Did you ever channel a white cat, a wedding gown and Jean Harlow?
Well then you know it comes out an Art Gown, and that Art Gown is dedicated to;
Georgiann Carlson from Rethinking Life blog. Georgiann’s blog is full of art, Chicklets, creative writing, flowers, Chicago, Emily and opinions.
Deciding it must be a Harlow 1930’s style movie star gown, dictated a bias cut.
Admittedly, being a rank amateur in working with bias, I was cursed with many problems. Nonetheless, it’s a challenge I’ve wanted to tackle for a long time.
Designers, like Chanel and Vionnet, championed the anti-corset generation. Finally, women could feel more comfortable in their clothes.
At a liquidation sale, I found an 18″ wide bordeur lace for $0.50/yard.
What costs $0.50 these days? I bought 75 yards.
Thinking like a cat, I decided to shred the lace.
Using scissors for claws, I deconstructed the 18″ wide lace into many strips of lace; 3/4″ – 2″ wide. I also got many decals out of it.
The decal 2nd from the left, was gathered up into the flowers that adorn Mademoiselle Emily.
At the same sale, I found an old high quality satin coat lining for $0.75/yd.
The fabric was cut on bias, à la Madeleine Vionnet. (Click on left side pic to read about this amazing designer.
The bias fell on the Judy for about 10 days, before it was cut into.
Mademoiselle Emily has many gorgeous angles.
⭐️Mini-Me has a special announcement! ⭐️
She is fine
like Dynasty porcelain.
Her words are the chimes of
a host of carillons that ring
True and wise, as clear as bells.
Her hair is a storm
Of Harlow platinum
eyes, a deluge of diamonds.
Not to give in to Winter
She winks over her shoulder,
saunters Emmy’s catwalk
adorned in Chanel and Lavender.
Mademoiselle Emily looks out to the dining room. The other Art Gowns were aghast when she announced that there would be no dinner party, and that she would prefer to paint a portrait of each Art Gown.
Now, the Art Gowns are bickering over who will be first to sit for her!
We all know cats have 9 lives. Here are 9 tails, one for each of Mademoiselle Emily’s 9 lives: 1. a small pointed front tail w/ dagger – 2. one handsome centre back tail w/ lace trim – 3. two side back tails of voile w/picot lace border – 4. 2 x side centre voile w/picot fluffs – 5. Center back fluffy tail
Tails become tales in a who-done-it with humour, about a man becoming who he has pretended to be. I have it in my mind that there are 9 tales, like a cat has 9 lives. The next book is “eight black lives”.
Nicky is an actor, vain, jaded and tired of Hollywood fluff. He holes up, brooding in his New York apartment only to accept yet another “detective” role scheduled to shoot in his grey and gritty home turf. As stalkers move in and a real life murder taps him on the shoulder, Nicky enters a dangerous Neo Noir world. Peril looms to all those around him, including his love Lara and their unborn son. With the chill of premonition creeping over him, and wielding his “detective” skills, Nicky must awaken the true man within before time runs out.
You can read it for free. Just click on the cover and download the PDF.
Art Gown Mademoiselle Emily designed & made: © Resa McConaghy
Story & Character Art Gown Mademoiselle Emily © Resa McConaghy
Photos © Resa McConaghy
Poem: Gigi © Holly Hunter
♥️Thank you, Holly!♥️
🌹Many Thanks to Georgiann for all her inspiration. She has written 2 books. If you visit her blog you will see them on her sidebar. Click on them, and you will be able to buy them.🌹
Here is something I’ve never shown on Art Gowns, before now.
From the first scraps of an idea, to the end product.
It’s a long & fab journey!
Johnny photo bombs the shot when Resa tries to capture a dramatic moment with Mademoiselle Emily.
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