ooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOH!!! I AM SO HAPPY WITH THIS DRESS!!!
i'm not lying to you when i say i sang songs to this dress. i cooed and petted it. diane reeves and i serenaded it many an evening. the three of us harmonize quite well together, if i do say so myself.
when she is quiet (or, at least, as quiet as this print can be) she looks like this. but when she gets frisky...
PEEP SHOW YO!
i adore this panel print. she is silk. she is anna sui. she is from mood, los angeles locale, i haven't been able to find her online, but she's still available there. i defy you to stand in front of the anna sui section there and not choose something. DEFY.
i first spied this delicacy rolled up in the remnants box. misha (my mood la muse) happily unrolled it for me, then, upon seeing my dismay at the lone panel, pointed me to the actual bolt. i walked out with 4 yards (16 dollas a yard!) and another 6 yards of feathers.
yes, feathers. the feathers did not make it to their final destination of le hem. i was vehemently voted down, several times. more on that to come.
and she is completely draped! i had 4 yards. that equaled 4 panels. my remnant amputee panel was lonely, so after a good swig of courage (whiskey), i sliced the remaining 3 panels into separate squares, then box pleated each square once to hide the smaller design. the middle of each pleat became center front, side seams, and center back zipper (a slash zipper insertion right down the middle of the box pleat). i sewed the 4 pleats down to about mid hip level. each panel was then reattached, making pretty much a large tube, which i then took in until i had the shape i wanted. maka de sense? no? i could whip up some drawings if you desire...
the side seams open and close at will as well.
and the panels ended up to be just right for my desired length. well, i mean, there were supposed to be 5 inch long feathers which would have made it floor length... but apparently that would have made the dress "tacky". again, evidence and arguments to come. however, i could not be stopped from using a leatherish bias tape along the neckline (which you can see in the first shot).
i don't know how to end this post. all i can think to do is holler THIS DRESS ROCKS AND I AM A GOLDEN GOD but somehow that has an air of pomposity to it. that said, this dress rocks and i am a golden god. 'kbye!