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« on: June 28, 2010 01:07:56 AM »

As my stepsister was getting married this midsummer at one of the royal castles here in sweden my sister and I thought it fit to get some new fancy dresses to wear.And by 'get' I mean- I sew. So she gave me a pattern she liked for hers which I then altered after her liking, and I designed my own, borrowing the idea with the sleeves cause I liked them.
The waist of my dress is handsewn in a technique I have no idea I know what it's called, but it sort of braids the fabric and I've wanted to try it out for some time so this was my chance.
Sorry I don't have any good pictures of the dresses, only hasty documentations of the whole things, no close ups....


I failed with the upperpart of mine and the seams turned out all wrinkled and stuff, but I'm okey with that.



The back:



sister's dress:


and back:



I'm really sorry about the crappy pictures, I should try to take some better ones some day... It's a shame that the colour of mine doesn't show in the picture really. t's this lovely shade of green and black so that depending on the light it looks either really really dark or it looks shimmering light summergreen.

I also modified a pair of shoes to go with my dress (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349783.msg4077812#msg4077812)
and I made kanzashi hairpins to match it too (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=349782.msg4077802#msg4077802).



UPDATE:


Stars_Fire_17 asked for detail pictures and I've totally forgotten to take some so today I remembered and got my butt off the chair to shot some really fast and crappy photos =)

So, here's the lattice/canadian basket:


The back: (as you can see the upper line of the waist is stright and the smocking was done in one stright line as well so I have no idea how the lower edge of the waist ended up like that in the back.. totally incidental, but I guess I like it that way anyhow =)


The smocking from the inside:


I miscalculated when smocking the waist so I ended up with a much larger waist than I could fill up unless I was pregnant.. So I used the scrap pieces to toss together a bag in the last minute, took less than half an hour from when I first had the idea so you can imagine how un-even cut it is ^^



And then the last picture, which is totally unnecessary but amusing. This is a closeup on my dress, and on our crown princess' wedding dress (she got married the week before my sister). Notice that both me and her tailor failed with getting the fabric stright in exactly the same way, at the same place. Somehow I think he should be more ashamed of not putting in the extra effort to fix it...
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2010 01:22:42 AM »

I really love that braided technique thing you did, and the color and everything! The back looks beautiful. Shame you don't have a pic with you and the hair ornaments and shoes, must look fabulous!
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2010 01:24:43 AM »

They are gorgeous.  Can you show us a close up of the detail on yours?  It looks pretty amazing from what I can tell. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2010 01:40:56 AM »

thank you both =)

stars_fire - I'll try to remember to take detail pictures soon =)
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« Reply #4 on: June 28, 2010 03:46:09 AM »

wow, gorgeous.
The detailing is beautiful - I love the way it curves down at the back waist. Lovely.
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« Reply #5 on: June 28, 2010 04:16:07 AM »

Wow! I LOVE that braided look - it works great with that fabric especially. Could you tell me how you did it, point me to a tute online - anything? My sister's getting married in November. :p
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« Reply #6 on: June 28, 2010 05:08:40 AM »

*laughs* zoma- the curving at the back was completley incidental. I have still no idea how that happened, but I like it that way too =)


smokering- I really really love the braided look too. A friend of mine made a simple and instructive tute for the lattice smocking that I followed: http://katafalk.wordpress.com/2010/02/20/lattice-smocking/ She's a true ace when it come to crafting. Totally brilliant person, and always willing to help and share tutorials =) I love the technique, even though it's a bit time consuming to draw up the squares at the start.
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« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2010 05:11:03 AM »

The beautiful braided part (especially on the back!) more than makes up for any issues that you had with the seams!
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« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2010 06:53:14 AM »

I pretty much agree with what everyone said- I love your dress and it is super flattering!!I'm gonna have to try that tutorial now Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2010 06:55:40 AM »

These are simply stunning. Amazing. I love the braided effect especially.
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« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2010 07:33:58 AM »

They both turned out so elegant! I was too busy looking at the gorgeous smocking on yours to even notice the seams. Love the colors and the back necklines! You did a wonderful job!
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« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2010 09:20:04 AM »

