Added Sep 14, 2009
My friend Marjan asked me to help her with her wedding dress, so we discussed the look she was going for and she gave me input along the way, and this is what I made for her in one month’s time. This is a princess line, strapless dress that is boned and lined. The over skirt moves organically around it and opens at the side while ruched strips of silk chiffon curl and twine over the dress to mimic vines and branches. Bird appliques were then placed in subtle locations on the dress. There is also lots of bead work and hand-stitchery. Oh, and all raw edges are intentional ;).
The main body of the gown is dusty-rose silk dupioni, the over-skirt is hand-dyed silk organza, and the branches are hand-dyed silk chiffon. The beads are all glass or crystal and the thread used for the hand-application of the branches, birds and bodice was variegated metallic thread. I wouldn’t use this kind again though, it snagged and pulled apart many times which required me to undo many stitches to bind them off and start anew.
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