Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ceil Chapman Cocktail Dress Unveiling



Well, here she is!  I was adding silk petals and flowers and beads right up until the end – a ticking clock is a great motivator.  And while I wish I had had more time with the embellishments (the fun part!), and it was not exactly my original vision, it works!  In truth, I am thrilled with the finished product.


I felt like the belle of the ball!  Everyone was extremely complimentary about the dress.  Many people told me how much they loved the dress, and their eyes widened at the notion that I made the garment myself. 


I have a love/hate relationship with people approaching me and immediately asking if I made my dress – does that mean it looks like something from a home economics class!?  So it is extremely gratifying to have people amazed and a bit skeptical that the gown is home made!


I like to christen all of my extra special creations.  And because of the green and purple color palette, I keep thinking of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  So I am going with “Titania.”  If the queen of the faeries partnered with Dior to create a gown, I imagine this would be the end result.

My homage to Dovima!

My Persian lamb wrap (don't worry, it's synthetic!) was a gift several years ago from a lovely lady, and it was the perfect addition to my outfit.  As the temperature dropped, I was glad to have a little extra warmth!



I have a lot more construction specifics, but for now, I could not wait to share the finished product.  More pictures may be found over on my flickr account.


Necklace:  Shadows (high school graduation gift from mom)
Earrings, Ring, & Bracelet:  Macy's
Hairpiece:  My own creation; Russian veiling from Britex.
Shoes:  Colin Stuart for Victoria’s Secret
Purse:  Simplicity 4159 (I will share more of the specifics later)
Wrap:  Vintage (courtesy of Sandy)


38 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning! You look so beautiful. The child's dream of a princess dress to go to the ball. The colour is such a lovely green too. Love it!

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  2. BEAUTIFUL! Woooow Love it so much. Green suits your colouring so well. And it's awesome when people are incredulous about a garment being home made. I guess people must think one would only make every day clothes.

    Good to see you made it so long too. I just bought a vintage evening dress in the most amazing deep navy, heavy satin and it's quite long. It reaches about the same height as yours does. I didn't want to take it up because of the circle skirt and so I think I shall leave it. Evening dresses do look so glamorous at that length!

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  3. Oh my! Your dress is gorgeous. That color and the length are fantastic. Thanks for sharing the process and the final outcome.
    I always get a bit anxious when the conversation turns to whether I made it or not. I'm always worried that they'll then see or create any flaws in the finished piece. I'm sure it's just my overachieving, neurotic mind. Anyway, your dress is beautiful :D

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  4. All your stuff is awesome, but this one jumps the shark! Titania is a very, very good name indeed.

    I know the feeling about the "Did you make that?" question. /sigh. My usual answer is "I'll take that as a compliment..."

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  5. La robe est superbe et vous êtes égalment superbe dedans !
    Un très grand bravo !

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  6. oh my lordy! This has to be the most exquisite gown I have ever seen! absolutely STUNNING! I love the matching purse too! My hat off to you--you are a sewing diva!!!

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  7. Wow - that's stunning. I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful dress. It's just gorgeous. I love the colour, the shape, the details. Wow. Words fail me!

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  8. This is one of the most incredible 'home-sewn' garments I have ever seen. Everything about it is perfect!

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  9. It looks amazing! Sometimes people ask that if they know you sew and they see you wearing something unique, so take it as a compliment. :)

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  10. My goodness, what a breathtaking dress! I sew, but I still can't believe that you made this. It looks so intricate, you must be very proud! It's just stunning!

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  11. What a stunning dress! You should be very proud of yourself.

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  12. Wowza, that dress is amazing! You look beautiful in it! When people ask "Did you make that?" imagine it's because they've never seen anything like it in shops and it has caught their eye. Also if they know you sew then it's almost a safe bet to ask if you made it :)

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  13. Absolutely stunning! What an incredible work you have done!

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  14. Absolutely stunning! That dress is a triumph!

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  15. This is just stunning. The colour, the fit, the details. Excellent and amazing job!

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  16. Holy. Hell. This is incredible! You look positively stunning, it's almost edible! God, this is fabulous, it's just jaw-dropping. How I envy your immense sewing skills, you are magnificent!

    And for the record, based on what I've seen, nothing you've made lands in the Home Ec territory. It's more the House of Elliot territory. Fact.

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  17. Absolutely breathtaking...what an amazing creation!

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  18. You have amazing talent, and patience!!! And congratulations on being a featured member at Burda - long overdue.
    And I agree with strugglesewsastraightseam above, definitely a House of Elliot sister.

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  19. Your dress is woderful!!!

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  20. Wow!!!!!!!!!! I just looooove this dress, it looks absolutely beautiful on you! You are a very talented seamstress, your blog has certainly inspired me to stitch more detailed dresses. Congratulation's on winning the sewing machine, you certainly deserve it!

    Lynn B
    www.lynnsdressmaking.blogspot.com

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  21. so pretty!! wow i love it.. it looks amazing on you.
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  22. It's beautiful! Absolutely stunning. Is it supported or do you have to wear a petticoat underneath? Did you make a petticoat separately?

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    1. I am wearing two petticoats underneath the dress! I made one myself, and the other was purchased. The dress itself has wide horsehair braid sewn into the hem.

      It's tough to fit in a car with that much poof - but it sure is fun!

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  23. Loooove that dress, you look stunning!!

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  24. I would be one of those people in awe about your dress it's seriously amazing! You take talent to the next level missy!! You look beautiful in it as well. I'm sure there was lots of jealous women at this event wishing they looked like you.

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  25. Belle of the Ball, you are such a clever girl and my word, what a fabulous dress. I love, love, love the colour and adornments!

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  26. I love the detail in that dress and your ankle strap sandals are beautiful!

    Hope you had an amazing time!
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  31. I think the reason you would be asked if you made this particular dress is because one would never see/find it anywhere...indeed it is absolutely priceless in the invaluable sense of it's uniqueness and beauty...oh and that green !. My compliments, I am in awe ! The purse is a little treasure too, and you model the whole outfit to perfection. I have only just joined your blog so I haven't followed the making process but I bet it was quite something !

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