Sunset Tears Gown
Ann wears her most beautiful gown while filming a dramatic scene against
a absolutely scrumptious sunset. The actual context of the scene is
never reveled... but it appears she's having more trouble with her love
interest than with Kong.
She runs into the shot, dropping her chiffon wrap, but still clutching
the "train" of her evening dress. She stares into the sunset and then
turns tearfully emoting great loss... at least until she see Jack and then
her face lights up spoiling the shot.
|Here's the coloration from the movie.
Note the wide band of decorative trim in back. Copper beads on
dark net. Note: trim is only attached at the bottom, is loose and
bells out just a tad at the top edge
||Here you can see the dress a little
better. Note how the dress hangs heavy and clings to every curve
at the same time.
|Facing front, you can see the cowl
neckline. Also note the bronze decoration on the back ends
in a diamond decoration at the end of the straps in front.
||Again, note how tight the dress is, how
it cleans to her leg. Two way stretch, with metals or beads
to make it this heavy.
Publicity Photo. Look at the fabric beads, bugle beads in
the crazy pattern
Publicity Photo. Note the bust stitching. Seams, and
the band how fabric is tacked down
|Large publicity photo
||Note the color change on these photos vs.
the actual movie scene.
|Only the front part of the dress is two
pieces, the back in one swooping piece.
||See the bugle bead pattern. Note
also, here is the bust where her arm is not raised. 2nd row of
tacking below the seam
|The fitting is accomplished with 3 tucks
on the bodice. Note that they are all on the underside of the shoulder
||The tucks are marked in pink. The
seams in blue. the top of the cowl neck is tuned back under 1"
|Right side-view of bodice. Zipper
starts about 4" down and goes to low hip. Zipper seam goes back
||Sketch of the lining fabric, an
"organized" crinkle. Half dozen/dozen lines per inch. This would
give a non stretch fabric horizontal stretch.
The bodice piece is only for the front. Note how the seam curves up
in the center front. There is no pull on the 3 side tucks, so... that
means that there is a more formal fitting on the bodice lining. It is
probably non-stretch on the lining.
The rest of the dress is lined with a crinkled/micro-pleat fabric.
This gives a horizontal stretch so that the top fabric shows no pull when
she bends and vamps. The hem almost looks bag lined... but rolled
back up about 3/8 of an inch, so it could be a fancier hemming. (2nd
is more likely, else there needs to be a seam somewhere on the lining)
Recreating the Sunset Tears Gown
This can be easy or tough... depending on how "close" you want to get to
the original. The original uses what looks to be a very experience
fabric. It's two way stretch with lots of metallic threads or beads.
(Can't tell which... will have to wait for exhibits.)
There are numerous patterns out on the market that have an empire waist
formal gown that you can adapt. The trick is the disappearance of most
of the seams. Maybe we'll see the real thing at FIDM this year
and will be able to address that.
As mentioned in the bodice section, make the lining
without stench and place the fabric over it to get those please on the side.
You may need to tack the under side of the pleats to the interlining.
It's easy to move the zipper placement from the back to the side so that
the bronze trim is uninterrupted.
The bronze time and straps are most likely non only non-stretch, but
reinforced. The beads could be added over the basic piece of the
To save on beading so you don't have to cover the whole thing, use a
shiny bronze metallic fabric and bead/trim it.
Regardless, you're not going to want the weird added fish tail on the
dress. But many patterns do have a design called a mermaid tail.
It's close and very beautiful alternative to their add on.
Do not even think of wearing this dress unless you're planning on wearing
support garments... like control hose and a high waist or some kind of a
body slimmer. Actresses have perfect bodies that are sculpted to this
point... we do not. Get rid of the budges and jiggles and have smooth
lines and this gown will be able to be worn on numerous sizes.
Later I'll go into how to fit the princess seams to get that under the
butt tuck for those that have a figure that can handle it. Also we'll
talk a bit about fan and mermaid train tails.
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