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1920s Inspired Petal Dress

Added Sep 9, 2013

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






This past week I left my home of Indiana and moved to Savannah Georgia for college at Savannah College of Art and design. Before I left, I had one more custom garment to make for someone from my home town. I was working on finishing this dress right up to the day before I left. When I first met with the woman to go over what she wanted, she told me that she was looking for something with a nod to the 1920s/30s.

She’s getting married in October and the theme of her wedding is based from that era, and she was hoping on possibly wearing this as a reception dress. So of course my mind immediately went to the gorgeous petal technique that I saw on the dress that Daisy was wearing in her opening scene of The Great Gatsby. I fell in love with that technique right away on screen, and I had been wanting try my own spin on it for a while now.

I drafted the pattern according to the woman’s measurements. The dress is made from chiffon and the lining from satin. The lining is a completely separate dress from the overlay. I find that whenever I make a dress from chiffon it’s nice to have the option to choose between different colored slips.

Every seam on the dress is finished off by either using a french seam, or by hand sewing the seams shut. Chiffon tends to fray easily after a couple of wears and if all the seams are closed the garment will last much longer. Each petal was hand cut and the edges on all the petals had to be slightly melted using a cigarette lighter to keep them from fraying. After all the petal edges were sealed I started pinning and hand sewing each petal individually to the dress. Many hours of hand sewing went into this dress, but it was such a fun dress to work on! I’d like to play around with embellishing different garments with petals as well.

More on my blog :) http://esther-fromthesticks.blogspot.com/2013/09/custom-made-1920s-inpired-petal-dress.html

Material Notes

Chiffon, satin, invisible zipper, thread, cigarette lighter.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Satin

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    Sep 12, 2013, 08.49 AMby gfoster

    This dress is so fantastic. I would say the Lady you designed it for is over the moon such a lovely colour as well. Best of luck with your studies you sure picked the right course for you.

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    Sep 12, 2013, 12.56 AMby sophia329

    Beautiful! You have such a gift for creating things. Best wishes for your new beginning at school! :)

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    Sep 10, 2013, 09.30 PMby step-van-b

    This is wonderful. I bet the lady was more than happy when you have presented this piece of art to her. I admire your creativity and sense of style.

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    Sep 10, 2013, 02.05 PMby blueartisan

    Stunning work. Love the colour!

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    Sep 10, 2013, 11.57 AMby pampula

    I’m speechless again, this might be my favorite dress form your desings so far (the fact that I’m obsessed with 20’s fashion may have something to do with that) !!! The dress is so gorgeous, petal details, color and the quality of your sewing are incredible! I’m seriously in love with it!

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      Sep 10, 2013, 01.29 PMby melonhead

      Oh wow, thank you so much! That’s quite the complement just knowing that you like it! And I know, aren’t the 20s just incredible?! :)

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    Sep 9, 2013, 09.36 PMby Irina Schwab

    Wow, this dress is a dream. One of the most beautiful i’ve seen here xx

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      Sep 10, 2013, 01.29 PMby melonhead

      Thanks you!

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    Sep 9, 2013, 07.10 PMby steffania

    This is a masterpiece! I love it! You’re so young and so talented! great!

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      Sep 10, 2013, 01.29 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you so much!

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    Sep 9, 2013, 06.21 PMby michelle ><><><

    Beautiful! So proud of you! I just dropped my daughter off far away at college too! Have fun and work hard, enjoy this season off your life take advange of every opportunity to learn. God has a plan for you, you are Truly gifted! <><, michelle

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      Sep 10, 2013, 01.31 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you Michelle for saying such kind words! And how exciting that your daughter is beginning a new season as well! I hope it’s full of excitement and blessings :)

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    Sep 9, 2013, 05.13 PMby lucyrev

    That is a work of art!

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    Sep 9, 2013, 03.46 PMby loukoulia

    <3 <3 wow! just wow

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    Sep 9, 2013, 03.32 PMby yenny lee

    Lovely! :D

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    Sep 9, 2013, 02.40 PMby Emily Munton

    Stunning wow

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    Sep 9, 2013, 01.27 PMby Dibii

    I love, love, love it!!!!! :)))

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    Sep 9, 2013, 12.45 PMby Bbtiny

    It’s stunning! I can’t believe how much work you must have put into this dress. It is so lovely and perfeclty done with all these petals! Awesome! I love it!

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