Dressing up for a formal occasion, akateemisiin juhliin sonnustautumista

Korvakorut

It’s not often that I get to wear an evening gown, but this week-end a friend of mine celebrated her doctoral degree in the traditional way. She was dressed in a black long dress, which I had the honour of making for her and the guests got to put on their best and look quite “academic” in their tails. For my own dress I decided to cut corners a bit by just adding a hem to my ready made tunic. I made these silver wire earrings from the same jade beads as my old bracelet and necklace to complement the sea green attire.

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Ystävättäreni tohtorinväitöskaronkkaan saimme sonnustautua parhaimpiimme. Minulle lankesi kunniatehtävä valmistaa hänelle musta iltapuku kaikkien taiteen sääntöjen mukaan. Omaa iltapukuani varten menin siitä missä aita oli vähän matalampi. Kaapistani sattumoisin löytyi lempiväriäni olevaa silkkiä (juuri tällaista tilaisuutta varten vuosia sitten hankittua) jota lisäsin kevättunikani helmaan. Miehustaan  värkkäsin ison silkkikukan ja uudet korvakorut tein hopealangasta jadehelmikorujeni kaveriksi. Ainakin henkarissa kokonaisuus näyttää aika hyvältä 😉

Korujen rakentelua

The bead is threaded onto one end of the wire and then the wire is just wound  irregularly around the bead. I used a 1mm thick silver coated wire and added one dangling bead. The clips are glued on with super glue.

klipsi

I added some extra glamour to my dress by making a flower out of the same silk as the hem and attaching it near the neckline.

Terälehtien leikkaus

I gathered the stitching around the petals a little to make them curl in slightly, tacked them together overlapping each one and pulled the thread tight to gather them into a flower shape.

 

A long length of tulle is gathered both under and over the silk petals and some silver beads sewn in the middle to give the finishing touch.

Kukka

My new long gown waiting on the hanger 🙂 I do love the colour!

Mekko

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