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BERNINA 3 Series 1912 party dress

Added Nov 24, 2010

by abiah88

Brooklyn, New Yo...






The early 1900’s has always been my favorite era in fashion. I found my inspiration from old advertisements, fashion magazines, art prints, and the marriage of the art deco and art nouveau periods. I LOVE this dress, although the pictures did not come out quite so well. I did not use a pattern but it fits perfectly and is the first dress that is anywhere near an evening gown that I have ever made…but now I will definitely be making more!

Material Notes

I used lace, created beaded strands for the neckline, and used a light chiffon along with a couple other fabrics for the body of the dress.


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    May 28, 2011, 04.34 AMby Samoha

    wow I am speetchless

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    Dec 12, 2010, 07.29 AMby benew


    What DRAPING! I have never seen a twenty’s frock look so true to the time and yet so modern. The low back and ruffled sleeves are genius. You didn’t use a pattern? I am so amazed. What was the hardest part?

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      Dec 24, 2010, 05.02 AMby abiah88

      thank you so much! i didn’t use a pattern but oddly enough the hardest part was attaching the top to the bottom (especially in the back!!!). thanks again, your compliments were everything i was trying to achieve!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 09.38 AMby ambermarks

    WOWOWOW So beautiful! This is the best what I see today:)

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    Nov 27, 2010, 09.54 AMby sartina

    love it!!!!

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    Nov 26, 2010, 10.25 PMby sandrasews

    Absolutely gorgeous. Elegant, sophisticated.

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    Nov 25, 2010, 11.21 PMby citycat

    wow! i have no words, this is so amazing and elegant! and beautiful fabrics

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    Nov 25, 2010, 09.47 PMby angekronaus

    so chanel darling….simply gorgeous!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 04.12 PMby jay283

    Simply amazing!

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    Nov 25, 2010, 01.49 AMby scarletohara

    wow, this is precious!!!! :D

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    Nov 24, 2010, 07.06 PMby luaxea

    I want the same !!!!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 07.03 PMby Natasha Venzke

    That’s very cool

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    Nov 24, 2010, 05.48 PMby momsgotanewhobby


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    Nov 24, 2010, 05.06 PMby smallone

    wow amazing. First for making such a complex gament with no pattern! second for totally getting the essence of the era…third for making something that is totally wearable today.

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      Nov 24, 2010, 06.09 PMby abiah88

      thank you!!! that’s exactly what i was trying to accomplish!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 02.43 PMby laglov

    Beautiful and inventive…love the flow and drape. It’s timeless.

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.34 PMby mandrych

    Elegant! Just thought it was beautiful. Keep making them!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.19 PMby melonhead

    Wow simply gorgeous!! This dress is so amazing and I love your inspiration!! Beautiful job!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 12.38 PMby shellster

    just gorgeous – how long did it take to design and create this masterpeice?

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      Nov 24, 2010, 06.08 PMby abiah88

      thank you so much! it did not end up taking me as much time as i thought, fortunately i didn’t seem to encounter any problems or mishaps along the way (love it when that happens!). i started with a completely different idea but while on the dress form it transformed into this along the way. probably took about 12 hours, i just plunged right into it!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 10.34 AMby ichigogirl

    Wow, beautiful. Another of the pieces that are clearly inspired by a decade but at the same time very modern, well done! I want one too… :-)! I’d love to see your inspiration-board, and I think you need to add one for it to be a valid entry (has it disappeared?)! I want to vote for you!

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      Nov 24, 2010, 06.04 PMby abiah88

      Thank you so much! And i didn’t even realize that I didn’t upload my inspiration…thanks for reminding me!! just uploaded it now…

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    Nov 24, 2010, 08.08 AMby margrietmg

    Very very chique!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 06.51 AMby loyl8

    very beautiful! good job!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 06.34 AMby mathildeaparis

    You looks like Kate Winslet in Titanic!

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      Nov 24, 2010, 06.04 PMby abiah88

      haha you’re right…i didn’t even think of the comparison!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 05.05 AMby prairieponygirl

    Totally gorgeous! I simply can’t believe how beautiful it is! Great job and beautiful execution. And I love your inspiration. You’ve got my vote! ;D

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