Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Parisienne Rose - or How to use 15,000 Meters of Thread!

A strapless designer gown of brilliant red heavy silk taffeta imported from China. The woven jacquard fabric is covered with red and black roses. The gown is very close-fitting, floor length at center back and has a darted dropped waist bodice. The skirt is pleated in front, gathered and the bottom is hemmed with horsehair to give it shape. 71 small lace motifs trim the bottom edge of the gown and its ruffle.

The long evening shawl is an original design, made of shocking pink polyester fabric and lined with silk taffeta. It was sewn with pin tucks stitched with a 2.5 (distance between needles) and red thread slightly darker than the fabric for added dimension. The shawl has 86 small lace motifs that took 30 minutes each to embroider and 14 large ones, which stitched out in 68 minutes each.

The lace embroidery was created with 15,000 yards of fuchsia-colored thread and a wash-away stabilizer. It took over 100 hours to stitch the lace.

Both gown and shawl are highlighted with 5,000 hot-fix Swarovski crystals, in 2, 3 and 4 mm sizes.

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