Added Mar 9, 2012
San Antonio, Tex...
For Amy Barickman’s VintageModern Design Challenge, I used the “A Practical Nightgown” magic pattern from her book, Vintage Notions. When I saw the pattern, a lot of different ideas came to mind, but first I knew that I wanted to transform the pattern from a nightgown to a dress.
I had light gold/champagne silk dupioni in my stash that I thought would be perfect for the dress. The scalloped edges on the neckline and sleeves reminded me of Belle’s final evening gown in Beauty and the Beast, so I got the idea to amp up the dress by using crepon sheer between the scalloped bias at the neckline and sleeves; using crepon sheer added more interest and a little intrigue. I also thought that making it short added a mod aspect to the dress to make it perfect for a date night or cocktail party.
I made my own bias tape using the silk dupioni scraps I had from cutting out the dress, and I added a small flower from the crepon sheer, topped with a dupioni yo-yo, and embellished with crystal and pearl beads.
Silk Dupioni, Crepon Sheer, Coats & Clark Dual Duty Thread #9185 (Champagne), Crystal beads, Pearl beads
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