Japonisme – the influence of Japanese art, fashion and aesthetics on Western culture.
Or at least that’s what the internet tells me! I fell in love with this Japanese-inspired print at the fabric store, but I couldn’t think what to call it. Not Chinoiserie, because it’s not inspired by China… thankfully a little Googling led to Japonisme, or Japonism, which sounds far less fun. I’m a sucker for all things Japan after living there for 5 years, so this fabric had to come home with me.
Where it became… another Appleton Wrap Dress!
I’m still working off the tester version because I’d already made my alterations to it… but next time I’ll cut the “real” version that Jenny sent me so that I can get the adjustments she made after the testing process. (Most notably, it was altered so the wrap hangs straight. I had to fudge that a little here!)
Speaking of the hem… wanna see the underlayer?
Hey baby, is that a slip AND leggings I see there?
The dress is designed so that the underlayer of the wrap skirt is wider then the front. It definitely helps prevent wardrobe malfunctions.
But enough about pattern details – now for my dress itself!
This polyester slub knit is less stretchy than my first version in rayon, so I cut the back out 1/2″ from the fold, adding 1″ down the centre back. I think I also added 1/2″ to each the front and back, and sleeves as I cut. Sorry, I can’t quite remember!
I love the purple, green and red in the print, so I tried to highlight those sections as I cut. I”m just ignoring that those brown sections are there at all – my least favourite colour!
While taking my pictures, I had a good teachable moment about light. Here’s the same shot, with 3 different types of light:
Left: The flash came on – ugh! Look how flat my face and body look without any contouring from the natural light. The colours in the dress are less saturated, too.
Middle: Natural light, dappled in shade from a tree. The camera is really struggling with exposure – some parts too light, or other too dark. Mixed shade and sun in the same shot is hard for the camera to handle!
Right: I took a step back so my full body was in the shade of the tree trunk. Much better, right? The background is a bit blown out (over-exposed), but there are gentle highlights and shadows on my face and dress, and the colours are more consistent and strong. Definitely a more flattering picture – as a rule, I take all my pics in full shade. It’s just what works best for me!
Here’s a rather different exposure:
Darker exposure, much more colour in the background. I’m blue-tinged and underexposed – and I was much more so before editing! I did as much editing to brighten my face and dress as I dared without loosing the colours of the dress or background. I’m not actually sure how my camera exposure is set right now – is it an average of light and dark in the frame, or based on the centre of the shot? These pictures are motivating me to play around and see!
I can’t believe that October is almost over. Thanks to Jenny from Cashmerette for being the inspiration to include movement in our pictures! November’s muse is Heather from Closet Case Files, and she’s going to be talking about editing pictures for a fresh, modern look. I can’t wait to get that discussion going!
My next project is going to be the Sew Over It Shift dress I mentioned in my last post – thanks for all your advice and encouragement.
What’s next in your sewing queue?