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This is a gown that's been on my "to do" list for forever, but I never had enough black taffeta sitting around at one time to do it. The other day I got 16 yards of a good crisp medium weight black taffeta for $1/yd at Jomar. I knew it was time!!



I am using the TV 208 view A, and it has an option for a pocket in the side seam. I decided it would be awesome to have a pocket, so since the TV pocket instructions were scanty, I looked it up. Here was a great set of instructions for a visual learner such as myself. Dude, I did it!! I made a pocket! I feel like some grade school kid who just learned how to tell time or something lol!

In other news, I seem to have temporarily abandoned the black velvet coat bodice because I dread putting button holes through all that velvet O_O

OMG, I just realized I never shared the "finished" photos of the ballgown I recently made









Date: 2010-02-25 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] padawansguide.livejournal.com
Oh, that fashion plate is so pretty! Can't wait to see what you do!

Date: 2010-02-26 01:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Thanks, I've been looking forward to doing this dress since I got "Full Color Victorian Fashions 1870-1893" nearly 5 years ago!

Date: 2010-02-25 09:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fancyfrocks.livejournal.com
Oh my gosh, that is one of my favorite fashion plates, too!! I can't wait to see the amazing concoction of frills that you make :)
And you look stunning, as usual, in your newly finished ballgown!

Date: 2010-02-26 01:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Glad you like the plate! I know you can appreciate a good black gown, too! I still remember that amazing Edwardian you made (and sold) as well as the early bustle you wore to Costume College a few years ago.

Thanks!!

Date: 2010-02-25 10:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ghost-ofa-rose.livejournal.com
That looks familiar :D. I never finished my version of this fashionplate. The only thing left to do is the overskirt, but I just had enough of the pleating. Hmmmm, I might just try to finish it this year (who knows...).

Your ballgown is gorgeous, as always. Really love the fabric! It makes me want to make another fantail skirt.

Date: 2010-02-26 01:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Yeah, ever since I bought "Full Color Victorian Fashions 1870-1893" nearly 5 years ago, it's been on my wish list. I think every fellow Victorian goth gasps with delight upon seeing that fashion plate for the first time!!

Date: 2010-02-25 11:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackcat452.livejournal.com
That's a whole lot of ruffles, I can't wait to see it!
P.S. The new ball gown is amazing

Date: 2010-02-26 01:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Yeah, I might have to have a "ruffle party" to get through it! It'll be a nice excuse to get together again anyway :)

Thank you!

Date: 2010-02-27 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blackcat452.livejournal.com
I would love a "ruffle party", anything I can do to help!

Date: 2010-02-25 11:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] waterhousesmuse.livejournal.com
What about bound buttonholes in a contrasting fabric on the velvet?

Date: 2010-02-26 01:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
I don't want the button area to compete with the trim I have planned (sort of want it invisible-ish), but if I weren't doing trim so close to the buttons, that would have been awesome :D

Date: 2010-02-26 01:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] last-chael.livejournal.com
Wow! That is a stunning dress, I can't wait to see it made up! The ballgown looks great too!

Date: 2010-02-26 01:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Thanks, it's such a cool plate. I've loved it for years, but could never afford the many many many yards of taffeta I'd need. Jomar to the rescue!

Date: 2010-02-26 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dark-phoenix54.livejournal.com
I have just died of the marvelousness of your dress. Congrats on another beautiful job! Can't wait to see the taffeta one.

Date: 2010-02-26 02:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madamemodiste.livejournal.com
Oh, wow, thank you so much!

Date: 2010-02-26 02:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] koshka-the-cat.livejournal.com
Amazing! And so you :)

Lovely fashion plate as well.

And aren't pockets the best? I love having them in my dresses! I make them huge too. I could fit a small cat in one of them :)

Date: 2010-02-26 02:53 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] eriss.livejournal.com
I can't wait to see the final result with all those pleats!

I feel your cat will shoot me with its laser eye if I make "grabby hands" at my monitor.
Edited Date: 2010-02-26 02:55 am (UTC)

Date: 2010-02-26 03:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] girliegirl32786.livejournal.com
Pretty, pretty!

Date: 2010-02-26 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] grannygoth.livejournal.com
I'm constantly amazed at your talent for sewing. You have no fear and take on difficult projects, which always look truly amazing on you

Date: 2010-02-26 08:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robinia-acacia.livejournal.com
Ooh that dress looks great and the fashionplate absolutly scrumptious!
I can understand about the learning thing, we are all so busy with complicated historical outfits that basic sewing is often skipped and unknown.

Date: 2010-02-26 09:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] vanityfairy.livejournal.com
So cute that the advanced seamstress you are with all your gorgeous dresses have to look up pockets. =)

Oh, and you look fab, of course. And will look even more so in that scrumptious fashion plate dress!

Date: 2010-02-26 09:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] piratelady-lizz.livejournal.com
Oh yes you're right ! Since I saw this gown , I fell in love with it, but money, time ... Ouch it's hard! Good luck for your project !

Date: 2010-02-26 05:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chloeandrudy.livejournal.com
I love the pattern on the fabric, and the skirt is so graceful looking. You do bustling so well! *envy*

Date: 2010-02-26 05:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] medvssa.livejournal.com
I am so glad you fell for the natural form, gorgeous, and I can't wait to see the tafetta dress!

Date: 2010-02-27 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aseret-black.livejournal.com
If you make that spendifically beauteous dress I'm going to swoon.

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