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Posted on:6/26/08 3:07 PM
Last Updated:8/3/08 0:33 AM
Pattern Size:Petite 
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mad4sewing said... (8/13/08 10:53 AM) Reply
AnneM said... (8/11/08 9:05 PM) Reply
A gown like that in silk? Fantastic. You did a great job on the dress. What a special dress for your friend.
AliciaNoel said... (8/11/08 7:16 PM) Reply
Completely beautiful!!! I have always wanted to create a Renaissance dress, but unfourtunately, been unambitious and have lots of fabric sitting & waiting to be made into one... this is so inspiring to see though. You should be very proud of yourself for such an amazing creation!
Nancy Anne said... (8/4/08 6:10 PM) Reply
I made a renaisance gown for one of my daughters 5 years ago, self-drafted for the most part, and while it is not as detailed as you and didn't have a hat (how brave you are!), I can fully appreciate the process and work you went through to construct such a marvelous finished product. Absolutely stunning! I hope it is worn zillions of times.
Debra H said... (8/3/08 11:36 AM) Reply
While I would never need anything like this, my hats off to a beautiful job on a very complicated design.
trishapatk said... (8/3/08 10:25 AM) Reply
Superb! What a lot of work you put into this ... with outstanding results! Keep up the great work!
GinnyMae said... (8/1/08 11:08 PM) Reply
This is wonderful! So you didn't even go to the Renfaire? Oh it's wonderful if you love that time period! Great job on the gown, I'm in awe.
Stacy Sews said... (8/1/08 3:31 PM) Reply
Wow, gorgeous!!!
svetlana said... (8/1/08 8:11 AM) Reply
As someone who has made several Ren dresses, I am in awe. Surely 80 hours is an underestimate.
pipet said... (8/1/08 2:54 AM) Reply
not just a dress but a masterpiece... wow!
Sew4Fun said... (7/31/08 2:34 AM) Reply
This is magnificient! As a friendly reminder you may want to read rule 7,8 & 9 of the My Pattern Contest and update your review. After all your hard work it would be nice if you had a chance at winning. I'd also generally be interested in hearing how you went about drafting/draping this pattern.
papalacios said... (7/21/08 12:51 PM) Reply
I had to look up how to do cartridge pleats since I hadn't done them before and I had looked through lots of sites for tips on Renaissance gowns. Like having the bodice use 4 layers. The stays are attached to the inside on the inner layer and basted in place to the outer layer. That was the stays don't show and the line of the dress is smooth.

Cartridge pleat tutorial I used.

Since I stay home with my son, I had lot's of time to sew this. The pearls went on pretty fast. I had machine stitched down the lace, ribbon, and gems. The pearls just filled in the blank spots. I think it was 3 days for all the pearls. The pearls and the cartridge pleats were the only hand work, the rest was by machine.

I would guess that the total working hours on this (after the research and sketch) was about 80+.

I don't participate in any Ren groups. I just have a love for the period. I've been fascinated with Queen Elizabeth I since I was a child.
AuntieBat said... (7/18/08 1:10 PM) Reply
Jaw-dropping wonderful! Your achievement is even more impressive given that this is your first Tudor gown. May I ask how long you were working on this? The handstitched beading alone must have taken months. Which Renfaire or historical re-enactment group do you frequent? And I want to go shopping with you. :) That is a great silk at such a great price!
jeanyus said... (7/16/08 10:31 PM) Reply
Impressive! I think that includes the feat of securing an excellent deal on silk. Have you sewn a similar gown with a pattern? What did you use for sources, reference other than your sketch?I hope you get to show it off at the Faire!!!
marjenann said... (7/15/08 7:43 PM) Reply
Incredible in everyway!!!
Alexruthe said... (7/11/08 8:19 PM) Reply
wow, gorgeous!
Warrior Princess said... (7/10/08 5:54 AM) Reply
Yes they were the ones I meant... They're beautiful! I love unusual sleeve designs but often find it difficult to draft myown pattern that fits! I'd never seen any quite like those before.
papalacios said... (7/9/08 6:22 PM) Reply
Thank you all very much for the wonderful comments.

I guess I was at the right place at the right time for the dark blue silk. I got a 20 meter roll for only $150. The inner skirt was an older set of drapes and the chemise was a lighter set of drapes that I found at an estate sale.

