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The Survivor

Added Jan 4, 2012

by JuliaBobbin

Melbourne, Austr...






It is not without incident that this dress was born.

It evolved from half a metre of stunning guipure lace that came to me in a dream was salvaged from a sea of bargain hunting fabric mongrels at the annual clegs remnant sale on boxing day. A week later I still break out into a sweat and feel phantom pain in my arms (from being constantly elbowed by other fabric enthusists) when ever I see the word ‘Sale’ flash up on my TV screen.

I once again embraced my new found fancy for elastic waists, and thoroughly enjoyed giving my pattern skills a good practise with this self-drafted dress.

This dress was christened ‘The Survivor’ as the lace I purchased from the sale and used on this dress managed to evade the sharpened claws of the other fabric junkies to be united with me and my beating heart.

For for more photos and details on this dress, visit my blog JuliaBobbin


Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Lace/Sequins, Polyester, Silk

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    Feb 5, 2012, 05.40 PMby Ljiljan

    Oooh my god,it’s amazing,stands like a glove,fabulous,god,god work !! :)

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    Jan 17, 2012, 08.45 PMby JuliaBobbin

    Thank you all so much! x

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    Jan 9, 2012, 11.05 AMby anajan

    Gorgeous – so stylish and lady like. Well done, and great fabric find!

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    Jan 8, 2012, 09.57 PMby mdiez

    Just great! Stunning work of art, sure!

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    Jan 8, 2012, 02.38 AMby Roxanne Clark

    WOW…every bit of that is beautiful!

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    Jan 6, 2012, 11.11 PMby luisa59

    Wonderful,I like this dress,it’s soooo…lovely and so ellegant!!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 07.02 PMby ecila

    WOW!!!!! Masterpiece!! Wow what a work! Wonderful!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 06.13 PMby claudinka

    Gosh! How beautiful is that!!!!!! And nice story about the fabric – thanks God you made it! The fabric obviously wanted to be part of such a dress ;-)

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.42 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Thanks Claudinka!

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    Jan 5, 2012, 05.16 PMby chillwear

    Simply stunning, the lace is just beautiful.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 05.06 PMby Celinett Matos

    This is so gorgeous. I love everything about this dress.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 02.12 AMby schnui

    Julia this dress is divine and I think congratulations are in order!! I also think you are so brave to have left home and gone to the Boxing Day sales!!! The thought of going shopping on Boxing Day gives me the creeps but if I had found that piece of guipure lace, I too would have been thrilled and also felt like a survivor.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 01.17 AMby northwestgirl

    Absolutely beautiful, and a really lovely fit on you.

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    Jan 5, 2012, 12.45 AMby Irina Schwab

    Wow, only superlatives, what else can I add? Well, there is one thing. That lace is superb!

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    Jan 4, 2012, 06.50 PMby joost52

    Oh my god Julia, I’m really running out of superlatives to throw at you. I can’t believe this is from a self-drafted pattern. Except that I can believe it, because it’s you after all. Is any of the material from the pattern drafting class you took (ha, I know because I read your featured member interview ;) ) available online by any chance? I took a ‘fashion design’ course here and it was a major letdown. Didn’t learn anything new or useful.

    About the dress: It is beautiful and humbling at the same time. My stomach reacts to it in a way that makes me feel as if I’m 15 years old again and the most beautiful girl in school walks by. Being utterly speechless in awe of something so beautiful and seemingly from a different world.

    Thank you for sharing your work. Next time somebody asks me who my favorite designer is, I’ll tell them it’s you :)

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.44 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Joost you are wonderful! Thank you so much for such a lovely comment, you always make me smile :)

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    Jan 4, 2012, 05.10 PMby TheSewingStudio

    oh wow, LOVE this! So beautiful and professional!

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    Jan 4, 2012, 03.57 PMby Gigette

    Waooooouh, so lovely :)

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    Jan 4, 2012, 02.55 PMby kelepso

    It fits you perfectly. Beautiful construction and dress.

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      Jan 8, 2012, 08.44 PMby JuliaBobbin

      Thank you so much!

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    Jan 4, 2012, 02.36 PMby MXG

    Stunning dress.

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.47 AMby Sewing And Style

    Oh, Julia, what a stunning dress, that guipure is so fab! wow

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.35 AMby Lattikka

    This lace is AMAZING!!! Well done!!!

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    Jan 4, 2012, 11.15 AMby alphay

    Wow! This is great and looks good on you.

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    Jan 4, 2012, 07.55 AMby martinK

    ready for the catwalk!!! nice shape, I like it.

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      Jan 4, 2012, 07.56 AMby JuliaBobbin

      Why thank you! :)

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