Marie-Therese Gown GIVEAWAY!!!! CLOSED.

October 19, 2008

marie thereseOh, where to begin? Well, let me start off by saying that this was by far the most ambitious dress I've ever sewn. After this, I have fewer qualms about sewing a wedding gown. With all the man hours I put into the gown itself, not withstanding the fabric, I would say this gown is worth $500....if my time was worth $15 an hour. You can do the math. Like I said...ambitious. At least I knew what I was getting into from the beginning.

I fell in love with the idea of doing a french 1700s piece after watching Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette. Each candy pink and blue scene made my heart ache and it was all I could think of since. It feels good to finally get all that inspiration out in one big frilly burp.

I spared no expense with this costume. Homemade florets cover the under skirt and creep up along the bodice. I found the blue and black trim at my favorite niche fabric store. It was exactly what I was looking for. I paired it with the pink satin ribbon. A whole SEVEN YARDS worth!!!!




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What took a chunk of my time was the smocking in the over skirt. You can see a more detailed image near the bottom. I stitched each and every one of the knots myself.

The satin ribbon was also used around the sleeves and tied off with a long flowing bow. As you can see I added a long lace material to the ends of the 3/4 length sleeves and around the neckline.





marie thereseSadly, the neatest part of this gown can't even be seen. That is the historical underpinnings. Yes, I made one of those corsets that bulge out at the sides. I used 'boning' but if I had to do it again I'd use good old fashioned metal. The boning didn't exactly cut it. The dress is a bit heavy but I had to keep fluffing the sides which shouldn't have been necessary.







marie thereseAll you Marie Antoinette voters were so very close. Please don't be confused by the Marie Therese reference. I could have gone with Marie Antoinette but that is so cliche right? Marie Therese was her only daughter. When I watched the movie the little girl reminded me of Lily so I thought she would be more appropriate.








marie thereseAnd YES! That is Lily's real hair! (plus a few Photoshopped curls). I thought it would be harder to poof but you would be surprised what magical results simple hairspray can accomplish. We used Halloween white spray for the color. Lily was pretty good about the whole thing. Taking it out was another story.

Poor Lily, she's had a runny nose for a while now, you can sort of see from the photos that she has a chapped upper lip. I kept having to wipe her nose on my sleeves mid-shoot.
marie thereseI know I say this so often, but this WILL be heartbreaking for me to part with. As with the previous giveaway, I only hope that it goes to someone who can get good use out of it!

If the winning blogger also leaves a comment I will include the rose choker in the giveaway.

And a special thank you to the reader who recommended me to Craft blog for my handkerchief post. I was so flattered!


This costume is BIG. So I would say it could fit a 3T-5T.

Last day for posts is Friday 10/24/08. Winner will be announced Sunday morning! Just in time to get this to you by HALLOWEEN!!!!

As usual, if you would like a chance to win this costume just link back to this post. If you have any questions see the "questions and answers" link to the right. If you use blogger just use the "create a link" link at the bottom of this post. If you don't use blogger, that's fine too. Just create a link on your page as you normally would and I will see it using Technorati.




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Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG!! I have to have this! Do you hear me?? I HAVE to have this!!! I will post about it and link on my post sheduled for tomorrow morning.

Your dresses are amazing. Hey--if I don't win could I buy one?? I really want it for my daughter!!!!

bec said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! that is absolutely beautiful!

Sharon Carpenter said... Best Blogger Tips

holy cow!!!! i love this, you are so talented!i don't know where you come up with these ideas!! i just love everything you come up with.... too bad my baby is only 16 monthes old, so i won't enter to win.... awesome job!!

Hope Wilson said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely STUNNING...unbelievable! I have linked to my blog - my daughters would LOVE this dress!!!

Barbara Manatee said... Best Blogger Tips

This is Simply AMAZING! You are soooo talented! It is just beautiful!

Chris said... Best Blogger Tips

That has to be the most beutiful halloween costume ever crafted! Your work is absolutely breath taking. You are so very talented!!

sarajane said... Best Blogger Tips

incredible. what an amazing design. my niece would look beautiful in this...

Cinnamon*Sticks Boutique said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW WOW WOW!!!! Seriously I am speachless over this one! Your talent is amazing, and your heart so selfless!
Thanks for the chance to win! I'm off to link it to my blog!
Canela

cpullum said... Best Blogger Tips

I could really use this costume not only for Halloween but even everyday dress up and birthdays!

Happy Halloween!

Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

This is ABSOLUTELY stunning!! I can't believe you're giving it away! I would kill (well, not really) to be able to sew this well. You should be super proud of yourself. Linking it to my blog right now. Still can't believe you're giving it away for free!!! :)

Marcie said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe you are giving this away!! That is amazing. I'll be blogging asap :D

Edith said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! This is realy a piece of work were i have to react on. I already follow your blog a couple of month but is didnt give myself the time to give a comment.
I live in Indonesia, so you have admirerers all over the world ;-)..
Your blog made me sew myself again. Thanx!!!
I have a blog myself, but i have to figure out how i can get a link for u on my blog.

