Iris Dress 

Creative Draping Final Project

The strapless bodice was constructed on a cotton-backed satin boned Barbara Matera style foundation with continually quilted bust cups. Then the silk chiffon sleeve flounces were gathered onto an elastic and seamed on covered by the bias facing. Over the top of the strapless bodice, there is a quilted double layer yoke of coutil and stiff-stuff; in the back panel of the shaped yoke are a mix of 1/4" and 1/2" steel bones that act as a support for the petal structure. The outer layer of the yoke is seamed to have openings for the petal wires. These petals wires run the exterior of the petal as well as a few interior supports. On top of the wires sits an apron like support layer of quilted organza and tutu-weight net; that is then finished with 1/2" and 1" wide flat horsehair. Once in place, the entire petal was mulled with a sock like piece of spandex. To finish the silk petals exteriors, once painted with dye paste, they were seamed and gathered into place. Lastly the look was completed with a green two-petal wrap skirt with ruched chiffon overlay to mimic the receptacle of a flower where is transitions from flower to stem. 

Classical Plate Tutu

Third Year Project

Matera Scoured Nylon Strapless Foundation and Dress

Advanced Couture

Scoured nylon net and cotton backed satin, boned Barbara Matera style foundation with organically draped couture dress. 

Historical Reproduction Project

Advanced Couture

For this project, I chose one of the historic bodices from the CoStar Collection. The bodice I researched dates back to 1900-5 and was in good condition, so I was able to handle and annualize the original construction. During the research process, I created an 1/8" scale pattern of the original bodice and then scaled it up for a modern body, which was then produced to mimic the original bodice. The paper notating the full description of the original bodice can be found published with the archive at - 

Tailored Wool Suit Jacket

Tailoring 

Silk Morie Spoon Buck Corset

Advanced Couture

14th Century through 1810

Period Pattern Projects
Every two weeks, students presented a half drape based on a historical painting or extent garment from the period. 

1810 - 1910

Period Pattern Projects

Every two weeks, students presented a half drape based on a historical painting or extent garment from the period. 

Day and Evening Dresses - 1910 through 1950s

Period Pattern Projects
Every two weeks, students presented a half drape based on a extent garment from the period.  

Boned Ballet Bodice

Couture Methods - UNC Chapel Hill

Silk dupioni ballet bodice that is flat lined to cotton backed satin. The center front panels are continuously quilted with a layer of stiff stuff for support. Through the front of the bodice there are flat steel bones and the back has spiral steel bones. It is finished with a double row of hook and eye tap and elastic ballet loops ready to attach to a tutu yoke. 

Undergraduate Independent Study

Classical Plate Tutu - Columbus State University 

Coutil boned ballet bodice with elastic ballet loops attaching it to pleated Balanchine net plate tutu. 

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