the fabric. We created a cascading flower wall that enhanced the flowers on the dress without overshadowing them, and played a lot with natural light against the damask molded wall.
Here is the full time-lapse video of how I created The February Dress..
The inspiration board for The February Dress:The February Dress inspiration sketch done by Jill Paz Illustration
I hope you love this dress as much as I loved dreaming and creating it. It was a dress I feel like I’ve been dying to create for my entire life. If I could be any dress, I would be The February Dress.
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Thank you again for all of your excitement surrounding this series! I absolutly love reading through your comments! They help fuel my excitement and creativity. Was The February Dress what you were envisioning? Let me know what you think in the comments below, I would love to hear!
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