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Monday, July 30, 2012
A Long Evening Gown Takes a Long Time to Sew!
Marfy 2867 is finally finished! It feels great to invest time and materials into a project and experience satisfying results.
Over the summer months I documented the construction steps for this couture gown; see Tutorials in the upper right corner of the Home page. I used five types of silk to fashion the gown itself. The foundation is made with coutil and spiral steel boning. Sewing the gown the way I did was time consuming but the result is a unique gown that fits perfectly and sits securely on the body.
The curved shape of the waist seam is far more attractive than the standard horizontal cut you see on most patterns. The curve allows the skirt to fall softly over the abdomen which benefits all figures.
The swiss lace does not support the gown at all. The lace is anchored to the bodice top edges and its shape conforms
to the body. The gown is quite heavy and the lace would stretch out of
shape if it was weight bearing. The lace is an ideal solution if you
love strapless necklines but want to be different or prefer slight coverage.
detail to hold the observer's attention! Eyelash edges on the shaped
lace, beaded ruching, a deep sweetheart neckline, dimensional chiffon petals blooming on a three layer skirt. I'm glad I invested the time and materials into this gown. I'll let you know when I wear it!