Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The NOT ACC dress

Holly was originally going to do this gown for her ACC entry, but she decided to pull out of the competition….but that also means that I got to do it for her instead!
The gown itself isn’t anything new, it’s the same side-back lacing bodice style I’ve been enamored with lately, with the addition of a teeny tiny train.  (This was a last-minute addition, so I didn’t end up doing a gore in the skirt, but it turned out quite nice nonetheless!) 
What I’m totally excited about are the freakin’ cute sleeves.  Holly wanted something ‘different’, so she brainstormed and surfed portraits to show me some of her favorite elements.  This is what we came up with:
The teeny tassels really make the dags *pop*…..I’m really excited about them. 
I didn’t really do any dress diary pics, but rest assured, I futzed and agonized over the best way to go about making the sleeves, and I changed my mind (as is my prerogative, right?) at least a dozen times.  I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out!
The jewelry, of course, is Holly’s own work, and more information on how and what she did can be found on her blog.
We only had a short while to grab pics before she had to leave, so the lighting is atrocious, but you’ll get the idea, right?  I’m hoping to get better pics this weekend at Collegium, with her own partlet and chemise, and hair done properly!
Still left to do:
  • Second row of stitching on padded hem
  • Steam iron the heck out of the hem
  • Button/loops for sleeves


  1. How gorgeous! I love those sleeves. I can't wait to see it in person this weekend!

  2. I LOVE THIS GOWN!!!  It's silly just how excited I am about it!  :D

  3. Wow those sleeves are really impressive! I have something of a similar I am trying on an early elizabethan gown with gold work on black velvet. That is based on the Marchioness of Northampton, Helena Snakenborg. Oh its a good one.  

  4. Hi!  Sorry I never got back to you - how did your gown turn out??  I'd love to see it!

  5. The Gold gown is simply awesome!
    Greetings from Germany !