Lady Guinevere gown

This beautiful medieval-inspired gown is a very light silk shantung. When I say light, I mean it. The entire finished gown is only 8.95 ounces. I have a jewelry scale that weights down to 1/100th of a gram, so this weight isn’t an estimate! That weight includes 9 yards of gold gimp trim around the neckline and going down the back, the armcythes, and the top of the sleeves, as well as at the bottom of the solid part of the sleeve where the two silks meet, and the bottom of the gown. Most of the weight is the trim!

The underskirt is gold brocade and has two rows of the gold gimp trim. It has a very flat self-waistband and closes with a hook and a few eyes to choose which feels most comfortable. This skirt would be lovely worn without the gown over it and with just a gold or bronze dupioni corset.  The same brocade is used to make the belt, which also closes with hooks and eyes, and has two hooks so that the purple skirt can be held up.

I made two thread eyes on the front of the purple skirt that aren’t too easy to see unless you’re looking for them.

Though I have been referring to the gown as purple, it it actually shot with magenta.  You can see how this makes the silk shift color in the photo to the left.

More photos are in this Facebook album

Elven Oscars gown

How cool to make a gown to be worn at THE Oscars party for The Hobbit! This commission came in on Monday, and I finished in a quick six says. Monday through Saturday while finishing up a corset. Not too bad. 🙂

The goal here was something Elven without being a character gown. Moss green crushed velvet with some stretch and lovely train (I’m a sucker for trains). The wonderful thing about this fabric is no sewing for the edge is needed. If the train is too long or you want the front a little shorter, just cut it and it won’t unravel. And that woven trim! I love it so much I wanted to buy the whole spool. But at $7/yd, at the time I couldn’t justify buying it to keep sitting around.

The neckline isn’t laying quite right in these pics. To get the right proportions, I had to borrow a bra from a friend with the right chest size and stuff it. So the “boobs” are like a shelf instead of a nice slope from collar down, leaving the neckline in front to cave it a bit.   I am extremely jealous of anyone getting to hob-nob with the cast and see Billy Boyd’s band, as this lovely elf did!

More photos are in the Facebook album dedicated to this gown.