Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pretty Dress of the Day Challenge - Deceptively Simple


1886 Day Gown: Silk; MMA

So Elegant, So Pretty, and so deceptively simple?  Everyone loves a striped gown.  This "tone on tone" is a classic example of how to use stripes to create visual interest.  Note the bodice stripes are vertical on the sleeve and diagonal on the bodice, while the apron front has horizontal stripes, as does the foundation skirt.  Nice easy rust color contrast at the collar and cuffs, some lace and bows here and there.  But look again at the foundation skirt.  That looks like silk ribbons that have been sewn onto a sheer fabric. Rows and Rows of ribbon! I have a hard time sewing a straight line, never mind trying to sew rows of ribbon and make it look nice!  Then, this fabric has been gathered and ruffled into tiers.  Three tiers on the foundation skirt.   So, at first glance, what looks to be a "Pretty" straight-forward gown, actually has multiple design techniques that makes this gown ever so deceptively simple!  Enjoy! 

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