My dress, co-sponsored by Renaissance Ribbons, who produce all of my ribbons and sell them to the wholesale market, was made of a woven ribbon bodice and a tulle circle skirt with radiating sewn-down ribbon stripes. I based it on the basic dress from the fabulous Party Dress Book, by Mary Adams. I wove the entire bodice in a flat sheet with ribbons, then cut out the bodice pieces to sew together into this fitted little bustier. The dimensions provided for the mannequin were miniscule but fortunately I have a good friend who is just that small, and she agreed to be my dress form as I made it. It took YARDS of ribbon, and I didn't keep track of the quantity (!), though I did take photos along the way and will post them soon on this blog with a step-by-step. I used the Lacy Flower ribbon, as it has a square repeat, which is essential if you want the pattern to work well in a woven design, and it comes in three colors which all coordinate well. I supplemented the patterned ribbon with an array of Renaissance's beautiful grosgrains.
Below are some of the dresses on display, and the placards give the names of the creators andthe materials used.
So here is my dress, and a few of the others on display. The color isn't great here as the light at these shows is ghastly! Renaissance Ribbons now has the dress and will be photographing it in a much more flattering light soon, so watchthis space!