Cocktail dress with pleated overskirt

The daughter and great- granddaughter of sewers, Amber recalls her first project was creating a pair of harlequin shorts for her school swimming sports at age 11. Reflecting on this project, Amber remembers, "I think it took about four goes to get the leg/crotch seam right. But I persevered and felt pretty fancy on the day." Unpicking, it seems, is a downside
 of experimentation. The construction of this dress was also labour intensive, with hours spent kneeling on the floor marking out and pinning the folds for the skirt. She remembers: "Eventually I gave up and used the width of the floorboards for the pleated layers." The dress is based on a vintage pattern (Vogue 6253) and inspired by the fabric of the overskirt. Read more about the history of home sewing in the New Zealand Fashion Museum publication Home Sewn.

Details

Credit: Amber Smith, Auckland
Maker: Amber Smith
Garment type: Cocktail dress
Material: Linen, tricot, cotton lycra, viscose lining
Colour: Black and pink
Exhibition: Home Sewn: Original New Zealand Fashion (Auckland 2012)
Date: Circa 2010