My NYC Garment District

Added Jan 26, 2011

by Tere Rampolla

Rotterdam, Nethe...






After reading the the backstage report about the garment district, I was taken back to all those afternoons I spent escaping from work and getting lost among aisles of beautiful fabrics.
This dress was the result of a couple such afternoons amongst bargain fabrics.
The top is an ivory jacquard silk organza that cost about $6/yd. The bottom is a white cotton lace that I hand dyed to create contrast, for about $5/yd. Both fabrics I found by chance on two separate occasions when I went in the store looking for a zipper or some lining material. They literally jumped at me, it was such a crowded store that if you so much as brushed by a roll it would fall in front of you.
The dress is an original design where I used draping and gathering to shape the top and an empire cut bottom piece for a flattering fit.

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Material Notes

Silk Organza, hand dyed cotton lace, china silk lining.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic
Cotton, Lace/Sequins, Organza, Silk

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    Jan 28, 2011, 01.18 AMby Dahlia Rampolla

    Tere, It is really poetic how you have described the birth of this dress. It makes me want to go shopping for fabric to make a new dress. On my most recent try, Mami said to stick to uphostering.

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.44 AMby Erin E

    WOW it’s beautiful!!

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    Jan 27, 2011, 12.27 AMby beckj28

    Great combination. Gorgeous dress.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.49 PMby Testosterone

    It is exquisite!!!

    Top, bottom, who doesn’t have a preference? In this instance, both are artistically astute, complimentary to one another, and a tribute to your creative vision.

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    Jan 26, 2011, 05.32 PMby artyfarty

    This is beautiful! I especially like the top, it´s exquisite!

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