We have left the ROMANCE behind us, the reason why I start to make my own garments – so now is’t time to show off all the fantastic creations I made – we start with the ones that I wore after 6pm. The show stoppers and head turners.
I have also even been photo modelling – found this little photo with mom’s photos – something I had totally forgotten about – it must have been around 1975. My portfolio must have got lost in transit somehow. I must admit that I was good looker in those days. Haven’t I a bit of Greta Garbor over me in this photo … or ????? I wonder were I got lost ???? *laughing
Remember so well the suit I’m wearing .. it was pine striped the blouse was red and it’s a REAL Chanel gardenia – I wore it until it fall to pieces – on everything. A gift from Byron.
The first dress I made was Jean Muir’s gown … and I made it in white/pink/black silk – and to cut in silk which has a life of its own – when the kitchen table wasn’t big enough, an absolute nightmare.
Of course I missed that the two front’s pattern for the dress wasn’t the same, I had to buy more silk – so my first dress didn’t become the cheapest. I gave to it finely my friend Jytte – after many years of use and still looking like new. Nothing was spared on the materials quality I used. and I made a couple of dresses every month. After this dress of all that silk, everything else came easy.
Let show my galleries of pattern is my favorite gowns that more or less was made for Byron’s company – all the fantastic places and events he took me to. Amazing that Google could help me to find most of the patterns – today 40 years later and I’m able to buy them again. Fantastic, it shows how timeless some things can be. I still have some of Vogue garment labels that I always put in my creations.
The second dress is the one I wear here on the photo, wasn’t able to find the pattern online and I don’t think it’s a designer copy, but a Vogue Pattern. I only used Vogue – the dress was in silk crepe and fully lined It was so heavy, but what a dress. The little bolero I bought somewhere as a dress – it had a hem in the front – so I open it up and shorten the dress to a bolero.
I had that dress for nearly 15 years and where ever I wore it I got compliments. God, it was heavy – it had halter neck with a very low cut back and a big scalloped collar. It also 30 small dressed buttons – all the way down in the front and with bounded buttonholes. I always got a sore neck after wearing the dress, but I was willing to pay that price. *smile
The only thing I never saw myself was any kind of buttonholes – a professional dressmaker made them for me. I never got my head or the sawing machine around how to get them looking perfect. “Even the sun has spots” *laughing. As you can see from the patterns – I love dresses with buttons.
Of all those beautiful gowns I made – was the white 2-piece Bill Blass with the shawl – the dress I was most comfortable in and it had pockets (loved it). I made it in white silk crepe for visiting Byron in 1976 in Athens– when he had returned home after that the Junta had fallen.
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Not all dresses here was made during the years I was close to Byron, I made dresses up to 1990, when I started to gain weight – and even the dresses I made because of Byron I have used more than once in his company.
All my dresses I still had into 1996 – when I got ride of my apartment in Gothenburg, while living in UK. Gave most of them to my good friend, Suzi and the rest went to charity. All those gowns would have been still be in fashion and turning heads, like they did then.
And I remember when I wore the dresses too … and where. It was fantastic time of my life and I loved every dress I made – just to sew and take on, the Vogue Pattern fitted me perfect, only had to add 5cm (2inc) to the length on everything I made.
I was size 12-14 in those days .. today I’m 20. The photo above is me all “dressed up” for a UK wedding some years ago. My moto has always been the bigger wedding the bigger hat. At least the smile is the same! *laughing
“Fashion has two purposes: comfort and love.
Beauty comes when fashion succeeds.”