Satin Evening Gown
a very, very early stage....this was going to be the underdress for
a future Arwen BR dress.
I messed up something with the princess seams though so it didn't
fit, and then I put it aside for...one year? Two? Maybe more ;-)
Then, there came 2007 and with it came Orlando Bloom's theatre premiere
in London, which we didn't want to miss. Unfortunately, I was lacking
any decent evening wear (I mean, *how* long since I graduated and
all that cr*p? Honestly, I don't have one piece of formal wear in
my whole wardrobe. Unless something...creative is okay with
Well, what to do? I remembered that old black something that I had
around somewhere, so I went in search for that dress and, looking
it over, decided to make something entirely different from an Arwen
BR undergown. I had this antique Edwardian lace collar that I once
bought cheap at a market (yes, I do love them, did I fail to mention?
;-)). Pinning it to the dress for a try, it matched perfectly, and
so the dress became a sleeveless gown with shoulder straps.
that old silver piping between the bodice and the skirt as I tought
it looked good; I just reopened the princess seams and did them they
way they were meant to be (sometimes, looking into the sewing notes
of a pattern *can* be helpful).
attached the collar, which now also forms part of the shoulder straps,
carefully replaced the missing beads with modern matching black glass
beads and finished the hem. There was a ball gown!
I am a really lucky girl, I stumbled across this breathtakingly beautiful
antique velvet cape - you guessed it, at a market - which was also
beaded in black. For its age (it dates around 1900), it was in perfect
condition, I just had to clean in carefully and get that certain 'attic
Some beads were secured, but that was all I had to to. I know I might
not be that lucky after all, but it even evokes a certain
Worth spirit. There's no label inside, mind you, and from what I know
and have seen, it's not a Worth item. Still, the look....
both to the theatre in London in August 2007. Unfortunately, I didn't
catch a photo with Orlando, but some pics of him signing autographs
after the play (which was really good, by the way - the play, not
Orlando signing autographs *g*).