Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Gala 2013: The Reveal


This project has been quite the adventure!  There were days when I was convinced it would never end.  And while everything did not go exactly according to plan, I am so, so pleased with the final result!


The gala was fabulous.  


And the concert (which I attended on Sunday) was magnificent.  Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is one of my favorite symphonic pieces, and hearing it in person again was so very special.  Bravo, Marin Symphony!


The sewing room and living room have not quite recovered, but things are slowly getting put away, and happily, my fingertips are on the mend.  But I am sure that I will be finding amethyst colored beads here and there for months to come!


 Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and for all of your incredibly supportive comments!


I did attempt to keep track of my hours on this project, so I will have to add everything up – but that is for another day . . .


And a huge thank you to Britex for supplying the fabric - because my vision of this dress certainly would not have been possible without it!  Fabulous fabric is oh so important for a successful project!



Dress:  Made by me, Advance Import Reproduction
Belt:  Made by me
Hat:  Made by me
Purse:  Made by me
Gloves:  Thrifted, dyed by me
Brooch:  Made by me
Ring:  Thrifted
Earrings & Bracelet:  Macys
Shoes:  Vince Camuto
Shoe Clips:  Made by me


[Britex has generously provided the fabric and sewing supplies for a dress I will be wearing to a formal event in October. I will be sharing some of the steps and construction techniques with you as I work on this project over the next couple of months.]


44 comments:

  1. Absolutely gorgeous, I've enjoyed seeing your progress =]

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  2. Brava! It's gorgeous and you look fabulous.

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  3. Absolutely stunning, you look wonderful!
    Do you have a photo of the hat? I would love to see it, but the photos only show a glimpse.

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    1. I do! But I have to go back and find some of the construction photos of the hat, which is covered in peacock feathers (to match back to the brooch and shoes!).

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  4. Oh Laura, it's nothing short of a stunningly masterpiece. You have done an incredible job on this project, and the styling for this outfit is impeccable. You look like you just stepped out of a late 40s/50s copy of Vogue.

    ♥ Jessica

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  5. Absoutely stunning
    (from holland)

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  6. Literally awesome! You look amazing!

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  7. Wonderful outfit and great accessorizing -- I love the peacock blue touches. Really, this is such a flattering silhouette and so well done -- and then there's all that beading! Also love your hair and makeup. Fabulous job!

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    1. Wait, forgot to mention -- what a great fabric choice and PATTERN choice!

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  8. beautiful! your hard work really shows on this one. I love the beading on it, and enjoyed watching your progress in making the entire dress. so stunning.

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  9. Absolutely stunning!!!

    Great dye job on the gloves!

    Care to convey any of the crowd's commentary? Surely Marin's menfolk and mavens had something to say.

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  10. As others have said, it's absolutely stunning! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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  11. I have no words that could eclipse other comments. Nor do I have words to express my awe regarding your skills, vision and artistry. Very very well done!

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  12. Wow, wow,wow. Thanks for taking us all on this inspirational journey.

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  13. Fabulous. Thank you for sahring and congratulations. I am working on a coat with gussets. Whenever I feel discouraged I am thinking of you and all the hours you spent on this fabulous project.

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  14. Bravo on making this magnificent ensemble!

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  15. Amazing! You deserve every minute of glory while wearing this!!

    ~Cassie

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  16. Gorgeous! What a pay off for the hours and hours of sewing! Excellent work as always

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  17. Completely and utterly beautiful! What a fabulous outfit - all the extra "parts" just help to put this in a class by itself. I so enjoyed reading about your progress on this - your ideas and techniques are inspiring. Thank you!!

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  18. You did a fabulous wonderful job! Someday I hope to be able to make such a pretty, perfect dress.

    Brigid
    The Middle Sister and Singer

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  19. My god this is a work of art. Your dress is a wonder, it deserves to be in a museum. Stunning!

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  20. I was so stunned by the dress, that it was a surprise when I read "hat made by me". I had to back through the photos for that, LOL! Overall, stunning 10/10!!!

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  21. One of your most stunning creations ever! And fabulous styling and photo shoot as well!

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  22. Stunning!
    Any chance of talking you into wearing it to the next blogger meetup so I can look at it close up!?!

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  23. beautiful!! congrats on finishing - looks so good on you, esp. with the accessories!

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  24. This is gorgeous! I'm so amazed by all the beading and little details. The end result is fabulous, and I love the peacock feather accessories.

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  25. Congratulations! It is wonderful! You look really amazing! What a wark! Fabulous!

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  26. Wow, it's stunning!
    I'm so impressed...

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  27. Wow. Wow. Wow! Stunning.

    I wish that I had a similar pattern.

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  28. Fantastic! Beyond vintage sewing and into the realm of performance art.

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  29. Oh my goodness. It's even better than I imagined! I'm speechless!

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  30. I am utterly at loss for words about this magnificent beauty you've created! A work of art!! A labor of love, a sheer talent!!
    Would you be willing to do a tutorial on how you've made that purse?! I would love to know!
    Thank you!

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  31. Absolutely beyond perfect! I am so jealous that this is not something I've made! You just look perfect! I love how you've styled it, and your makeup looks spectacular. I think this is my favourite of everything you've made!

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  32. Absolument ravissant ! De plus vous la portez fort bien, vous êtes très belle ainsi !

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  33. So beautiful! Congratulations on creating a stunning outfit.

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  34. So gorgeous and I love the touches of teal, and your hair/makeup are fantastic as well.

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  35. Yay, you finished in time! And it's beautiful!

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  36. I'm dying here, that is so seriously fabulous. The BEADING alone, my goodness!! Just amazing. I have no other words right now.

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  37. Laura, This is positively inspiring!! I am in awe of your talent and your patience. I would LOVE a review for VPLL - may I link to your blog? Keep up the great work - it keeps us slackers on our toes!

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