Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Siracuse dress

I made this dress just before we left on holiday. The design was not so important as were the details. Having this light-weight, pretty simplistic fabric in texture and appearance I decided to use these lovely velvet ribbons I had, combined with an array of embroidered flowers decorating one side/edge of the dress.

I had an idea of making the bodice with straps that would tie behind the neck and when I tried it I didn't like how it fitted me (my shoulders looked enormous), so I used the remaining ribbons as straps (more as a detail) and I tied the existing dress straps up front. I added ribbons at the waist and at the hem of the dress.

Although I had a draft sketch of the flowers on paper, in the end I made a free-hand drawing of the embroidery and I am immensely satisfied of the ultimate result.


I named it the Syracuse dress because the colours of the flowers reminded me of the beautiful, picturesque, floral scenery of Syracuse, where the pictures are taken. And the other reason is that I finished the embroidery there. The location is our breathtaking hotel Villa Maria Polliti.

4 comments:

Papgena Made It said...

it's lovely!
love the details, the flowers are just right! And the ribbons!

Little Treasures said...

Thank you Papgena! I love it! And those of the flowers are my favourite colours!

Ophelia.K said...

Oh wow, you did such a wonderful job! I love every single part of details. Those color balance is also perfect.
The embroidery is really nice! I might wanna learn more about it.

KJ said...

Wow!!! catching up on what you have been up to. You look fabulous!! The embroidery detail is perfect and it makes the perfect holiday outfit.