Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Yellow Dress (in Nashville!)

Well, the dress is finished and has had its inaugural wearing! I sewed the last stitch just before our museum meet-up at the Frist to see the Golden Age of Couture exhibit.

Jeff took pictures of me in the lobby of The Hermitage Hotel, where we stayed. It was ridiculously beautiful and grand, and provided quite the backdrop!

I posed, rather queen-like, in one of the fancy armchairs.

Then two of the exceedingly nice hotel workers insisted on moving the chair in front of the fireplace so we could get the perfect shot. A far cry from the usual shots in my apartment, isn't it?
Then we headed over to the museum.

And met up with the group—a fabulous mix of fellow bloggers (including Amy and Jenny) and fashion enthusiasts.

The Frist arranged a guided tour for us! Our docent was the wonderful Mancil, who was incredibly knowlegeable, funny, and photogenic.
Super big thanks to Ellen and Mancil at the Frist! They gave us quite the warm reception. The exhibit was absolutely breath-taking, and I will definitely be writing more about it in a upcoming post.

P.S. I know I dropped off on construction posts on the yellow dress. I'll do one more to wrap it up, including how to install a waist stay!

105 comments:

  1. Wow, Gertie! That dress is simply stunning. The sheen of the fabric, the lay, and the draping (of course!) You've outdone yourself - it's just fantastic.

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  2. Gertie, your yellow dress is absolutely stunning. My jaw actually dropped once the photos popped up. I can't even imagine being able to design and construct something that wonderful. Way to go!

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  3. Your dress is absolutely gorgeous and fits you like a glove. I am horribly jealous of your mad skills.

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  4. Fantastic -- I love it! The fit is fabulous too. Well done!

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  5. Gorgeous! So, so beautiful! Looks like it was a good time.

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  6. Oh wow Gertie, that dress turned out absolutely amazing! I love that fabric. The sheen on it really compliments the whole look and makes it look so elegant.

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  7. oh yay i'm so glad you posted this!! i think you need to post a video of it in action, though - it flowed amazingly when you walked and pictures do not do it justice :)

    it was wonderful to meet you on sunday. i hope you enjoyed your stay in nashville!

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  8. Wow, what an amazing dress! You have done such a wonderful job with it, congradulations. ^__^

    The meet up sounds like fun, do tell us all about it! And I can not wait to read the last installment of the dress construction posts. Thank you for sharing the process ~ it's been great to see the material take form.


    xox,
    b. of Depict This!

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  9. Oh my goodnes, it is gorgeous! You look amazing! The picture in front of the fireplace is EPIC!

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  10. Your dress looks fabulous!!! You did a fantastic job. Well done!

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  11. The dress looks great! Nice work.

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  12. Oh Gertie, your dress is gorgeous!! You must be so pleased with the new skills you've learnt and to be able to produce a dress that fits you superbly. I love the photo of you in front of the fireplace - that's a keeper. You look so elegant!

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  13. What a wonderful setting for photos of your wonderful dress!

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  14. whoa lady, it's STUNNING. I hope you love it to bits.

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  15. FABULOUS dress and post. LOVE love love the pictures of you in that gorgeous setting :)

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  16. oh wow, wow, wow. what a gorgeous dress! (and a great photo shoot!)
    I hope someday I"ll be able to learn to drape (or even just make from a pattern) a dress as gorgeous as this one!!

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  17. That halter neckline is seriously flattering for you! And the dress is totally scrumptious! I can't wait to find out how you finished the skirt since it looks so luscious and full! Does it have a built in underskirt, or did you use the layer-cake crinoline..As you can see, I'm impatient for answers. Forgive me!

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  18. Wow! That dress is spectacular! Beautiful, beautiful work- I'm excited to see your finishing-up post on it :D

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  19. Gorgeous! What more can I say?!

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  20. The dress is gooorgeous! I don't know how you refrained from twirling in it all day!

