Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Much-belated post RE: Loose Gown

I spent the vast majority of  the summer of 2010 doing appliqué and couching on HRMs loose gown, somewhat loosely based on an extant piece.  At the time, I was requested not to blog about it, and in the intervening years, have managed to lose track of the few pictures I did take.

However, thanks to the power of social media and Crystal prompting me to post....here are some pics of the Gown of Doom.  I have never, ever spent that much time on any one piece, and I honestly hope to never do so again!  (Although, I do have to say, I am kind of chuffed that I actually did it!)

(It's the red velvet gown worn by HRM on the left)

Each of those black strips is applique, and 3 rows of gold couching - the middle section being looped - the texture is pretty cool, if I do say so myself!  Her sleeves are also pinked.
It's a bit easier to see the loopy texture in this pic....
There are 3 (or 4?? I forget now...) large-scale applique and-couching patterns around the hem of the skirt

All pictures courtesy of Jason Connor.


  1. This is one of my favorite pieces, and you are a saint to have done that much applique for someone else.  Doing all the applique  on the guards and couching gold over the top on my cappotto just about convinced me I don't want to make one, but it is still on my to-do list because it is just such a smashing gown.

  2. Haha!  Forcing her to post this is actually my plot to have her sainted. *evil grin*