Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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V116: Finally, My Almost-Complete Titanic Ball Gown


Okay, so it's *still* not done, despite the event coming up on Saturday, but hey ... it's a costumer's life, right?

At any rate, it is "very almost" done.  Both sleeves are on, with the hand-rolled hemming, and I even applied the first sequins of my life.  Yay!
See those sequins? I did those!
Now I get to figure out a suitable way of bustling up the train of the skirt, and I also have some neckline engineering to do.  I'm not totally sure how to fix my mistake, but I'm going to try "taping" the neckline first, and also stuffing the bust - so period!

Now that I did some sequins on the front, I want to do more sequins on the back.  SEW ALL THE SEQUINS!!
The event is Gaskells Ball, this Saturday, at the Scottish Rite Temple in Oakland.  A number of ladies have made Titanic gowns, and I'm looking forward to meeting up and seeing the beauty that everyone has created. :-)
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  1. Beautiful! I hope your event is spectacular!

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  2. OMG Lauren that is SO gorgeous!!!! Stunning, stunning stunning. I can't wait to see pics of you in it. And I know about that shoulder slippage thang, and on the original laurel dress there was some kind of tape under the edging to hold it in place, so you are in good company! :) The trouble happens on many dresses with sheer decolletages - the bodice is a nice firm fit by itself and the delicate top layer is not taking the weight of it so has nothing to anchor it downwards. And you can't put that weight on it as it would tear. And you can't make it tight because it will tear, and stretch anyway. Gah. Best of luck and have a fab time!

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    1. Mrs C, that is exactly the problem I had! I think I sortof fixed it - I opened the top edge and released the overlay net enough to stop pulling down the front, then added in some interfacing, and also taped the neckline with twill tape and catch stitches, on the inside top edge. We'll see if it worked when it comes time to wear the thing on Saturday.

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  3. OOOOOOH Pretty! I can't wait to see it worn with the hair and the shoes :D

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  4. Very nice! Do take pictures of the other gowns too!

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  5. Wow, this is positively LOVELY! Wonderful!

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  6. Lauren, I'll be at the Gaskell this Saturday announcing dances!
    I can't wait to meet you and your dress in person!
    (Promise not to be a scary fan-girl).

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  7. If I didn't know it was recently made, I would have thought it an antique. Excellent job!
    Val

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  8. This dress is seriously one of the most gorgeous creations I have ever seen. The color, the fabric, the sequins, the design! They all work together so perfectly. This made my day.

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    1. Atlanta, I am so flattered by your comment. Thank you SO much!

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  9. I love it too <3 I love your choices and the way you've put the fabrics togetger <3

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  10. It's absolutely fabulous, where did you get the fabric?

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    1. All the materials are from a local off-sale "mill end" store here in Reno. The netting came with the beads already applied, lucky me!

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  11. This gown really made my day! I opened up the page and felt absolutely breathless. It's just so beautiful! The color, the cut, the beading - perfect!

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    1. Thank you so much!!! Your comment just made MY day!

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  12. I just LOVE that lace fabric *drool*

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  13. It's stunning. I imagine you'll feel so special when you put it on ready for the ball. :-)

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    1. Thank you! I suppose it depends on what's decided to fall off or come unstitched just before, hahaha

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  14. I like "very almost" done - great costumer words to live by

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  15. BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I love it! I especially love the silver leaves.

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  16. I think it looks lovely as well. Who wouldn't want to wear a stunning creation such as that?

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  17. Hello! I'm having a titanic party (in two weeks!) and I'm inspired by this. Of course, I'm being overly ambitious and attempting it without a pattern or a clue. I'm wondering if you sewed your overlay into the waist and then the satin belt goes over that? Or is your overlay loose hanging from the bust and you gather it carefully when you tie the belt?

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