A tricky thing happened last week: I shared the blog with an old project manager from the architecture world, A, and she, like any good architect, had some constructive criticism. Something wasn't quite right with the skirt, she thought. I was also bothered by the top and bottom; both were good on their own but did not seem to be complementary in style. While working for A she gave some good lessons, namely the importance of consistency, alignment (this is huge with her!) and proportion when it comes to details in big fancy homes. I thought about it and realized the same applies to big fancy dresses. Just watch:
I could not for the life of me figure out how those creatives at JCrew got their wrap halter top to also be cleanly pleated and rest flat on the body. (Really, I have about 5 muslin carcasses of the top strewn about the room.) I decided that pleats needed to be the consistent detail for the top and bottom so out with the wrap and in with the pleats. The bodice pieces now loop over the neck band and are split in the middle so that the keyhole effect could be stitched solidly into place.
Next came the skirt. I completely rebuilt that sucker a few times too only to realize that all I needed to do was shift the pleats on the bottom tier and lengthen the top tier about 3 inches.
and now the same thing, just in the built world: