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kmccomi
« on: January 09, 2008 03:30:34 PM »

Please tell me if I'm posting in the wrong section and let me know where I should move this to.

I am in love, love, love with the emerald green, custom-made silk dress that Keira Knightly wore in "Atonement."  The vogue pattern here (http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V7365.htm?tab=evening_bridal_includes_designer&page=8) is similar but I wouldn't even begin to know how to modify it to be more of a direct replica.  Would any crafters be able to help?  A tutorial or rough pattern sketch perhaps?  I'd also like advice on fabrics and tracking down that perfect color green ... some "emeralds" are just wrong and tacky looking.  Thanks!  Pics are here - please look at all to see the detail of back and front, etcetera:




http://www.keiraknightley.com/media/albums/movies/atonement/atonemtentpromostills2007/normal_105492_1.jpg
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x0xmanda
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2008 03:33:52 PM »

sorry, i'm no help.
but wow. thats beautiful.
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Astica
« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2008 03:35:36 PM »

I believe the one that would best suit your interest is this thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=150.0

If you post here people are going to think you made the dress in the pictures  Wink
And another note - if you didn't take the picture you must post a link instead of a direct picture. It's the whole craftster/legal thing  Roll Eyes

But I can see why you want to make this dress!
When I saw the thread It was in I thought someone here made it and went 'wow!'

Best of luck on the dress & on Craftster! ^^
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speakeasy
« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2008 03:40:43 PM »

I am right there with you. I adore this dress. Every time I see the preview I always exclaim "I need to make that dress!" hehe. It is so beautiful and I think the green color is what makes the dress so eye catching. I really do not have any advice in constructing it though  Sad but I am sure you could get it by modifying that vogue pattern you found. They do look similar.
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mystico_tala
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2008 04:14:24 PM »

Here are some pictures of someone that did replica's to sell, might get some more ideas with the close ups.
http://www.edressme.com/6199.html

Ok, some changes from the pattern you posted.  On the vogue pattern, the ruffled part of the back is then sewn to the lower part of the dress.  The movie dress is totally different than that.  The bottom half of the dress is plain within itself.  The gathered part at the back looks to be like totally separate pieces of fabric that are attached at the back and tied around to the front (with the bottom of the dress underneath it).  Does that make sense?  That would be the easiest way, I think.  With the pattern that you have, you would have to sew extra fabric for the front tie into the side seams, which would look bulky.
I would look for a different pattern, personally.  One that has the main form of the dress that you want, and then add the ruffled back (tied at the front) yourself.  Attach it to the zipper seam.
And obviously, the straps aren't halter... and there would be a band at the waist.  Actually, because of that band, it would be really easy to change the bottom of the skirt.  You don't have to worry about a seamless line in the front.

Was that too much like jibberish to understand?  I sort of wrote that out stream-of-consciousness while looking at the pictures...
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kmccomi
« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2008 04:20:35 PM »

I believe the one that would best suit your interest is this thread:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=150.0

If you post here people are going to think you made the dress in the pictures  Wink
And another note - if you didn't take the picture you must post a link instead of a direct picture. It's the whole craftster/legal thing  Roll Eyes

But I can see why you want to make this dress!
When I saw the thread It was in I thought someone here made it and went 'wow!'

Best of luck on the dress & on Craftster! ^^

Thanks - I'll modify the post so that they're links instead of images, and I'll also post in that board you linked to also.  Sorry ... I'm new here Wink
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kmccomi
« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2008 04:22:12 PM »

Here are some pictures of someone that did replica's to sell, might get some more ideas with the close ups.
http://www.edressme.com/6199.html

Ok, some changes from the pattern you posted.  On the vogue pattern, the ruffled part of the back is then sewn to the lower part of the dress.  The movie dress is totally different than that.  The bottom half of the dress is plain within itself.  The gathered part at the back looks to be like totally separate pieces of fabric that are attached at the back and tied around to the front (with the bottom of the dress underneath it).  Does that make sense?  That would be the easiest way, I think.  With the pattern that you have, you would have to sew extra fabric for the front tie into the side seams, which would look bulky.
I would look for a different pattern, personally.  One that has the main form of the dress that you want, and then add the ruffled back (tied at the front) yourself.  Attach it to the zipper seam.
And obviously, the straps aren't halter... and there would be a band at the waist.

Was that too much like jibberish to understand?  I sort of wrote that out stream-of-consciousness while looking at the pictures...

Some great starting tips - thank you.  I just wouldn't even know where to begin with reconstructing the back detail.  But yeah, I knew to add a waist band and modify the straps.  Thanks for your help!
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mystico_tala
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2008 04:34:36 PM »

I haven't had a chance to read the full article but you wouldn't BELIEVE WHAT I FOUND
http://www.kartanonrouva.net/couture/resatonementgreen.shtml

It's like a TUTORIAL!!!!!

Like I said, haven't read through it all, but it might have something useful.

Another good link
http://www.costumersguide.com/cr_atonement.shtml


....I want to make this dress now.

EDIT:  The waistband is actually a sash, which would nicely hide the seam from the top so you can get the fullness of the bodice, but the smoothness at the front of the skirt.
The bottom-front of the skirt is probably constructed like this vintage vogue pattern with the tied fabric hiding the seam


I think I figured out the whole draping system sash-thing.  Let me do a little drawing, cutting and draping and I'll get back to you.  Might not be exactly, but in my mind, I think it will work...
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sweet_apple_pie
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2008 05:43:05 PM »

I haven't had a chance to read the full article but you wouldn't BELIEVE WHAT I FOUND
http://www.kartanonrouva.net/couture/resatonementgreen.shtml

It's like a TUTORIAL!!!!!

Like I said, haven't read through it all, but it might have something useful.

Another good link
http://www.costumersguide.com/cr_atonement.shtml


....I want to make this dress now.

EDIT:  The waistband is actually a sash, which would nicely hide the seam from the top so you can get the fullness of the bodice, but the smoothness at the front of the skirt.
The bottom-front of the skirt is probably constructed like this vintage vogue pattern with the tied fabric hiding the seam


I think I figured out the whole draping system sash-thing.  Let me do a little drawing, cutting and draping and I'll get back to you.  Might not be exactly, but in my mind, I think it will work...

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« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2008 05:59:50 PM »

Wow I'm so glad someone posted about this! I saw the movie on Saturday and have been dying to make it ever since.

I don't know about the pattern, but I thought about the materials while I was watching (the gears in my craftster brain never stop turning!). The top looks like it's reeeeeally really thin silk, actually the whole dress would be made of this. Then the top layer of the skirt would probably be best as chiffon or georgette. You can tell that top layer isn't shiny like the rest, and the material has to be slinky enough to slide over the silk nicely.

If you want to find the perfect color before you buy yards and yards of fabric, try ordering swatches from fabric.com. I'm sure other websites do this too, they're like 75 cents and you can also feel the material too.

I'd love to see what you come up with! Like I said I'd love to make this dress too but now I realize I have nowhere to wear it.  Cry
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