Designed, printed, sewn, modelled and photographed by Chantal Tello García.
The design is inspired by the movements of water, with its transparencies and fluidity.
I wanted to add a tactile and sensual component to it by using puffy ink and different fabrics to give the finished product a variety of textures but without breaking the cohesion of the different elements.
I originally planned to make a satin bodice, which would be sewn to the chiffon top and shorts that would be placed under the half skirt.
However, I opted to combine bodice and pants into a stretchy tube dress for cohesion and comfort, and leave the chiffon sleeves as a separate element. This makes for a more versatile design, as the different elements can work together or separately.
After I had selected my fabrics, I made some printing tests with different inks on all of them.
When that was done, I made the pattern pieces to my measurements and got to cutting the fabric.
The next step was to prepare the images I would be screen printing, which is to say the ink marbles.
Example of two of the finished marblings:
I screen printed the fabric pieces before sewing them together, to ensure there would be no bumps in the final print.
I used stretch fabric and puffy ink for the dress, chiffon fabric (and a satin ribbon) and acrylic paint for the shirt and a combination of all of my fabrics and types of ink for the overskirt.
Moreover, I cut the skirt pieces with laser to give them the exact shape I desired without fearing the edges would tear.