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Couture Dress with Lace & Exposed Zipper

Added Dec 12, 2014

by cris orange

Vienna, Austria






This is a very special dress because for the first time I used couture techniques – which implies a lot of hand sewing and a rich „inner life“. I didn´t like hand sewing before, but now, as I understand what a big difference it makes, I changed my mind :-)
You´ll never find such techniques in ready to wear garments, but once you wear such a dress, you´ll love the feeling :-)

I used pure wool for the dress, silk organza for the underlining and pure silk for the lining.
This is the Vogue Pattern V1068 which I reconstructed from my proven self-constructed basic pattern, so the fitting was perfect from the beginning. I find the neckline and the layout of the line very interesting.

Recently I had seen the online class Couture Dressmaking Techniques
by Alison Smith (I love her very british „couture“ accent :-)))) and wanted to try those techniques.

You can see the making of in the pictures:

1. Everything is underlined with silk organza (love it!) and the edges are in addition interfaced with a stripe of the same silk organza – all basted by hand…

2. Whole dress is basted together by hand for fitting adjustments…

3. Hem is reinforced with an interface stripe and bound with bias tape…

4. Hand sewing the lace in place with invisible stitches…

5. Sewing the seam allowances in place so that everything is nice and flat…

6. Done! Isn´t it lovely?

7. Attaching the lining – by hand, what else? – all the way around…

8. Finished!

Material Notes

Pure Wool / Silk Organza / Silk




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic
Silk, Wool

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    Jan 29, 2015, 07.25 AMby equilegna

    Lovely, This dress and the lace is gorgeous…

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      Jan 29, 2015, 08.40 AMby cris orange

      Merci beaucoup :-)

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    Dec 29, 2014, 05.43 PMby b. boop

    waouh!! this dress is perfect, amazing job, perfect on you too!!!

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    Dec 23, 2014, 04.37 AMby Mokara

    This is a GORGEOUS dress, beautiful job too; it’s good that you chose a classic design that you can enjoy for many many years :) love the colors and the fit on you too.

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      Dec 23, 2014, 10.16 AMby cris orange

      Thank you Mokara! At the moment this is my favourite dress, and I hope I’l like it years later too… We’ll see :-)

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    Dec 23, 2014, 12.44 AMby sewing fanatic

    looks terrific and great attention to detail x

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      Dec 23, 2014, 10.14 AMby cris orange

      Thank you nadia :-)

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    Dec 18, 2014, 03.54 PMby Dominica Briscoe

    Stunning dress on you. Looking like a model. Thanks for sharing so much details on the construction of this amazing dress. This is so helpful.

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      Dec 18, 2014, 03.59 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Dominica! I would be happy if the construction details would inspire you to some beautiful pieces :-)

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    Dec 15, 2014, 08.22 PMby Byanka Ayala

    truly love this! you did an amazing job! the color is perfect by the way : )

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      Dec 15, 2014, 09.55 PMby cris orange

      Thank you Byanka!

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    Dec 14, 2014, 05.05 AMby Luz Kettle

    Beautiful dress! I can see all the detail and patience that you put on this! Well done!

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      Dec 14, 2014, 09.52 AMby cris orange

      And I put also love in it :-) thank you Luz!

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      Dec 17, 2014, 09.27 PMby Luz Kettle

      …. And love! You are right!

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    Dec 13, 2014, 06.26 PMby sarahsdaughter

    One of the nicest dresses I have seen in a long time and I love the way this dress was made. Just fabulous you clever lady :)

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      Dec 13, 2014, 10.18 PMby cris orange

      Wow, such a compliment, I’m very pleased, thank you!!!

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    Dec 13, 2014, 01.59 PMby liliv-1

    It’s so beautiful and precious, you deserve a big bravo for this:-)

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      Dec 13, 2014, 02.12 PMby cris orange

      This is very nice from you, thank you liliv!

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    Dec 13, 2014, 12.17 PMby stinap

    Wow! That is gourgeous! The fit is impeccible, the colour choice so bold and looking so good on you, I love the techniques you’ve used – and I really love that it is in wool and silk.

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      Dec 13, 2014, 12.47 PMby cris orange

      Thanx a lot for your appreciation! I also love such fine materials like silk and wool, it’s a pleasure to touch and look at them :-)

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    Dec 13, 2014, 04.51 AMby MarineSea

    very nice dress! I fall in love in this dress!

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    Dec 13, 2014, 01.48 AMby rita61

    Oh, I like this!! Amazing looking dress on you. You did a wonderful make. I hope you shared your photos with Vogue.

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      Dec 13, 2014, 07.58 AMby cris orange

      Hihi, this is so lovely, thank you :-) :-) :-)

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    Dec 12, 2014, 11.11 PMby Tzai

    A tremendous amount of work that you have done. That really makes the dress more significant and special to you. You look great on it! Well done.

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      Dec 12, 2014, 11.20 PMby cris orange

      Yes, but it was every stitch worth! Now I want only couture dresses, nothing else :-) thank you so much!

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    Dec 12, 2014, 09.18 PMby Käsekosmonautin


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    Dec 12, 2014, 08.43 PMby slmnstyle

    Gorgeous dress Cris and wonderful work on it doing it all using true couture methods. You and your dress both look like a million bucks! -Stephanie

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      Dec 12, 2014, 08.51 PMby cris orange

      Dear Stephanie, now I’m really obsessed by couture techniques and I’m working already on the next couture dress :-) I love the way it falls and how it feels on my body :-) thank you so much!

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      Dec 12, 2014, 09.02 PMby slmnstyle

      I look forward to seeing what couture design you create next!
      PS. I am very sorry, I mistakingly marked your last comment reply to me as inappropriate and I cannot fix it myself! I just contacted BurdaStyle help to reverse it. Sorry! You are the furthest from inappropriate!

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      Dec 12, 2014, 09.13 PMby cris orange

      No problem Stephanie, this happened to me too, because the buttons are so near to each other :-)

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    Dec 12, 2014, 08.35 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Fabulous dress Cris and you look wonderful! :-)

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      Dec 12, 2014, 08.49 PMby cris orange

      This is very kind, thank you Ellen!

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      Dec 18, 2014, 10.22 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Congrats on being featured! :)

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      Dec 18, 2014, 11.35 PMby cris orange

      Thx :-))))

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    Dec 12, 2014, 06.01 PMby Mary Athey

    Beautiful dress inside and out!! I would love to try something liked this but I am to impatient. I work one project while thinking of the next lol. The colour of this dress is lovely and It’s fits you perfectly. Xx

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      Dec 12, 2014, 06.26 PMby cris orange

      Oh, thank you Mary! Well, sewing is a good patience exercise :-) but, as you say, while I’m doing hand sewing I’m planning the next project :-)

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    Dec 12, 2014, 01.35 PMby kisses

    Nice dress…love everything about it and you model it well

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      Dec 12, 2014, 01.37 PMby cris orange

      thank you kisses! well, modelling is something I´m slowly learning :-)

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    Dec 12, 2014, 01.27 PMby floralgirl

    This is a marvellous dress-love all it’s features-you should be very proud!

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      Dec 12, 2014, 01.32 PMby cris orange

      thank you floralgirl :-) I really love wearing this dress, it feels so structured and stable because of the underlining :-)

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