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1  "Heartbreak and Swallows" dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: February 22, 2008 02:21:36 PM
Hello Everyone,

I wasn't even going to post this dress.  The dress started out as an experiment so the quality of the chocolate brown fabric (a cotton/poly sheet from the clearance rack of a discount store) is not particularly good. 

It is a 1950s style halter dress that includes stencilling, embroidery, beading,  applique, and a giant crepe-backed satin bow!  Apparently I wasn't terribly fond of simplicity on this day since I threw in as many techniques as possible.   Wink



















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2  "Belle Du Jour" dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 12:59:39 PM
Some films I would like even if their only redeeming quality was the costuming and wardrobe.  I am a bit of a film geek and part of the reason I like this film, I will admit, is that Yves St. Laurent did the wardrobe (it is all simple, elegant, mod little suits and dresses). 

I was inspired by that film when I made this dress from "winter white" wool. 

My favorite thing about it is the pockets and pleats - I love pockets and pleats! 

I added black braided trim because the off-white seemed too stark without some contrast. 



















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3  "Swirly Lagoon" Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 12:25:44 PM
This dress is inspired from a vintage dress I own and is made from the softest (and probably wildest) cotton sateen fabric I have ever seen.  The fabric is vintage so I opted for a vintage shape with a little rounded Peter Pan collar. 







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4  "Equestrian" Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 12:15:54 PM
Here is another "scrap" dress made in the same style as my "Cigarette Girl" dress.  The bodice is a dusky lavender crepe-backed satin and the skirt is the wool houndstooth.  I liked the contrast of the textures of the two fabrics and have been trying to explore that more.  The houndstooth fabric along with the leather and silver trim at the hem seems somehow equestrian to me hence the name. 

I also used my scrap houndstooth fabric to make buttons.  I must be easily amused because making buttons delights me FAR more than it should.   Smiley

This would definitely only be worn with a pair of ultra-black tights so don't worry.  Wink















 
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5  "Secret Sparkle" dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 12:03:02 PM
Herringbone fabric is usually pretty conservative (believe me I work in an office of a financial company and my retinas are pratically scorched by all the khaki and gray herringbone) but I liked this fabric because it was not only $2.50 but also it has silver metallic threads running through it. 

It is a slightly different variation on the Houndstooth dress.  In efforts to use every scrap of fabric I have left before buying anything new I used black satin for the sleeves, neckline and bias-binding on the hem. 

I also had some silver rick rack left over from a holiday project so thought "Why not?" and added it to the neckline and sleeves. 

















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6  "Mod, Wooly, Houndstooth" dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 11:51:34 AM
When I was a little girl the house I lived in had a bathroom wallpapered with a large black and white houndstooth pattern so somehow this must have left an impression on me because I have been attracted to houndstooth prints ever since.   Smiley

This is a mod-style minidress made from a woolen houndstooth print fabric, cream crepe-backed satin for the neckline and accented with black leather and silver eyelet trim on the hem and sleeves. 

I left the hem intentionally raw and let it fray a bit to counteract the "goody two-shoes" girlishness of it.  I also added decorative buttons. 

Here it is:


















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7  "Ode to Audrey" Crepe-Backed Satin Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: January 20, 2008 11:38:24 AM
Hello all,

Like many girls Audrey Hepburn has always been one of my style icons.  While she possessed a natural and timeless elegance, to me, the key to her longevity was that her beauty was always approachable and quirky. One of my favorite quotes about her is "Audrey Hepburn looks like every girl and like no girl."

It seems like, once again, concepts of "beauty" have become so narrowly defined.  Where I live blonde, tanned, surgically-enhanced and scantily-clad seem to be the criteria which equals "attractive."  Wink While I have nothing against dyeing one's hair, tanning or plastic surgery per se it is uncanny to see hundreds of girls downtown on a Friday or Saturday night who look like they stepped off the same assembly line.   Smiley

With that thought in mind I created my "Ode to Audrey" dress, because I not only appreciate her beauty and sense of style but also the remarkable humanitarian work she did.  I also appreciate all of the amazing work done by people on Craftster - it is truly inspiring to see that in a world that is becoming more and more homogenized that individual ideas of style and beauty still remain.   

So, I will be quiet now and just show the darn dress.   Cheesy   

It is made of crepe-backed, steel gray satin.  Because it is gray (which is one of my favorite colors but can be somewhat somber) I wanted to add some details.  The bodice has ruching which gives it more of a "sweetheart" neckline, there are also sequins along the top of the bodice, a bow made of tulle in the center of the bodice and braided straps.  Let me know what you think! 










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8  "Faded Victorian Wallpaper" teal wool skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: December 11, 2007 08:19:26 PM
Here is a teal wool skirt I made for the fall/winter (I'm in Minneapolis so it gets chilly). 

The skirt has pockets, is lined and has double top stitching at the hem. 

The skirt seemed a little blah so I used the same stencil as for the blue suede jacket and thought, "What the heck?"

I painting the stencil I used fabric paint and dabbed it on so it would intentionally be sparse in some places (liking fading wallpaper) and then added a very faint sprinkling of microfine glitter to give it just a touch shine and shimmer.   Cheesy



















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9  "Wallflower" dress with vintage lace trim in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: December 11, 2007 08:07:52 PM
This dress is a bit more modest than some I have recently posted, at least it is much longer.   Smiley

I have been studying many very "girly" designers lately (Alice Temperley and Erin Fetherston for examples) and that probably comes through a bit in what I have been making (ribbons, bows, lace and girlishness aplenty). 

I really made this dress as an excuse to use a bit of the vintage lace I have at the bottom of the skirt (1.5 yards done, only 25 more to go). 

It is a rather silly dress but I like the keyhole detailing and the cream colored satin with the cornflower blue fabric. 






















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10  "Blue Monday" Satin Empire-Waist Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Red Cat, White Velvet on: December 11, 2007 07:47:20 PM
Here is a dress made of two shades of blue crepe-backed satin (a fabric I choose because it is always on sale at Joann's). 

The top of the bodice has a channel that the sash goes through so it can be more or less gathered. 

It was my first attempt at making anything in an empire-waist/baby doll style and although I love the look (on others) I am still tinkering with making it work on me. 

The buttons are faux-silver with a few little rhinestones for a little sparkle.   Grin

 














 

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