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BERNINA 3 SERIES My Secret Garden

Added Nov 23, 2010

by magdamagda

Romania, Romania






It’s been a long time since I challenged myself to make something within a given deadline…
BurdaStyle.com and Bernina came with this irresistible idea of “Party through the decades”… plenty of
inspiration to choose from and lots of freedom in creating…

My sewing machine was like “no way”grinning at me from the service shop where it felt like on a well deserved vacation ( we’ll see each other eye to eye soon and have a word about that:|) I waited patiently, taking it one day at a time, hoping each day for a come back – after two weeks I managed to get a backup machine ( a Singer which fortunately agreed not to make a fuss about getting into a Bernina competition!) The last 3 days have been incredibly hectic, I was running after 2 rabbits (aka dresses) and I grabbed both their tails more or less, with many changes of plans and stretching every minute into 2 – there was no other way I could have finished, sorry if that’s considered cheating!

Today it was power shut down day – it happens once a month more or less randomly or not at all – and
everything freezes:D Which made me feel so lucky that it happened after the deadline and not before! It
was just a reminder that things are not completely in our hands all the time and they can slip through
our fingers at anytime – but if they do they do and if they don’t they don’t … it’s either :) or :(
… and :) can lead to :( , just like :( leads to :) so let’s just relax and :)) …

I can’t remember working with satin before – I’m almost sure that’s one thing I couldn’t have forgotten if I did… (actually I have, but it was thicker)

Satin=(definition) something so luring that you can’t say no to, although you suspect it means trouble

…but the touch of satin is amazing… and the fluidity… rivers and rivers, waters changing depths
and hypnotizing waves… – let’s cut to the chase, I’m still in a competition so I’ll only say good
things about it:D – but on a more serious note, taming the satin beast didn’t seem too difficult (did I
say serious note?) but I also learnt it’s not over till it’s over- easily gets wrinkled and needs to be
treated with delicacy otherwise it quickly gets cranky and reminds you that, just like cats, it is only
temporarily encouraging your illusions of being the master haha… Knowing all that now, I have no

90’s was a time of experimenting in fashion and including oriental influences on western catwalks… Richness, elaborate forms, opulence and grace… The one shoulder drapery makes me think that subliminally I might be wearing a saree under my skin;)

(last collage pic- Vogue US dec. 1996 www.imagebam.com)

Also on my blog http://magdamagdadesignstudio.blogspot.com/

Material Notes

Satin, Organza, Beads, Buttons



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Ethnic, Romantic
Organza, Satin

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    Dec 31, 2010, 04.43 PMby marloncosta

    TRUE COUTURE!!! This is hight fashion there!!! Beautiful effect with the draped chiffon!!!

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      Dec 31, 2010, 06.06 PMby magdamagda

      Thank you so much!:D I wish I had a lil more time for details, but with the competition closing and running with 2 dresses, it was the best I could do… On the other hand I’m thankful I took the challenge, otherwise it would have been another sketch of many that never get to be 3D-ed :)

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    Dec 3, 2010, 04.00 PMby strawberrydestruction

    The colors and execution of this outfit is spectacular! It has a sort of India/Roman feel to it.

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      Dec 3, 2010, 04.48 PMby magdamagda

      Thank you so much!:D

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    Nov 27, 2010, 02.57 AMby Deborah Zimmerman

    Your draping method reminds me of some of the Vera Wang bridal dresses that have been inspiring me as I look for inspiration for designing my daughter’s wedding gown. Very luxurious and sensual looking dress you made!

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      Nov 27, 2010, 08.29 AMby magdamagda

      Ohh thank you so much!! I just checked out her collections – she’s definitely fabulous! I’m so curious now abt your daughter’s wedding dress!;)

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    Nov 25, 2010, 06.18 AMby ladysophie

    Seriously amazing and creative! Awesome job! Rating it 5 coz you deserve it!

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      Nov 25, 2010, 07.04 AMby magdamagda

      Thank you so much!! I’m glad you like it !:D

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.49 PMby freakusbzzz

    Fantastic dress. Beautiful colours too

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      Nov 24, 2010, 02.04 PMby magdamagda

      Thank you, my husband is guilty for helping me pick the colours, but he said he’d never admit it:))

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.36 PMby Claire .

    This is a fabulous dress!

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      Nov 24, 2010, 01.44 PMby magdamagda

      :D Thank you!!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 11.57 AMby vasea

    This is a wonderful dress. Well done

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      Nov 24, 2010, 01.43 PMby magdamagda

      Thank you Vasi! I’m glad you love it!!:D

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    Nov 24, 2010, 09.28 AMby zaarissima

    very elegant!

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    Nov 24, 2010, 01.55 AMby qjnfashion

    This is absolutely stunning! I hope to get to that level one day! :)

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