I have promised to post pictures of the gown I wore to the years’ Zoo Ball. So sorry for the delay. The first picture is yours truly, a.k.a. The Mouse.I had fashioned the most wonderful chance to go to a Couture Sewing Class with Susan Khaljie this past June in Nashville. I had a blast and it was known by me would be the perfect spot to make headway on my dress. One of the better things is that for once I didn’t have to fit myself.
It was such a luxury to have Susan do my fitting for me. Since last years’ ball, I knew what I wanted to make exactly. I have an excellent little black wool knit dress from the 60’s that I wanted to recreate. The initial dress is short, has and sleeveless a little stand collar.
The ornamentation is what makes the gown a knockout. Across the hips are ovals of gold soutache and around each oval is a row of rhinestones. In the heart of each oval is a slit that a belt weaves through. The ovals take a seat on the hips exactly, so when you move, well, you can guess where the optical eyes go. I needed my dress to be white, strapless, and have a small trade.
The first problem was finding the right cording, in yellow metal, to help make the ovals. There is a great fabric store in Nashville, Textile Fabrics. From what I am aware, it’s a favorite among the country music stars. I came across the perfect cording. This picture shows the stitching from the backside. The coding was sewn into ovals.
Once I had formed sewn all my ovals, I stitched these to the dress. This is a little of an elaborate process. To be able to ensure that the ovals would lay flat, I had to stitch them to the fabric from the back side and anchor the whole oval. Once I had fashioned the ovals stitched to the dress, I decided that I needed to frame the ovals with a small black cord.
Although the silver was a very strong color, I experienced it needed the dark in order for it to involve some definition. In the next picture you can see Susan installing me and the rhinestones around each oval. In the picture it looks the rhinestones are tugging though, but that is because the dress was in the fitting stage still.
I brought the hat that I was going to wear with the gown and individuals were very excited to obtain a glimpse of the actual completed look would be. John Koch made the hat. I just happened to be going to him as this headwear was being completed by him. He had managed to get for the litigant that lives in Florida.
I desired the hat as I understood it might be absolutely perfect with my dress. Since this customer lives in Florida, he agreed to make another for me. This started a seek out elongated pearl drop beads that are no where to be found. I used to be heartbroken as John experienced that he needed that particular bead in order to make this hat really.
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But, lucky me, his customer didn’t like the head wear and returned it. She has dark hair and the hat vanished in her hair. Since my locks are light, it pops. I didn’t get clothes finished while I used to be in Nashville, but made great headway. Finally, the night of the party came.
A friend emerged by to consider our picture. I needed to be held up the dress to walk through the garden to get to the fountain. I didn’t realize that I had not straightened out my dress, but you can get a good idea of the actual dress looked like. There’s a bustier under the gown that is similar to armor.