Since I mentioned my paint spattered ball gown yesterday, I thought I'd post pictures of it today, plus a picture of the dress that inspired me, to allay suspicions of "copying". (And just to clear up any misunderstandings, I am not a professional designer by any stretch of the imagination; I'm strictly an amateur who only sews for myself, and definitely not for money but for the love of it!) And, new confession, I could have sworn my inspiration was a Dior gown, but I dug out my old Vogue magazine to check and it was actually a Dolce and Gabbana, so I'll have to go back and correct yesterdays' post...
So here is my gown....
There is a story behind the gown... the theme for the ball was "Happily Ever After", so peoples' costumes ran to fairy tales and nursery rhymes etc. I wanted to do something a bit different as usual... In our marriage we have renovated several houses, and I have myself to date painted the interiors of a total of three houses now, top to bottom, so am pretty sick of house painting... So for my "happily ever after" I'm dreaming of a world with the house finally painted and finished!! What looks like a cigarette holder in my hand is actually a paint-brush, continuing the theme...
I used Butterick 4657, but altered the length to be a full length gown, and eliminated the sleeves and substituted the thinnest black satin ribbon straps I could find. I laid out five metres of off-white satin on our lawn and literally spattered slightly thinned fabric paint (from Spotlight) directly onto the fabric and let it dry in the sun...then made the dress. The separate petticoat is multi-layered black bridal tulle with triangular inserts sewn in around the bottom to get the puffiness required.
I hope I get another opportunity to wear this gown, it was a hit on the night and we laughed at my "happily ever after" as it was so relevant in our lives at the time...!
Gown; Butterick 4657 with minor variations, paint spattered satin
Petticoat; black bridal tulle, own design
Gloves; Dents, from David Jones
Shoes; Nina, from David Jones