Back in October I posted on here an introduction to a big sewing project I was taking on: reproducing a version of Charles James’ Tree Gown:
My excuse for tackling this, apart from the challenge of it, was to wear at the 2014 Toronto Garrison Ball. Which was actually last weekend – yes, the dress was finished beforehand ;o)
This project was made possible/feasible by the generous loan of a pattern taken of the dress’ foundation made by a former curator of the Chicago History Museum for their Charles James exhibition in 2011.
I documented the process at each step along the way and blogged about it, but didn’t post all of those here because I thought they’d get tedious.
But now it’s FINISHED and I’ve caught up with my blogging (that lagged when it got to the stress-sewing point) so I’m sharing here again!
Here’s a brief(ish) retrospective on the process:
And finally I ended up with this:
A CHARLES JAMES GOWN OF MY VERY OWN!!!!
I cannot tell you how RELIEVED I was that it actually turned out well, lol. I was nervous about it right to the very end.
If you’d like to follow the process in more detail (there is some fun stuff in there) here’s a link to all the Tree posts.
You can go here if you just want to see more of the finished dress – and the “superhero” evening cape I made to wear with it!