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Beaded leaf gown

Added Jun 29, 2010

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






IT’S FINALLY DONE!!! Ugh I never want to hand sew, hand bead, hand, anything again!! I started this gown around 3 weeks ago. I probably could have finished it sooner but I was procrastinating on it a lot…like I said, hand sewing…shivers. I used lace for the panels and then beaded around the edges. For the bodice I cut off some beaded appliqu from this dress I got at Goodwill. Then I put them in a design that I liked and hand sewed all of them together. I used hooks in the back so you can get in and out of it. I’m really excited with the way it turned out, but I’ve decided that my next project will be strictly sewing machine only! ; ) Haha hope you like it.

Material Notes

Sequins, lace, beands, and thread.




Garment Type
Casual, Geek
Chiffon, Lace/Sequins

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    Jun 19, 2011, 04.35 PMby helenadoll

    This is so magical and lovely. I hope you have somewhere to wear it to :)

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    Jun 11, 2011, 04.33 AMby proploft2012

    WOW This dress is so stunning!! you could walk down the red carpet of the Oscars in this and get number one on every best dressed list in the country.

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    Mar 31, 2011, 02.33 PMby wonderlandalys

    I’m so jealous! This might be the most beautiful dress I’ve ever seen! Amazing!!!

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    Mar 29, 2011, 07.20 PMby turtlegirl00

    so lovely!! quite insping! I am so intimidated by hand-work, but the affect is worth the effort—your dress is one of my favorite gowns EVER!!

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      Mar 30, 2011, 01.29 AMby melonhead

      Aw thank you for such kind words! :) Oh I know hand sewing can be a real pain, but the outcome is usually work it.. carpel tunnel and all. Haha.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 07.13 AMby janene

    Absolutely the most beautiful dress I have seen on Burda. So worth the effort. Thank you for your inspiration.

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      Mar 8, 2011, 01.07 AMby melonhead

      Aw thank you Janene! I don’t know about the most amazing dress on Burda, but thank you for your kind words! I absolutely love your shawl collar jacket by the way!! :)

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    Feb 2, 2011, 06.02 PMby TigerShmiger

    a while back i went to see an exhibition of couture dresses, and this would fit right in! it’s stunning, you should be really proud of this :)

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    Jan 14, 2011, 12.23 AMby earthenwings

    Wow, can I say that you are fantastic? Because you are. Fantastic as in the hard-driven, gifted, way awesome way that makes me jealous. lol

    Really truly though, beautiful job. Thanks for sharing. :)

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      Jan 19, 2011, 02.37 AMby melonhead

      Aw thank you! That really means a lot :)

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    Nov 29, 2010, 10.42 PMby prettyfascinated

    Woww, that dress is stunning x

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    Jul 6, 2010, 03.33 PMby delsol

    This is so gorgeous! You did a fantastic job, it looks beautiful on you [:

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    Jul 5, 2010, 03.17 PMby dnmcbride

    Very impressive! And your photography is stunning, very professional looking.

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    Jul 5, 2010, 01.15 PMby strawberryorange

    wow, I love all your work – its oh so fabulous! I do hope you get to be a fashion designer some day, I would gladly wear your designs :)

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    Jul 5, 2010, 04.47 AMby marloncosta

    WOW! WOW! WOW! Beautiful says it all!

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    Jul 5, 2010, 02.31 AMby natmarie

    This is exquisite!!! I can’t imagine doing this just for fun! Fantastic work. Congrats.

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    Jul 4, 2010, 06.12 AMby chadrific

    um, this is freaking beautiful!!!!!!!!!

    what is it going to be used for???

    guh! so lovely!

    you hard work really paid off <3

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      Jul 4, 2010, 05.36 PMby melonhead

      Thanks! Well I just made it for fun, but I think I might enter it in Scholastics.

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      Jul 5, 2010, 08.06 AMby chadrific

      Do it!!!! It’s gorgeous beyond words!!

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    Jul 4, 2010, 03.06 AMby cantare

    whoa…looks like everyone loved it as much as I do! in a word: (ok, two) absolutely gorgeous. you’ve hand beaded and hand stitched, wahoo! added to your long list of accomplishments!

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      Jul 4, 2010, 05.36 PMby melonhead

      Aw thanks!

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    Jul 3, 2010, 10.01 PMby ssarryo

    This look like this could of been Tinkerbell’s wedding dress if she ever got married to Peter Pan. Lol. It’s a beautifully delicate dress. Great job!!!

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    Jul 3, 2010, 05.43 PMby dannygirl101

    This is gorgeous! Love it! You have so much patience to be able to this. You are a huge inspiration for me!

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    Jul 3, 2010, 03.28 PMby nadinebennett

    yikes, whenever I complain about handsewing it’s usually me just fixing a hem or adding a button…this puts my complaints to shame! simply amazing work…

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    Jul 3, 2010, 03.24 PMby spcanadia

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! I love how this has faerie tale flair but doesn’t look costumey. Did I mention it’s absolutely gorgeous?

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    Jul 2, 2010, 10.30 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    Totally incredible! All you needed to do was sprout some wings and fly off in the second photo, it’s a beautiful picture.

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    Jul 2, 2010, 03.52 PMby dansedelafleur

    This is so amazing! I love all the beading on it… great job! :)

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    Jul 2, 2010, 03.23 PMby laurwyn

    This is a GORGEOUS gown! I admire your patience! Your piece is so delicate, and the pictures make me think of a Lolita Lempika advert…

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    Jul 2, 2010, 03.10 PMby carottesauvage

    Waow amazing!

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    Jul 2, 2010, 03.44 AMby Natalia *

    Its absolutely astonishing what you can accomplish when you put time and effort into it. This dress is phenomenal -you should be really proud of yourself! Keep up the great work -I love all your projects, and this just tops the list!

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      Jul 2, 2010, 12.45 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you, that’s very nice of you.

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    Jul 1, 2010, 04.12 PMby sallyoh

    This is beautiful!

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    Jul 1, 2010, 03.13 AMby bows

    unbelievable- this is just so stunning- your so talented! I love the progression of your pieces- they just keep getting more and more amazing :)

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      Jul 2, 2010, 12.46 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you. That’s really nice of you.

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    Jul 1, 2010, 12.01 AMby chillwear

    Simply stunning!!!!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 07.53 PMby assets

    Amazing !!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 07.22 PMby dana-88

    wooooow love it
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