The purpose of the exhibit is to raise money for Princess Diana’s charities. I thought it would be interesting to see them close up and personal, as it were. I couldn’t get fantastic pictures of them all, but I thought I’d share the interesting things I noticed with you anyways.
First, this rose silk twill dress with exquisite embroidery. This is just amazing beadwork with embroidery underneath the sequin details. Since I love needlework so much, I thought I’d share a picture of it up close. I couldn’t see inside the garments, of course, which I would have preferred, but I did notice a couple of things that were of interest to me as a seamstress. The first was the intricate work of embroidery on this jacket and bodice on the first gown in the exhibit. There was a teal gown that was covered with hand-sewn sequins, too. I could not imagine having to sew on enough sequins to cover a long-sleeved full length gown. Incredible work.
The second thing that struck me was the hem on many of the dresses. I don’t know where I learned to press hems flat, but I’ve always done that. Then I read recently in Vogue Sewing that hems don’t necessarily get pressed flat all the time, especially if they’re underlined or reinforced with horsehair braid. That was a new idea to me. And then I noticed the hem on this dress. It’s not flat. It’s just folded under and stitched to the underlining, I would guess. There were a few silk crepe gowns that had the soft turned-up-and-stitched hem. I liked the look of it, and so, if I ever have the need to sew a full-length gown, I’ll be sure to underline the skirt so that I can do such a hem.