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What a marvelous dress and what professional results. Ms. CB can be very happy that she has you to make her formal gowns. This is a great pattern and I loved all the information on your blog. It was worth the time and effort because the results are fantastic.
9/10/08 6:07 PM
9/10/08 6:38 PM
The dress turned out beautifully. I have made a number of garments for others but never did a muslin. Just relied on tissue fitting. I think I'll give it a try next time since I can see where it really helped you to fit the dress. Thanks for such a detailed review.
9/10/08 6:41 PM
wow-just really impressive! That dress fits like a glove and the details, fabric are perfect.
9/10/08 6:57 PM
WOW! Beautiful dress!
9/10/08 7:07 PM
Ooooh... man, that is a gorgeous dress!
9/10/08 7:17 PM
My dress! You made my dress!!! I cannot tell you how happy/excited/thrilled I am to see this review and to read all about your adventures sewing this! I'm considering this as a wedding dress option (I have a similar figure to your client--although I'm currently a little heavier, I think) and your review will be invaluable to me, if I decide to go this route!
9/10/08 7:37 PM
Absolutely stunning. It looks totally fab on you and what a divine color.
9/10/08 7:41 PM
You did a wonderful job. I'll bet your client enjoyed the compliments she got, and I hope she shared them all with you.
9/10/08 8:05 PM
9/10/08 8:26 PM
You did an awesome job!!!
9/10/08 8:43 PM
Wowie! I'm envious that you have the opportunies to sew up some of these gorgeous patterns. Your result is lovely, and Ms. CB looks positively radiant! (And until I read more about the event, I was trying to figure out what famous music-artist you sew for... she looks absolutely FAB in your work!)
9/10/08 10:28 PM
WONDERFUL review, WONDERFUL dress, WONDERFUL you, and LUCKY MS. CB! :o) You really outfit yourself on this one. Stunning!
9/11/08 0:51 AM
Very beautiful results. A dress I would probably never have the patience and capability to make so I simply love to view and appreciate the skill and effort that went into making such a delightful creation.
9/11/08 1:21 AM
What a wonderful gown! Wow!
9/11/08 2:50 AM
I love your meticulous logging of this process with the times attached. Great dress.
9/11/08 6:22 AM
Beautiful! That's a great color, it really makes the dress.
9/11/08 6:26 AM
9/11/08 7:49 AM
9/11/08 8:29 AM
This is over the top beautiful - should be parading down a high fashion runway
9/11/08 9:14 AM
Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for a great review.
9/11/08 10:17 AM
Like Michellep74, this is on my list of possible wedding dresses (although I think Michelle is a bit closer to getting married than I am!). I'm so happy to see how it came out, and if I do get married and wear this dress, your blog will be getting a whole lot of hits.
9/11/08 11:50 AM
Amazing. What incredible work you do!
9/11/08 12:19 PM
Bellissimo! This has been an arduous journey, and I know you've got more time and effort into it than you probably intended, but in the end you've really outdone yourself.
9/11/08 4:12 PM
9/11/08 7:11 PM
Congratulations on that dress. Those fabric flowers are really neat, not at all tacky, and add a lot of pizazz to the dress I think. Now that you've done it it will probably be faster so you should make it for yourself!!!
9/11/08 8:08 PM
I always look forward to your reviews! This is just stunning! All of the work and patience really paid off. The result is a drop-dead gorgeous gown. Fantaastic!
9/12/08 3:57 PM
MelissaB in WA
What a stunner - so worth all the hours you put into it. Gorgeous!
9/13/08 0:08 AM
9/15/08 1:58 PM
I just saw your review from one of the Discussion Group threads. Absolutely amazing job you did on this dress. Altho I will never make a dress like this, your great illustrations and commentary will help anyone who tries.
10/19/08 12:48 PM
Hi there, I am making this dress at the moment - just finishing off the flowers so nearly there. I make a lot of dresses for other people but thought I would try this one out for myself first - just as well as it is very time consuming - I spent 5 hours in total just cutting out the paper pattern and fabric!! Haven't worked out how much I would cost this one at. I made one major change to the design which I think helps it to work even better. I made the foundation with a separate zip so you zip that up first then zip the dress up over it. I always use a lot more bones in my corset / foundations as you can get a really smooth line, and I find they are actually more comfortable. I put one bone on every seam and one in between at the back, at the front I do two full length angled bones from the outside of the bust slanting inwards onto the tummy and 3 or 5 shorter bones just on the tummy. I also extend the foundations below the waist so they smooth out the tummy if this is an issue (in my case it is!) I make and fit the foundation first so then you can stitch the dress slightly bigger ( I move the needle over one or two positions to the right for the lining and dress) I find this helps it to hang better. Ooe problem I'm having is that the flowers are so heavy they are pulling the straps down. I may elasticate the strap or position them lower down on the strap - was this a problem for you? I see you shortened the straps. This didn't seem to be a problem until I put the flowers on and it's a bit too late for that unless I want to unpick a lot of sewing!
6/21/09 5:26 AM
Hi Hoofsmith - My client/friend didn't like the strap off the shoulder. So I adjusted the strap to fit on the ball of the shoulder instead. Additionally, I added a little bra strap holder on the underside of the strap. See my flickr set for this dress at http://www.flickr.com/photos/themahoganystylist/sets/72157605398184353/with/2656284270/. Thanks for asking. BTW- Thanks for detailing your experience. I think it's a great idea to make the foundation first. Yes, it did take a lot of hours to make this dress. I wondered if I was just a slow sewer on this one. Thanks again! Cennetta
6/23/09 1:27 PM
I guess one could always try making the flowers out of a lighter fabric, and not self-fabric? Crepe satin is pretty heavy.
5/26/10 10:54 PM
Thank you for the idea of using muslin to do a trial sewing and for altering. Great idea! Soooo glad I stumbled across this review. I will be making this dress for my step-daughter's wedding held the end of May. The reception is themed as a vintage Hollywood 'Red Carpet' event. I am doing the dress in a deep navy satan and the flowers will be out of the satan, a mulit colored chiffon and sparkly blue lace with a few feathers. May use bead instead of the clothe cording. However, I am using my own flower pattern and they will be smaller. I plan to put them only on one shoulder and on the hip I will do some additional fabric draping on the neckline to give it a 'cowl' like neckline seen in the lat 20's early 30's and put in short butterfly sleeves. I'm still debating on the foundation. Thanks for sharing your hints and challenges.
4/3/11 0:21 AM
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