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Rippling Curves by Rebecca Robinson      Rippling Curves by Rebecca Robinson

 

Rippling Curves by Rebecca Robinson      Rippling Curves by Rebecca Robinson

 

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Rippling Curves by Rebecca Robinson 

 

 

Rippling Curves

Rebecca Robinson, UK

IG: Seabreezecostume

Model: Foxy Dubois

Photographer: Jamie Huntley

 

The Design

Seeing that the theme was architecture I immediately wanted to include some creative pattern cutting into this project as it’s something I enjoy experimenting with but rarely get the excuse to work on. Being from North East England, my first inspiration came from The Sage, Gateshead, due to the rolling hills appearance and almost full glass construction.

Researching glass structures and contemporary architecture, focused on curves and unconventional shapes, brought me to concept images of India's Wadala Tower. The twisting spiral appearance outside, paired with the visible stairs within, is reflected in the sleeve and beading design, whilst the corset pattern and button stand was inspired by the fluid glass panelling of the Sage.

As my inspiration is a combination of strong and fluid, I began experimenting with tapered wrap trouser ideas, wanting to avoid the straight box-like hem usually part of that style to add a soft, flowing feel that would move in a light breeze. Contrasting that, the shirt has been heavily inspired by drafting techniques used in my Final Major Project at University last year, inspired by Shingo Sato's TR work, and are very structured. Finally, the colour choices came from the surroundings of the Sage which is right on the river Tyne and often has a brilliant blue-purple evening sky reflecting off the roof.

The concept for the photo shoot was to give the impression that she had been lifted by the breeze into the evening clouds, hinted at by the wispy smoke and bold background colour.

 

The Construction

Shirt-
I adapted the shirt from a similar one I had made for my Final Major Project at University last year, altering the quantity of button stand levels, removing the collar and drafting a different TR inspired sleeve pattern. Overall there are over 40 cut pieces in this shirt, the sleeves taking up the most time due to the accordion nature of the spirals. The under layers of sleeve spiral and buttons are ice blue silk to break up the solid white palette.

  • White Sandhurst Cotton, silk dupion, bondaweb, buttons

Corset-
I began drafting an underbust, drawing the wavy horizontal lines during the fitting. I considered making it with just the 5 horizontal pieces, but they didn’t all lie 100% flat like first thought, so I decided not to take the risk and cut the pattern into 30 pieces per side. Embroidering took a lot of time, although it wasn’t finished for the photoshoot I finished it afterwards and took a flat photo to show the finished beading.

  • Silk dupion, coutil, spiral and flat steel, gunmetal eyelets, lacing cord, assorted beads

Trousers-
Looking at images online, I plotted the shape out to measurements, tapering in from the hem to make the split more pronounced. They were cut with the selvedge along the bottom so I wouldn’t have to hem that part, keeping a soft edge along the floor. The fabric didn’t like being french seamed, so I slip stitched the hems and waist tie to prevent distortion and damage.

  • Silk chiffon

 

What was it like to compete this year? What would you say to someone who is on the fence about entering next year?

I waited far too long before finally deciding to do it, so I would definitely say to start sooner than later so you're not fighting against time. Make your idea, if you really really don't like it once it's finished, you don't have to enter it. It's far better to have made something and maybe not enter it then to not make anything and wonder what you could have done.

 

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galadriel
That patterning is amazing, and the beads on the corset are stunning - you are extremely talented.
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you, that's very kind of you to say :)
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I definitely see the TR/Sato influence in that sleeve detail-- I love the origami patterning! I also really enjoy that you are sort of challenging the perception of architecture in fashion to be as much about the patterning/cutting as it is the outside influences. Wonderful work!
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you, the pattern cutting is one of my favourite parts to be honest, theres so many options on where to go with it!
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That shirt! The sleeves are simply stunning. Beautiful work!
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you! The sleeves are my favourite part
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equinoxxlatex
Good use of colour and beautiful lining up of all the panels. Well done!
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you! Thread colour matching each panel took up a lot of my patience I have to say
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jema
Your architectural influences are really shining through! Great complex pattern-cutting and piecing going on as well as strong design and embellishment, the overall ensemble is really lovely, Well done!
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you, I'd wanted to include as much creative pattern cutting in it as I could since I don't get to play with it often :)
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royalblack
I bow my head to your for the pattern cutting!
It's really impressive that you haven't only made a corset with so many pieces, but also did such creative things with the top. Especially the sleeves are striking!

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rebecca_robinson
I bow to your patterning too! Thank you, that's a lovely thing to hear
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lyrisdesign
I love the complexity in the pattern, especially those gorgeous sleeves!
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you! The sleeves were definitely worth the headache in the end
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kitty mortensen
I love the little sleeve hole, the complexity in your entry is stunning- very very well done.
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you, that's a lovely thing to hear :)
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elly_morris
Wow! This is an amazing piece of construction. It's so clever and really beautiful.
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you, that's lovely of you to say
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bernadettebanner
That patterning is actually art. :o
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you so much :)
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chesla
Rebecca this makes my head hurt! I love how you have progressed in your pattern cutting, such beautiful details! :) x
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you! I don't recognise your user name but it's appreciated non the less :) x
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Oh my goodness, so many pieces... this is insane and totally amazing. The corset is beautiful and must have taken forever, but it was so worth it! And the sleeves are divine, I love playing with patterns and that you lined the single pieces with a blue lining is such an elegant and exquisit detail. And I really can see your inspiration in your design. The work that went into your outfit really shows <3 very well done!

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rebecca_robinson
Last edited on 07.03.2019 17:10 by Rebecca Robinson
Thank you! I love the patterning stage, it definitely was a challenge haha
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I love how you worked the them into the piece sunderneath the corset as well, and your patterning is fascinating.
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rebecca_robinson
Thank you :)
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Your corset made me think of water and seeing the fluid buildings you have chosen for inspiration, it works really well. Great matching on the panels; it must have taken forever. Seeing your pattern pieces for the blouse laid out is really interesting, you've used some really clever techniques and I'm loving how you've constructed it.
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theperfecttouchvictorian
The colors and beading on the corset is such a work of art!
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paulay71
Awesome patterning but the beading and the ombre colour effect was what drew my eye lovely work.
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lcostigliolo
I am impressed by your patterning! That sleeve is amazing! Well done!
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marloes dadswell
I did a masterclass with Shingo Sato a few years ago and am soooo thrilled to see the TR technique in this design. I adore it! Also, I really love the gradient of colours you have used.
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I might not be the first to say this but - that patterning work is so clever and the pieces fit so perfectly together (that's some skill!) - and all together your work shows your appreciation for the inspiration you chose.
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