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  21. Well worth the wait to see this lovely piece of art you have created. The style, color, drape, and fit of that dress showcase your exceptional talent and hard work. It is exquisite.

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  22. You look absolutely fab in front of that fire place.

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  23. Oh my goodness, the dress turned out freakin' amazing! I love the picture in front of the fireplace.

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  24. You look more gorgeous than I have ever seen you.

    My husband and I and our children used to live in Hermitage for a few years. Then we moved back to Texas. It was a beautiful place to live.

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  25. You look amazing! You did amazing!!!!!

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  26. Lovely dress. I'm heading to Frist next week. I can't wait to see it.
    What were your thoughts on the exhibit?

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  27. O.M.G. GERTIEEEEEE!!! Absolutely fabulous! Oh so much better than the Anthro dresses it was inspired by. You look lovely and the dress is divine! Congrats! ♥

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  28. So gorgeous and what a lovely place to take photographs! The bodice fits you so wonderfully, I love the slight sheen to the fabric, it wasn't as visible in the construction posts! Looks like you added the horsehair braid to the hem again too :)

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  29. Wow. Just wow! You pop Gertie! Monique xx

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  30. Great work! I love the slight sheen - and that armchair in front of the fireplace... awesome!
    I was lucky enough to see that exhibition when it visited regional Victoria (Bendigo) early last year... loved it and wondered whether it had been packed up back to the V&A or gone on tour... glad to see it is out and about, spreading joy (and envy!) :0)

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  31. You look fabulous in your yellow dress! I am amazed at your skills. Have fun in TN!

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  32. Wow.... Very nice,very pretty....
    Hugs
    Deni

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  33. Fab dress!
    Perfect for viewing the exhibit (you will share more later, right?)

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  34. I LOVE the photo of you in front of the fireplace! So perfect. I hope you write more about your trip in my hometown! I saw the exhibit recently with my best sewing friend and we spent hours oogling hems and admiring necklines.

    I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the Frist and the Hermitage were lucky in that they were not seriously damaged by the flooding this spring. Landmarks a few blocks from where you stayed sustained serious damage, and homes all over town were destroyed. It wasn't well-reported nationally, and the downtown tourist area was quickly restored, but many parts of town still bear the scar of May's flooding.

    I hope this doesn't sound saccharine, but Nashville is a wonderful place full of some of the best people around, and I am glad you had a chance to visit!

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  35. what are gorgeous dress! it looks absolutely perfect on you - which is totally the point, right? x

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  36. oh gertie it's to die for and you sound to have had the best day.... what lovely staff moving the fancy chair.... bet that made your day?!? it made for a fantastic photo!! xx

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  37. Perfect!! I love, love, love it!!!

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  38. Gertie,
    That dress is stunning! (Which you probably already know!)
    This is quite the post I needed to go and finish my first dress!

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  39. The dress is so amazingly beautiful. And that photo in front of the fireplace...I would get that framed if I were you.

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  40. GERTIE! The dress is fantastic and that color is amazing on you!! I also like wearing shades of yellow and I actually had a yellow prom dress. You look LOVELY!!

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  41. ahhhhh! Your dress couldn't be more wonderful or show off your tats more beautifully! Awesome.

    I'm excited to hear your thoughts on the Golden Age exhibit... I was able to see it at the V&A in 2007, and remember my heart was fluttering the entire time! I'd been insanely anxious to see some Theatre de la Mode. It did NOT disappoint.

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  42. Oh that is just beautiful. I wasn't too keen on the yellow but it suits that dress perfectly!

    Great job!! I'm more than impressed.

    PS. Guys, I'm having a giveaway on my blog next week

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  43. Those pictures take my breath away. That is the most exquisite, perfectly fitted, genius dress that has ever been made, and you look utterly divine. Congratulations.

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  44. So beautiful Gertie - and totally appropriate that you wore your own couture piece to the exhibition!