So what i wanna say in short: i love your creative and beautyful creations!

Edith

Nichole said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is really impressive!

Marlya said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!! Kathleen this is beautiful-- what I love the most is the time you spend dressing Lily up and finding the perfect location for your outfits! As much as I love the dress, I don't have a little girl, so it wouldn't be fair to go in for it!

I can't wait to see your next dress!

Graham Shenanigans said... Best Blogger Tips

Are you INSANE? This is FABULOUS, simply fabulous. Take that back, there's nothing simple about it. Just gorgeous!!

green girl said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow. wow. This is amazing!

btw- come to my blog to see my awesome garage sale purchase. :) www.theavocadotree.blogspot.com

Naomi said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, Kathleen, this one is beyond lovely... it is absolutely amazing. What a lot of work and love you must have put into this gown! Just spectacular.

Christi said... Best Blogger Tips

Are you kidding me. This is amazing!!! My little girl would love it!!!!

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! This is incredible! You are amazing! I just blogged about it! Thanks so much!

Tana & Braden said... Best Blogger Tips

This is the most amazing thing I've seen in a long time. I LOVE YOU! I wish I had this dress in my size (as with many of your creations)! You really blow me away. I NEED this dress for my girls. BTW have you ever thought of making 2 of each dress so you can keep one? Your photos are also amazing!

undefined said... Best Blogger Tips

This is amazing. I can only wish I had a fraction of your skill!

Seriously love it. Beautifully done.

Rita Andrews said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG This is just BEAUTIFUL! I have 4 did you hear me 4 little girls who would love love LOVE to have this dress. They are stair step in sizes so we would use this for years to come...and then put it up for Grandchildren....this is just so precious...and by far a simple dress...Your work is just fab!!!

PLEASE pick us....
Blessings..
Rita

Rita Andrews said... Best Blogger Tips

I have linked my blog to your give away...
thanks

Maggie said... Best Blogger Tips

Coppola's film is worthy of this dress. You did an amazing job. It makes me want to scream, "Let them eat cake!"

Best of luck with the giveaway.

Pamela Vest said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so awesome. I have linked and commented to my post about this. I would love to see my niece it it! She has the hair for it too.

Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

I kid you not, I actually GASPED when my blog reader opened up that first photo! That dress is a work of art and it will be a LUCKY little girl who gets to wear it...hope it's my 3-year-old! Forget the fairy princess costume! LOL I'll post tomorrow morning!

Susie Stout said... Best Blogger Tips

this is amazing I love it! Again you are so generous for doing this. I really would love to win and see it up close! Time well spent.

Winters Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen, you have totally outdone yourself. I cannot believe the craftsmanship! My little girl is kind of petite, so I won't be lining, but not because it's not gorgeous- because it is- but because someone else would be able to use it right away, which would be so fun for them. But SERIOUSLY, I really am so impressed! Do you even get any sleep? Go out for ice cream and reward yourself! LOVE IT!

audrirene said... Best Blogger Tips

I have apsolutely no use for this, but I am going to tell my friends about it. This is just to die for. I don't know how in the world you could give it up. What costumes have you planned for the family?

green girl said... Best Blogger Tips

i never know if my "create a link" works.
it's here: http://theavocadotree.blogspot.com/2008/10/marie-therese-gown-giveaway.html

jennmom2000 said... Best Blogger Tips

I created a post/link on my blog! Your work is amazing. You have a talent. You should design for movies, seriously!

Pam's Pride said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG!! WOW!! That is absolutely beautiful!!
Off to link you up!

buttercup said... Best Blogger Tips

I possted a link on my blog. My daughter would love this How can you bear to part with it?

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked it! I love that movie too! The pictures are absolutely GORGEOUS!! Doesn't it make you want to buy a little villa and have handsome men playing lutes and psalterys playng love songs around you before you go pick fresh eggs and frolic with wooly little lambs?

reg8w@aol.com

Adrienne said... Best Blogger Tips

I just have to tell you how impressed I am. What a beautiful piece of work. Amazing! Takes my breath away!!

Jeni said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is unbelievable! I posted about it on my blog. I only wish I was ambitious enough to do something like this for my daughter for Halloween. Store-bought with some alterations will have to do for now!

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! You are amazing! This is beyond words...oooooh I hope I win!!!

Chris, Heather, Gabe, and Marissa said... Best Blogger Tips

This is stunning! Thank you so much for sharing your talent with all of us! Hope I win ;)

Nathan and Cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips

YOu are amazingly creative and you should be working with some major label, or better yet start you own. You would make millions. It is great that you prolly know this and still stay at home and be an amazing mother to your beautiful girls, props to you my friend. =) I will have my fingers and toes crossed!!!

