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Marchesa 2012 Fall Couture Collection
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Date: 1/1/13 5:19 AM

I am so desperate to know what this embellishing technique is called; i have attached two pictures and I want to know what technique they have used to embellish the bodice:

http://www1.pictures.stylebistro.com/it/Marchesa+Fall+2012+sUqd4N8BcArl.jpg

http://www4.pictures.stylebistro.com/it/Marchesa+Fall+2012+drIqn6bPSPYl.jpg

also, have anyone tried tambour beading? How is it? Where can I buy it ??

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Date: 1/1/13 7:57 AM

It looks like it's just embroidery, but some of it's 3D. Beautiful dresses!

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Date: 1/1/13 9:08 AM

Looks more to me like embroidery and appliqué. Fair amount of 3D embellishment with the leaves and flower type things.

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Date: 1/1/13 9:39 AM

I agree that it looks like a variation of silk ribbon embroidery...using a wider ribbon than you usually find commercially. They may have made their own.

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Date: 1/1/13 11:14 AM

I always wanted to do tambour beading, but I did do a cheaters method. You can buy beaded and heavily embroidered yardage by the yard. Nice fabric stores have it in the bridal section and I believe there are some mail order sources. I would cut it apart (some of it is designed for that)and arrange it in my own designs and add more beading. The trim would sometimes be 40 or 50 dollars a yard, but by cutting it apart, a yard would go along way.
Here's an example trim
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Date: 1/1/13 12:08 PM

I'd also guess some kind of heavy ribbon embroidery on tulle. Man, that really is textured!



I'd love to see a detailed closeup, but I bet it would look something like this.
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Date: 1/1/13 2:07 PM

That image (of the red dress) is only 399 X 600 pixels at 72dpi, so not all that great except for internet viewing, but you can take it into PhotoShop or Paintshop Pro or anything and enlarge it a bit, before it gets too pixelated to see. I looked at it there, and at least almost all of it, is all applied and twisted ribbon. On the larger flowers blossoms there though, there could be some actually embroidery or maybe a even an embroidered applique just zig zagged on underneath the large ribbon blossoms though, it's kind of hard to tell. It looks like the largest blossoms on there, are really made of a larger in width ribbon than all the rest of it.

If you have a local Jo Anns fabric store near you, I think they might even have those little tambour hooks on the racks there, in a hang tag package made by Clover. In and around where the knitting stuff is. They (clover) call it a Kantan Couture Bead Embroidery Tool though, but same thing. I don't think it's going to make the embellisment on the dresses in the photo's though.

But, while even just at Jo Ann's fabrics, if you just went and got some cheap fake flowers there, the kind with plastic stems and more precut fabric blossoms on them, you could just take the plastic stamen piece out of the center of any of the flowers there, and get a whole bunch of single layers of flower petals to re-layer onto something, any way you want. Once you do that, you can just use maybe a satin stitch dot or something in any sewing machine to attach them to some other fabric. That is kind of fun.
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Date: 1/1/13 2:20 PM

OK, here are some large images from vogue and others
image can be right clicked and opened in a new window

same thing

back detail

front detail

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Date: 1/1/13 2:34 PM

This looks to me like re embroidered lace appliques onto the net. actually i think they start with appliqueing the lace motifs and then add ribbon, beads and other stuff to the lace.

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Date: 1/1/13 2:38 PM

This looks like a combination of techniques. I think they started with machine embroidering on a base of illusion (very fine but strong flesh-colored knit fabric, sometimes but not always transparent). Then there are touches of hand embroidery done with wide ribbon or silky floss. They have also cut out pieces from a separate piece of embroidered fabric (possibly the same kind of illusion) and appliqued and partially-appliqued them to the embroidered illusion to give the 3-D effect. I'm sure that dress costs a lot, and it should, for all the handwork it required.

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