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Fancy Fabric Challenge

Beaded Embroidered Silk Ensemble

This is the front view of the oriental-influenced design jacket. 

I made this jacket and dress ensemble out of embroidered beaded silk and matching plain silk purchased at Estee’s Fabrics in Edmonton.  I designed both pieces.  On the beaded silk, I sewed all of the seams freehand without a presser foot, very carefully avoiding the beads.  After the seams were sewn, I removed the beads from the seam allowances and anchored all of the ends.  Not to waste a scrap of the precious beaded silk, I cut a yoke for the dress and the front half of the little sleeves.  I cut embroidered motifs from the remaining scraps, leaving about 3/8″ seam allowance which I pressed under and then hand-appliqued to the front and back of the dress.  I then connected the motifs with beads I had removed from the seam allowances.  Both garments are fully lined with bemberg lining.  Phtotographed by my husband.   

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  1. SewCool2 | | #1

    All I can say is "WOW" the outfit is beautiful and it looks perfect on you. SewCool2

  2. jojoma | | #2

    What you have done here is the type of fine work CoCo Chanel did in her time. This is haute couture hand work. Wonderful job!!! Yeah, and the figure to wear it......

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    ghis | | #3

    Wowwwww! Good ,I should say fantastic workmanship,As jojoma says this has the haute couture look and also what a stunning figure.Bravo.Ghis

  4. Sewing2enjoying | | #4

    Gee! What a terrific look on you! You must be very proud of this. I would assume this is not the first time you have been able to wear something so wonderful done by your own hand. Congratulations! Great look.

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