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« on: January 25, 2009 07:25:49 PM »

So,for three weeks before everyone else came back to school from winter break I took an interim class in costume construction...My college's fashion program is having a Victorian fashion ball in the spring and in my class we designed and made our ballgowns....

So my research lead me to this gown

the one the seated lady is wearing,I immediately fell in love with it, but since we weren't allowed to make a replica of any dresses we found in our research, I borrowed the colour scheme(teal and grey ftw!) and the points around the skirt, im really into angles at the moment

my rendering(really bad scan)

we worked from a period pattern which was...well, tiny

sized them up to fit, made mock ups out of an interfacing material

( i made the corset as well)

this was a little over a weeks worth of work

6 yards of ruffle

alot of hand ruching

alot of hand sewing trims together and onto the berthe

also alot of hand sewing 3 inch wide velvet ribbon on to 4 yards of skirt(about four hours worth of hand sewing to be exact)

 but it was all worth it to get to this

there were six of us in the class

there should be more photos from the actual ball when it happens in April, and we are going to the a trustee luncheon all fancied up as living advertisement for the ball, yay!

I am extremely proud of what I accomplished, even though it made my brain want to melt from time to time, I couldn't be happier with the results...

but its still weird to see it as an actual garment, instead of only on paper.

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« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2009 07:34:33 PM »

WOW. As a costumer myself I know how much work must have gone into that, and I am so impressed! You look great in it, and all those tedious hours hand sewing absolutely paid off! Fantastic work.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2009 07:39:02 PM »

That's lovely and I quite adore the colours together.

« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2009 07:42:53 PM »

Simply gorgeous! Kudos to you and all your classmates for having to work from such a tiny pattern. This definitely rocks.

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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2009 07:44:25 PM »

Oh wow, that is fabulous! Wonderful wonderful work. I need to take a costume class one day... *sigh* That is absolutely beautiful! You did a great job, and all your lovely classmates too. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2009 07:47:43 PM »

Amazing job!  I hope you keep it forever and ever!  I wish I had the patience to do that. 

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« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2009 08:09:10 PM »

Jebus, that's amazing! I love your ruching on the collar, and the colour scheme is beautiful! Wow, I'm gonna "this rocks" it Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2009 08:20:32 PM »

Oh my goodness! You need to take a bow for this.....OUTSTANDING!
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2009 10:04:41 PM »

Stunning! You scaled the pattern up by hand? Those hours of hand sewing were definitely worth it, this rocks!

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« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2009 10:22:09 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous - I love the grey and teal - very classy.  And I love the ruching and the trim, and the velvet ribbon on the skirt.  Great choices - I think every detail you've added just enhances the dress so much.  Beautiful.  And I'm very impressed by your commitment re. the hand sewing!
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