Just Me.



Samantha Gibson

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Other Credits

Mother - photographer

Outline the story …

Though not as elaborate as some of the designs I in initially did up, I do enjoy how this turned out.
The natural world has so much in it that I could not choose one element alone and as someone on the autism spectrum i became extreamly overwhelmed trying to choose.
But my mother helped me realise that I am a part of the world too.
As a part of the world I wanted to show one of my favorite colours for calming down for the base and what I enjoy doing- sewing and embroidery.
And even though there are so many faults with the end product, I feel that it reflects myself in it and no matter what I know that I can be proud that I created it.

Outline the construction…

To begin I created a pair of stays to help give the correct shape for the over dress. This was made with a calico linning layer for strength and a strong tight weave cotton layer. I did turn to zipties that I bound into place rather quickly as I got some rather unpleasant moments whilst purchasing a decent amount of boning.
to create this I used Morgan Donners crimson stays video on YouTube as a bit of a guide.

Once complete I ran up a three tiered ruffle petticoat that ties at the waist of the same green cotton blend that I used for the dress.

Loosely based of a chaise ala reine I drafted a pattern for my dress and tacked the pleates in place so they would not shift around as for some reason it did not want to keep the crease, then stitched each section to each other until all of the bodice was assembled, all five pieces.
Then it was a simple matter of creating a high low skirt. I turned to another one of my favorite YouTubers Minji Lee who showed how to manipulate the fabric at the waist instead of the hem.
And then it was all about the embroidery! I created a repeating pattern of cherry blossoms ,geranium, iris flowers with leaves and iridescent mushrooms sprinkled throughout. Transferred it all around the hem and got to work, keeping the overall colours light and calming pale blues, yellows, pinks and purples for the flowers.




  1. Avatar Stanislava Stanislava Pilkova on April 26, 2023 at 8:59 pm

    There are even sequin mushrooms in the embroidery! Such a sweet detail. And you have my respect for all that pleating.

  2. Avatar Angela Karl on May 1, 2023 at 8:20 pm

    Lovely color choice! Beautiful embroidery.

  3. Avatar Lowana O\'Shea on May 7, 2023 at 7:38 am

    Fantastic creation! I especially love all your embroidery 🙂 A very ambitious project for a beginner!

  4. Avatar Anna-Catherine Sendgikoski on May 7, 2023 at 5:57 pm

    So beautiful! That embroidery is awesome!! Well done!!

  5. Avatar Susannah Allanic on May 12, 2023 at 7:22 pm

    All those pleats! That’s dedication. It is so very feminine to hide ruffles underneath, but they are not without purpose either because they helped to support all that embroidery to the eyes’ attention. You did a marvelous thing creating these garments.

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