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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 Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is just SO lovely!!! Great job, I love it :heart:
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Kathelyne Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Beautiful! I wish to make muself one of these... one day!
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SannaMaK Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2010
Some of your deviantions are featured here: [link] :)
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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
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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Kota123 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
The red neck garment, to me, seems to suggest decapitation. Love the outfit.
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TheBrassGlass Featured By Owner 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 Featured By Owner 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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Miss-Pixie-Duchess Featured By Owner May 21, 2010
That's a brilliant concept! I'd love to see this show!
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WanderingWindward Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010
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 Featured By Owner 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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WanderingWindward Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010
Just of the gray stripped watteau-back robe I did. Though I'd love to get a shot of the sheer panniers the dancers in the background wore. Could you e-mail me if you have any of those shots? I'd really appreciate it
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sure thing! Which email, the hotmail or the gmail?
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WanderingWindward Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2010
Either or, doesn't matter. Thanks!
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Sent! Check your hotmail!
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TiliaLinden Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2010
I love the whole of this photo, very artistic. Everything fits and it's done up into the details. Love it!
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:iconverdaera:
Verdaera Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks... what I wouldn't give to have a professional photographer, model, and hair & make-up artist for all my costumes ;)
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TiliaLinden Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2010
There are some great tutorials here on dA on how to shoot good stock photographs. They would fit for this type of photography as well. Then all you have to do is find a model and learn how to do make up and hair. :D
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BenaeQuee Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
Wow, gorgeous! I'm very inspired now :)
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
ty :) I was surprised how easy it was to assemble, just a tooon of fabric to work with
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leodox Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
I have to applause your detail work and I find it hard to believe you can't make a patten for this gown that would fit you. Some time things that seem to be the most impossible thing to design sometimes becomes the greatest thing you ever design. And talking about that I'm back on designing the 1750's Federal style home after getting over have brain rut. So good luck.
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)

I can easily make a pattern to fit me, but this style of dress looks better on bustier women. I feel on me it would be frumpy.
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leodox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009
I'm pretty sure if you want to you would figure out a way to make it work.
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
turned out lovely.

Sewing for the theater=epic win
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :)

Theater's fun, nice to see what you've done on stage, it's just so weird not doing every step of the process myself
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Pheonix023 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009
*gins* I could live without having to make patterns for things...
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
looks quite comfy and drapy - would be fun to have something like it methinks :aww:

Interesting to hear a bit about sewing for theater. I've thought that might be fun, but never seriously looked into it, though I'm thinking about it again.

anywho, looks like you did a great job as always! :D
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Verdaera Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
It's pretty easy, and I've heard other costumers like chemise dresses because of the comfort.

You should look into theater! What I'm finding though is usually it's not year-long work, just a couple months at a time
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aelthwyn Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:)

hmm ok, interesting, yeah I could see it not being super regular.
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