Ceil Chapman Gown Finished!

Well, it was a lot of work, and I did not finish until acouple of hours before I had to leave the house, but the end effect was wellworth it!
My Gutterman silk thread spool was completely used up, so Ihand basted over 110 yards of fabric. And I am afraid to think about how many hours it took – I would guesssomewhere around 60 or 70 hours over the past month between the muslin, the corselette,basting dupioni to organza and gathering up quite a few leaves and flowers, andmaking and embellishing the matching purse.
I think this is the most work I have ever done on any onegarment, and I am also the most proud of this gown.
More information about my process, and more pictures may befound over at Lilacs & Lace.

• Meet the Author • Laura Mae


I adore sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns.


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22 comments… add one

  • This dress is AMAZING! I can't imagine the thrill of wearing it out for a night on the town. I bet you got tons of compliments on it.
    This dress is a work of art. Congrats!

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  • WOW. It's a stunner.

    Do you have a closeup of the skirt decoration anywhere? I'd love to get a closer look at it.

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  • Holy Mollie. Wow the dress is a dream you are one talented lady.

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  • i think WOW about sums it up…i am in awe.

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  • This is AMAZING. Congratulations, your gown is absolutely breathtaking and the color is divine.

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  • I actually said "Oh my god: that's amazing!" out loud to myself!

    Wow – that's all I can say. Wow.

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  • Gorgeous! Congratulations on your gown- it's breathtaking!

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  • Wow, this is really Scarlet O'Hara style. Stunning dress, marvelous execution. The color is just fantastic. All in all – BRAVO!

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  • Awesome – what a gorgeous piece of work!

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  • Dios mio!! esta hermoso!! Oh my God!! it is beautiful!!! honesty, it is WOW!!! the fabric, the color, the flowers detail, eberything!! and you look beautiful too!!

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  • ~ * ♥ * ~

    Stunning!! You have done a masterful job; your dress is absolutely gorgeous!!! Congrats on getting it finished! :D

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
    ~ * ♥ * ~

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  • This dress is exquisite! Great job.

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  • And yes, you have the figure to pull this off too. I love how you did your hair…and all the accessories you pulled together to really make this ensemble outstanding. Btw, aren't you on a knitter on Ravelry? We need to be friends. :)

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  • It's fantastic! You did a wonderful job and you look smashing in it. What a fun dress to wear.

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  • but the hours are so worth it…what a stunning dress!!

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  • Absolutely stunning!!!! I dream of being able to make something like this, well done you!

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  • It's absolutely amazing!

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  • all i can say about this is "DAMN."

    it is incredible! incredibly incredible, even.

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  • I said it out loud when I saw these pictures, so I have to say it again: "Oh my god, that's fabulous." Absolutely amazing, I hope it's as much fun to wear as it is to look at!

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  • Gorgeous gown that has enough swag and elegance to be worn proudly today. I love it!

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  • This is beautiful! Love it!

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