Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Couture Stripes

If you've ever sewn with stripes, you know what a masterpiece this dress and jacket ensemble is.  Made by Paris couturier Marie-Louise Bruyere in 1955, the workmanship here astounds me.  Bruyere insets horizontally striped panels between the vertically striped ones from neckline to hips.  Each piece would have been individually cut by a master cutter to keep the stripes straight on the pattern piece.  Then each piece would have been fitted and sewn with extreme care to keep the stripes straight.  Those long vertical darts that give shape to the dress do not extend through the horizontally striped bands.  I cannot imagine the amount of hours it took to construct this marvel of design.  It's pure genius!

6 comments:

Erin said...

WOW.

MrJeffery said...

very tricky design... such beautiful stripes.

Anonymous said...

Unreal and totally fabulous!!

Val said...

Oh my! What I wouldn't give to have that kind of talent!

fabriquefantastique said...

genius indeed, but I would not want to wear it with a hangover....

Mad Scientist said...

It would be interesting to see the inside to see how they've done the joins between the horizontal and vertical.

Though they've probably done it by making the toile with darts and then cutting the horizontal bands out of that and then used that as the pattern base for the H-bands.

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