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Linen & Lace #1

Added Sep 6, 2011

by freakusbzzz

Canberra, Australia






I tragically but not unexpectedly bombed out in the Tessuti Linen & Lace comp.
Damn those talented designers!

This was my first entry and the first time I’ve made a dress for someone else and apreciate how much easier it is having no boobs, no waist and no hips.
My lovely model has a far more curvier feminine body.

The skirt was made with netting underneath to give the skirt a structured look. It has 14 alternating grey/white panels.

For the bodice I used a technique called TR which stands for Transformation Reconstruction. I made the bodice the usual way with darts and then drew stripes across the bodice and cut it up into lots of pieces. Then used them as pattern pieces and sewed them all together. That way there are no seams or darts on the bodice, just a shaped shell that fits the body perfectly. (we hope!)

Very time consuming doing it this way and no way to alter it once it has been reconstructed but lots of fun when it actually resembles a bodice on completion.

Material Notes

Tessuti zin linen and embroidered organza




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Classic, Other
Linen, Organza

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    Sep 23, 2011, 09.29 PMby dewreb

    I love the skirt on it! How lucky for the woman whom you sewed it for…I’m still too slow at sewing, or too selfish to sew for others!

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    Sep 14, 2011, 08.48 AMby sophielophie

    This is gorgeous! Love the fabric.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 06.51 PMby cantare

    This is gorgeous! This just inspired part of a dress for me to make…thank you!!

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    Sep 12, 2011, 11.06 AMby squishedbugg

    oh…. wow….. !!!!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 11.27 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I absolutely love the construction of this dress!!! I have to try it. Thank you for generously sharing the details and explaining TR. Lots of people post projects here giving us no hint of how it was done. This reader really appreciates knowing! Kudos on a beautiful creation. One thing is clear – You not winning the competition had nothing to do with a lack of talent!

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      Sep 8, 2011, 12.01 AMby freakusbzzz

      Thanks so much Gloria.
      Your tutorials are always so thoroughly detailed too.

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    Sep 7, 2011, 03.26 PMby turtlegirl00

    wow!! this dress is amazing! i think the fit is perfect—I love how you did the bodice and the skirt. I love the gray/white combo—elegant looking and chic. gorgeous dress—sorry to hear you did not advance in the competition—but that does not make this dress any less stunning!! your work is impeccable and always so inspiring!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 11.57 AMby Timea Schmidt

    Hollie, I think it is beautiful!! What a detailed piece! The skirt is so perfect, it fits like a dream. Thanks for the info on TR, I never heard of it, but now I can’t wait to try it!

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    Sep 7, 2011, 09.16 AMby alexus1325

    AWESOME! I love the TR technique’s results :D Haven’t tried it myself, but I’d love to make something like this!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 07.51 PMby MoniqueJaster

    I love the skirt! IT makes me think of garden parties.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 12.55 PMby carolyn-s

    This is just beautiful! Sounds very complicated with all that horizontal seaming on the bodice; the end result looks magnificent… and I just love that little lace bit at the back!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 12.22 PMby kelepso

    That’s pretty amazing! And that took a lot of work and imagination!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 11.54 AMby kelerabeus

    I love the way you constructed the bodice, may be a little time consuming but the end result is worth it! Thank you for sharing.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 08.57 AMby robygiup

    The skirt is absolutely lovely, I like the way it hangs! And I never heard about the TR technique but it sound really interesting!!! I don’t like darts very much…

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    Sep 6, 2011, 05.25 AMby magdamagda

    Lovely played – whimsical architecture!

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    Sep 6, 2011, 05.17 AMby zickzack

    The bodice looks really intereting (might have to try at some point!) and I love the way the skirt hangs.

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    Sep 6, 2011, 02.22 AMby mojo elgin

    I love this dress! That’s a great way to make a seamless bodice. Perfect fitting. Not sure I’d have the patience to do it, but it’s nice to know how if I ever want to try it :)

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