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Pippa's dress
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Date: 4/29/11 10:05 AM

I love it. Here's a shot of the bodice form the Daily Mail:



So it's not a cowl dress but it's got a sort of neckline drape around a deep V neckline.

Empire, inverted V waist and mermaid hem. Row of buttons at the back.

The BEST part: CAP SLEEVES!!!

How would one achieve this drape? Add a "collar" or do some sort of real cowl? Any pattern suggestion/book?

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Date: 4/29/11 10:13 AM

They did refer to Pippa's neckline as a cowl (NBC news). It is a gorgeous dress. The whole wedding was fabulous! I bet Kate's wedding dress will set trends, as will the bride's maid's dress! It fits her to a tee!

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Subject: Pippas dress Date: 4/29/11 10:18 AM

I am hoping Kate's gown will help bring an end to the strapless wedding dress trend, or at least some diversity.
Strapless dresses are beautiful on some brides, but they don't suit EVERYONE and shouldn't you wear what suits your figure not just what's popular? JMHO.
-- Edited on 4/29/11 10:23 AM --

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Date: 4/29/11 10:33 AM

I have a better photo. I'm even MORE in love:



People, it's a RAGLAN CAP SLEEVE!!!! *swoon*

And I'm soo happy both of them had sleeves. Whenever I see strapless, I hear Wardrobe Malfunction in my mind, LOL!

So do you guys think the V neckline bodice is an underlayer? As in, there are two bodices? Or is the cowl sewn into a seam at the V?

A view of the full front and comparatively plain back of the dress:





ETA to add important sleeve detail and more photos

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Morphology: Petite at 1m53 (5'), Burda size altered 19 or altered 38, Big 4 size 10 or 12 depending on ease;
Alterations: Petite, Narrow Shoulders, Slim Arms, Narrow waist, Increase Back Crotch Depth. Considering: Forward Neck/Rounded Upper Back, Slight Swayback;
Style: Feminine, Colorful, Fitted, Clean lines;
Favorite Garment type: Dress;
Favorite Colors: Purple, Navy, Brown, Shocking Pink, Coral, Aqua;
Favorite Fibers, Weaves or Patterns: Cotton, Linen, Cotton Silk blend, Seersucker, Swiss Dot, Lawn, Denim, Stripes, Chevron, Window pane Plaid, Bias;
Blog : http://fashionmate.blogspot.com
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Date: 4/29/11 11:15 AM

Oh my - this dress is style, class and elegance all rolled into one.

This wedding was the epitomy of good taste - I hope it sparks a massive revival. I am pretty tired of stapless everything and in some cases cleavage that never ends.

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Date: 4/29/11 11:20 AM

i think it's a lovely dress, but i have the crooked picture syndrome when i look at her. i just want to tug it straight!

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Date: 4/29/11 11:45 AM

Now I've finished sniffling at the TV (being an ex pat Brit) it does look like there are 2 bodices doesn't it - there aren't any seams to be seen in the close up. What a beautiful dress, and she looked very sexy yet demure which I imagine isn't an easy balance to strike. Both dresses were exquisite. I suspect this level of elegant simplicity actually involves a tremendous amount of work.

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Date: 4/29/11 1:43 PM

When looking at the pic of Pipa sitting next to the little girl, can anyone else see a slight "seam" in front of her shoulder. Could this be a shadow of the underbodice(lace). Who wouldn't love to have the long, slim bodies these two sisters have?

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Subject: Pippas dress Date: 4/29/11 2:14 PM

The skirt portion is cut on the bias, isn't it? That is one of the most elegant, discreetly sexy dresses I've ever seen.

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Subject: Pippas dress Date: 4/29/11 2:55 PM

I love this dress, too, but boy would you have to have the right figure for it. One feature of a bridesmaid dress in general is it's versatility, in other words, can she wear it again. Wouldn't it be funny if she used this dress as her wedding dress? In a color, it would make a wonderful formal dress.

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