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Posted on:9/10/08 5:20 PM
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karen0923 said... (4/3/11 0:21 AM) Reply
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.
londonfog said... (5/26/10 10:54 PM) Reply
I guess one could always try making the flowers out of a lighter fabric, and not self-fabric? Crepe satin is pretty heavy.
Mahogany Stylist said... (6/23/09 1:27 PM) Reply
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 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
hoofsmith said... (6/21/09 5:26 AM) Reply
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!
Aunt Gail said... (10/19/08 12:48 PM) Reply
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.
Mahogany Stylist said... (9/15/08 1:58 PM) Reply
Thanks everyone!
MelissaB in WA said... (9/13/08 0:08 AM) Reply
What a stunner - so worth all the hours you put into it. Gorgeous!
Kellie R. said... (9/12/08 3:57 PM) Reply
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!
AnneM said... (9/11/08 8:08 PM) Reply
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!!!
nellc said... (9/11/08 7:11 PM) Reply
Gorgeous dress!
Marji said... (9/11/08 4:12 PM) Reply
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.
DorothyK said... (9/11/08 12:19 PM) Reply
Amazing. What incredible work you do!
tr1c14 said... (9/11/08 11:50 AM) Reply
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.
Nancy Anne said... (9/11/08 10:17 AM) Reply
Absolutely breathtaking! Thanks for a great review.
carolynw said... (9/11/08 9:14 AM) Reply
This is over the top beautiful - should be parading down a high fashion runway
lilhoney57 said... (9/11/08 8:29 AM) Reply
Absolutely beautiful!
squirrellypoo said... (9/11/08 7:49 AM) Reply
WOW. Stunning!
Ellenatlga said... (9/11/08 6:26 AM) Reply
Beautiful! That's a great color, it really makes the dress.
petro said... (9/11/08 6:22 AM) Reply
I love your meticulous logging of this process with the times attached. Great dress.
senaSews said... (9/11/08 2:50 AM) Reply
What a wonderful gown! Wow!
Athene said... (9/11/08 1:21 AM) Reply
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.
Annette1 said... (9/11/08 0:51 AM) Reply
WONDERFUL review, WONDERFUL dress, WONDERFUL you, and LUCKY MS. CB! :o) You really outfit yourself on this one. Stunning!
Physics Girl said... (9/10/08 10:28 PM) Reply
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!)
Gold said... (9/10/08 8:43 PM) Reply
You did an awesome job!!!
Meggie LuLu said... (9/10/08 8:26 PM) Reply
AMAZING dress!
AnneMarie60 said... (9/10/08 8:05 PM) Reply
You did a wonderful job. I'll bet your client enjoyed the compliments she got, and I hope she shared them all with you.
CharityAK said... (9/10/08 7:41 PM) Reply
Absolutely stunning. It looks totally fab on you and what a divine color.
michellep74 said... (9/10/08 7:37 PM) Reply
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!
lyra said... (9/10/08 7:17 PM) Reply
Ooooh... man, that is a gorgeous dress!
sewtime said... (9/10/08 7:07 PM) Reply
WOW! Beautiful dress!
christea said... (9/10/08 6:57 PM) Reply
wow-just really impressive! That dress fits like a glove and the details, fabric are perfect.
katlew03 said... (9/10/08 6:41 PM) Reply
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.
Karendee said... (9/10/08 6:38 PM) Reply
dbsewer said... (9/10/08 6:07 PM) Reply
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.
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