    I saw the exhibition at the V & A in London - couldn't believe that Dior's New Look was right in front of me.

    Congratulations - you really are an inspiration!

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  45. Absolutely gorgeous Gertie! And wht a stunning backdrop to show it off - I'd love to see a couple more closeups of the bodice -it's beautiful!

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  46. That is one stunning frock - beautiful work!

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  47. That dress is absolutely beautiful. I love the shimmer of the lemon, how it fits around the rib cage and - oh! - the backdrop. What a wonderful launch for a special dress. Amazing.

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  48. Gertie, your dress is perfect. I cannot get over the fit, the swishyness and the gorgeous colour. You look amazing - absolutely beautiful. Well done you. XX

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  49. Oh dear. That dress.... is amazing...
    looks perfect!
    well done :-)

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  50. Your dress is beautiful!! You did a really spectacular job on it.

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  51. Wooh! The dress is luminescent and absolutely fabulous! And so beautifully made, of course. The only thing lacking for your virtual audience is the sense of touch - it looks so beautifully tactile too, you just want to feel the layers of fabric! Can't wait for the updates on the design - as well as your impressions on the exhibition!

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  52. And speaking of couture exhibitions, for any of you Dior fans either living in or visiting France, do get yourself to the Dior Museum in Granville (Normandy) one summer. It holds a different exhibition every year of Dior dresses. This year had a Carnaval theme (with the balance weighing rather too heavily towards Galliano and not enough Dior for my liking, even if the Galliano dresses were well worth the look anyway!). The exhibition for the centenary of his birth a few years ago was breathtaking.

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  53. I said Carnaval, when in fact I meant balls and dressing up... Anyway, well worth the yearly visit!

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  54. Oh wow, Gertie! This dress looks amazing--it fits you like a dream! I just love how the bust pleating turned out--and the color is so lovely on you (making me envious that you can wear yellow! haha!). I must tell you: each project you make is even better than the last, and have really helped me get out of my sewing slump this summer seeing your progress and newest achievements. Bravo on another well-done garment!!! (Can't wait to see some of the nitty-gritty detail shots about the construction... ;)

    ♥ Casey
    blog | elegantmusings.com

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  55. I was wondering how the dress was coming along, and what a pleasant surprise to see it finished.

    Stunning- this is your best yet! This is one beautiful dress and it suits you so well.
    Enjoy wearing it.

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  56. Your dress is beautiful and you wear it so well! You are very fast too, a project like that would take me months.

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  57. The dress is as beautiful and grand as the hotel lobby! Stunning - and fits you beautifully. Good job!

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  58. Rapture! Love the dress! Wish I could have been there, especially since you were in my neck of the woods. Darn!

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  59. What a lovely dress! You looked so pretty in it! You were made to wear that dress!

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  60. Maybe you could use the queenly photo of you and your shimmering dress in front of the fireplace as the cover for your book.

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  61. It looks fantastic Gertie! What a great job you did! And thank you so much for sharing the construction - there are steps I wouldn't have thought of, and I'm so glad to have been enlightened!

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  62. Gertie! The dress is stunning! I love that the hotel folks insisted on moving the chair in front of the fireplace - that is a fabulous picture, one that suits that amazing dress. :)

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  63. Tres ravishing. I love the photo of you in the fireplace. Let's have some construction info!

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  64. Wow! It's GORGEOUS! Congratulations on the dress!! (I can't get over how amazing it turned out!!)

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  65. Oh how fun! You look great in the dress.

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  66. The dress is gorgeous!! I can see what a difference that horsehair adds to the hem. Also, that color is fabulous on you!

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  67. It's wonderful! You should be so proud of yourself -- it fits beautifully, and the color and design are gorgeous! I am inspired, since I can really tell that you didn't take any shortcuts (which I am so prone to do!). I got my Lady Grey pattern in the mail, and despite feeling a little daunted when I read through it, I took a deep breath and repeated, "Gertie will help me... Gertie will help me..."

