Added Jul 6, 2010
I’ve always wanted a fancy piece of clothing that was made the couture way.
And it’s so sad that people don’t really wear evening wear the same way they used to. It’s very difficult to find an occasion to wear a gown like this one now.
Most of the dress was handsewn. I used to always look down on handsewing because it’s so 2nd grade, but it really affords you so much control on how the fabric drapes. I wouldn’t have made it any other way. Body is silk chiffon with a matching knit lining. I used a knit instead of the usual lining fabric because I didn’t want any sort of shine to come through, and it seemed much more comfortable.
The twisting on the fabric was pretty tricky to do since chiffon puckers so easily if pulled the wrong way, but careful steaming with an iron does it.
On display at a walking gallery event in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Worn by friend and well admired model, Amanda, who is off to grad school in California now.
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