How to dress the perfect dressmaker
A new class of dressmakers is offering people the chance to make their own dress in under 30 minutes, with a range of designs including ones made from the skin of a horse and a pair of shoes.
The “art of dressing” class starts on Wednesday and runs until March 31.
The classes are being offered at the Melbourne Art Gallery in a bid to provide more access to the arts for the younger generation.
“The idea is to encourage young people to learn about their craft, so that they can see the work as it is being done,” said Art of Dressmaking founder Michelle Laidlaw.
“It’s a really fun way of getting them engaged with their craft.”
The classes, which include workshops and a chance to design and make a dress, are designed to make sure that anyone can get their hands on a basic sewing kit.
It also encourages anyone interested to take a class.
Ms Laidlaws first made a dress for her mum, who was in her 60s.
“She had this big dress and I wanted to make a really simple dress for it, so I put the lining on it and took a little bit of paint to create the skirt,” Ms Laxlaw said.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s beautiful’.” After learning to sew the dress, she made a second one, and then made another, with the help of her grandmother.
“When you make a skirt, you want to make it as simple as possible,” Ms Woldlaw said, adding that she had to make more alterations to her dress in order to make the second dress fit.
The new class, which started at the gallery, was a collaboration between Art of Fashion and Dress Maker Melbourne, a collaboration with the Victorian Art Gallery.
The first class, held on Monday, included a workshop in which the group learnt to sew dresses using the Art of Sewing toolkit.
Ms Wouldlaw said the new classes were also a way to encourage people to explore different styles and styles of dress.
“People are really excited about their work, so it’s really exciting to see what people are making and trying to recreate,” she said.
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