I have guaranteed to create pictures of the gown I wore to this years’ Zoo Ball. So sorry for the hold off. The first picture truly is yours, a.k.a. The Mouse.I had fashioned the most wonderful opportunity to attend 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 best things is that for once I didn’t have to match 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 a wonderful little black wool knit dress from the 60’s that I wanted to recreate. The original dress is brief, sleeveless, and has a small stand collar.

The ornamentation is why is the gown a knockout. Around the hips are ovals of precious metal soutache and around each oval is a row of rhinestones. In the heart of each oval is a slit a belt weaves through. The ovals sit down exactly on the sides, so when you move, well, you can think of where the eye goes. I needed my dress to be white, have and strapless a small crane.

The first problem was discovering the right cording, in platinum, to make the ovals. There is a great fabric store in Nashville, Textile Fabrics. From what I am aware, it’s a favorite among the united states music stars. I came across the perfect cording. The stitching is demonstrated by This picture from the backside. The coding was sewn into ovals.

Once I had developed sewn all my ovals, I stitched these to the dress. This was a bit of an elaborate process. In order to ensure that the ovals would lay flat, I had to stitch them to the fabric from the back side and anchor the entire oval. Once I had developed the ovals stitched to the gown, I decided that I needed to frame the ovals with a little black cord.

Although the yellow metal was an extremely strong color, I sensed it needed the black for it to have some definition. In the following picture you can view Susan appropriate me and the rhinestones around each oval. In the picture it looks a though the rhinestones are tugging, but that is only because the gown was in the fitting stage still.

I brought the head wear that I would wear with the dress and everyone was very excited to get a glimpse of the actual finished look would be. John Koch made the head wear. I just was going to him as this headwear was being finished by him. He had managed to get for a client that lives in Florida.

I wished the hat as I knew it would be absolutely perfect with my dress. Since this client lives in Florida, he decided to make another for me personally. This started a seek out elongated pearl drop beads that are no where to be found. I had been heartbroken as John sensed that he needed that particular bead in order to make this hat really.

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But, lucky me, his client didn’t like the head wear and came back it. She has dark locks and the head wear vanished in her hair. Since my hair is light, it pops. I didn’t get the dress finished while I used to be in Nashville, but made great headway. Finally, the night of the party showed up.

A friend came by to consider our picture. I had developed held up the gown 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 are a bustier underclothes that is similar to armor.