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  68. WOW!!! your dress is gorgeous!!! Of course I want to see all the steps how you sewed it!
    Is very nice you meet some of your followers I would like to do that someday!
    Those pictures are great! you look beautiful!!

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  69. That dress is gorgeous, and so are you! I'm so impressed. And inspired.

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  70. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the dress! Glamorous, etc. Jealous as all get out!

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  71. Oh, Gertie!! What a magnificent dress and what a fab place for a photoshoot. My favourite one is of you in front of the fireplace.

    Looks like you had a wonderful day. Looking forward to seeing more photos. :)

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  72. Fabulous dress!! I love the fireplace shot... it's stunning!

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  73. The dress is breathtaking, as are you in it. You look so amazing. It was very nice to see a whole project to the end with you. Well, rewarding for me.

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  74. What a beautiful dress! You look stunning

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  75. What a remarkably beautiful piece of art! It fits in the hotel so well, too.

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  76. Wow! What a beautiful dress! You're a real talent! The color is perfect on you. I'm new to your blog, but, I am sooo inspired! Thanks!

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  77. Fantastic dress! I wish I could have come along to the exhibit.
    I have one question though...did you take advantage of the bath concierge?

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  78. What a fun trip! You look stunning (and so does Mancil ;).

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  79. That dress looks so lovely on you! You did such a fabulous job. :) The trip sounds like fun as well.

    www.verityclothing.wordpress.com

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  80. You and your dress individually & combined look AMAZING.

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  81. Great job Gertie!! I've stayed at the Hermitage before when I was practicing in Atlanta!! What a road trip! Fantastic dress.

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  82. Fabulous photo of you in front of the fireplace. You do look like a queen! I you find a place for that on a wall in your home. Wish I was with you on the tour. Have a wonderful time.

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  83. damn sister, you got some skillz and i wish i had half of them!

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  84. Oh Gertie! Its simply breathtaking. I can see the beautiful sheen of that fabric from here and the yellow looks so lovely on you! I'm in love with how perfectly the bust fits you! You look so perfectly proportioned too! Fabulous, marvelous and wonderfully meticulous job!

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  85. Wow! You're a knockout. I've gotta say, I'm really obsessed with your tattoos lately. Um, but not in a creepy internet stalker obsessed way! I SWEAR! I'm just really loving the tailored and true-to-the-era styles, plus your fabulous inkage. I'm now going to go check your archives for any documentation on your ink. Also I love the dress.

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  86. Your dress turned out perfect! You just look fabulous!

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  87. How funny - we were just passing through town and visited the Frist a few weeks ago! Your dress is smashing - thank you for sharing the gorgeous photos.
    MNStitch.com

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  88. So, so, SO beautiful!!! I love it!

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  89. That dress is AMAZING!!!
    And you look fabulous in it :)

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  90. love, love, LOVE the yellow dress!
    plus you wear it beautifully.
    you did a woderful job with that one.

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  91. Oh wow, that turned out sooooo beautiful! And I love the second "queen like" picture. It's marvelous!

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  92. Congratulations on the dress. I totally agree with what you said about using a buttery yellow fashion fabric with a brighter yellow lining and how that lining really makes the colour pop. I can really see it in these photos.

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  93. Stunning! Just lovely. I love your tattoos with it, too.

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  94. WOW, you look fabulous! You did a really great job. The shots in the hotel must have been fun too.

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  95. Definately my fave thing you've made. I LOVE THIS DRESS. <3

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  96. Lovely,lovely,lovely...
    The dress is beautiful Gertie!
    The fit is great and the design is really flattering on you.A job well done!

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  97. all i can say is AMAZING! Love your blog sooo much... I hardly ever commnet, bet felt a comment is a must on this dress.

    breath taking!

    xxx

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Thanks for your comments; I read each and every one! xo Gertie

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