Amy said... Best Blogger Tips

Girl, I cannot believe you are giving this away. I think you are now OFFICIALLY CRAZY!!!!! And as always, I hope I win - if begging and pleading will help ... PLEASE! Please, please, please. If making you feel sorry for me will help - I have 6 young kids, the younger two being girls that are 3 and 2. I don't have time to make them their costumes - don't you feel bad for me???? LOLOLOL, I know, I know - it's a totally random thing you do, but I thought it was all worth a shot.

Mormishmom said... Best Blogger Tips

GORGEOUS! You are amazing and this dress is amazing! I totally linked you up on my blog!

Katie R said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! its amazing!! congratulations on the beautiful success of your hard works.

Our Winning Circle said... Best Blogger Tips

Your work is simply breathtaking.

Shari

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

I seriously can't believe how much time it must have taken to add so much detail and material to a childs dress. This is so beautiful...it is ART. It should be displayed at all times.

I hope I win. My little Kate Bug would pull of Marie-Therese like nobody's business.

Wish me luck...(crossed fingers)!

Julie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You work is stunnng. If I don't win I'd love to have a go at creating a dress like this for my little girl one day. My Mum used to make great costumes for us. Unfortunately she used to cut up her old evening dresses for the fabric. I think I would rather have the evening dresses now. How do you do the skirt, the pinched fabric?

Chelsea said... Best Blogger Tips

You should really look into having Lily do child modeling. She is such a beautiful girl and so patient to play dress up for mommy.

That being said, I LOVE this dress. I can't believe how much time you have invested in this dress. I want it and I would cherish it for years and years to come.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Unbelievable. Simply said. I saw the movie too and was thrilled at the visually stimulating overdose of beautiful dresses, sweets, decor of the 18th century. My family does 18th century reenacting in historical places, and my daughter would be the absolute belle of the ball in that piece. Crossing my fingers here.

Bunny B said... Best Blogger Tips

I've created a link! My blog is http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com

bunnybx at gmail . com

Connie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! This is a gorgeous dress! My daughter would LOVE it!

Connie
green apple orchard at gmail dot com

Tricia said... Best Blogger Tips

This is stunning!

Emily said... Best Blogger Tips

My daughter and all my nieces love to play dress up. This would be the end all to be all of dress up outfits. My little one will have to grow into it, but come halloween next year she will be Queen for sure.
It's a beauty!

Ankeney Tribe said... Best Blogger Tips

I have three little girls that have been princesses of some sort for about 7 years in a row for Halloween. We were all going to be animals this year, but my 4 year-old would definitely give up her giraffe if we won THIS dress!! It's so beautiful!! And I did post about it on my blog :-)

Shelane said... Best Blogger Tips

how you find the time... well done. linked away, and hoping.

Andrea J said... Best Blogger Tips

thanks for the eye candy. this is a nice service you provide to all your blog followers :)

Three Chicks and One Grumpy Dude said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG, I can't believe you are giving this ways! That is a total work of art and love.

ilikehearts said... Best Blogger Tips

What an absolutely gorgeous dress! I just finished one for Homecoming for one of my older daughters - I can't believe you are GIVING it away! My little one (who believes she really is a princess) would LOVE it.

frazzy dazzles said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just so absolutely wonderfully beautiful! You must be so very proud of how it turned out. Lily deserves to keep the dress for being such a good sport, dressing up and being so lovely in the photoshoot while she was under the weather. Congratuations on a truly gorgeous gown! Jen

Cammi said... Best Blogger Tips

oh my adorable little princess would LOVE LOVE LOOOOOVE this!! did I mention that I would love it to....???

oh puh-lease pick me! this is... oh my... i have no words for this dress!!! it's THAT perfect!!

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, that is AMAZING! I have three little girls who would love to try that dress on!

greetingarts said... Best Blogger Tips

I've seen your lovely creations before, but for one reason or other I've been shy about entering. Not this time! Your Marie-Therese gown is utterly breathtaking, really. Such an achievement. Your generosity is overwhelming, too. Thanks for sharing - just the pictures alone are wonderful. I've linked to your overall blog as well as this specific post, hope you don't mind that I borrowed your photo!

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

Ya I'd have a horrible time giving this away too.:)Beautiful! My girls would love it!

Meg said... Best Blogger Tips

I love all of your things but this is simply breathtaking. I love it. I actually caught my breath when I checked your blog today. I cannot believe that you are giving this away, but since you are: I MUST HAVE IT. You are so inspiring. Keep it up, you are a gift.

noreen said... Best Blogger Tips

I just tried link but apperently my blog is still being accused of being a Spam blog. My blog is locked until it can "be reviewed" and a human see I an a real person. I have the link waiting to publish.
I would really love to win. My girls are 3 and 5 so the dress will fit at least one of them. The youngest wants to be "fancy, fancy" for Halloween. Not one fancy but 2 fancies (she corrected Daddy just today) so this dress would be perfect for her. They both adore dressing up, as they make many costume changes a day.
I will publish the link as soon as blogger releases my blog. Can you tell I am a bit miffed. I have been waiting 3 days alread!!

