So! Today is my first introduction to Project Sewn. We had to choose our favorite fashion icon to create an outfit based on. I chose Ulyana Sergeenko, a Russian stylist, photographer, blogger, occasional fashion model and designer. She tends to dress in very long, nostalgic pieces that somehow still look modern. The look is very dramatic and always beautiful.
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I named this the Steam Train Frock because the look reminded me of something a bit Steampunky with the fur but also because I thought it looked like something someone might have worn while waiting on a train platform in the snow at the turn of the century.
It's a three tiered wool/fur circle skirt. Of course, I couldn't use real fur, so my skirt is just faux but I think the warm feel is still very present. I made the waist very fitted and dropped. I've seen this look in a lot of wedding dresses lately and it's very figure flattering when paired with a mid section belt. The fitted portion of the skirt is made from a heavy wool. I also bought boning thinking that the weight of the skirt would pull the wool down but in the end it held its own without any boning assistance!
The pattern I made is actually very simple! It's just SOO huge and overwhelming that it was quite a challenge to piece it all together. Plus, even though the fabric was faux I had to buy about 5 yards so even with a coupon it was kind of pricey. BUT, I think it was worth it because the end look was very dramatic and showy!
And how much did I luck out with the weather, eh?! Perfect compliment to fur! Now, if only I had a Russian opera to attend:-(