Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The patchwork dress

I fell in love with patchwork not to long ago, while making a Christmas baby quilt for my niece.
I knit it for the most part...there was little sewing involved, but it got me started on looking for patterns and learning more and more about how to make quilts, and baby bedding sets...I also got more familiar with my sewing machine.

If you want to see some of my patchworks you can visit:

But what got me really intrigued lately is the patchwork dress.
Now patchwork or "pieced work" is a that involves sewing together pieces of fabric into a larger design made up of patterns built up with different colored shapes, simple rectangles are the easiest to cut and sew. Patchwork was originally designed as a way of using up scraps of fabric, but today you can purchase small pieces of fabric especially cut out to get the patchwork colors and patterns you want.

So it naturally didn't take long until the patchwork made its debut on the runway as well. Light years away from the patchwork quilt we find Anna Sui's patchwork dresses gracing the runway giving patchwork a whole new meaning.

But Anna Sui wasn't the first one to put a patchwork dress on the runway. Yves Saint Laurent had shown a patchwork wedding dress in his Spring/Summer 1969 collection.

Marc Jacobs also made some beautiful patchwork dresses

...and this Herve Leger knee long dress is also a real stunner. The long sleeve, V neck patchwork dress is made of leather and ornate beading. It is definitely a dress for a special occasion.

Stars don't shy away from wearing patchwork dresses either. Here is Whitney Port in a cute little number:

and here is Paris Hilton wearing a Diane von Furstenberg patchwork dress

Some patchwork dresses ended up in the closet of several stars, like this Roberto Cavalli Fall 2008 patchwork dress, which was worn by Leona Lewis and Leelee Sobieski as well.

Heidi Montag was not one to pass on this trend either.

And last but not least one of my favorite patchwork dresses

can't wait to start working on a patchwork dress myself... :)

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