Tranquility said... Best Blogger Tips

AMAZING and GORGEOUS!!
I LOVE this little dress!

CtephFrid said... Best Blogger Tips

I am astounded by your talent! It is absolutely amazing!! This has been one of my favorite pieces that you have done (And I love all that I have seen!). It is beautiful and so intricate! I don't think I have ever seen a costume so gorgeous! I wish we could dress up like this every day!
Your daughter is absolutely beautiful!

The Carroll's said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! What an amazing talent! I love this dress. Very cute!

Karrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I just found your blog and this dress is AMAZING! I can't believe you can give it away, it's so beautiful!

Please don't enter me in your draw - I only have boys - I just had to leave a comment, I was so impressed by your beautiful work :)

Ryan & Cynthia Clan said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazing. The dress is stunning! My daughter would LOVE it! All I can say is that this and all future Grosgrain giveaways have a special spot on my blog toolbar as of right now.

The Thueson's said... Best Blogger Tips

I can't believe that you are GIVING this away!! You are AMAZING and seriously, INCREDIBLY talented!!!!

Tara

Katanya said... Best Blogger Tips

woweee, I have a boy that I almost tempted to put in it it is magnificant...

Kimonos and Sushi said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh gosh oh golly gosh that is just truly gorgeous. If I was the lucky winner I havea little girl that would love that. Hannah she is nearly 3 and my neighbours daughter. I can see her in it now. Just beautiful. I shal link this
Andrea

brittany, steve, and gabe said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! you are a truly talented woman. i cannot express how impressed i am with this dress.

mannequin said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh I am weeping with delight. That is absolutely the most gorgeous dress I have EVER seen for a child.

Unbelievable..

What are you doing over there? Have you had this creative genius bottled up inside for awhile and now the bubble has burst?
You are amazing.
I feel very untalented.

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

OH MY LORD!
You are just amazing. That gown!
Mon Dieu!

Magnifique!
Becky

Jennie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so beyond words! Honestly a gorgeous creation! (and that word doesn't even do it justice) :)

Missy said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a beautiful dress! Such wonderful detail work!!!!

I love it and know my girls will fit over it!

Netter said... Best Blogger Tips

WHOA! To say that dress is ABSOLUTELY stunning, doesn't seem to do it justice. There are no words! My niece, who I spoil rotten, as only an Auntie can...would fit into that dress, very soon. She loves to dress up. It's to the point that her Mother has to fight with her to wear normal everyday clothes. I of course encourage this. I'm a bad influence by nature...like the time my little cousin was upset when her big brother went bowling and she couldn't sit by him because they didn't make bowling shoes small enough for her to wear and street shoes were not allowed. I told her to take her piggy slippers and wear those. Hey, she was the hit of the bowling alley.
Anyway, I'm off subject. I love your dress. I'm new to your blog. I just discovered it. Now I'm going to go explore your archive...just to see what other neat things you have created. Oh and I'm going to add a link from my blog.

Lindsey said... Best Blogger Tips

That is absolutely beautiful!!!!!! I would definitely love that!!!!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

OMGosh...OMGosh....I have 4 nieces who would love your dress...I will link you on my blog...that is so so generous of you to give this beautiful creatiion away to one of us....my fingers are super crossed! Thank you!

Lilith Silvermane said... Best Blogger Tips

You are a genius! I love everything you do and hope that one day I'll have one of your much loved creations hanging in my closet for my daughters (Or even my nephew).

I have linked you and I can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh forgot to add that I put a link on my blog http://jessicahagland.blogspot.com

thanks again!

ty and megs said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! A-MAZ-ING!!! I can't believe you can part with this beautiful costume! I promise we would give it a good home. :)

I'm drooling over here.

Brenda said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in AWE of your talents! Absolutely amazing! I'm linking you right now!

perilloparodies said... Best Blogger Tips

I am SERIOUSLY impressed!!! This is amazing and so FUN! My daughter would never want to take this off again. Hope you pick me!!! Have a good day! you are linked at perilloparodies.blogspot.com

jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

i always love seeing your creations but have never created a link because, well, i don't have children and don't really have any in my life at the moment so it would be grossly unfair to toss my name in the hat. but anyways! your dress today is so incredibly stunning that i found myself clicking on your 'create a link' button without even thinking about it. i was absolutely floored! and if for some reason my name winds up being drawn [which has never happened to me before], hm, i think you should go ahead and pick somebody else who would actually have an opportunity to dress a special little girl in a very special costume.

