katherine summer * couturière

Fine Dressmaking in the San Francisco Bay Area

08 April 2013

Discarded 2 Divine Friday April 12, 2013

Please join me on Friday April 12 between 5:30 and 8:30 pm for the Discarded to Divine event benefiting the St. Vincent de Paul Wellness Center.  My gown, along with several other very cool items that other local designers have created and donated, will be on display at the de Young Museum in San Francisco.

The gown is a seafoam green silk faille hybrid trumpet/mermaid silhouette with a bateau neckline and modest chapel train.  The "corset" is French chantilly lace with a subtle metallic silver cordonette and an eyelash scalloped edge. 


Handbeaded trim is mounted on a contrasting french grey grosgrain sash positioned at the natural waist to help create the proportion of a tiny waist.  
     

vintage faille evening gown

Even though this is really kind of a crappy photo taken in a dark room with only an iphone flash for lighting, this is my favorite picture that I have so far.  I love how the faille shimmers and takes on this  pearlescent quality in evening lighting.  


Here a full front view in the daytime.
handbeaded french trim

In this closeup of the trim you can see the amazonite centers, czech teardrops, seed beads, and "spun sugar" picot fans.  Sorry for the grainy quality. 

hand beaded fan

Closeup of the chantilly.  I don't really know how to describe the color.  It isn't exactly grey--it has a grey green blue tone plus the silver cordonnet.

metallic french chantilly

The measurements are 35, 27,38, but each side seam has a 1" seam allowance, so the gown can be let out about 2", or taken in just as easily.   Hidden on the inside is a crinoline layer to support the fullness of the skirt silhouette, and the lapped zipper is handpicked. 


If I were to sell this gown, I'd ask $3200.  My work generally ranges from $1900-$6500 depending on the materials and level of detail.  

My goal since the beginning has been to create the item that raises the most money for the St. Vincent du Paul Wellness Center, and as such, I'd like to ask you all a huge favor.  Please pass along a link to this post through whatever social media platform you prefer.  You'll see a link for facebook and twitter over to the right or you can always cut and paste.

Thanks so much you guys, and I hope to see you this Friday!