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Fun Plaid Holiday Gown

Added Oct 1, 2008

by elneenya

Hazel Park, Mich...






This was another gown I made for a store display at the high-end fabric store where I used to work. We were dressing a holiday-themed window, and needed an eye-catching dress to be the centerpiece!

The lace is cut from a larger piece of fabric and hand-sewn to the bodice, and a few dark Swarovski crystals are sewn on top as accents. The petticoat is a separate piece made of fuchsia tulle edged with 1/8" wide satin ribbon.

The plaid was difficult to match at the seams (as you can see on one of the front princess seams) due to the irregular yarns that are characteristic of dupioni silk — it was a struggle to get it as well-matched as I did! There were only a few spots I gave up on. ;)

Material Notes

  • Silk dupioni in a fun jewel-toned plaid
  • French Chantilly lace in Christmas green
  • Swarovski crystals in a dark iridescent tone
  • Polyester taffeta in Christmas green (lining)
  • Nylon tulle in fuchsia (petticoat)
  • 1/8" wide satin ribbon in Christmas green (petticoat edging)
  • Horsehair braid (hem)
  • Ridgeline boning
  • Invisible zipper




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    Oct 5, 2008, 05.38 AMby trploceanmoon

    I think you did really well trying to match the plaid! That is no easy task! This dress is really festive! Great job! :)

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    Oct 3, 2008, 01.07 AMby pinksunflower

    I love the colour!!!!!! Beautiful

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    Oct 2, 2008, 08.14 PMby kiraph

    Wow, this is a really daring and fun dress! I just love the lace on the bodice – such a great match for the green in the fabric. Well done, the whole thing looks great!!

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    Oct 2, 2008, 07.21 AMby mirela


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    Oct 2, 2008, 05.28 AMby sunnyb64

    That’s lovely. The store was lucky to have you around to make such great window displays!

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    Oct 2, 2008, 02.10 AMby anajan

    I’m speechless!

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    Oct 2, 2008, 01.29 AMby lybu

    wow. This one is super cool. I love it.

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    Oct 1, 2008, 09.11 PMby islndnthesun

    this is so neat…I love it! Nice job.

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    Oct 1, 2008, 08.00 PMby calicocouture

    So cute! It reminds me of wrapping paper, like a very pretty package. The green lace is such a clever touch. I’d like it see another version as a tea length party dress with loads of green tulle.

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    Oct 1, 2008, 04.34 PMby laurertheexplorer

    this dress is awesome. your awesome!!

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    Oct 1, 2008, 02.39 PMby justmica

    Wow, great job! It looks very good!

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    Oct 1, 2008, 01.50 PMby ghainskom

    You’re so talented! This dress is awesome.

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    Oct 1, 2008, 01.24 PMby polychromatin

    This looks absolutely great! Good job!

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    Oct 1, 2008, 12.24 PMby amermaid

    This dress is absolutely awesome!! Makes me think of Scotland as well as X-mas

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    Oct 1, 2008, 12.12 PMby carottesauvage

    Very beautiful. I like the contrast of plaid with lace, very ‘now’

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    Oct 1, 2008, 12.10 PMby carlatv

    It’s simply amazing! It must of taken you such a long time. You really don’t notice the slite uneven stripes. WOW!

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