Stacee said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow- absolutely stunning!!

Kori said... Best Blogger Tips

So I am entering this for Jennifer's little princess Pickle. She would look absolutely stunning in this beautiful gown. And Jennifer would be thrilled. So I'm off to do a post.

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said... Best Blogger Tips

Hello! We just found you through Katanya's blog - and we are so glad we did! You are truley an artist! What beautiful costumes you create - and you have a charming model!! We'd love to enter, however we don't have any little girls in those sizes anymore! However, we'll be back - we love costumes, and yours are something else!!
Karla & Karrie

Dover Fam said... Best Blogger Tips

YOU ARE AMAZING!!! I love this dress. Maybe THIS time I will win.

flurogoddess said... Best Blogger Tips

You are one crazy lady! That is absolutely beautiful, you are so generous to be giving it away. What a darling.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

Crazy beautiful - crazy detailed! We LOVE it! Would love to wear it this year! My daughter would fit it perfectly and I'll have to figure out how to do that hair!! Perfect! Here comes my link!

La Familia said... Best Blogger Tips

I linked to my site. I don't normally enter drawings but your dress was too beautiful to pass up. My daughter would love this dress. I would save it for her as a Christmas present. I hope I win!

June Berger said... Best Blogger Tips

Talent beyond measure! A true gift! Knowing that whoever is the lucky winner, will be blessed beyond words! Linked to my blog ;o)

Linda said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I can't even imagine trying to make that dress! My brain can't even fathom the work and material that went into it!! Wow!
I hope Lily feels better soon! Poor little one! Such a good sport to pose when not feeling well!

The rose choker is beautiful and perfect with the dress!
Great job!!
Linda

Muthering Heights said... Best Blogger Tips

Um yeah, I would KILL for that dress! I'm a huge history junkie, and I just ADORE Rococco...

Threaded Basil said... Best Blogger Tips

wow! you have really outdone yourself. totally amazing.

Susan said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm practically speechless here....still reeling from the amazing dress. Wow-- first of all, I admire your ambition- you really went for it. The execution is something to be really proud of. All the details are stunning and clearly show so much painstaking work.
I would love to win this for my daughter. My gosh, I don't know how you can bear to part with it.

Jessica Sorensen said... Best Blogger Tips

That is beautiful. I love it and wish my daughter was big enough to wear it right now. Because my daughter isn't big enough I am not entering but wanted to tell you how talented you are.

Shannon said... Best Blogger Tips

These costumes are just lovely. *sigh* wish I had a daughter to wear them. I'm the only girl in my house! What you're doing is way cool though!

Debbie said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know how you could part with this dress - just glad you can. I have linked on my blog.

Hilarie said... Best Blogger Tips

OH MY!! I absolutely LOVE IT!! I can't believe you made this- WOW you're good!! My daughter has been on my lap while I've been checking everyone's blog and suddenly she became very interested when she say that dress! I'll link it right now!!

Kayla said... Best Blogger Tips

Amazing. I found this link on my friend's blog. please enter me in the drawing. My 5 year old would probably faint if we won....

Muthering Heights said... Best Blogger Tips

I just linked up to your site...I'm DYING over the beauty of this dress!

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

That is so incredible! My daughters would fight over it like nothing else! It is beautiful!

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

This takes the cake!! I cannot believe how beautiful this is!! Stunningly beautiful! Great work! I would love to win this for my daughters!!!!
I have a link on my blog allmystitchesandbows.blogspot.com

Brittany said... Best Blogger Tips

This is just beautiful! Amazing! I wouldn't let go of this dress. It is so stunning, you could make a fortune sell dresses and the like. Lucy's fairy dress looks pitiful next to your creation. I hope I win!!!!

Hi, my name is Judy. said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I can't even imagine the amount of time this must have taken. Absolutely incredible!
I would love to win it for our niece (with plans to get it back some day!! heehee!)
Just beautiful. Linking to my less read blog.

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not even going to enter to win. Because I think you should KEEP IT!!! Seriously, how can you part with this? Maybe you should just enter yourself and draw your own name to win! (PS Yes I'm a total stranger but I think you're ridiculously talented!!!)

vfernandez said... Best Blogger Tips

This Dress is so amazing!! You are very talented!!

Kathleen said... Best Blogger Tips

I am so floored by the dresses you make. Even though I've only linked up to a few, I check your site every week. And even more amazing is your generous spirit, that you give these away!

I hope the winner has someone that will really love wearing this. I have a son, but I have a very special niece who would absolutely love this. May your kindness be returned to you a hundred-fold!

Stitch 'N Love said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely perfect! I hope to be able to one day make something as beautiful as this!

Darlene said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely Beautiful!

