All That Jazz! Celebrating The Fabric Of Our Culture

As a designer, I love when I am able to be self-expressed with my creations. This dress was created exclusively for the finale of LEGACY – Celebrating the Fabric of Our Culture in Philadelphia, PA.   For all you jazz enthusiasts… this one’s for you!

therez fleetwood jazz dress

Creating this dress was an extremely long process.  I used double-ply silk satin fabric, 1/8″ gold metallic cording, bugle beads and seed beads.  There is also a built-in corset and crinoline underneath. Here is design and construction process below;

jazz fabric and trims


STEP 1 – sketching all the Jazz band members. (ie. singer, trumpet, bass, piano, drums, etc…)
jazz sketches


STEP 2 – laying  out and positioning all musicians on the fabric.jazz laying out sketches



STEP 3 –  tracing  the images on the fabric.
jazz tracing onto fabric


STEP 4 – machine stitching, along the lines and hand hand-sewing the beaded trims to create the artwork on the dress.
jazz sewing


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