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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red gown with beading on: March 05, 2013 03:11:33 PM
What a beautiful gown! I love the beading, well done!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 05, 2013 01:44:17 PM
Your inner construction work is impressive!  The outside of the dress would not have fitted and draped as well had you not done all of this beautiful work from the inside out...you should be proud of your work...

Do you like doing it?  After two wedding gowns, I swore them off...I hated it! Smiley  It is an art to make such an important dress...you have to love doing it!

Thank you! I absolutely loved it. Sewing on the lace took a looonnnnng time and was a very slow process but once it all started coming together it was just so much fun Cheesy
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 05, 2013 12:38:14 PM
I have been dressmaking for several years and have always wanted to make a bridal gown so I was absolutely delighted last July when I finally found my first wedding dress client. Over the past 8 months or so I have been working with her to create her dream gown. I have been so lucky to have such an amazing bride to work with; she has such a great sense of style and it has been an absolute pleasure to work with her and her ideas.

The gown is made from silk dupion with a silk habutai lining and has a fishtail silhouette with a sweetheart neckline. I created an inner corset to give the bodice a more rigid structure. The entire dress was covered in a hand made Belgian lace which was embellished with sequins and beads to give it a subtle sparkle. The lace on the bodice was cut out from the tulle net that it came on and each flower was individually hand embroidered in place. The lace on the skirt was a separate overlay with carefully calculated applique seams to ensure that they were not visible. Only the best couture techniques to be used on this dress! The hem was finished with a scalloped lace trim. I also made the lace top but this was a last minute request finished the day before the wedding so I literally did not have time to take pictures of it! This has been the most involved and challenging project that I have undertaken to date but by far the most exciting and rewarding. I can't wait to find my next bride to do it all again!

Anyway, on to the pictures...

The bride and I

Drafting the pattern for the inner corset from block

Marking out lace overlay panels

Finished Dress

Bodice Front

Dress Back

Dress Front

Inner Corset Panel

Lace Embellishment
(Every single flower was cut out and stitched on by hand!)


Train Bustled Up for Evening Festivities

Back of Lace Top

Thank you for looking!
24  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Shoes on: March 05, 2013 10:09:30 AM
This rocks, you are so talented!
25  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Lemon: the shy snake cake on: March 05, 2013 10:06:33 AM
This is so awesome! You've done an incredible job  Cheesy
26  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Need some advice on: March 03, 2013 01:46:36 PM
Hi Shayla,
You've got off to a great start! Your products all look very well made. The bracelets are my favourites. The main thing that I would say is that as BeachFae and CraftyChef have mentioned, the pictures seem to be a little out of focus. Also, it appears that you currently don't have any feedback from previous customers which might hurt buyer confidence. You could use social media sites such as Pinterest to increase awareness of your products.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Galaxy Pants on: February 22, 2013 06:46:03 AM
Wow, great job!
28  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Grumpy cat is not amused on: February 22, 2013 06:37:49 AM
Hahah this is awesome!
29  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Party Animals Pet Portrait, with tute (of sorts) on: February 22, 2013 06:35:50 AM
Very cute  Smiley great job!
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: corsets/bustiers: is it possible to alter something store-bought? on: February 22, 2013 06:07:43 AM
I'd agree with Honeythief. It's possible to a limited extend but much more hassle than it's worth.
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