Tag Archives: behind the scenes

There’s a first time for everything

26 Jul

Working on bespoke orders introduces me to new ideas and pushes the boundaries. I got an order last week for a simple maxi kaftan with waist belt. After searching all the local shops we came to the conclusion that it is impossible to find a soft belt to match the sea blue colour of the fabric. This resulted in me making the belt myself from braided cord and swarovski crystal balls to add some detail to the dress and compliment the colour.

What do you think of the end results?

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New collection photoshoot

16 Jul

Over the past few months we have been busy working on a new line of dresses perfect for different summer occasions. Last week we shot the new collection and we were lucky enough to have gorgeous sunny weather on the day. The day was long and exhausting but we had so much fun styling each outfit. Heres some behind the scenes photos and videos showing what we got up to!

The new collection will be available to order via website very soon!!!

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Its all about the kimono

20 May

The Japanese theme is very big this season and has inspired our spring/summer collection. We have taken on the kimono and used the wrap idea in a more contemporary way. Here is a close up of one of our blazers…what do you think of the colour and print?

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View the full collection on our website
http://www.eldelaymi.com

Made with love and wrapped in style

18 Mar

At ELDELAYMI we love to deliver a one of a kind service and put a lot of effort into every stage of each order. From the design to manufacture and even packaging. Each order is wrapped in tissue paper to protect the garment, sealed with lovely shocking pink ribbon, and finished off with a personalised thank you note from the team.

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A junior bespoke order

13 Mar

I recently got a request for a dress for a 4 year old girl. At first I was hesitant as I specialise in ladies wear and was not really familiar with the construction or sizing of children’s clothes. But I guess a challenge is the best way to learn something new. So after some research I started drafting out a basic children’s block from which I can adapt to make a dress.

Check out the tutorials section for a step by step guide on drafting a children’s block.

I chose a light champagne colour satin and a simple bodice with a full circle skirt. And added an off white lace peter pan collar for a bit of detail. To achieve more fullness in the skirt I gathered some netting and sewed it onto the lining at the waist.

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I’m pleased with the outcome and actually really enjoyed working on this piece. Perhaps this might inspire future children’s wear pieces.

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What do you think of the final look?

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Drafting a children’s basic bodice block (back)

12 Mar

This is a tutorial demonstrating how to draft out a basic childrens bodice block (back). Click here for the front bodice tutorial.

Square a line and mark A on the top right corner.

A-B= full length plus 1/16 inch.20130310_184701

A-C = across shoulder.20130310_184814

Square a line down from C.20130310_192556

B – D = centr back length.20130310_192652

Square a line in from D.20130310_192717

B-E = back arc. Add 1 inch for ages 3-6 and 1/2 for ages 7-14. 20130310_192856

Square a line up from E.20130310_193002

B-F = slope measurement, plus 1/8 inch.20130310_193135

F-G = shoulder length plus 1/4 inch ease. 20130310_193302

B-H = 2 1/2 inches.20130310_193328

H-I =  5/8 inch (1 inch for ages 8-14).20130310_193402

H-J = one half of H-I.20130310_193419

Square a line up from J.

J-K = side length minus 3/4 inch.20130310_193618

Draw dart legs.20130310_193640

E-L = 3/4 inch.20130310_193713

Square a short line down from L.

L-M = 1/8 inch.20130310_193859

Draw a slightly curved line from M to I.20130310_193924

M-N = side length.20130310_194023

F-O = 2 inches.20130310_194053

Square a short line in from O.

O-P = 1/2 inch.20130310_194137

With a french curve touching F, P, N draw arm hole curve.20130310_194305

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With a french curve touching D and G draw neckline curve.20130310_194350 20130310_194408

And now you have a back bodice!!20130310_194418

Your front and back bodices should look like this.20130310_194438

Drafting a children’s basic bodice block (front)

12 Mar

This tutorial will show you how to draft a basic bodice block for children. You can use this block as a basis for creating different designs.

Measurements needed:

1 – Shoulder slope: measure from shoulder-neck to waist centre (front and back).

2- Full length: measure from shoulder-neck to waist (front and back).

3- Centre length: measure from centre neckline to waist (front and back).

4- Across shoulder: Measure from shoulder to shoulder (front and back).

5- Bust or chest arc: measure front from side seam to side seam.

6- Waist arc: measure waist from side seam to side seam.

7- Back arc: measure across back from side seam to side seam.

8- Shoulder length: measure from shoulder-neck to shoulder.

9- Side length: measure from below arm to waist.

childrens bodice block measurements

Now lets get started!

Square a line and mark A on the top left corner.20130310_180857

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A-B = Full length + 1/16 inch20130310_181159

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A-C = Across shoulder…now square a short line down from C20130310_181344

B-D = Centre front length minus 3/8 inch, now square a short line in from D20130310_181601

B-E = Bust or chest arc. Add 1 inch for sizes 3-6, or 1/2 inch for sizes 7-14. Now square a line up from E.20130310_182101

B-F = Slope measurement plus 1/8 inch.20130310_182227

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F-G = Shoulder length. 20130310_182410

Now square a line from the F-G line.20130310_182445

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B-H = 2 1/2 inches.20130310_182556

H-I = 3/4 inch ( 1  1/4 inches for sizes 7-14)20130310_182649

H-J = Half of H-I.20130310_182735

Square a line up from J.

K = Side length minus 3/4 inch.20130310_183015

Draw dart legs from K to H and K to I.20130310_183050

E-L = 3/4 inch.20130310_183120

Draw a slightly curved line from L to I.20130310_183214

L-M = Side length.20130310_183318

Square a short line in from M.20130310_183419

F-N = 2 inches.20130310_183456

N-O = 3/8 inch.20130310_183547

With a french curve touching D, G draw a curved line.20130310_183652

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With a french curve touching points F, O and M draw armhole curve. The curve line can blend with the square line before touching point M.20130310_183825

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And thats the front finished.20130310_183956

Check out the tutorial for the back bodice here.