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How Did They Sew That? How to Create Dazzling Criss-Crossed Gores

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The same fabric is used throughout. Only the grain is changed.

This 1930s dress, made of molten-looking silk charmeuse, might light up a room like a bonfire. With just a little movement by the wearer, the gown shimmers from the scooped cowl neckline down to the flowing hem. The eye is drawn especially to the waist and hips, in front and back, by overlapping bands cut on different grains to accentuate the dancing-flames effect. The unique gore intersection plays with the light, catching and deflecting it with each sway. With help from a hidden weight inside the neckline curve, the cowl drapes to perfection. Read this article from Threads #165 to find out how to create the gown’s shimmering criss-cross effect.

The technique used to create this dress takes advantage of a changing grain in shimmering silk charmeuse. It starts with a brilliantly cut garment in a color that sets the fire theme. You can almost feel the heat from a…

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