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Doing some smocking on a piece that will be part of my new dress design, The Renaissance Scarlet Dress. The dress is actually done right now, but I have to find a location to take pictures of it, because outside is cold, wet and muddy. I can’t wait to see how the pictures turn out and to put my new dress for sale on Etsy! The video tutorial is going to be done soon too. Sorry I had to mute the video cause I was watching anime while sewing XD

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- Maria Heller

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This is the finished burgundy dress! This dress was made by me. I made the patterns myself and I sewed it all. I also made the pearl necklace and all the other details of this dress. It was entirely sewn by hand, including the hems. This is the second dress I made, actually it’s the second garment in general that I ever made. I am pleased with the result.

I have made a tutorial about how I made this dress, step by step from the drawn design to the finished dress, and you can find it here.

You can see how the dress looked without sleeves here.

And here I posted the progress as I made and added the sleeves.

- Maria Heller

EDIT:

I’m taking commission for remakes of this dress. If you want it I can make it for you! Custom sizes too! Message me for details if you’re interested. 

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I’m working on a new renaissance inspired dress. It was designed, drafted and hand sewn by me. This is The Navy Dress and I designed this one for my dear Oana. The top and skirt are almost done. The dress will of course have a piece that covers the chest that I haven’t made yet, that’s why she’s wearing a sports bra in the pictures. I’m currently working on the sleeves. I will post progress pictures of the sleeves too after they’re done. I’m really proud of the top for this dress because it’s the first time I made the inside pretty too. For the other dresses I really didn’t pay any attention to how they look on the inside, but for this one I made the lining pretty and I really like that. As usual, absolutely everything was hand sewn. This is the design I want to make for the sleeves:

I wanted to make these sleeves for The Green Dress, but I changed my mind because I loved how the simple puffed sleeves turned out. 

- Maria Heller

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My renaissance inspired Navy Dress is done! I made this dress for Oana. I designed, drafted and sewn the dress. I made the patterns myself and the dress was 100% hand sewn. Those sleeves were very complicated to make but I like how it all turned out. 

I made 2 posts about the sleeves and you can check them up here and here if you want to see how they were done. Also here you can see how I made the top and skirt. Oana styled the wig herself. 

Bonus: 2 photos of Oana without the wig, with our cat, Acke

- Maria Heller

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I haven’t posted any updates on the Navy Dress in quite some time! I made one sleeve - this is actually just the upper part of the sleeve. It is not yet complete, it will have another part that will cover the rest of the arm - to the wrist. I stopped working on this dress a while back because I got stuck at that part: the half of the sleeve that covers from the wrist to the elbow. But now I started sewing again and I thought I’d post this update. I like how the puffed sleeve came out. I haven’t done anything like this before and I didn’t have any pattern on how to make these puff and slash sleeves, so I improvised and figured it out on my own, like I usually do. It turned out ok.

So the puff and slash sleeve is formed of 2 layers: the puffed sleeve underneath (ochre) and the slashed sleeve on top (navy). They are sewed together and then sewed to the dress. The layer underneath, which is made of a fine ochre fabric, is basically just a puffed sleeve (you make the sleeve very wide and then you pleat in heavily). The slashed sleeve is a bit more complicated. It is formed of 8 narrow pieces which together form the sleeve. I used 3 different fabrics to make the slashed sleeve: 1. a navy brocade, which has a texture to it (and which was also used to make the top of the dress), 2. the layer inside each piece which was used to stiffen them, and 3. a plain navy fabric which covers the backs of each piece (the skirt was made of the same fabric). I used canvas to stiffen the sleeve (plain canvas for painting). So the slashed sleeve is made of 8 little pieces, each of the pieces is made of 3 fabrics: navy brocade on the outside, canvas inside, to stiffen them, and plain navy fabric on the backs. They are all sewn together, and then sewn to the ochre puffed sleeve underneath, and then sewn to the dress. 

This is my third renaissance inspired dress. The design, patterns, drafting and sewing was all made by me. The whole dress was completely hand sewn.

You can see how I made the top and the skirt here.

The top is not done yet either, that’s why she’s wearing a bustiere underneath the dress.

- Maria Heller

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Working on the sleeves for The Green Dress. The sleeve is 2 meters wide. You can see it pinned on the door frame in the first picture. I made a draft first for the sleeve and that draft was 1 meter wide, but it wasn’t wide enough. I wanted to make the sleeve heavily pleated and for that it needed to be wider than 1 meter, so I decided to make it 2 meters wide. It was a good decision, because I like it very much. I am pleased with how it looks and how full it is. 

Everything is hand sewn. 

Now I need to make the bottom part of the sleeve. I’m going to make a design similar to this:

- Maria Heller

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So I finally finished my burgundy dress! I added sleeves, as I said I would, and this is the result. The bouffant sleeves are made of soft tulle and on top of those I added slim narrow over sleeves made from the same materials as the dress. The over sleeves are held together by white pearl buttons (fake pearls). I used pearl buttons to close the sleeve cuffs as well. I used the same pearls to make the necklace for the red cross. Instead of buttonholes I used red ribbon added on the edge of the sleeve and sleeve cuff.

This dress was made by me and it was entirely hand sewn, including the hems.

I made a tutorial about how I made this dress, here.

You can see how the dress looked without sleeves here.

I will post more pictures of the finished dress in the following days so follow me if you like it.

- Maria Heller

Edit: I just made a post with pictures with the finished dress here.