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04 March 2014 @ 08:19 pm
The Never-Ending Gown...  
...has finally ended.

I don't even have anything left in the tank to do a proper profanities-laden "how I did it" post. These are the photos I took for my website portfolio, and once again, the fabric was CRAZYPANTS to photograph. It had a neon magenta warp and a canary yellow weft... I'm not kidding. It ended up looking like a pumpkin burgundy type color, but up close and in certain lights, this mother was rather electric looking. This fabric was sent to me to use by my client, and I used every last scrap of it, as I always do, right down to last whispy fraying inch. The fabric was physically lovely to work with, the polyester silky behaved nice and easy... but, mentally, it was a total brain-bender. It had swirly vine embroidery, thick velvet flowers, vertical stripes of baby ruffles and a sheen that had to be matched top to bottom... any pattern piece cut sideways or angled was a completely different color. Yikes. But, I worked it and made it work!

I am so glad to be done!


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Amy Leellyrafantasyfae on March 5th, 2014 05:28 am (UTC)
You live! And that looks wonderful!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 06:02 am (UTC)
Ha! Ha! Yes, I liiiiiiiiiiiive! Thanks!
ghost_ofa_roseghost_ofa_rose on March 5th, 2014 08:35 am (UTC)
Gosh!! Drool!! That is just amazingly spectaular! Wow, you did a fantasic job. I wouldn't mind having his in my closet. I'm so in love with all your embllishments. I simply must "steel" some of them for a future gown. And where do you get all your pearls and beads? This is just gorgous and you should b very proud of yourself!

Glad you survived ;).
ghost_ofa_roseghost_ofa_rose on March 5th, 2014 08:39 am (UTC)
Oh, and I do hope you find the energy one day to do a write-up about this gown, because I love to read how you did it!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 03:23 pm (UTC)
I did take photos along the way, I will probably throw them on here eventually!
ghost_ofa_roseghost_ofa_rose on March 6th, 2014 10:34 am (UTC)
Cool!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 03:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm pretty proud of it-- and don't worry about stealing (ha!) the furbelow design-- I was inspired by all kinds of extant stuff floating around, I don't own anything!
ghost_ofa_roseghost_ofa_rose on March 6th, 2014 10:33 am (UTC)
And you should be! It's a work of art :-).
jenthompsonjenthompson on March 5th, 2014 12:02 pm (UTC)
Good lord, woman! That's amazing! You are crazy good at these sort of over-the-top gowns.
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Jen! I see all the lovely, simple, and realistic gowns *cough*aristocat*cough* and really want to make one of those, but I just can't seem to manage it. I think I am the RuPaul of 18th Century Costuming!
stinkymonkey41stinkymonkey41 on March 5th, 2014 03:17 pm (UTC)
Wow! So much work has gone into this dress and it's amazing, I can understand why it seemed endless.
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 03:26 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It really did take forever!
Fortuitous Destinydragonfly_sidhe on March 5th, 2014 04:00 pm (UTC)
Your attention to detail always makes me giddy!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 04:40 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you! I get pretty giddy myself, when I'm all done and I look at it and I can't believe I did all that work. I'm crazy!
tsuruko_senseitsuruko_sensei on March 5th, 2014 04:37 pm (UTC)
It's gorgeous!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 04:41 pm (UTC)
どうもありがとうございました!
Lady Jadeladyxjade on March 5th, 2014 09:07 pm (UTC)
WOW!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 5th, 2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
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starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 6th, 2014 12:03 am (UTC)
Thank you, Kat! Yes, she LOVES it!
newgarb: Technicolor Liznewgarb on March 6th, 2014 03:20 am (UTC)
HOLY OH MY WOW! That is a truly spectacular, by way of fabulous, gown!

RuPaul of 18th c costuming.. hells to the yes:)

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starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 6th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
LOL, thanks! Yes, I'm definitely a sparkly over the top bedazzled drag queen style costumer. More pearls! More gold trim! More! MoRE! MORE!
padawansguidepadawansguide on March 7th, 2014 05:18 am (UTC)
Gorgeous!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 7th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Sewing as Self-medicationsewaddicted on March 7th, 2014 10:12 am (UTC)
totally drool worthy! you make the more is more absolutely covetable. Ru Paul in the best possible way!
starlightmasquestarlightmasque on March 7th, 2014 02:38 pm (UTC)
ha ha Thank you!