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Fancy Fabric Challenge

Scintillating – An amalgamation of past and present

Jan 04, 2010
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Evening gown of crinkle lurex organza (80% metal/20% silk in black/silver).

I cut the bodice of this gown from contemporary Vogue pattern 8191 and the skirt from a vintage 1930’s evening gown pattern.

I sewed the gown on my 1941 Singer 201-2 and narrowly hemmed with my circa 1889 hemming foot-my FAVORITE attachment!

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    artfulenterprises | | #1

    Bravo! Lovely work...beautiful bodice...great choice in construction detail! Skirt is absolutely delicious...loved the hem. Perfect. Aren't those old Singer attachments just the greatest?

  2. Clarasita | | #2

    Absolutely gorgeous! I can picture you wearing a nice strand of gray pearl or a handwoven silver chain. Perhaps with a simple blue goldstone (midnight sun star sitara) enhancer hanging just over the breastbone.

  3. dpog | | #3

    You did a fine job. Your dress looks good on the dress form, but better on you. Often a simple looking project is technically very difficult. Your experience has paid off.
    Now all you need is a yacht and a tropical moonlit night.

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    EvaDress | | #4

    Not sure if this is allowed, but I will give it a shot: I hope these photos of my submission will earn my photographer recognition so she may embark on the photographic career she wants and deserves!

  5. moushka | | #5

    Gorgeous, and the photos are definitely Threads-worthy, so congratulations to the photographer, too. You look stunning in the dress and the construction details are perfect. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Katielynne | | #6

    Now, this is just lovely. Exquisite hem--does the metal content help to achieve that fabulous "wave" effect? Your work is simply fabulous.

    Not that you'd wear this particular garment on an airplane, but would this fabric set off the metal detectors?

  7. Corica | | #7

    EVADRESS YOU ARE INDEED A DIVA I WOULD LOVE TO WEAR THIS EVENING GOWN. FABULOUS!

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    EvaDress | | #8

    Thank you for the compliments, Katielynne.
    The metal content (I believe it to be nickel) lends this organza a unique stability.
    The metal was definitely a plus in combination with the crinkle texture when narrow hemming.
    Also, the manufacturer of the fabric cannot guarantee any cleaning recommendations which is why I reserve this fabric for designs which are cut away from areas most likely to soil such as the underarm - a factor which lent yet another level of challenge!

  9. LYDIADAMBRO | | #9

    IT'S ELEGANT, GORGEOUS, SLEEK, LOVELY FOR A NIGHT OUT TO CELEBRATE
    VALENTINE DAY ; OR EVEN A ROMANTIC NIGHT QUIET NIGHT AT HOME,
    WITH A FAVORITE DINNER, GOOD SPIRITS, NEW SHEETS ON THE BED.

    HAVE FUN WEARING IT.

  10. tracytammaro | | #10

    Beautiful work..... I would call this simple elegance. The dress is not overly done up with accessories and it sure doesn't need it. This is the kind of sewing I want to learn to do but unfortunately we don't have people around here who want to get into teaching. I can't understand why. I remember years ago people being able to go to seamstress schooling but you sure can't find anything like that anymore. Any suggestions.....anyone?

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    EvaDress | | #11

    tracytammaro, I do hope to get around the U.S. to teach perhaps starting with the 2010 ASDP conference.
    I also plan to attend the Artwear Symposium at the Textile Center of Minnesota this June 2-8. Perhaps I could arrange something to do for that event in 2011.

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    GreenTrunkDesigns | | #12

    Lovely dress and very well done.

  13. IrmaMullins | | #13

    Impressive!!!!

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