Making samples

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Just to follow on from my last post about sample dress sales, I sometimes make my sample dresses from silk  bought in sales from my trade textile suppliers.  Sometimes the silk has some marks on it, sometimes the material has got creased, even on a roll, or the weave isn’t quite right or the colour has faded etc.

So I am then able to buy the silk at a very reasonable price and cut round the faded colour or fault and make the fabric up into new designs for my collection.

Here is a new design I have recently created in this way – the silk had some odd marks scattered on it so I used the material that was pristine to make up this fully silk lined double crepe ivory silk wedding dress which took about 60 hours to make – which is why I only add a handful of new designs to my collection of handmade gowns and dresses each year, even if I can buy my fabric at trade sale prices.




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