Whenever I dressmake I like to begin by sketching out a few intial ideas, as well as draping shapes onto a mannequin. I always have a rough idea of what I want to make but I always explore other shapes. My initial idea for this dress was to have a wrap bodice with a flowing knee length skirt and either 3/4 length sleeves or wide sleeves ending on the wrist.
From that intiail shape I came up with variations of varying difficulty. Draping is an important aspect as i get a full understanding of how the fabric behaves on a body. This fabric is light so flows nicely over the mannequin.
Now is the hardest part: deciding which one to actually make, Which do you prefer ? let me know in the comments, Next post: deciding and toiling.