You never know...

...who you're going to meet when you go out in full color ๐Ÿ˜

I met Batmaaaaaaaan!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜

He was impressed ๐Ÿ˜‰


Historical clothing wonders

There is a wonderful exhibition at the Kloviฤ‡evi Dvori Gallery here in Zagreb, dedicated to Russian Empress Catherine II. All the exhibits came from the Hermitage Museum. If you are passing through Zagreb, don't miss it!

I wanted to share just a few photos of the gorgeous clothes in the exhibition. Some of them, the military inspired dresses, belonged to the Empress herself. We were lucky to come to the exhibition right before a guided tour, where our guide told us the Empress preferred wearing simple clothing to the opulent court ensembles. Often, it is said, those large dresses served to disguise her pregnancies. Interesting, eh?

Riding coats of Grand Duke Alexander Pavlovich.

Don't know what this was...:( But it is wonderfully embroidered.

Festive Lady's dress and Parade robe, France/Russia 1780-1790

Clothes of the grandchildren of the Empress.

Uniform of Empress Catherine II, made after the uniform of the Cavalry Regiment life guards.

 Attire of the Empress made after the uniform of the life guards of the Semyonovsky Regiment.

There were many more wonderful art pieces from her collections. From paintings to toiletry items, sculptures, tableware and decor, to her beloved cameos. A truly marvelous exhibition showcased on two floors of the gallery. We went through twice, the first time on the guided tour and then slowly again to inspect every piece, and spent 3 and a half hours there!

I also particularly loved this portrait of Sarah Alexandrovna Greig, so here it is :D


T-shirt perfected

One of my favorite activities is perfecting the fit of clothes, which usually happens for others since I still don't have a fitting dress form made to measure. Always on my mind, though.

Remember Z's T-shirt? Here it is, the pattern altered almost to fit perfectly. The most important thing was lowering the shoulder. That alone took away many creases from under the arm.

Hmmm, I still can see a couple small bits that could be improved...;D


Montura 2018 fashion show

So, a few days ago I participated in a fashion show with my school! I'm so happy they called me. :D
Montura is the best known fashion manifestation in Split, Dalmacija and it was fun to be there!
I chose to show a mini collection of three outfits. There will be more when I grow up and start my own label! Yes, soon!

The sketches..
I was inspired by the 30s fashion, slim silhouettes and beach pajamas. For a contemporary touch I added some fabric manipulation. :)

The fabrics..
I ended up using only the glazed jersey and the stripey polyester. The jersey was lovely to sew until I had to do the hemming. At that point there was no way to get a proper seam. The needle would stick to the glaze and totally made me crazy. The muslin/satin was so nice to see and feel, but awful to sew from the second minute. I'm getting frustrated only thinking of it. Pure plastic. I ripped the side seams of the long dress three times before getting a presentable shape. Sigh.

The outfits..
In the end everything looked quite nice, fortunately. :)

Wide legged trousers with a small top that mimicked a scarf knotted on the back. I also made the sun hat!

Midi dress and matching clutch. My favorite. I wish I could wear this one..

The lovely long dress. I don't have a proper photo of the back, but you can see it in this photo

And here we are in the defile'. You can see the back of the top and midi dress . :)

It was quite a nice afternoon spent in the beautiful garden of the Ivan Meลกtroviฤ‡ Gallery in Split. :)