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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 30, 2010, 06.42 PMby Lucia Rotundu

    it worthed every second of hand sewing… because the dress is absolutely divine!!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 03.22 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    um, WOW.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 02.46 PMby ironethel

    Whatever the frustration, the dress looks fantastic! OMG I just realized its kind of Flo Welch-ish, but that could be the red hair :)

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    Jun 30, 2010, 02.45 PMby ironethel

    Whatever the frustration, the dress looks fantastic!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 12.44 PMby caramia-made

    Jeepers melonhead! You’ve done it again!!! What a beautiful gown, it’s amazing!

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    Jun 30, 2010, 10.40 AMby laurii

    what is this! so beautiful and handsewn, i love it:)

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    Jun 30, 2010, 08.55 AMby anajan

    Wow girl, the dress is just breathtaking! You’re so talented, and such an inspiration. Knowing how young you are, I admire you even more! Keep up with the great work, I’m always looking forward to see your projects and your artistic photos.

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.26 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 07.30 AMby minnietheminks

    Yum, yum, yum, a feast for the eyes. So beautiful.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 06.56 AMby victoriamartina

    very pretty! jaja I know what you meant tho.. sewing by hand takes alot and I mean ALOT of patience :-) grat job~ this looks beautiful!

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.30 PMby melonhead

      Thank you.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 04.55 AMby misslivia

    Simply breathtaking!! Thank you for sharing your work! Did you hand craft the leaves on top or did you buy a lace and/or applique? Lovey!

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.36 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you. Yep I made those. For the bodice leaf I ripped a bunch of applique from another dress, (because it would be cheaper.) Then redesigned them in a leaf pattern and handed sewed them all together. And then for the middle leaves I cut up lace in a leaf pattern then hand beaded all the details that a leaf has.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 04.20 AMby rifka

    Gorgeous. Truly and utterly GORGEOUS.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 03.19 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Amazing, stunning detail, would make the most memorable wedding dress! I’m so glad you shared it with us xx

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    Jun 30, 2010, 02.56 AMby bugsymalone1102

    All of that work really paid off. This dress is gorgeous.

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    Jun 30, 2010, 01.02 AMby tallykay

    wow you should get into the wedding dress business. You could sell that dress as a wedding dress! It is stunning! You have an amazing talent! God bless,

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    Jun 30, 2010, 12.41 AMby candicestoenail

    i think im in love ): this is so beautiful !

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    Jun 29, 2010, 11.34 PMby ashchaser

    You are insanely good at this girl, keep making amazing things!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 09.42 PMby iroiro

    Can I have it? ;)

    This is really beautiful. You should keep it for your wedding gown, it would be so stunning.

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      Jun 29, 2010, 11.52 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you. Haha well I am thinking of selling it when I’m done with it. I don’t know if marriage is in my future and even so that’s a couple years away. Haha ; )
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    Jun 29, 2010, 09.41 PMby suzetewilliams

    Wow! Painful it might have been, but from what I can see it was worth it. This dress is just divine! Congratulations!!!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 08.47 PMby just-fee

    so cool!!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 08.44 PMby laurafm

    that is SO amazing

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.59 PMby tamezdc

    How beautiful! Is this a wedding gown?

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      Jun 29, 2010, 11.53 PMby melonhead

      Thank you. No…well I guess it could be, but I just made it for fun. I’m thinking of entering it in Scholastics though. : )

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.56 PMby msgems

    OMG… well worth all the tedious hand sewing. Its gorgeous… You look like a fairy in the woods. This would make a lovely wedding gown. I’m so jealous!!

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.04 AMby melonhead

      Thanks buddy! Haha I had to use tape to keep the top from falling down on me because I made it to fit my dressfrom which is bigger then me. Haha by the end it wasn’t working though.

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.55 PMby seussian

    You are, like, the prettiest person I know on the internet. I love this dress. It’s so sparkly! God bless you and your sparkliness

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.05 AMby melonhead

      Aw thank you that’s really sweet of you. Haha I know, I think I could flag down a plane with this dress. ; )

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.44 PMby michelle ><><><

    you are very talented,Great job!love to see what you create next?

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.22 PMby keren

    It’s deeply beautiful. I love the photos of you in the forest. You are a natural. Amazing work!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.22 PMby Laura Chirita

    gorgeous indeed!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.14 PMby nuiwida23

    Oh my word…this is just so splendid!!! Pleeaasseee tell me you have an event to wear this to, because it would be such a waste for it to just hang in the closet. You’ve done a wonderful job with the hand sewing, although you’ve probably scarred yourself for life!

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.10 AMby melonhead

      Thank you. I’m affraid not…but I could always wear it to Wal-mart. Give people a little something else to look at other then the people wearing PJs. Haha. I’m going to enter it in Scholastics, but until then it’ll probably just sit in my closet. Yeah I won’t be hand sewing for a while…well at least a week. ; )

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.09 PMby prairieponygirl

    Oh my GOODNESS! Gorgeous beading and the appliqué is amazing. It reminds me of the dress Drew Barrymore wore in Ever After. (love that movie!) Incredible as always! :) Great job Melonhead.

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      Jun 30, 2010, 12.15 AMby melonhead

      Thanks! Oh I love that movie!! Yeah your right….it has that same feel to it. Now I have a sudden urge to go and watch that movie….I think I will. ; )

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    Jun 29, 2010, 07.02 PMby smokeyquinn

    this is amazing!!!

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    Jun 29, 2010, 06.59 PMby lunatepetal

    just so stunning!

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