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LBD & Fascinator

Added Sep 3, 2012

by slmnstyle

Portland, Oregon...






Kay Unger 1241 Vogue Patterns featuring surplice pleated
bodice, rouched princess seamed lined sheath dress. I made this pattern in a rayon crepe and China silk for the lining. I also made the fascinator headband from net, satin and feathers.

I made this look for my dear beautiful Mother’s burial ceremony in Arlington Cemetary in Washington, DC in August 2012. I was going for an elegant, fashionable look that would be repectful, classic yet fashionable.

My Dear Mom loved to sew, knit, quilt, bead, and create lovely things. Her beautiful mother, My grandnother, Lovey, was also a very talented, skilled seamstress and tought me the power of sewing, design, fashion and beauty. Both loveley women. especially my mother Constance, would have loved to hear of my sewing adventures with creating this dress and hat for her.

The dress was a bit challenging at times, especially with the finishing of the back vent and hemming, and the top crossover bodice is very low cut and required visual modesty (photoshop in photos, and fashion sticky tape in person). I ran out of time figuring out the back skirt vent and hem, and just sewed up the back seam without any vent.

Despite the lack of convenience and added comfort of movement of the back skirt vent (which I am determined to learn how to make at some point, and well), I love this dress and found that making a muslin version definitly helped in the fitting, although still not as perfectly fitted as I would have liked.
Overall, I am very pleased with my dress and hat, and would make this type of look again, for myself or clients.

Material Notes

Rayon crepe
China Silk
Nylon Netting




Garment Type
Rayon, Silk

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    Sep 4, 2012, 03.58 PMby SassyT

    Sorry to hear about your mum. What you intended the dress to cover you did it in spades.. A beautiful classy dress.

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    Sep 3, 2012, 09.32 AMby Mary Athey

    The dress is gorgeous and what a lovely tribute to your mother. you did both your mother and grandmother proud by carrying on their skills. sorry about your sad loss xx

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      Sep 4, 2012, 04.43 AMby slmnstyle

      Thank you so much Mary!

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