PPR Challenge #6 House of Cornish

This was our week to design for a friend.
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I picked my co-host, Kathy. This summer, while we were visiting, she was trying things on for a summer wedding.
It was so fun to see the different dresses.
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(It was just fun to be in the same city!)
First, I went to Britex Fabric to make my selections. As ever, my “team” was with me.
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The back office at Britex Fabrics is actually a bright, wonderful space. And the fact that “my team” is so warmly welcomed there every week is such a treat.
With a dressy look in mind – but not red carpet – I wanted something nice, and friendly. I found this first

Italian Navy & White Dotted Stretch Silk Charmeuse
This piece of silk is so beautiful, it is like holding butter in your hand. And with the stretch in it, I was fearless. It would be SO comfortable! I wanted to make sure that the dot did not read “Minny Mouse”, so I did not add red accents, or do a whole dress in dot. (if this was not for a tiny Barbie, the dot would be elegant in scale.)
I wanted a versatile, two piece look. So the next fabric that we picked was this Ivory Eggshell Silk & Lycra Charmeuse

This is one of the most spectacular samples of fabric I have ever touched. It is so simply elegant.

And here is the outfit
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The neck is 50’s inspired. It shows collar bone, but it is not ‘revealing’ per se.
The skirt is a little bit on the longer. I did that on purpose so that Kathy could wear it in other seasons and other countries too. Kathy travels with her husband, and I want her to have something special that packs well.
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The back has a faux wrap that creates a pleat. It does not open (so you don’t have to worry when you are on the dance floor), but it creates interest in the back.
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The look is easy.
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It does not have a skin tight top. And the lycra in the silk means that these will fit well, without pulling.
My client is a jewel. She is super easy to work with. She always has been. And I only wish I could make this is real size for her. I think she would look great in it.

I really had fun with this challenge. And never mind the controversy about “real women”. I have a lot of trouble creating for Barbie. I have wanted to pull off her head, cut off her thumbs, and pull her arms out of the sockets. When I work with Kathy, none of these things ever happen. No one gets hurt. And she is exceptionally good to “my team”. : ) I only wish I could work with her every week. Oh, wait. I DO! I’m so lucky!

PS:Little Jams made the model a sandwich. I thought that was very fitting.
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2 Comments to PPR Challenge #6 House of Cornish
    • Kat
    • Oh, I am a sucker for polka dots so you know I love this. I wish I could find a fun skirt & top like that, I have so much problem with dresses.

    • Ros
    • My first model, Sindy, had a head you could pull off. She has at least two outfits that you can only get on her by ripping off her head first. It did make life easier!

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