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The Naiad Frock

Added Jul 12, 2010

by grosgrain

Harrisburg, Penn...







Are any of you going to any red carpet events soon? If so, perhaps this dress could be for you. I admit, it’s not your everyday house frock. It’s more of an couture, unusually special occasion frock. But I have to tell you, I thought the end result looked lovely. Could also be good for photo shoots if you are into photography.

The dress is made of fine nylon chiffon, a lot of it, 7 yards to be exact. I gathered the neckline and lower tiers by hand and then I used elastic thread for the fluff at the bottom. It might look like it is see-through but I have sewn a nude colored opaque slip into the dress.

As you can see the dress is sloped to one side. Almost impossible to wear a bra as it dips very low in the back and is one-shouldered. I used packing tape for support (not the best option), but if you used an adhesive bra you might feel better protected. Also, because of its poofy shapelessness I made the dress very short to show off the legs…again please keep in mind that this is NOT an everyday house frock so please no comments about immodesty. I realize, it’s showy. Though I should point out….no cleavage:)

The place we took the photos at was quite fortuitous. There’s plenty of riverfront but most of it is bordered by thick foliage that you wouldn’t want to walk though. Brian and I were looking for a place that was not only accessible but also shallow. We drove up and down a shallow area but couldn’t find any definite entrance. So we parked and walked a couple yards (along the roadside, in this dress….yes….people stared).

Then Brian found this really hidden path that looked like it came out of ‘The Secret Garden" and we followed it down to a fabulously secluded inlet. The only gross part were the crabs. Gross. I’ve never seen crabs along the river until then. But the shore was littered with their carcasses AND when I waded in the water I could see them scurrying along the river floor. Super gross.

In Greek mythology, the Naiads ( from the Greek , “to flow,” and ἃ, “running water”) were a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks.

The Naiad was intimately connected to her body of water and her very existence seems to have depended on it. If a stream dried up, its Naiad expired. The waters over which Naiads presided were thought to be endowed with inspirational, medicinal, or prophetic powers. Thus the Naiads were frequently worshiped by the ancient Greeks in association with divinities of fertility and growth.




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic

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    Aug 30, 2012, 11.40 PMby candyforhead

    It’s like a fairy tale couture in modern time. so beautiful!

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    Sep 1, 2011, 04.05 PMby ingrid069

    WOW… simplement MAGNIFIQUE!!!!

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    Aug 30, 2011, 05.00 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Absolutely stunning. I love all of those photos. They definitely capture the romantic and dreamy quality of this dress. Very artistic. <3

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    Nov 12, 2010, 06.48 AMby scarletohara

    this dres is dreamy!!!!! gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! i have no more words to describe it :D

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    Aug 31, 2010, 07.15 PMby thecrittercloset

    Wow what a beautiful dress! I would love to make one….is there a pattern i can purchase for it? it is so pretty, im in love!

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    Aug 10, 2010, 05.04 AMby louisebarbara

    wow. just… wow.

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    Jul 25, 2010, 11.06 AMby janene

    Absolutely stunning!

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    Jul 16, 2010, 02.00 AMby storres56

    This is what sewing is all about….just beautiful.

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    Jul 15, 2010, 10.59 PMby redrose12

    Ah! This is fantastic! Sooooo pretty!

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    Jul 14, 2010, 12.37 PMby elthrudroad

    So so beautiful!!

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    Jul 14, 2010, 03.27 AMby solsticefire

    I want to favorite all of your projects :) I love the setting you chose, truly ethereal

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    Jul 13, 2010, 11.27 PMby mema79

    i can just say WOW! this is so romantic and beautiful…and the photos are awesome, too.

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    Jul 13, 2010, 09.56 PMby marinaglory

    Impossibly lovely. The photos are so special and ethereal and what a beautifully fitting name for a beautiful frock! sorry to hear about the crabs haha

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    Jul 13, 2010, 07.26 PMby nidhi

    I love this dress, so romantic, want to wear it ! you are blessed with a wonderful husband who cares to present your creativity so well.

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    Jul 13, 2010, 04.44 PMby kdrodgers

    This is so pretty and romantic, it reminds me of a fairy!!!

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    Jul 13, 2010, 02.10 PMby calicocouture

    Wow! I’m reminded of a graceful swan. The fabric is beautiful, and the dress looks well constructed. Not to mention that the photography is wonderful.

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    Jul 13, 2010, 12.48 PMby dobrotalivia

    wow! absolutely perfect. gorgeous photos.

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    Jul 13, 2010, 11.39 AMby zickzack

    Very pretty! I’d love to find fabric like that! Lovely photos as well : )

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    Jul 13, 2010, 08.45 AMby Nessa *

    Beautiful dress, and amazing photography! You and your husband are a great team.

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    Jul 13, 2010, 05.25 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    one word: PERFECT!!!!

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    Jul 13, 2010, 01.52 AMby pambox

    absolutely incredible! how do you come up with your ideas?

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    Jul 13, 2010, 01.04 AMby fuccosim

    so beautiful!

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    Jul 13, 2010, 12.35 AMby sewgurlwmu

    So beautiful! You’re pictures are beautiful. You are so talented!

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    Jul 12, 2010, 10.56 PMby smartalex999

    wow i love this

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    Jul 12, 2010, 10.46 PMby lulls

    This is absolutely stunning! not only the dress but the photographs as well. You have done an amazing job! :)

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    Jul 12, 2010, 09.34 PMby rifka

    Gorgeous photos. Did your husband take these as well? My compliments to the photographer, just stunning.

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      Jul 13, 2010, 01.34 PMby grosgrain

      Yes, he did. I’m so lucky to have someone who cares about the quality of these things:)

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    Jul 12, 2010, 09.12 PMby kelepso

    I think it’s lovely. You should never apologize for your work. If another doesn’t like it because of immodesty, then OH WELL!!! The crab story was pretty funny too. Great job! I love the photography!

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    Jul 12, 2010, 08.50 PMby smalldose

    Absolutely perfect.

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    Jul 12, 2010, 08.28 PMby bijouxbetty

    Its so beautiful and the setting works magically with it!

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