Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Some Progress and Wearable Arts Fashion Show Fashions

This is what I've gotten done so far on the bishop dress for our 3 month old grand for Christmas.  The ribbon is woven in and can be taken out easily, so this can be worn after Christmas through Valentine's Day!                                                                             
 I've mentioned that I am helping to plan a wearable arts fashion show for our local arts council that is to be on November 13th.  If you live anywhere near here and would like to come, let me know.  I have some tickets to sell.  There is a link on my side bar to two sites where you can learn more about the show.  You quilters out there will be interested in knowing that Rachel Clark will be doing a trunk show in the morning before the runway show.
This is one of the three dresses that I will have in the show.  I made this 5 years ago for our oldest granddaughter (then 5 years old) to wear in her aunt's (our middle daughter) wedding as the flower girl. 
 It is made from baby blue cotton batiste and is fully lined with the same fabric. 
 I embroidered the band across the front with ribbon and embroidery floss.  For the bodice I made diagonal pintucks then sewed tiny pearls to each intersection.  I used this pintucked fabric to make the piping for the band.
 I used the same pintucked fabric for the cuffs and piping on the cuffs.
 Our daughter's wedding colors were baby blue and off white, so I used off white to accent this dress.  I love big sashes and made this one way oversized.  It looked very pretty as our granddaughter walked down the aisle.
 Our 2nd granddaughter was the "ring princess".  She carried the pillow that my daughter's mother-in-law made from some family heirloom handkerchiefs.  It was beautiful.
 Her dress is made from the same fabric, but is a different style.  This granddaughter was only 2 1/2 at the time.  Her dress was smocked, as you see here.  I added touches of pearls and little bows and embroidered flowers on the smocking portion of her dress.
 Her sash was way oversized, too.
This dress also had inserted lace.  Her dress was also fully lined with the same batiste.   I bought this fabric and lace at a store in Gastonia, NC.  Mary Jo's is the name of the store, if I remember correctly.  It is a huge store.  I wish it was near where I live!
This is what I did today, besides working on the first little Christmas dress.  I cut out all of the other grands' Christmas outfits.  I think I have picked out a pattern for the unborn babe!  It is one that has both a boy and girl outfit.  I just need to decide on fabric.


Rettabug said...'ve been busy, Julia! Gorgeous dress with the ribbon embroidery!!! I enlarged both photos. :-)

I like how the smocking looks on that red, too. I've finished the smocking on my DGD's white satin dress from LAST YEAR. :/ I put it aside when my DH had a ♥ attack on Dec. 1st & never got back to it. Good thing it was on the big side to begin with.

Gail said...

Julia your work really is world class! If I lived less than 12,000 kms away I'd ask for lessons.

Needled Mom said...

Beautiful pieces of clothing! I love both of the blue dresses and the Christmas dress will be stunning when you are finished with it.

Surely wish that I lived closer to come see the show. You will love having Rachel Clark.

MushyWear said...

You make such beautiful little girl dresses. I have no idea how you do the smocking, but it is so pretty. Have fun with the show and way to go on all that cutting out!

Donna said...

Julia, You are the most talented and dedicated seamstress I have ever seen! Those dresses and your embroidery are just exquisite! Thanks for showing us your work. It's a privilege to see what you've done.

Oh..if only I had more time!

Donna @ Comin' Home

Jan said...

Love, love, love all the dresses!

M said...

Beautiful work.

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