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Chemise Dress by Verdaera Chemise Dress by Verdaera
This is the first dress I can add to my stitcher portfolio.

This dress was made for Opera Theater St. Louis for the Opera "The Ghosts of Versaille".

The weird thing about being a theater stitcher is you never do anything from start to finish yourself. The costume designer for this play, James Schuette, handed our draper this ( [link] ) portrait of Marie Antoinette and some gorgeous fabrics and said 'make it'. The draper, Lee Viliesis, made the pattern.

With the exception of last-minute alterations, I constructed the dress. The dress has an underlayer of a pale gray silk. The overlayer I am not positive but I suspect if it wasn't all silk it was cotton with silk stripes. You can't see it, but the gray sash continues into a bow in the back. I had fun making it :) I'm tempted to make myself one but I'm so tiny I don't think I could pull it off.

Photo: Opera Theater St. Louis
Model: Erin Holland ("Woman with Hat")

Note: Don't use as stock, not my photo, so I'm not sure it's allowed to be used in anything other than my portfolio
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giusynuno Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just SO lovely!!! Great job, I love it :heart:
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Kathelyne Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I wish to make muself one of these... one day!
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:iconsannamak:
Some of your deviantions are featured here: [link] :)
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:iconmiss-pixie-duchess:
The Chemise a la Reine!!!!! Oh, it's just brilliant! Excellent work! The red ribbon around the neck is a very nice touch!
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:iconkota123:
The red neck garment, to me, seems to suggest decapitation. Love the outfit.
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jamberry-song May 22, 2010  Professional General Artist
Pretty sure that's intentional. XD She is supposed to be a ghost after all, right?
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Verdaera Mar 28, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Precisely! All of the ghosts in this show had a red accessory or costume decoration indicative of how they died. Glad you enjoyed it!
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:iconmiss-pixie-duchess:
That's a brilliant concept! I'd love to see this show!
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:iconwanderingwindward:
whoa, hey, how'd you get this photo? All I ever saw were the photos of the show itself, of which none of the outfits I did were ever shown...
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Verdaera Feb 3, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Stacy announced on the last day that you could get a CD of the production pics if you signed up and left $3 for shipping. I've been meaning to upload them to my server but haven't gotten around to it since the files are huge. Were there specific ones you were looking for?
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