I recently completed designing and constructing a dress for my Advanced Flat Pattern class.
My design inspiration for the dress was the 1950s silhouette of a fitted bodice and flared/voluminous skirt. Audrey Hepburn’s classic and sophisticated style was a great inspiration for me as well. I also drew inspiration from Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga, (I too am part Spanish) who, in the early 1950s, designed dresses that had balloon/bubble skirts.
I decided to design a dress with a fitted, princess line bodice, a-symmetrical bubble skirt, and a pencil skirt under the bubble skirt. To reflect the Spring season, I chose to use a cotton fabric with a bright turquoise and lavender, all-over floral print. My focus was to make the dress look sophisticated, ladylike, and youthful at the same time. I love details in garments, and my unique details come in to play by incorporating turquoise lace on the bodice and tulle inside the skirt to emphasize the bubble shape.
Here is one of my favorite bubble/balloon dresses by Balenciaga from 1958:
Thank you for taking the time to learn about/see my design. I am very proud of my end result.
cheers! andrea ♥