Added Oct 1, 2008
Hazel Park, Mich...
I found this fabric at my local discount fabric warehouse (the kind of place where you really have to dig to find anything good). It’s a silk Duchess satin that would usually retail for about $60 per yard, but there were only a few small pieces available, and they had tape marks throughout. For $2.99 per yard, though, I decided not to worry about the tape marks! I even found a matching silk taffeta that day, which I used for lining. At $2.99 per yard, it was cheaper than the cheap stuff!
I made this gown simply as a portfolio piece, since the tape marks would prevent it from being saleable. It has been in a couple of fashion shows as well.
Working with small pieces and flaws meant getting a little creative with the seams. Hence, the panel that sort of acts as a train in the back. I also curved the side seams a bit, so they don’t fall straight down the sides. I have a thing about side seams, I guess! ;)
I brought the straps to meet in a “V” low in the center back. They attach to the top of the dress back with sturdy hooks and eyes to reduce the stress on the single button at the bottom of the “V”.
Silk Duchess satin in a silvery blue
Silk taffeta in a silvery blue (lining)
Hooks and eyes
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