this was my term garment for the SPRING '10 semester.
I worked on it during my 2nd year abroad(in Milan, ITALY) for my knitwear design and knitwear draping course. It was part of my "trans-automa-sitosys "collection, of which i will post pictures (that was the project we did for our fashion art portfolio class) soon.
I wanted to combine hand work with machine work to "humanize" it a bit. The main pieces of the dress(pewter blue) were machine knitted on a brother machine using plain knit stitch and dropped needles to create "water bubbles". I combined 2 yarns: a cotton one, and a metallic one to give some sort of sheen. The whole collection was about the irregularity of nature and how its beauty is perfect in a very imperfect way... so I didn't want to create any pattern- to do that, I changed the amount of needles to be dropped every three rows and after having used 3 sizes i created 3 vertical lines that resembled the evaporation/natural cycle of water purification...
the drape of the dress changed a lot while i was assembling it- and ended up being a very very open armhole. I crocheted the "straps"with a bulky/irregular cotton yarn and let some loose pieces hang to add movement.
FOR THE BOTTOM...
i suspended from the dress, a part of "moss" by crocheting mustard yellow loops into the hem of the dress... the moss was alluding to the "creative moulding" process and was made by combining both the machine techniques and by hand....I changed yarns, dropped needles, used ottoman, fisherman, and other combination of stitches to create the most irregular/imperfect look!