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Topic: embroidered empire summer dress **UPDATED! Now with tutorial, pg. 5**  (Read 18105 times)
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« on: July 24, 2006 06:32:02 PM »

long time lurker, first project post. I knew this spring that I wanted a lightweight empire-waist summer dress in white cotton. However, when I got this voile, I realized I wanted more texture, so I tea-dyed the fabric (the underskirt is a bit lighter). Fully lined, it buttons up the back with mismatched white buttons, and I made the bust fit tightly so that I could wear it braless on those hot summer days. Skirt has 4 gores for volume at the base. Embroidery is a chartreuse silk embroidery thread with a bit of colour variation - I was worried at first, but I think I like the end result.


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detail of the bust


detail of embroidery on side of skirt (as seen in full image)

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« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2006 06:35:03 PM »

That is absolutely gorgeous! I LOVE the embroidery!
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2006 06:36:05 PM »

wow! Shocked  its gorgeous, good job!
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2006 06:52:22 PM »

Beautiful!!! Did you hand embroider it??
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« Reply #4 on: July 24, 2006 07:07:25 PM »

So beautiful!  Did you make it from a pattern?

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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2006 07:34:00 PM »

That's so pretty.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2006 07:42:28 PM »

I'm in awe.  What a beautiful dresss.  I love the color, the shape, the embroidery.  Heck I love everything about it.
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« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2006 07:45:19 PM »

wow, I'm in love. hav efun wearing it
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« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2006 07:53:35 PM »

that is gorgeous! wow! i'd totally buy that in a store. or at least contemplate buying it, since it'd probably be way more than i could actually afford. yes....hand-embroidered? pattern? yikes that's pretty.
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2006 07:56:57 PM »

wow, thanks everyone! Yep, it's been a great piece in this hot weather, and when it cools down, I tromp around in it with my motorcycle boots. To answer a couple of questions:

Beautiful!!! Did you hand embroider it??
yep. I've been embroidering since high school, it's so meditative. It's one of my favorite things to do on my daily commute to work (bus), even if I do feel a little weird pulling a half-constructed dress out in front of 30 perfect strangers.

So beautiful! Did you make it from a pattern?
Actually, no. I drafted the pattern on my dressform for this project, and then did additional fittings on myself.

thanks again!
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