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A Ball Dress with Patchwork - Bernina 3 Series

Added Nov 21, 2010

by cutemei

Auckland, New Ze...






This is my entry for the Bernina “Party Through the Decades” International Competition.

I was inspired by Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday (1953)”. I want to create a ball dress for my daughter next year, and made this dress with patchwork – the Grandmother’s Fan.

To me, I think it’s more like a costume then a ball dress. Patchwork used to do quilting, hardly used in garment, especially it’s difficult to make nice shape in evening gown.

I spent over 40hrs for the designing and thinking about every detail, and drafted patterns myself.
Then I spent around 60hrs to construct the garment – made up by 240+ pieces and weight about 1kg.

It’s a big challenge to me, after I solved lots of problems and redesign it, finally my dream becomes real!

Material Notes

100% Cotton.




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.37 PMby soaringviola

    I am also a quilter and a dressmaker but it never came to my mind to combine these two – and i deffinetly never gonna do because your dress looks so complicated! I would never be patient enough for something like this – my deepest respect! It looks wonderful!

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      Nov 23, 2010, 07.45 AMby cutemei

      Thanks! This is my first patchwork.

      Half year ago, I saw a quilting work, I loved it.
      Then I keep thinking how I can apply these skills in fashion design. Finally I got it.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 08.38 AMby analogue

    This dress is so beautiful and you put so much dedication into it. Your daughter is a lucky lady!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 08.43 AMby cutemei

      Thanks you!

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