Thea Porter and Lynda Maynard

The other day I was in the London Fashion and Textile Museum at the Thea Porter exhibition and found a book by Lynda Maynard on Couture sewing techniques – I bought a later addition of the book listed here. After ogling the Thea Porter dresses in voile and chiffon, this book made me want to try making dresses in those fabrics even more! I read half of it on the train home and the other half that evening, really excited to make samples of these and improve my technique. There are step by step photo tutorials so I know I won’t rely on the internet as much.

The museum allows one to take photos, so I’ve added some here of the dresses I found most dreamy.

The smocking here was breathtaking - and allows for different underwear etc. Fittingly the edition of the Lynda Maynard book has smocking on the front cover.

The smocking here was breathtaking. Fittingly the edition of the Lynda Maynard book has smocking on the front cover.

 

More dreamy smocking

More dreamy smocking

Embelishment

Embellishment

Voile, this would be dreamy flouncing around in the heat

Voile: this would be dreamy flouncing around in the heat

Special lily fabric - note the bottom of the top is cut to the shape of the lily

Special lily silk fabric – note the bottom of the top is cut to the shape of the lily

 

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