Added Sep 30, 2010
W. Lafayette, In...
The inspiration for this dress was a vintage slip. A short negligee, made of a sheer floral print, was layered over the slip. The hem of the negligee was cut on a slant to give the dress some asymmetrical interest and hem was cut around the floral pattern for an uneven border.
The only thing these two garments had in common beside a light-weight fabric, was that they shared a single color. My challenge was to integrate the two. Holes were cut in the negligee following the edge of the floral design, so the under slip color would show through. From the extra fabric cut from the hem of the negligee, roses and leaves were cut out , the raw edges were sealed and they were appliqued to the slip. Vintage needlework was dyed and applied along with vintage laces throughout the garment, making a pleasing flow to the design. The back of the dress is accented with ruched velvet that has an overlay of floral needlework. Additional applique’s, glass beads and ribbons are used to add detail to the design.
Finally, the hem of the slip was cut off to shorted the dress, and black vintage lace was added to draw the piece together.
The slip is made of nylon. The negligee is synthetic, but I am not sure of the material. I would guess that it is polyester. Trims used on the dress are made from silk, velvet, cotton, linen, satin and glass beads. Vintage laces and doilies were used also.
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