Flower Solo Dress

Woo-hoo, woo-hoo, it’s done, it’s done (this is accompanied by my version of the cabbage patch dance…kids aren’t home so it is only me and I am not embarrassing anyone else…)! I always feel so proud when I finish a dress, like I really accomplished something! Once again learned many things making this dress. Also found that I am quite efficient with digitizing and stitching out the embroidery now.

Handed the dress off a bit ago and all seem pleased. I think it turned out beautifully! The design is based on the dancer’s concept…Susan gave it order and the knots. Susan also altered her pattern for me to make the swoop skirt.

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(That black spot is a weird sequin facing…no black spots.) Notice the claddagh cross? A design moment for moi…designed it in my digitizing software based on a cross that the dancer and her mother wear…fun, fun!

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Quite the pleat pro now.

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Cape was the dancer’s idea. I really like it. Nice clean lines.

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Diamonds and pearls…I wish I had gotten a better pic of the tiara. It is quite beautiful.

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I believe they found the skirt lining first and it inspired the dress.

Here’s a pic of the side and back skirt. For those who are not familiar with the Feisdress pattern, this pic illustrates one great feature…fewer seams! In fact, this skirt only had one vertical seam at the center back… sort of. This dress actually has a separating zipper so that the whole thing open up to get it on and off. There is a flower patch that covers the bottom of the zipper and continues the design line.
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Here’s the shape of the cape. Made a pattern based on the dancer’s drawing.
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Here it is folded up at the bottom and with the “pins” in place. The pins are now attached to the dress. The cape is attached under each with velcro and snaps.
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And here is what the young dancer wanted on the under side of the cape. Very sweet.
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So, now on to the next…dancer coming for a fitting this weekend!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lymabean
    May 30, 2007 @ 14:37:00

    Bravo! You are gifted. We are so incredibly fortunate to be next in line!

  2. webmaster
    May 30, 2007 @ 22:20:00

    Beautiful work! Will get it posted in the next day or so…

  3. Peggy
    May 30, 2007 @ 23:29:00

    Wow wow wow.
    Beautiful work!

  4. picperfic
    May 31, 2007 @ 08:38:00

    I have saved this post to comment on last of all…It almost brings me to tears. This dress is stunning! Absolutely beautiful, every stitch made with such love and attention to detail. I am proud to know you Ann, your work is just amazing. Love those words on the label….you are so clever! Oh and I tag you for 7 random things just because you said you weren’t sure if you’d do it or not, and I’m nosey too!!

  5. Ann
    May 31, 2007 @ 08:53:00

    Thank you, ladies! And ok, Marianne, I will do 7 things.

  6. Jeanette
    Dec 31, 2007 @ 15:04:21

    I have a Bernina 200 and I am amazed at your beautiful work! Unbelieveable!

  7. Renata
    Jun 27, 2009 @ 13:32:36

    Wow! is a great dress I have never seen such a very creative combination ,it has a modern and fun touch with a little of tradiconal is so beautiful!
    congrats!

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