Jennifer said... Best Blogger Tips

this is georgous! I made a link to both my blogs- i hope you can tell, because I want to be entered! I have 2 girls (ages 4 & 2) and they would love this! I don't know how you find the time! i love your blog!

holly said... Best Blogger Tips

i have been following your blog & this goes beyond amazing! i sew for my little girl too--but your skills far outshine mine! i also love to see the locations for your "photo shots"--so creative and always beautiful. link is done--please include me in this giveaway :)

Doty Family said... Best Blogger Tips

You are amazingly talented! Absolutely stunning! I am sure that you could sell these. I'm just speechless it's so pretty!

MammaDucky said... Best Blogger Tips

I would almost want to hang this in a shadow box! It's so beautiful! I bow down in awe of your amazing talent!!! We would have wonderful use of it between my girls and all of their cousins. Amazing, simply amazing.

crochetdlane said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! I am speechless! This dress is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!My 2 daughters would LOVE this dress. This would be treasured. I am floored you are giving it away!! You have truly outdone yourself this time!!

Lindsay

Brooke said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow not only am I amazed that you could create something so intricate and full of detail, but that you continue to create these works of art! I can only imagine how much energy this takes from a person! I am in awe of your creativity and determination to continue to out do your self!! I bow down to you!

Blessings Abound said... Best Blogger Tips

I left a link. You have amazing talent!!! Thank you for sharing your amazing creations with us!

Tiffany said... Best Blogger Tips

As an obsessive seamstress turned nursing student who no longer has time to make such elaborate, beautiful things I have to admit I am extremely jealous!! Beautiful beautiful work!! I can't believe you are giving it away! Wow!!
Linking to my blog (tlufkin.blogspot.com) now!

P.S. He loves you.. said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet!!!

Sherri said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in awe! I can sew but you make me look like a child who has never seen a needle and thread!

I am so impressed with your talent.

Sleepless In St. George said... Best Blogger Tips

absolutely love it...do you make up your own patterns?

Jenny said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You definitely have a gift. I would love to have this for my daughter! Looking at all of your posts is definitely motivating me to start looking at patterns for clothing for my own children! Thanks for the motivation.

Rebecca Ramsey said... Best Blogger Tips

Kathleen, I looked for a way to email you, but couldn't find it...I'd love to feature your work in my costumes post this week on my blog. Would it be okay if I used a couple of your pictures and linked to you? Just let me know. You can email me, or comment on my last post.
Thanks my dear! I'd love to share your amazing talent with my readers!
Becky

RiVal Photography said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely GORGEOUS!! Amazing and wonderful! I have no idea how you DO part with these creations!! I, like everyone else would LOVE to win this!! Not only would my daughter wear this for Halloween but it would be GREAT for my photography!! Can you picture all the little girl wearing this for photos?!?! Ahhhhhhh!!! Pick me!

The Picketts said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely breathtaking! You have such a talent! I WOULD LOVE this dress for my little girl! She's yet to get a costume for halloween! She's so girlie in every sense and would not only LOVE this for her costume, but also for "dress up" time.

I'm linking you to my blog (I hope it works!)

Thanks again for sharing your amazing talent!

Tabi said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress just simply takes my breath away! It's goregous! Absolutley perfect!! The photo's are just awesome too! Love it!!

RJ said... Best Blogger Tips

Good gravy! This one blows my mind. You can't give this one away, surely...how heartbreaking! I vote you keep it and Lily will be the Queen of Halloween!

Danae said... Best Blogger Tips

It is beautiful! You are amazing! I am making a link right now!

Becca said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! Thats an amazing dress! I am so impressed. I have sewn formals, but none this complicated.

Christian said... Best Blogger Tips

I just don't have any words for how spectacular this dress is. You are very talented and sharing your talents this way is so generous. Thanks for the giveaway, and good luck to everyone!

Dr. Mom said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! That is absolutely beautiful! My daughter is three and would love this for years!

Happy Housewife and Penny Pincher Woman said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted a seperate link as well as one from this site on my blog.

http://happyhousewifey.blogspot.com

Goodmangang said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is AMAZING!!!!!! You have over done yourself! My little Tater bug would look adorable in this dress just like your little Lucy!

Miss Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

This gown is beyond lovely. Such talent! I would love for this gown to be my flower girl's dress in my upcoming wedding. :)

How gracious of you to host it as a giveaway! :)

Miss Anne said... Best Blogger Tips

I've also added you to my giveaway links!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely divine! You have an amazing talent.

Carli Webb said... Best Blogger Tips

All that I can say is BEAUTIFUL!!! I really really want this dress. I linked you up on my site!

Melanie said... Best Blogger Tips

only wone word WOW!

poopsy said... Best Blogger Tips

That is truly truly amazing. I'm working on a post about your site as we speak!

CaraBee said... Best Blogger Tips

That is the most amazing and beautiful dress! I love that time period. I can't even imagine trying to sew one myself. Yikes!

