a wedding dress for Kara

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I’ve spent many months working on this beauty & yesterday
she flew off to meet her bride, a magical fairy named Kara.

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the wedding date had to be rescheduled at one point,
and then delayed again because of the current covid pandemic,
so I ended up spending a much longer stretch with this dress
than usual.. it’s been fascinating ¬†witnessing and
sometimes pausing it for weeks or months in many
different stages of development.

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it’s like I can see the finished dress and all the other
dresses hidden within it, simultaneously!

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I used a wide range of greens in this, and spent a lot of time
just arranging the fabrics and trying to get the colour flow right.
many of the greens have been dyed repeatedly to get those
deep, layered ‘growing’ tones.

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the lace-up back was salvaged from an antique corset.
the moon was a special request & has a magical relic inside.

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I had a lot of fun with the foliage parts. that’s usually my favourite,
placing the leaves and flowers. It feels very fairy..
like being in Fantasia.. which I watched while
finishing the dress :)

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as with the last few weddings, I used a fair amount of
edwardian dress & skirt remnants in this.. they are usually in
pretty rough shape (the ones I get, anyway) and it feels really
lovely to salvage the embroidery for crowning areas
of these special dresses. they get to shine again.

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I can’t wait to see Kara in this..
she already looks like a beautiful fairy from
Brian Froud’s paintings.. I think some serious
magic is going to ensue when this dress lands on her! :)

xo
S

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