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Date: 9/5/12 8:14 AM

PLEASE -- this is about the dress -- NO POLITICS

I saw photos of the dress designed by Tracy Reese this morning. I love the fabric and the hemline details (if hemline is the right description).

So, I could never wear the sleeveless version, but my question concerns the proportions for doing a skirt contrasting fabric detail. Too little or too much all depends on the skirt length...at least I think so. Is it maybe 1/3 the length of the waist to hemline?

Also loved the rose color of the fabric.

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Date: 9/5/12 8:39 AM

Fashion trumps politics!

Hem length definately covers the entire knee. Yes, the contrast seems to be 1/3 of the entire skirt length from waist to hem.

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Date: 9/5/12 2:32 PM

Oh I had thought it was a border print, but now I see that it is a separate piece of fabric, it's really beautiful!

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Date: 9/5/12 5:25 PM

I think it also depends on your height. Michelle Obama is quite tall and can carry it off. On me, I think it would have the opposite effect because 1/3 would be so much more of the total neck-to-hem length.

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Date: 9/5/12 7:20 PM

Today they said it runs about $500 in the stores.

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Date: 9/5/12 8:46 PM

This dress is stunning. I found larger photo that shows more detail on Tracey Reese website. (more of her outfits are on Mrs O)

It looks like the rhubarb scallops are appliquéd to the lower skirt


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Date: 9/5/12 9:31 PM

It's a gorgeous dress, and the still pictures don't do it justice. It moved and swirled beautifully up on the stage.

I, too, am probably too short to wear something like that at knee level, but I'll bet it could be made in a tea-length and be flattering, too.

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Date: 9/6/12 9:51 AM

When you have arms as toned as MS. O's and burnished glowing skin anything looks good! I was taken with the dress, the color the fit, everything. Not to mention the SPEECH!
I am not much over five feet, I am not sure how it would,look. But it could be done tone on tone.

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Date: 9/7/12 1:47 AM

I think it would be about 1/3 the skirt length but kind of hard to tell as I think the dress does not have a waistline to it. It looks like the dress is princess seamed and gored and then the contrast portion of it, is actually seamed into there with all the little points matching up with the gores, that are rounded on the bottom of them? I'm not sure I would want to sew that, that way, as then you got to get all those little top points in just perfect. In a seam. I think instead, if you made the gored dress, maybe you could just add the bottom portion of it on top of there, instead by more maderia applique, just on top of it, and it might be a lot quicker and a lot eaiser going. Also do you think that bottom skirt portion is on the straight of the grain, it kind of looks like maybe it's even cut on the bias?

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Date: 9/7/12 3:22 AM

I would cut this with the top part as panels ending in scallop shapes and the bottom section having extra flare in it. I don't think it would need to be on the bias to work. I think you could vary the proportions to suit your particular height and shape, and also play with the colour combinations for the same reasons. Closer colours would have a subtle effect and not cut the length up as much. I have done a few skirts and dresses for one daughter who likes the band across the hem look. She's not very tall (5'4) but it works well. You see a long shape of the basic colour. You could try out wrapping fabric round or an ultra long sweater or tunic to see where the hem detail might look best.
I've just finished another dress and have a bad fuzzy photo on my computer (camera skills took a nosedive as I hurried to send it off). I was going to review it but the picture is really c**p. This one is in black with a contrasting black fabric band and an asymmetric pleated detail at the hemline which gives it a bit of flare there. These looks are reminiscent of some of the twenties flapper dresses.

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