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Robe Manteau

Added May 7, 2009

by carottesauvage

London, United K...






Stating that it took a while to finish is dress is not a mere euphemism.
I cut it in October and went through numerous minor nevertheless time consuming re-adjustments from January up to a few weeks ago
The Denim Skirt (can’t do hyperlinks with mac) I created last spring inspired me to make a dress which in a sense was not the most nerve wracking part; I then used the beautiful components of the Nancy coat such as the gathered yoke and collar-which I narrowed down in width
Adapting the yoke to the creation and placing was the most difficult part of it. During the process, I had also purchased a beautiful Stockman Mannequin on EBay to ease up the yoke placement on the shoulders. The fabric was uncompromising in the sense that its fragility (or bad quality) didn’t allow me repeated stitch reaping. And then, I finally decided to stop the fussiness and to take some pictures because…
dang it, patience is a form of neurosis in the end and after all, I am not working for Coco ‘F*£$%^”g’ Chanel… yep I like the good English swearing …old style…:)

Material Notes

Woolen fabric, lining




Garment Type




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    Nov 13, 2011, 03.21 AMby claudine01

    This dress is really, really lovely. The yoke, the color, the covered buttons; just fantastic.

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    Feb 5, 2011, 03.45 AMby Rikamekko

    Very beautiful.I like this color.great work!

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    Oct 4, 2010, 12.52 AMby mezzocouture

    This is really beautiful. I love love love the colour. You did a fantastic job altering and adapting this into a dress. Great inspiration!

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    Oct 1, 2010, 12.07 PMby possumnz

    Well worth all the effort. Beautiful work..

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    Apr 27, 2010, 07.33 PMby applesnoranges

    I love it! and dang girl you are funny ;)

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    Feb 16, 2010, 07.25 PMby maybeemily

    The yoke is SO LOVELY! The color, the fabric, everything is perfect. Your efforts paid off!!!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 10.07 AMby nookie

    amazing!!!!! i love it so much – all that frustration, time and swearing was worth it. i am very envious

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    Oct 10, 2009, 10.54 AMby ajtak7171

    OMG, Wow!!! Fabulous, fantastic, amazing, gooooooooorgeous!!!!!

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    Sep 4, 2009, 09.26 PMby saxsilverain

    oh, LOVE!! it’s really worth all the trouble you had with it! :) is that the Stockmann mannequin on the picture?? if it is, it’s a great find (love the vintage-ness of it), lucky you!

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    Aug 30, 2009, 08.44 PMby enero

    This is just so amazing. Always impressed.

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    Aug 25, 2009, 09.44 PMby carrotflowers

    jaw droppingly amazing!! I love it

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    Aug 4, 2009, 03.03 PMby polychromatin

    Hi Helene! Girl, it looks beautiful and reading your description made me laugh. I love the color and the shoulder detail. Very nice garment! I’m into sewing again and hopefully can post a creation soon :) Read somewhere that you are in N.Y.? Great! Have a lot of fun!

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    Jun 20, 2009, 03.45 AMby naughtylittlepony

    Hello! Wow amazing. You are such a pro. Hope to see you soon. xx

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    Jun 12, 2009, 05.19 AMby stephiaffi

    This is a fantastic creation! I sure can believe that this took you a long, long time. But it was certainly worth the effort…

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    Jun 10, 2009, 07.19 PMby sandrabella

    love it! really beautiful and very funny description of the creative process… thanks! love the part “patience is a form of neurosis” hahahaha

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    May 28, 2009, 01.07 PMby smvphotography

    oh helene, the work has paid off! it is beautiful and my color too ;-P the ruffling is sooo cool and so refined. and the seams that split up the dress are gorgeous! i’ve been fighting a battle with my own dress but i think now all i have left to do is clean up some loose threads…great work and you should be so proud of yourself!

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    May 18, 2009, 07.00 AMby bola

    WWWowow you are the best!! this is amazing well done! and the colour is great!bx

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    May 9, 2009, 06.20 PMby theluxuriousvagabond

    The dress and its color are absolutely stunning. Impeccable construction

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    May 9, 2009, 07.57 AMby k2-1

    FABULOUS!!!! caught my eye immedietly!

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    May 9, 2009, 05.18 AMby nicola82

    Whoo hoo! I’ve been waiting for your latest installment. That colour is gorgeous. Well done – that yoke looks bloody tricky!

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    May 8, 2009, 11.57 AMby zozowahine

    Well, after all that hassle, you’ve got a really beautiful and unique dress! Hurrah!

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    May 8, 2009, 07.20 AMby benedikta

    What a brilliant idea!

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    May 8, 2009, 04.51 AMby emilykate

    OMG, worth the wait, the struggle and the painstaking!!!! This is truly gorgeous. I’m speechless!

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    May 8, 2009, 04.31 AMby Jodi Wade

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love the gathered yoke.

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    May 8, 2009, 01.32 AMby lybu

    Absolutely beautiful. Bravo for the creativity

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    May 7, 2009, 11.26 PMby juebejue

    wow! this is stunning! i love your pattern merging skills and always like your funky cuts :)

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    May 7, 2009, 08.27 PMby kquade

    fabulous. you kick major a$$ ;)

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    May 7, 2009, 06.49 PMby erdronen

    beautiful beautiful dress! fabulous work! i absolutely love it- the details are amazing

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