For the CGOA
design competition at Chainlink in Manchester, NH, I created my first dress. The idea to crochet a dress had been living in the creative space of my brain since I left Chainlink 2018 in Portland, OR.
I had a vision and a goal. The method was Modern Irish Freeform
It all started with some motifs.
I collect green glass from thrift stores perfect for my crochet motifs. Then I created a sketch and counted my motifs on May 19th the motif count was 167. I approximated I would need 300.
I created motifs in the car.
I created motifs for days and days. And this is how I kept track of my progress.
Then to prep all the motifs, cutting ends, and steaming.
This took some time so I watched Myra Wood’s Modern Freeform class
for company. I created the neckline and sleeve in a continuous piece of Bruges Lace. Then I laid them out.
Then to join all the motifs. I started joining all the motifs on May 28th and finished June 6th.
Last I added the bottom hem of Bruges lace, finishing the dress on June 5th.
Here is how it turned out.
From Design competition
to Fashion Show Runway!