Ceil Chapman Gown Finished!

by Laura Mae on October 4, 2011 · 22 comments

in 1950s

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.

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zilredloh October 4, 2011 at 12:30 pm

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!


Katherine October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

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.


Laura Mae October 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm


Thanks! I have a few more photos (including a couple of the skirt embellishment) over on my flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/45801735@N03/sets/72157627690457061/


Lou October 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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


puu October 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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


Lauren October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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


threadcarefully October 4, 2011 at 3:03 pm

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

Wow – that's all I can say. Wow.


sundara fabrics October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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


AnaJan October 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

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


The other Hannah October 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Awesome – what a gorgeous piece of work!


Lizzy October 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm

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!!


bonita October 4, 2011 at 8:17 pm

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

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K Schimmel October 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

This dress is exquisite! Great job.


MB@YarnUiPhoneApp October 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

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. :)


Emily Morrison October 5, 2011 at 8:50 am

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


VeraVenus October 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

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


Janna October 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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


Anna | Mormor hade stil October 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm

It's absolutely amazing!


lladybird October 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

all i can say about this is "DAMN."

it is incredible! incredibly incredible, even.


Amanda L. Woade October 6, 2011 at 12:05 pm

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!


Dana October 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

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


Debs October 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

This is beautiful! Love it!


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