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Member Model Challenge - Lace Print Silk Garza Pleated Dress

Added May 22, 2014

by mbuchanan1

Austin, United S...






I scored this piece of lace print silk garza remnant from elliottbermantextiles.com during their annual 50% off sale. Up to a few weeks ago, the only thing I know about this material is that Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was made of silk garza. So I ordered it more out of curiosity. For a 1 yard remnant listing, I received 50 inches of material, barely enough to make this dress. Ladies, if you haven’t worked with silk garza, this stuff is heavenly to work with. It feels and behaves like a 4-ply organza, opaque, bouncy, light as feather, and drape beautifully. It irons and holds a pleat like a dream. If you make a mistake, you can unpick and it does not show needle/stitching marks. It does not ravel or wrinkle easily. It does not shift or stretch when stitching. Now about this pattern: I only need to make the skirt a few inches shorter to accommodate my petite frame, otherwise, I follow the pattern and sewing instructions exactly. This pattern was beautifully cut , everything fit together exactly as it should. The dress sew very quickly. If you don’t have to match the print like I did with this dress, you can finish this dress in a few hours. I really enjoyed making this dress.

Material Notes

Lace print silk garza, hem tape, invisible zipper.




Garment Type

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    Jun 13, 2014, 01.25 PMby allbrann

    nice effect with the lace on the shoulders – looks really great!

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    May 23, 2014, 10.38 PMby Mary Athey

    Lovely dress and it looks great on you. Congrats on being featured x

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      May 24, 2014, 12.39 AMby mbuchanan1

      Thank you! I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t get picked for finalist. :-(

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      May 24, 2014, 07.04 AMby Mary Athey

      I don’t understand how they picked the three?? I could omly vote on the three not all of the entries x

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      May 24, 2014, 02.06 PMby mbuchanan1

      Burda team selected the top 3 entries, then members get to choose the winner.

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    May 23, 2014, 10.58 AMby Ellen Hatteland

    Great dress! and well done! Congrats on being featured!! :)

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      May 23, 2014, 11.48 AMby mbuchanan1

      Oh wow, what a nice surprise. Thanks!

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    May 23, 2014, 09.04 AMby fashionfreek

    Lovely dress. You have done a great job with the detailing and colour contrast. I love black and white too. All the best.x

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      May 23, 2014, 11.50 AMby mbuchanan1

      Thank you, the color is more off-white/cream in person, and makes it easier to wear .

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    May 23, 2014, 01.16 AMby liliv-1

    Nothing is better than black and white combination, especilaly when the dress is so stylish and aristocratic. I love it very much and I wish you good luck.

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    May 23, 2014, 12.21 AMby KIMAIS

    Very pretty fabric – good job with the placement of the ‘lace border’ in the print

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    May 22, 2014, 10.34 PMby cris orange

    My favourite so far!

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      May 22, 2014, 10.38 PMby mbuchanan1

      Thanh you! First time entering any kind of contest, hope I’ll do well.

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    May 22, 2014, 09.53 PMby rita61

    Your dress looks nice on you

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      May 24, 2014, 10.33 PMby rita61

      Congrats on being featured. I thought you would be one of the finalists. :-(

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      May 24, 2014, 11.50 PMby mbuchanan1


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    May 22, 2014, 09.30 PMby kisses

    Nice dress…really like how you use the fabric, it is very well balanced

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    May 22, 2014, 08.47 PMby maggieg5

    lovely detail and I like the balance of the sleeves and bottom hem

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      May 22, 2014, 09.11 PMby mbuchanan1

      Thank you. The fabric is only 45" wide and has the white border along both selvages, so I had to be “creative” on the cutting layout.

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