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Taming The Garden by DifferentLongly Taming The Garden by DifferentLongly
"Taming the Garden" was originally for the 2006 Hoffman Challenge but I wasn't able to complete it on time. I think if you look real close you'll see why. I entered it in both the Alaska Fiber Festival 2010 (did not win), and the Bernina University fashion show, (first place in Category) New sewing machine. "Love Bernina"

The gown is almost all cotton. The colors were chosen from the challenge fabric which the main part of it is the skirt and one shoulder. The bodice is all individually cut and sewn Bias strips that were sewn into tubes and turned right side out and ironed flat. Then woven together. Each color is a different size. They start out at the shoulder at 1/4" wide and go to 1" wide and then back down in size again. The reason for this is because a single size of bias would not form to the body the way I wanted it to. When I was originally done weaving the bodice it stood up practically on its own. At each cross point where four pieces of fabric connect there is a seed bead of matching color. Sorry the picture does not show the shine very well. It looks great in the lights on the runway but a still shot just doesn't do it justice. What was fun about this gown was teaching myself the old Millinery style of making silk flowers. Circa 1930's-40's and a bit beyond those dates. Instead of using the stamens you can buy I used crystals and beads so the dress is matchine washable but I would be very careful doing that. Needs to be in a washing garment bag and then gone over with a fine tooth comb to make sure nothing has come loose in the wash. I top stitched the challenge fabric with an iridescent metallic green thread to make it sparkle just a little more and the shoulder and the skirt are hand cut so the leaf work will pop a little bit more. ( I damaged a nerve in my thumb doing this). I am selling this gown but haven't decided on a price yet. It's about a size 14 women's. I had a larger bust then so as far as measurements go, it fits a bust 39-40" and waist 30" give or take an inch or two. Longer torso too. There is only one of these as I don't think I will be ever making another. Any thoughts on how much I should ask for it would be welcome.
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UnaleskaZohar Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
I looooove this dress! Everything about it is amazing! You deserve a Llama just for all the weaving you had to do!
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Fractaldragon Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Absolutely amazing! I love the woven strips, what a lot of work! This is gorgeous. Has your thumb recovered?
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Errigal Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011
This is incredible! It's amazingly intricate and creative. I can't stop looking at it!
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DifferentLongly Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thank you so much.
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Agetada Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Just lovely. :heart: Hopefully dA will help you get empolyment
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DifferentLongly Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011
Thanks so much and keep checking back. I am putting up more as I have time to get online.
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CorvoRidente Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
This is amazing.
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DifferentLongly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thank you. It would help greatly to pass it along to friends and acquaintances as I am trying to find employment, so going viral with this would help a lot. But I am grateful for the appreciation too. :)
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just-fee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Wow the colours and textures in this are amazing!
Love the fact its woven...Amazing!!
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DifferentLongly Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Thank you very much.
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