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Thursday, 7 January 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:

  1. You both look fantastic! Excellent fit on the dress.

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  2. Another gorgeous dress. Love that ombre effect.

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

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

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  5. simply beautiful. Love the color fading.

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  6. This one is so beautiful , I love it.

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

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

    SherryV

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

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

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

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  12. Absolutely perfect! She looks beautiful.

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  13. 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!

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  14. Fabulous! I love the ombre silk.

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

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

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

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

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  19. Great dress. Fantastic friend.

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

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

    Work from home India

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

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  23. 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.

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

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

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