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!

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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.

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Laura Mae October 12, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Katherine,

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/

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Lou October 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm

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

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puu October 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

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

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Lauren October 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm

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

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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.

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sundara fabrics October 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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

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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!

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

Awesome – what a gorgeous piece of work!

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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!!

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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

xox,
bonita of Depict This!
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K Schimmel October 5, 2011 at 5:18 am

This dress is exquisite! Great job.

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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. :)

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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.

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VeraVenus October 5, 2011 at 9:28 am

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

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Janna October 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm

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

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

It's absolutely amazing!

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lladybird October 6, 2011 at 9:21 am

all i can say about this is "DAMN."

it is incredible! incredibly incredible, even.

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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!

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Dana October 7, 2011 at 9:24 am

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

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Debs October 9, 2011 at 1:20 am

This is beautiful! Love it!

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