Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

October 19, 2008

marie thereseOh, where to begin? Well, let me start off by saying that this was by far the most ambitious dress I've ever sewn. After this, I have fewer qualms about sewing a wedding gown. With all the man hours I put into the gown itself, not withstanding the fabric, I would say this gown is worth $500....if my time was worth $15 an hour. You can do the math. Like I said...ambitious. At least I knew what I was getting into from the beginning.

I fell in love with the idea of doing a french 1700s piece after watching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Each candy pink and blue scene made my heart ache and it was all I could think of since. It feels good to finally get all that inspiration out in one big frilly burp.

I spared no expense with this costume. Homemade florets cover the under skirt and creep up along the bodice. I found the blue and black trim at my favorite niche fabric store. It was exactly what I was looking for. I paired it with the pink satin ribbon. A whole SEVEN YARDS worth!!!!

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What took a chunk of my time was the smocking in the over skirt. You can see a more detailed image near the bottom. I stitched each and every one of the knots myself.

The satin ribbon was also used around the sleeves and tied off with a long flowing bow. As you can see I added a long lace material to the ends of the 3/4 length sleeves and around the neckline.

marie thereseSadly, the neatest part of this gown can't even be seen. That is the historical underpinnings. Yes, I made one of those corsets that bulge out at the sides. I used 'boning' but if I had to do it again I'd use good old fashioned metal. The boning didn't exactly cut it. The dress is a bit heavy but I had to keep fluffing the sides which shouldn't have been necessary.

marie thereseAll you Marie Antoinette voters were so very close. Please don't be confused by the Marie Therese reference. I could have gone with Marie Antoinette but that is so cliche right? Marie Therese was her only daughter. When I watched the movie the little girl reminded me of Lily so I thought she would be more appropriate.

marie thereseAnd YES! That is Lily's real hair! (plus a few Photoshopped curls). I thought it would be harder to poof but you would be surprised what magical results simple hairspray can accomplish. We used Halloween white spray for the color. Lily was pretty good about the whole thing. Taking it out was another story.

Poor Lily, she's had a runny nose for a while now, you can sort of see from the photos that she has a chapped upper lip. I kept having to wipe her nose on my sleeves mid-shoot.
marie thereseI know I say this so often, but this WILL be heartbreaking for me to part with. As with the previous giveaway, I only hope that it goes to someone who can get good use out of it!

If the winning blogger also leaves a comment I will include the rose choker in the giveaway.

And a special thank you to the reader who recommended me to Craft blog for my handkerchief post. I was so flattered!

This costume is BIG. So I would say it could fit a 3T-5T.

Last day for posts is Friday 10/24/08. Winner will be announced Sunday morning! Just in time to get this to you by HALLOWEEN!!!!

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this costume just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.

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Leslie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing and my daughter would go absolutely crazy if it showed up in the mail!

Thnak you for the opportunity!


Mieke said... Best Blogger Tips

This is a georgeous dress.
I'd love to make ir for my grandchild.
In Holland we celebrate carnaval in februari en this dress is made for it.

Jessica White said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is amazing!!! I would value it closer to $1000.

Royal Rugrats said... Best Blogger Tips

Perfection! I cant believe I missed the deadline!! The winner will be so lucky and what a perfect piece for a little girls hope chest to share for generations to come. My 3 year old would have went gaga for this design.

Dorothy said... Best Blogger Tips

WOw, it is so cute!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

I just wanted to leave you a comment to say WOW! What amazing talent and how generous are you! I know if I ever made something as amazing as this I would NEVER be able to part with it!!!

Just the Sous Chef said... Best Blogger Tips

This is GORGEOUS!!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

just so cute !!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing. What a gorgeous creation. I was just directed to your blog and your creativity and generosity are inspiring. I'd love to photography a little one in this if not my own.

Melissa J. Lee said... Best Blogger Tips

We don't have a little girl (and I think I've missed your deadline to enter anyway), but I just wanted to say that THIS IS DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (both the dress and your cute, cute child)! (Found you through Living Locurto.)