Jackson Wright Family said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! You are truly amazing. What a cute dress!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not only coveting that dress, but also your talent! The dress looks positively lovely.

Me said... Best Blogger Tips

wow, you are an amazing seamstress! I came by way of a blogger friend of mine and will definitely be back to read more of your posts!

Vicki Richardson said... Best Blogger Tips

I am amazed at the detail and time you put into this costume! It is simply~stunning~drop dead gorgeous~off the charts~Knock off the real deal! I would love to be able and send my grand-daughter out the door with this on for Halloween Treats! You my dear are magnificent! Memaw Vicki

soccermom said... Best Blogger Tips

I am with everyone else! I must have this dress! My daughter is such a girly girl (the first one isn't but she's too big for it anyways)! She would flip out over it! Plus, I run a daycare and it would be so much fun to let some of the girls use it for a photo shoot! Oh, I can picture the photo shoots now!! I did link to my blog already!!

Mrs. N. said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW!! You are amazing. This is gorgeous. I posted my link and hope you don't have trouble finding it.I couldn't use your link thing and still add a picture.

Crissie said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely breathtaking!!!!! My oldest daughter is going to be Marie Antoinette for Halloween and I am SO crossing my fingers and toes that you pick me!!! My little Emmeline would be almost as cute as your Lily in your beautiful dress!!! I'm not above begging people, I still have FOUR MORE Halloween costumes to sew - I'm desperate!

BTW - I saw your NieNie button. Would you consider auctioning off a costume for her recovery fund?

xoxoxoxoxo,
Crissie

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh how I wish my little Zoe could have this to wear to our many Halloween obligations. She would also be the cutest one at my friends Halloween themed wedding. I'm sure she would steal the show in this adorable dress. You are so very talented.

Katie said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness!!! Did you sleep at all the past couple of weeks! Amazing work, so detailed and extravagant. It amazes me that you give away hours and hours of work that could be sold for hundreds of dollars. Extremely generous, I'm sure it'll be hard to pack this up and see it go. I get so attached to the things I make. At least you know that whoever receives it will LOVE it!

Dasha said... Best Blogger Tips

When I saw this link on my friend's blog I clicked on it not knowing what to expect. WOW, when I saw the dress, there are no words. Completely speechless. I am in awe at your talent and capabilities and then that you would just give this away. Amazing!!! Oh, how I would love love love this for my two little girls. Simply breathtaking!

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!!! You are amazing!!! Love it and so would my girls!

Margie said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely, amazingly gorgeous!!! It took my breath away!
Your all linked up :)
Thanx!!!
xo, margie

sarah in Hawaii said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is amazing! you have done a wonderful job. I posted a link And truly hope I win my coral would look so cute in this and she already has the curls to go with it! Thanks for all your time and sharing!

mommy2davin said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is so amazing~!
I'm hoping to win. It's breathtaking.

Kyle and Tiff said... Best Blogger Tips

If I win this dress, I'm giving it back to you. I would feel too guilty keeping something so gorgeous that you put so much into it.

MamaMay said... Best Blogger Tips

I posted about it here:
http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2008/10/marie-thrse-gown-giveaway.html

Anyway, do you happen to have a pattern? I have a feeling that I will be making this dress if I don't win it...

Jen B. said... Best Blogger Tips

This is an amazing dress!

Tracy said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! I can't believe you are willing to part with such an incredible gown! Both of my girls would adore winning this dress, and they would look precious in it.

I did put a post on my blog using the create a link, but I don't think it is registering on your site. Am I doing something wrong?

Nicole said... Best Blogger Tips

Is there anyone who has looked at this dress and not wanted it? It's gorgeous, I don't knwo how you can give some of these away!

Cindy said... Best Blogger Tips

That dress is amazing! How fun to be doing something you love and your little girl gets to have some amazing clothes to model and play in. :-)

Nancy said... Best Blogger Tips

Incredible talent and artistry! I am amazed and humbled.

Becky said... Best Blogger Tips

Simply incredible. There are no other words.

Melissa said... Best Blogger Tips

I really wish I had somewhere to post a link so I could enter to win...I have two daughters - the oldest is just now a 3T (and a slow grower!) so this would see much love and wearing out between the two. Regardless, you have crafted an unbelievably fine piece of wearable art and it has inspired me! Now, if only I were a gifted sewer :-)
Brava!!!
Melissa

AmyB said... Best Blogger Tips

Be still my beating heart! Your costume is absolutely exquisite! Do please put my name in the hat. My daughter would rein as the most elegant queen! - Amy Bauer

Baba said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok, I have to win this one! The dress turned out absolutely beautiful and would look wonderful on my grand-daugher. This is a dress to be cherished and handed down through generations. I am that kind of person. What a treasure this would be. I remember making my daughters wedding dress so I know all the work that goes into creating something so beautiful. You did a wonderful job on this one. I have confidence a wedding dress would be nothing after this one. Cheers! Am posting with link right now.

