6 weeks from design, pattern to sewing,
800 something yards of tulles to ruffle BY HAND,
1 mask to make,
countless sewing needles broken by the beads
...and TADA!!! La dress!!!
These picture are taken just before Cinderella arrives to get prepped for the masquerade ball.
In the spirit of Halloween, I had decided to call this gown...GREY GOOSE...Black Swan's hip younger sister. *smiles*
The sequined top is taken from a dress I found from The Salvation Army for $39.99. I salvaged the sequined sheer part and try to find pieces big enough to fill the top part of the gown. If I bought a brand new sequined fabric, it would have cost a lot more. The colour of the sheer was perfect. It was my starting point. From this, it was easy to choose the tulle colours.
I bought the tulles from Canada Tulle. I chose charcoal grey, black, Williamsburg blue and glimmer light silver for some added sparkle.
I used two colours together, like the black+charcoal and blue+glimmer silver, to add dimension so when she moves, the colours change. It's amazing to see in-person.
Nothing adds instant volume than ruffled tulle. The volume depends on how tight the ruffles are. For this dress, I ruffled 5 yards down to 1 yard. So, eventhough I used 400 something yards of tulle (two layers), after ruffling, there were 80 yards sewn onto the long skirt part. It wasn't heavy at all.
Cinderella, aka my good friend, is about to arrive in a few minutes. I need to do her hair and makeup, and get her to the ball on time!!! Pictures to follow.
Panic time! I need a drink! Later!!!