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SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge 2014

Embroidered Silk Sheath

Dress constructed using 4 ply silk crepe. Zipper installed in side seam

This was created to wear to a semi-formal beach wedding. The bride requested all guests wear white; her bridesmaids were outfitted in hot pink. Although the ceremony was beachside, the reception called for semi-formal attire.

I created a version of the Dior design worn by Nicole Kidman some years ago.  I thread traced the seam lines into white 4 ply silk crepe and embroidered floral designs on the front in multiple hoopings on my embroidery machine. Silver metallic mesh was positioned on the back and I printed templates of the embroidery designs on transparent film to finalize the design. The embroidery designs were placed to create a picture frame effect around the metallic mesh.

As this was to be worn in the tropics, I chose a fine Swiss cotton jersey for the lining. This was comfortable to wear and provided opacity so that the hot pink skirt lining did not show through. 

More details can be found on my blog: cloningcouture.com

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  1. jvorchak | | #1

    I love this dress. It is simple yet pretty. It has a very old fashioned eastern European feel.

  2. AtelierDesigns | | #2

    Thanks for noticing. I agree that it is somewhat reminiscent of embroideries from Hungary and Romania.

  3. AtelierDesigns | | #3

    Thanks for the compliment and glad you liked it.

  4. jennymcnee | | #4

    I'm just curious, did you underline the silk crepe anywhere? I'm looking for insights on linings for silk crepe and whether to underline.

    beautiful work!

  5. Morthan | | #5

    fabulous work and understated elegance.
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed your process and feel inspired.

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