Wow...fantastic dresses!
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« Reply #12 on: June 28, 2010 11:03:38 AM »

They are both gorgeous! Your sister is so lucky! You both look great.
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« Reply #13 on: June 28, 2010 12:53:13 PM »

Awesome work!
I think the technique is called Canadian basket smocking, but I could be wrong. At any rate, you did it flawlessly.  Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 28, 2010 04:12:20 PM »

Thank you so much for pointing us towards the tutorial your friend made!!! I've been wanting to learn how to do that for a long time but never knew what it was called to look it up. I'm so happy I saw your post!
Your dresses turned out beautifully!!!! I love the colors.
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« Reply #15 on: June 28, 2010 05:42:21 PM »

Great work!  Shocked
Both of you look lovely.
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« Reply #16 on: June 28, 2010 05:56:44 PM »

Wow! That smocking is incredible. I'm definitely going to have to try a dress with that technique, especially since I want to do more hand-sewing. The dresses are both lovely!
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2010 07:34:41 PM »

wow really pretty! Cheesy i too love the waistband on the first dress.
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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2010 11:48:30 PM »

Oh... my gosh. That is literally breathtaking. Thank you so much for sharing this with us - I won't be able to rest until I've learned that lattice technique! Wow. Really, really amazing.
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2010 01:11:53 AM »

wow! These are truly the best kinds of comments, I'm so happy to have been able to inspire and give directions to the tutorial!


Brittanica- I really have no idea what it's called, but I googled both lattice and canadian basket smocking and got pictures of this technique so I guess it could be called both ^^ Canadian basket sounds better and more accurate though...

I'm really really stunned by all your sweet comments, thank you so much guys!
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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2010 01:46:30 AM »

what truly beautiful dresses. very elegant and 'rich' - in terms of colour and cut/style.

annnnd like everybody else has already said - love the smocking Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2010 05:10:58 AM »

Those are both very beautiful dresses.  I love the braiding technigue you used.
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« Reply #22 on: June 29, 2010 05:34:45 AM »

Stunning dresses! Love the details!
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« Reply #23 on: June 29, 2010 08:18:13 AM »

both dresses are simply wonderful, but i absolutely love the green one! 
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« Reply #24 on: June 29, 2010 09:27:56 AM »

Lovely dresses, and I agree with previous posters, the canadian basket is stunning! Love how it's done at the back!
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« Reply #25 on: June 29, 2010 09:37:33 AM »

Both are beautiful. I'd rather wear your sister's dress, because it's more simple and I love the colour. Your dress is pretty too, and Canadian basket sounds like a technique that I'd like to try.
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I love love love the waist details on both dresses
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« Reply #27 on: June 29, 2010 04:25:05 PM »

Thanks so much for the tute! Now I'm eyeing my stash wondering which fabrics would look good with that technique. *rubs hands together*
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« Reply #28 on: June 29, 2010 05:38:09 PM »

both are great, but i really love the green one- the color is beautiful and the braiding detail is just amazing! great work Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: June 29, 2010 07:37:51 PM »

The braiding and the color on the first dress is simply stunning.  Shocked I would love that as a wedding gown! The second dress is just a beautiful. I love the silhouette!
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2010 12:06:16 AM »

sewwhatsnewfabrics - are you getting married in green? O.O


Smokering- jay, go ahead! I'm sure you'll love it! if you want something simple to start with I suggest you go for a fabric that's easy to draw on... my green one wasn't really easy to paint on and the pencil rubbed off ever so easily, that was quite a bother.


The rest of you- thank you, thank you, thank you! You're all brilliant!
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« Reply #31 on: July 07, 2010 06:12:45 AM »

So, I finally took some close-up shots as I promised Stars_Fire_17 ages ago... Sorry about the delay =)
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« Reply #32 on: July 10, 2010 07:16:40 AM »

So, I finally took some close-up shots as I promised Stars_Fire_17 ages ago... Sorry about the delay =)

Yay thank you!
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you're very welcome =)
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