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Vintagevines
« on: July 22, 2008 01:27:51 AM »

So I have been thinking about making this dress for a while now.
But I always run into trouble when I try searching for the fabric.
It is nowhere to be found.
Nothing remotely similar.
Maybe I'm just searching for it wrong...?
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2008 09:06:57 AM »

It's a cotton print -- green sprigs on a white background. What search parameters are you using?
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Vintagevines
« Reply #2 on: July 22, 2008 09:55:09 PM »

I've tried searching for a green toile and still can't seem to find anything on any fabric store online.
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2008 09:17:50 AM »

http://www.allgwtw.com/scarlettgowns.htm

These guys hand-stamp white fabric, FWIW. (They use chiffon -- which is a bitch to sew!)
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Vintagevines
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2008 10:57:08 AM »

Dang, yep.
That was like my last choice.
I've never hand stamped fabric before... and I don't think I ever intend on doing it,
but it's... a flippin Scarlet O'hara dress!
Hmmm...
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2008 12:30:13 PM »

You COULD have the white fabric embroidered -- there are machines that will do that. OTOH, there has to be at least 9 yards in that dress.

I'll keep my eyes open, too. Now it's a Quest!

And that dress just has to be cotton or linen. Chiffon at a BBQ is just wrong!
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Vintagevines
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2008 03:04:33 PM »

Actually everywhere I read, it is a silk organza.
But I want to say that in the book it was a linen.
I really don't know. Lol.
And I think my machine might be able to do it... but I really.. oh jeez... I don't even want to think about it...
An explosion could possibly occur.
But I'm still keeping my eyes peeled.
I really would LOVE to make it for my senior homecoming or prom. Cheesy
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leatherhorse
« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2008 12:24:36 PM »

Well from what I remember from my grandmother, (who worked on the dress for the studios with the designer) It was hand stamped. But it was on a very thin cotton/ linen type material.( With a cotton broad cloth lining) Like if it was cotton would almost be a 150-200 thread count. and the funny thing is it was a wallpaper pattern block that was used. And was saposed to be a dark blue but on the fabric that they used it turned green so they went with the green velvet accent. Infact it is the same color as the drapery dress. Or at least that is what is in Grandmas notes. she kept pretty good notes on things like that. She was amaster seamstress for a number of the studios at one point or another. And the gown was in two pieces. And Vivean Leah did not like it at all as it was to heavy for her to wear.(skirt wise) So it was hand stiched to the corset top to hold it up. But it was never hemmed. Ran out of time as production had started and they where at that scene.
Feel free to ask questions as I have the note book here and can look and see if i can find the answer
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ScotSkipper402
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2008 10:25:11 AM »

Thanks, Leatherhorse. That's so interesting!

Plus there's a reason to see the movie again... to see Scarlett's unhemmed dress!
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st4rl1ght
« Reply #9 on: August 16, 2008 08:46:30 AM »

Just use a green and white muslin - I don't think anyone will notice that it's not the right fabric, they'll be too busy complimenting your dedication to making such a gorgeous and intricate dress Smiley

My advice would be to watch the movie and read the book - they modelled the dress exactly after Margaret Mitchell's description in the early chapters.

Also keep in mind (I don't know if you are using a pattern or not) that green velvet ribbon was used, the dress is front-close, no one actually wears chiffon at barbecues (lmao), and that you will probably need to make a few petticoats. 

Good luck!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: January 12, 2009 02:23:16 AM »

http://www.pegee.com/patterns/barbecue_party_dress.html
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