Here are the final four dresses! This post will be very picture heavy so without further ado, here is Charlotte's gown for the evening:
I absolutely love this dress. A silk chiffon with silver running through it was used for the body on this one. We did a ruched bodice that was extremely flattering. For the "something special" on this one, lace sleeves were added and then hand beaded:
This dress just floated along the hem. It reminded Ellen (another of the seamstresses) and I of butterfly wings.
Audrey's dress for this evening also had some hand beaded elements.
It is a two piece ensemble that shows a sliver of midriff. The lace that was used and beaded was originally ivory and was dyed brown to match her vision. The skirt is in an ivory satin.
The fun secret in this dress is that the crinolines under the dress were dyed brown to match the lace. Peeks of it will only be seen when she walks, but she was thrilled with the end result.
Next is Sarah's dress. Now if you are looking at this and saw it last night, that was an oopsie. We were sure she was wearing the red dress last night, but ended up wearing the gold brocade so I had to do a quick switch. If you have yet to see the gold brocade, you can see it here.
However, here is the dress that she wore this evening:
Her gown was inspired by a red carpet gown that she saw and loved.
The pictures of this dress on the mannequin do not do it justice. It was so tailored to Sarah's body that it kind of just hung limp on the form. However, with Sarah's body inside, it was amazing. The base dress was a fitted, strapless, straight skirt gown in a red silk charmeuse. After that had been tailored to her body, Sarah Knochel (I know, too many Sarahs. It got confusing) draped layers of matching silk chiffon to give it this amazing Greek goddess effect. Sarah looked stunning. Here is the back:
And finally, the piece de resistance! Karen's dress was stunning. I was able to see her in this dress and it moved like water.
Forty yards of silk chiffon was used to make this dress. There is actually 57 yards of hem along the bottom. It took Ellen and Cathy 20 hours to roll the hem on this baby! The sleeves drape along her upper arm so gracefully and give that "cold shoulder" effect. Again, the skirt moves like water when she moves. I sincerely hope she is twirled a lot on the dance floor tonight!
Here is the back:
So that's it! All in all, this is how the 6 of us spent 470 in 6 weeks from Thanksgiving to New Years. It was a crazy 6 weeks, but was so fun! Considering most of us work alone everyday, it was really fun to work in a group on these. It is definitely an experience I will never forget and always cherish.
Thank you for visiting my little corner of the blogosphere and if you are interested in sewing or custom clothing, I would love for you to follow me on Bloglovin'. Sarah Knochel spoke about the difference between a custom clothier and a designer in one of the interviews we did and it got me thinking that many people probably don't understand the difference. Since hearing her speak, I've been formulating a blog post to explain exactly what it is that we do. I hope to have that up sometime early next week so keep an eye out!
Until next time!