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« on: May 03, 2010 08:09:33 PM »

About a month ago I posted my practice dress for this "auction dress".
I used 2 or 3 commercial patterns and changed them around to achieve the design I wanted:


After a month, on the eve of the auction I finally made myself cut into the 100% silk fabric I bought at Hancock's, in the decorator's section. After that it was one f#$# up after another. I sure learned a LOT about silk: frays like crazy unless serged very densely, has no stretch at all (unlike my cotton mock up  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  )
BUT,now that it's finished.... I love my dress  Kiss

May I introduce you to "the ultimate red dress"...


in action:


The skirt does not poof out because I decided I had no time for the underskirt, but people loved the dress anyway!

I also made this fabric flower "Kanzashi flower" - the Japanese art of fabric folding and glued it on a hair-clip and put it in my hair. I felt a little bit silly but got tons of compliments on that, too.
http://s133.photobucket.com/albums/q47/sewCZgal/?action=view&current=009.jpg

It was a great night, I felt great wearing the dress, even though it was a bit snug - very fitted  Wink  
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« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2010 11:56:55 AM »

Beautifully done!  You did so well with the fitting, considering the disparity in the fabrics between your mock up and the final project!

It looks lovely and you look espcially lovely with your hair accent matching your dress!
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« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2010 12:01:49 PM »

This is gorgeous!
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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2010 03:04:22 PM »

This is gorgeous!  You did a fantastic job.  I'd love to know how you did the keyhole!
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« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2010 03:51:57 PM »

Thank you for the comments, I appreciate them  Smiley

The keyhole is actually quite simple...I pretty much cut out the 1/2 tear-drop shape out of the bodice fabric (the same for lining) so that there was a point (the piece is on fold) but I cut on the line of the fold in the area of the tips (so that you can turn them inside out).
Then I sewed it up together with the lining, turned it inside out and sewed hook and eye on the inside - so that the 2 tips come together but don't overlap.
(my practice dress tips overlapped and had a snap (and it's fine but I like the hook & eye solution more elegant)

Is this a clear enough description? I will attempt to draw the steps but it's progress reports time, so I need to do that first...that job does, after all, pay for my sewing obsession Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2010 05:37:19 AM »

That's exactly what I was curious about, thank you!  I like what you did with the hook and eye.  I imagine ties would look nice on a more casual dress, or one for a child.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2010 06:28:53 AM »

It looks fabulouse on you...great job!

It seems like some silk just frays more than others.  I have worked with a lot of different kinds and some frays incredibly bad and some are just fine.  It's fun to work with though!
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2010 07:55:37 AM »

That dress is delicious! It looks very luxe, and I love the keyhole detailing. Good job!
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« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2010 06:42:01 AM »

Great dress.  I love how it turned out. 
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2010 11:20:52 AM »

The dress is so beautiful! I want now to beg my grandma to help me making one like that ^^;
The kanzashi was a nice accent too Smiley
What about the shoes? Did you choose red too or other colour?
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