For the sleeve question, if you mean the flouncy chemise sleeve, those are 2 set-in squares on each side with hand crocheted lace edging. I stitched on the lace trim before I attached them. It's a lot easier that way. The squares were 16" and 24" with a hole cut out of the center. I basted one small square on top of a larger square then stitched them to the upper sleeve just past the elbow so the bulk wouldn't lie in the arm bend. It creates a lot of fullness and Erin just loved it.

I had seen that style of sleeve done on a commercial pattern, don't remember which one, but it was a lot shorter and only a single layer.
Warrior Princess said... (7/9/08 5:28 PM) Reply
*Speechless... yet I must find words*....You deserve serious kudos for this. Perseverance by the bucketful here! I adore those shirt sleeves!... How did you make them drape so beautifully? I want more!
nancy2001 said... (7/9/08 3:26 PM) Reply
Absolutely breathtaking.
Athene said... (7/9/08 3:15 PM) Reply
Absolutely beautiful - thank you for all the pictures to look at.
crisford said... (7/9/08 3:04 PM) Reply
Suitable for royalty!
Elona said... (7/9/08 2:05 PM) Reply
Spectacular! I think a lady of the time wearing your gown would have been the envy of the court.
Annette1 said... (7/9/08 12:01 PM) Reply
BEAUTIFUL!! Your workmanship is truly admirable. I especially like the fact that you used really nice fabric and didn't cheapen it up with something of lesser quality. :o)
wvsher said... (6/27/08 9:37 PM) Reply
Stunning gown and hat! Very impressive!
Mufffet said... (6/27/08 5:36 PM) Reply
I am SOOOO glad you are rated Advanced now because you surely are. No matter how you put that together, it doesn't matter how someone else might! Thanks for the extra pictures, they are just lovely!
Stitchcakes said... (6/27/08 1:31 PM) Reply
This is beyond beautiful. Not really so 'helpful' , I'm afraid, as I won't ever be attempting anything like this! :-) In fact, I'm going to check with Deepika now to see if she can add 'Single-Celled Organism' to the skills category, since this is Advanced Beginner work. OH WAIT! I see you promoted yourself. Whew! I am feeling better! :-) You should be VERY proud of this!!
HeyJane said... (6/27/08 11:17 AM) Reply
Wow. I have said 'wow' about a hundred times now, viewing your photos. And the skirt hangs and flares so beautifully.
Kbenco said... (6/27/08 6:50 AM) Reply
Amazing outfit. Thank you for showing this. I am feeling tired just thinking about sewing on all those pearls.
piffle said... (6/27/08 5:33 AM) Reply
CA Eisenhour said... (6/27/08 0:12 AM) Reply
Um, Advanced Beginner? I don't think so! What a truly stunning work of art! You must be so very proud of yourself. the details are incredible. Simply, LOVELY! ~Connie
tatterbat said... (6/26/08 11:45 PM) Reply
Splendid. Thanks for the extra photo links, enjoyed seeing more details.
chacha45 said... (6/26/08 11:01 PM) Reply
What an amazing achievement! Did you know tht you accidently put "advanced beginner" in your profile?
chacha45 said... (6/26/08 11:00 PM) Reply
What an amazing achievement! Did you know tht you accidently put "advanced beginner" in your profile?
QuiltersFan said... (6/26/08 8:41 PM) Reply
The dress is stunning. Thanks for posting the extra photos - the details are beautiful.
prokleta said... (6/26/08 8:10 PM) Reply
Just WOW!
Mahler said... (6/26/08 7:30 PM) Reply
Fantastic, overwhelming, awesome... I could go on for ever. You are an artist. Thousands of Bravo !
Deb Thompson said... (6/26/08 3:58 PM) Reply
WOW!!!! Beautiful! This dress must of cost you a small fortune to make! What a gorgeous piece of art!
papalacios said... (6/26/08 3:32 PM) Reply
Thank you very much!! I love this gown and am looking forward to making another.

JMarie1962 said... (6/26/08 3:30 PM) Reply
An amazing work of art!
Mufffet said... (6/26/08 3:20 PM) Reply
WOW. LOVELY gown. You do wonderful work. COuld you put more links to pictures of the ensemble? I would LOVE to see detailing and more views. :)
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