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Emerald Green Gown

Added Oct 5, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Ceil Chapman Cocktail Dress Reproduction from Vintage Fashion Library.

I finished this gown just in time for this year’s Marin Symphony Gala. It was a labor of love, and I am thrilled with the finished project.

I adore this pattern. The bodice is fantastic, the skirt scallops are stunning – well, I love everything about it.

I did have a few issues with the reproduction. Some of the grain-lines are mismarked. Also, many of the perforation markings are missing which made setting in the sleeves a bit of a nightmare. And the petal bust over bodice pieces were a bit of a guessing game for placement – as drafted, they are a bit more oversized than the envelope sketch.

I made quite a few construction alterations to this dress. The directions and cutting layout include a lining for the skirt pieces which are treated as an underlining in the directions (I hand basted my organza to the dupioni). I also added underlining to the under-bodice pieces and the facings for the skirt and bodice. The bodice facings were also underlined with some cotton for a bit of added body. I finished my seams with Hug Snug rayon seam binding as well as the raw edges of the neck facing pieces.

I would recommend this pattern, but be prepared for a challenging experience. From the multi-sized paper pattern pieces to the missing markings, this is a BIG project. Granted, I did make more work for myself with the added corselette, but the bodice really does require some boning because the sleeves just rest lightly on the outer shoulder edges – do not expect them to hold anything up.

I am absolutely thrilled with the finished product and also a bit relieved that it is complete! I am guessing that I spent about 60 or 70 hours on the entire outfit, and while it was certainly worth the effort, I am exhausted! My next project is going to be a simple one!

My journey is chronicled over at my blog <ahref=“;target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Silk Dupioni




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage

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    Nov 3, 2011, 07.45 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    this is what i call a dress! elegant, stylish, beautiful and you made it so well, it could come from a paris haute couture house!

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    Nov 3, 2011, 04.01 AMby yoyi71

    So gorgeous!

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    Nov 2, 2011, 08.28 PMby carottesauvage

    This is just divine! Like a lotus from a Monet painting..

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    Nov 2, 2011, 06.47 PMby calafia110

    You look beautiful! You look like you stepped out of a Jane Austen novel as the lead character! Absolutely lovely!!!

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    Nov 1, 2011, 11.58 PMby SENEBO

    what a beautiful gown, well constructed and fits you like a glove. like the matching handbag it sets the whole outfit off. great job

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    Oct 18, 2011, 02.09 AMby trploceanmoon

    FAB-U-LUXE! I love it!

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    Oct 8, 2011, 04.03 PMby Dibii

    Like Christian Dior! Very beautiful!

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    Oct 8, 2011, 02.35 AMby mojo elgin

    gorgeous! I love the dress! Great job on it! The photos are wonderful, too. What a lovely setting…

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    Oct 6, 2011, 03.25 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Wow wow wow!!!!!!!!!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 03.07 PMby serendipity

    You look absolutely wonderful in this dress. It is truly a piece of art :D

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    Oct 6, 2011, 01.09 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    no words to describe it!! i absolulety stunning!!!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 10.53 AMby fashionfreek

    Wow. Real nice.:-)

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    Oct 6, 2011, 06.25 AMby jennidash

    This is stunning! I can imagine Grace Kelly in this. I would love to try this. Your photographs are beautiful too.

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    Oct 6, 2011, 06.03 AMby ronnielee

    Wow!! You surely can make a damn fine dress… This is a great example of labor of love, all of those hours have paid off!! Love IT!!!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 04.14 AMby audrashadforth

    This is just amazing. Congratulations!

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    Oct 6, 2011, 12.59 AMby gaviccaabri

    Amazing, amazing, amazing!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 11.14 PMby 6kidsathome

    the dress is so very beautiful!! you look fabulous in it.

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    Oct 5, 2011, 10.18 PMby mollykatherine

    This is spectacular, and quite a sewing feat! the detail in it is amazing. You look truly stunning in it :)

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