I was able to retrieve some of my personal belongings in May, and buried deep in the bin of silk fabric was an Italian woven silk sari that I had not been able to ‘find’ for several years… I was so happy I almost cried. It became the focal point of the second month’s garment and the first actual gown.
The bodice was made from a reLoved wool men’s blazer, and features hand made piping made from the bodice section of the sari fabric. Piping is relatively easy to make but does require precision in order for it to look couture.
I originally intended to line the gown in a neutral but the local sewing shop didn’t have anything suitable, but there was a bolt of red satin that matched the piping perfectly… and let’s face it stepping in to a crimson satin cloud is all kinds of fabulous.
The neckline features a peek~a~boo lacing detail in the front that features silk loops that match the piping and the lacing is made from an olive silk tissue taffeta. The bodice is fully boned with flexible synthetic boning which makes it non rusting(which steel bones do) but firmly supportive and lifting while still being comfortable to wear.
The skirt has a built in red tulle crinoline to give the skirt oompf! and make the waistline appear smaller.