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Glamor in Gray (BERNINA 3 Series)

Added Nov 24, 2010

by chartreuseant

Hangzhou, China






The elegant 30s inspired this draped-style gown. The bias-cut of the fabric causes the gown to fall gently around the curves of the form. The position of the belted waist is a feature from the 30s that represents the return of femininity after the boyish styles of the decade before. I think the 30s were important in establishing the Hollywood glamor that we still associate with movie stars.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear


Inspiration photo of Jean Harlow

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    Dec 15, 2010, 04.29 AMby outdooranimal

    Well done. Elegant and sophisticated, and bias cut.

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    Dec 15, 2010, 01.10 AMby umirecka

    Well done! :) Hope you don’t mind if I use your dress as inspiration for something I’d like to make.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 11.00 PMby diha

    very clever beautiful simple elegance you cant beat it

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    Dec 1, 2010, 10.59 PMby chartreuseant

    Thanks for all the support! This community is pretty impressive – so much interaction.

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    Dec 1, 2010, 11.27 AMby cinamo

    Perfect for my concerts! :) (I’m a singer)

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    Dec 1, 2010, 02.31 AMby storres56


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    Nov 30, 2010, 08.32 PMby cur-jargon

    dear girl! absolutely beautiful dress. Yours gets my vote. Best of luck!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 10.37 AMby anajan

    So simple, yet classic and very elegant. Love it!

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    Nov 26, 2010, 10.27 PMby sandrasews

    Beautiful, very elegant and sophisticated. Love the way it drapes and the detail of the skirt.

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    Nov 26, 2010, 03.31 AMby jde

    I love the simpleness that make’s the gown so elegant! great one

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    Nov 26, 2010, 03.21 AMby nessys

    This is a wonderful, elegant dress. I love everything about it, colour, sleeves (I really love those sleeves), design etc. You’ve done fab job of this and I agree with you, THIS is what I call Hollywood Glamor.

    You gotta love Jean!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 08.17 PMby cherwinamy

    you look lovely!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 04.17 AMby shangrow

    You look divine. The dress is beyond stunning. Did you use a pattern?

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      Nov 29, 2010, 12.16 AMby chartreuseant

      Thanks. I made the pattern myself. Not an easy task with bias fabric, but I think it turned out fine in the end. The one thing I would have done differently is drape the fabric on a form for a day or two so it could fully reshape itself before making the final cut.

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    Nov 24, 2010, 08.06 PMby galatina

    Wow! This is absolutely beautiful.

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.39 PMby freakusbzzz

    really elegant

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.03 PMby sarah0686

    Sheer class, absolutley stunning!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 12.35 PMby hdk100

    I love it when there is another proof of “less is more”. It’s a beautiful gown, no need for anything more glamorous, it speaks for itself!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 09.39 AMby Lora Martinez

    Very elegant!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 09.33 AMby ichigogirl

    Beautiful. The 30:s is my favourite decade too, elegant AND sexy, perfect…

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    Nov 24, 2010, 04.33 AMby smallone

    wow!! – what a just stunning gown….

    …a study in draping, would love to know how you achieved this with all those bias cut pieces…and in such a slipery fabric :)

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