Saturday, June 27, 2009

"Art Nouveau" dress








This is my favorite project so far. One of the reasons: I had to work under time constrains, the dress was needed for my son's wedding in the middle of July. Well, it was challenging, and until a few days ago I did not know if I could finish on time. Now I feel relieved and proud.

A little bit about the design. An inspiration came from my friend Nata Mohn, and from a very talented group of crocheters from Osinka (Russina knitting and crochet community). However, the design is my own, and I loved the process of assembling elements into something unique. The threads used are Kanebo linen and Cebelia crochet
#20 in white.
A little about technique. I used various Irish crochet elements (patterns can be found online, and in books similar to "
Irish Crochet: Technique and Projects" by Priscilla Publishing Co.) The net I used is irregular: combinations of chain and double crochet. I made a pattern for a dress out of fabric, and used it to pin the elements down. The black cord decorating the dress is called "shnur gusenichka" in Russian, here is a very good description of how to make it.
I deliberately used white thread for the net; I wanted it to disappear on white background, so only "Art Nouveau" type flowers and elements will be visible.

9 comments:

living-in-an-attic said...

this dress is just fantastic!

Lara Croft said...

This is a Tour de Force! A masterpiece! Brilliant work, congratulations.

doraoh said...

Fantastic work! Can you tell us more about how you did it?

argus said...

I added some explanations on how I made the dress.

Suzanne said...

I am always impressed by your imaginative creations, but have to agree that this one tops them all. It is beautiful, complex and very 'you'. Be careful not to upstage the bride!

argus said...

Thank you all for your kind comments!

d.borgart said...

Fantastic design. You have motivated me to try something new. Thank you.

Nora said...

I absolutely love it! Did you by any chance base the design off a dress you saw here http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/bridal_shops_dresses.html? I have been looking at similar patterns for my bridesmaids and I was amazed by the resemblance. It is gorgeous and impressive either way! I think I am definitely going to use something similar. Beautiful photos to go along with the dress, too. Five stars!!

argus said...

d.borgart, Nora, thank you for your kind comments! Nora, the design is my own, any similarities are coincidental.