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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Birthday Dress #2


This is the second dress I made for my friend, a self drafted pattern inspired by a top that she already owned.

The fabric is a silver grey to black ombre silk purchased in Li Yuen Street in Central HK with a bit of New Year bling handsewn on the straps and around the empire line seam. The bling came from Sham Shui Po in HK where there are about a million notions stores. I went into about 999,999 of them until my eyes were aching from looking at diamante trim and I found a double strand of slightly blue tinted stones which matched the fabric perfectly.

The dress is lined in the same fabric and has a side invisible zipper.


The bodice was constructed first and then the overlay was draped on in 3 separate sections. This was the most difficult part and I redid it several times trying to get the right balance between it looking random but not messy.


I wore the green Cynthia Rowley dress I made recently. My friend doesn't usually wear a tiara, that was a bit of birthday fun!



26 comments:

Sara said...

You both look fantastic! Excellent fit on the dress.

Christina said...

Another gorgeous dress. Love that ombre effect.

Kathi said...

Wow, that is an amazing dress!! I am impressed!!!

amber said...

Beautiful! Your friend looks stunning in it - I think greys and silvers looks so chic on blondes and this picture just reinforces that notion.

Sigrid said...

simply beautiful. Love the color fading.

Lisa said...

This one is so beautiful , I love it.

Margarita said...

The dress is very nice...congratulations for your Blog!

Anonymous said...

OMG...the dresses you made for her are so amazing!! Stunning work, Allison. :)

SherryV

NGLaLALa said...

Gorgeous dress! You and your friend looks awesome in your dresses!

Amanda S. said...

Another winner! It looks very classy and expensive. I hope your friend is kissing your feet and naming her children after you! :)

Trudy Callan said...

Lovely.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Gorgeous use of ombre silk! What a fab special occasion dress.

Summerset said...

Absolutely perfect! She looks beautiful.

Kristine said...

Isn't ombre silk just amazing? I recently made a dress from it and it gives off such an elegant effect. You did a fabulous job on this, you're friend is very, very lucky!

meli88a said...

Fabulous! I love the ombre silk.

Victoria said...

Both of your dresses for your friend turned out perfectly! Great job. You're a pretty awesome friend!!!

Sew4Fun said...

Beautiful dress! I like the colours and fabrics you used. Good job on the draping. That can't have been easy.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Stunningly beautiful! I know your friend must be sooooo grateful!

gwensews said...

Can I be your friend please? That dress looks beautiful on your friend, and you do as well, in that green dress!

Sewtellme said...

Great dress. Fantastic friend.

Lindsay T said...

C'est magnifique! I bow down before your awesome dressmaking talents. Well done!

Nishant said...

Gorgeous dress! You and your friend looks awesome in your dresses!

Work from home India

Vicki said...

Just gorgeous. You both look lovely in your dresses!! You make me "home sick" when you mention your shopping haunts!

Kitty said...

I have to say you can really tell the difference between this dress and one off the rack - it fits her incredibly.

The other dress you made for the birthday girl has the same effect. Just a huge selling point for sewing or having clothes altered to be most flattering.

Michelle said...

Wow, that fabric is fantastic! Another great dress, and your work is amazing!

senaSews said...

What a stunning dress! Your friend can be glad, i would have kept the dress for myself :-)