Fleur de Bee said... Best Blogger Tips

STUNNING! I am swooning! I love to sew but never though up of such an amazing costume. How about I design and create a fantasy bed for this little number..I will stick to sewing in a straight line too LOL!

Just perfect!!

xo Molly

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

beautiful, wonderful, j'aurais voulu en dire plus mais mon anglais est limité.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

superbe !!!!!

i love it !!!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You take the cake on best give a way EVER!!!


Dena said... Best Blogger Tips

HOw in the world can you part with this? I am amazed!!! Its beautfiul. You are very talented~
I know I'm too late for the drawing but I just had to leave you a comment.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, my goodness! I just found your blog, and even though I may be too late, had to post. This is the first time I've ever posted to a blog. I'm a bit 'cybershy', but your dress really caught my attention. I was especially intrigued by your daughter; I, too, have a Lily! Her favorite thing is to dress up! She doesn't even have to have any 'real' costume; she just raids the fabric tickle trunk, and drapes, pins,and tucks until she's satisfied with her creation. She would have loved the opportunity to model your dress. Kudos to you!

Yoli said... Best Blogger Tips

This is stunning, I am too late to add my name but I am sure that the person who won is going to have a very happy little girl in their hands. You are very talented.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow all I can say is wow. Your dress is breathtaking. My 4 year old would die a thousand deaths to wear it. Well she would at least be speachless. Please count me in for the contrest.

lorieloo said... Best Blogger Tips


you amaze me! seriously, this is a work of art.

I'm so excited for your mini store, I'm sure it'll be hit!

Snowflowers Mum said... Best Blogger Tips

posted the link...please enter me for this FANTASTIC dress! It rocks!

A. Kuhni said... Best Blogger Tips

I would love to have this dress so please pick me. I have the perfect little person to put it on!

Reneva said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. I had to show this dress to my 7yo and now she keeps asking me to come back here so she can look at it some more. It's beautiful.

Tabbatha said... Best Blogger Tips

Just beautiful, you are very talented!!

Tati said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW, WOW, WOW! incredible

Unknown said... Best Blogger Tips

Like everyone else has stated... I AM IN LOVE WITH WITH DRESS! I am a photographer and would LOVE to do a photo shoot with this dress on my little girl and publish it on my photography website! Of course YOU will receive credit for the creation of the dress! PLEASE PLEASE PICK ME!

LivM said... Best Blogger Tips

Incredible. I can't believe you are giving this away!I'm looking forward to see yor next creation!

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi,What a sweet post of your little girl in that fab gown,Outstanding job.Do not enter mein your contest for i have no small girls and my grandson is 15yrs.I just wanted to let you know I love your blog.Marie Antionette

Martha Bravo said... Best Blogger Tips

I know i am super late but need to leave a comment and tell you how beautiful this dress is. I am a children's photographer and I really love to see things like this.
You are a very talented person.

Wendy said... Best Blogger Tips

Where can I buy this dress?!!! And how do we know who won it?
So spectacular! I have been sick lately and so I am sad to have missed this give away.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Ce déguisement est absolument somptueux!
Cela me donne envie de faire le même, mais assurément en moins bien!!
J'aurais aimé avoir le même petite....

Kris said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen!

If only I had a girl!

Shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so fantastic, I want to cry! I would have gone completely CRAZY for that costume as a ... wait, I was going to say "as a kid", but I want one NOW!! I can't give you a high enough compliment for your work. YOU RULE!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

that is absolutely gorgeous and I would love it for my daughter to wear someday! A link has been posted!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Your giveaways are always so popular! thank you

kT said... Best Blogger Tips

how inspiring!! i'm having a marie antoinette for my daughters' 6th birthday!!!

Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

My niece Sarah won this oh-so-fabulous dress last year and I totally love it. I want to make something like it for my daughter for this year. Did you make up your own pattern? Or did you modify one? Would you mind telling me? so then I might know where to start. Thanks in advance.

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