In Loose Folds by Five Designs
My Five Steps to Fashion:
1. Draped garments require the right kinds of fabrics. If the materials used are too stiff or to heavy, then it won’t fall gracefully to achieve that certain drama that you want. Me and my sister decided to use spandex, a stretch fabric that fall like water.
2. When you combine colors when designing gowns, you have to know the correct placements of the where the cuts and seams are. You will only be good at this if you study carefully what looks good on the body type of the client. Since our customer is very slim and fit, (Hi to the very sexy, Pattie Poniente! haha ) anywhere on the 1st hip would be good for her silhouette.
3. All the pieces of fabrics used need to have the same elasticity. If you want to use a stretch fabric for the bottom, the top has to be stretchy also. If the wrong fabrics are used then the seams will have an unpleasant crumply effect once the different fabrics are sewn together. All the fabrics used here are stretch, including the lace.
4. Dark lace fabrics always have to have a lighter base. There is absolutely no use in picking lace if the design on it wont be seen. I love the sheer look, so we used nude as the base of this black lace top of the gown.
5. Drapes should always be continuous. Some garments can fool you, sometimes the drape does not go all the way back. For us, we want that our client looks good in all angles and not just from the front. The drape of the gown goes all the way to the side and the back.
Having styling skills is important for any designer. In fashion design, we visualize everything, and try to imagine the whole look. It’s more realistic that way. Accessories can enhance a gown or a dress in so many ways. This gown can also have the option of having different kinds of neck pieces. We love the idea that you can wear a Five Designs dress in more ways than one.