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Golden Sparrows (BERNINA 3 Series)

Added Nov 22, 2010

by daughterfish

Brooklyn, New Yo...






I wanted to create a party dress I could wear for several occasions this season.

I was inspired a little by the 30’s and a little by the 50’smy two favorite fashion eras. My greatest inspirations were two gowns designed in the 30’s by Madeleine Vionnet, on exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (see attached collage). I mimicked the coloration of the gold Vionnet dress. But I loved the embroidered black birds in the black Vionnet dress, so I iron-on appliqud golden sparrows to the chiffon skirt to keep the look monochromatic. Similar to Vionnet’s style, I made the sparrows bigger at the bottom of the skirt and smaller toward the top. At the same time, I was inspired by a famous gold lame dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in “Gentlemen Prefer Blonds,” designed by William Travilla.

I started by making an infinity dress using a tutorial on Rostitchery; I made it with a tapered pencil/tube skirt, rather than the standard circle skirt. With the infinity top, I can adjust the dress’s look in multiple ways, depending on my mood. I then made a very flowing circle skirt from stiff chiffon (I actually sewed two circle skirts together to get more fullness). I then iron-on appliqud the sparrows to the skirt. When I feel like going all girly and innocent, I’ll wear the circle skirt. When I’m feeling bombshell, I’ll just go for the infinity dress. I’m happy with the dress and look forward to partying in it this coming month!

Material Notes

Gold lycra/spandex




Garment Type
Evening Wear
Chiffon, Blends

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    Jun 14, 2012, 01.23 PMby orchiddream

    Every aspect is spot on. Congratulations!

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    Oct 19, 2011, 12.04 PMby seazoo

    I’m in love this dress!!! Super lovely!

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    Apr 22, 2011, 05.36 AMby sealtopaz

    I Love the versatility of the dress …

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    Nov 27, 2010, 05.35 PMby audreylee

    LOVE the birds, and the color!!!

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    Nov 26, 2010, 05.26 AMby trishaann

    yowsa! great dress and you wear it well!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 05.45 PMby momsgotanewhobby

    Wow, this is really awesome! Love the over skirt.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 04.55 PMby mahaila

    what a good idea! loving the appliquéd birds. really nice design

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    Nov 22, 2010, 04.37 PMby adaisy

    Great idea!!!! love it

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    Nov 22, 2010, 02.51 PMby claudinka

    Wow!! This is amazing!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 10.41 AMby janul

    Looks great, but how can you walk in that skirt…? ;)

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      Nov 22, 2010, 12.37 PMby daughterfish

      Thanks! It’s spandex, so it’s actually super stretchy.

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.55 AMby margrietmg

    Wow, this combination of soft and shiney is really pretty!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.32 AMby hdk100

    I love gold! I love this dress!!! Congratulations!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 09.09 AMby mili222

    Amazing dress !

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    Nov 22, 2010, 06.31 AMby blqubetty

    beautifully creative!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 02.43 AMby sandoz18

    Sooo gorgeous and very clever!

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    Nov 22, 2010, 02.37 AMby ginasophia


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    Nov 22, 2010, 02.21 AMby olystyrene

    This is just gorgeous!

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