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Mombi Dress

Added May 22, 2010

by marykej

London, United K...






It took 4 months, and every spare second I had… sewing during lunch at work, after work, until all hours in the morning, in planes, hotels, and everywhere possible that wasnt home if being at home was impossible. The Mombi Dress… Made for the Elf Fantasy Fair 2010 in Haarzuilens, the Netherlands, I decided to recreate the dress from the movie Return to Oz (1985) and it was a challenge. A HUGE challenge! But in the end I made it (only just!) after having to deal with other issues like lack of time (see above) and the volcanic ash cloud which added to the stress.
It contains over 150 yards of ribbon, 5 meters of organze, 4 meters of velvet, 4 meters or irridescent lining, and lots of tiny little patches stuffed with wadding. The collar was the most difficult as it had to be safe and airplane friendly. So I used golden VENETIAN BLINDS!! Yes, it sounds silly but it was a great idea. Attached with press-studs it made the whole thing detachable and ready for travel. As my version of Mombi had actually defeated Dorothy, I made ruby slippers to match. After all, who doesnt want to wear ruby slippers? The shoes were purchased but I glued each sequin on them myself.
Made 90% by hand (only the dress and cloak were put together using the machine, EVERYTHING else is done by hand), it was really a ton of work and I am EXTREMELY proud of it… I hope you like it too!

Material Notes

Organza, velvet, lining, a ton of ribbon, patches of all sorts or irridescent fabric, and venetian blinds




Garment Type
Blends, Lace/Sequins, Polyester, Taffeta, Tulle, Velvet

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    Dec 9, 2010, 09.48 PMby marianne10

    Wow! What a work of art! Congratulation!

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    Jun 1, 2010, 02.51 AMby 6kidsathome

    what a fabulous dress. The work you put into it is amazing. I bet you had one of the best dresses.

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    May 26, 2010, 03.59 AMby kathar6

    This project is just jaw dropping! patience and taent, we have to recognize both of them here, you are truly gifted and probably a bit mad in the nicest way! congratulation, you should have been so proud of wearing such a beautifully self made piece and its accessories – Helene

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    May 25, 2010, 11.10 AMby artepart

    Just a master piece.Geweldig mooie jurk en prachtige kleuren.gewoon weg super.

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    May 23, 2010, 02.47 PMby badkitty-1

    This is so imaginitive and looks to have been a mammoth labour of love. It loook amazing though. Gorgeous xx

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    May 23, 2010, 03.06 AMby oscarthegrouch108

    oh my goodness! what a masterpiece!

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    May 23, 2010, 02.34 AMby gaviccaabri

    CONGRATULATIONS! Its magnificent! :)

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    May 22, 2010, 08.45 PMby sew4my3

    Wow! So much work, but so worth it by the looks of it! You really did a fantastic job and I have to commend you on your persistence to finish it! Great job!

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    May 22, 2010, 03.43 PMby ana555

    i like the blind for the collar! great job!!

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    May 22, 2010, 12.54 PMby seussian

    This is drop -dead amazing! I didn’t have the patience to even hand-sew an bodice I had one time. I admire the people who can do things like this. And I honestly LOVE those shoes! may God bless you today, M

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