RobinBirdsNest said... Best Blogger Tips

You have outdone yourself if that is possible! This dress is just BEAUTIFUL!! And how generous of you to put something that took sooo much work, as a giveaway!!! Thank you very much for the chance to win one of your fabulous creations!!I have posted the link!!

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips

Your daughters are extremely blessed to have such a wonderful momma who obviously loves them so. Beautiful work.

Kristen said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful dress! I would love this for my girls.

Nichole said... Best Blogger Tips

Your talent is absolutely amazing!

Nathan and Brooke LeBaron said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You have really outdone yourself this time!! This is gorgeous...I can't believe you would give it away!

Krishna said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW is all I can say. I wish I had your talent. My daughter would look adorable in this for halloween and I'd even do professional pics with something this amazing. Thanks for sharing.

torinem said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh golly! This is so stinking adorable! I really hope I win this! It would be so sweet on my little girl!

The Newitts said... Best Blogger Tips

you are full of talent I love this dress alot.

Rubyellen said... Best Blogger Tips

all i could say is...

DANG!!!

SugarHouse Mama said... Best Blogger Tips

I am speechless. Speechless I say. I cannot believe the detail you put into that dress. It's amazing. If I can only win one thing in my life I want to win this! I obsessed over that movie {and about 6 or 7 books I read promptly after}

Linz said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow! You are my new sewing hero!! I created a link and am praying to win that beautiful dress!!!!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so Amazing! This dress shows even more how talented you really are. My daughter would love it!

Serena said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness! The dress is beautiful! I want one in my size!

Bad Bird Design said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely stunning. And your girl is so sweet. You're work is amazing!

Bad Bird Design said... Best Blogger Tips

you're = your. *sigh*

Keri said... Best Blogger Tips

I am in tears at how beautiful this dress is!
That gives me the same feeling i have when i walk down the isles of a good fabric store... just awe inspiring.
I am a seamstress of 30ish yrs and am just .... simply speechless.
i wish i could just see and touch it in person... just to admire it!
My Ava would look Stunning in it, so i will enter... I could see many events to wear it too... and then a beautiful hope chest to store it in till my grandchildren can wear it...

BRAVO !!! BELLISIMO !!

Jillian said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! I am amazed that you are giving this away. You either have a heart of gold or REALLY love to sew. It's beautiful. My three year old daughter would adore this...and then, my little one would be right behind her in another year or so!

Elissa said... Best Blogger Tips

wow. that is INCREDIBLE.... and that you could give it away.... SIGH. if ONLY i could have such sewing skills and such imagination!!! you are wildly talented and out of control generous to give away such a labor of love... you are going to make some little girl awfully happy!

marcipants said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm not going to miss an entry for this one! Spectacular!

Liz Wilcken said... Best Blogger Tips

BEAUTIFUL!!!
I made a link!
millioncowmama@gmail.com
This would be perfect for my little girl! It's her birthday on Friday!

Brandi said... Best Blogger Tips

I HAVE NO LITTLE GIRLS, SO I FEEL IT IS UNFAIR FOR ME TO ASK TO WIN. I JUST WANTED YOU TO KNOW THAT I THINK THE DRESS IS BEAUTIFUL! I KNOW OF SOME BEAUTIFUL LITTLE GIRLS THAT WOULD LOVE IT THOUGH.. SENDING THEM ON OVER

Miller Family said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, first visit to your blog and I see that gorgeous gown!! I have no girls, only boys but I live vicariously through my sister who has an adorable little girl and she would LOVE that gown. First time linking so I am doing it correctly!

Chele76 said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my first time to your page and what a beautiful surprise. Such an amazing dress!

Ammica said... Best Blogger Tips

WOW! WOW!

Jess said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely amazing!

Aly said... Best Blogger Tips

This is absolutely amazing! I couldn't imagine parting with it, but would love it for my daughters who love to dress up more than anything.

Erin said... Best Blogger Tips

Okay, I already left a comment, and tried twice to create a link, but still am not sure it worked...i'm at resoundinggong.blogspot.com

Artfulife said... Best Blogger Tips

P.S. I added your giveaway to the links at the side of my blog.

brooken'dus said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm pretty much speechless!

Ben and Heidi said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow this is just amazing. You and your work just amaze me.

Gina said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't know what to say, except what everyone else is.... GORGEOUS!!! Would love to win one of these.... just linked you.
Thanks for the opportunity!

Jules said... Best Blogger Tips

This costume is absolutely divine!

Now you need a matching mommy one!

I put you on my "Chick'n Around" page on PBChick.com

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips

This dress is inspiring! Makes me want to drag my sewing machine out and lock me and it in a room somewhere!! My 3 year old foster daughter would LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

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