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Amalgamated Anemones

Rosetta LaFleur, Faculty, U of DE


Complex yarns from upholstery fabric were reworked for formal apparel. Yarns were salvaged and reworked to achieve structural detail that created texture and color variation in a solid color sheer fabric. Inspiration was derived from marine life and multi-colored sea anemones. Recycling knitting and re-knitting is the most common way yarns are up-cycled. Less common is extracting yarns from woven products and incorporating them fully or partially into new clothing or accessories.

Warp and filling yarns were removed and organized by usable lengths. Some required lengthening. These were joined by knotting, twisting and flexible fabric glue to form longer lengths. The tulle, matching claret colored lining, and batting were hand basted together. Double gold metallic thread was used to quilt layers together.

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Metro Retro Cocktail Dress—A Nonwoven Innovation

Rosetta LaFleur, Faculty, U of DE

A non-woven fabric was used to explore innovative use of a non-woven textile that mimics a woven fabric to construct a semi-formal dress. It incorporates structural design details by capitalizing on the fabric’s unconventional 70” width, its ability to drape and not ravel. Inspiration was derived from the 1950s stylish elegance, full skirts and clinched waistlines.

The design was developed using draping to create a princess bodice and flat pattern techniques. Standard draping created a pattern for a princess bodice with low strapless back and flat pattern was used to develop a full circular skirt, shoulder and back yoke strip detail and belt. The non-woven fabric and its drapability permitted the bodice side seams to be eliminated.


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