Inside “Cadewyn”

As you probably know by now, Cadewyn, our third fall design, is live on eBay until this coming Saturday night! If you’ve looked at any of the pictures, you’ve probably already seen the stunning nylon fabric it’s made of (I just can’t get over its lovely steely green/blue/black color, and the way that it’s both soft and crinkly at the same time).

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(click on the image above to view the auction)

So, what I thought I’d show you tonight is some of the details that went into making this truly unique dress. Working with the nylon — and building such a complex design — did present its challenges, but here are some of the highlights from the build.

First, I wanted to show you the front lining. This pic was taken before it was joined to the back lining. It’s just so spectacular all by itself, and not at all the kind of fabric you’d expect, looking at the outside of the dress.

inside lining cadewyn

Next up, a couple pics of the zipper. We at Melody Valerie love invisible zippers — they’re so clean and tidy — but Cadewyn required a slightly different technique from what we normally do. In the end, we opted to bind the raw Center Back edges (on either side of the zipper tape) with some narrow pieces of silk bias. Isn’t it gorgeous??

inside zipper binding cadewyn

And I was super pleased with how the top of the zipper came out; with some careful clipping and hand-stitching, it’s almost like the zipper just melts into nothing after the top stop. (Don’t worry, the tape is totally secure. 🙂 )

inside top of zipper cadewyn

Last but not least, I wanted to show you something you might not have realized was there: three layers of tulle ruffles. Yes, that’s right! Lurking beneath the giant tulle side skirts (did you know there are 16 layers of tulle in each?), there are several ruffles helping to support all the layers. This pic is of the understructure, before adding the giant overskirts.

inside tulle ruffles cadewyn

And as if that wasn’t enough, each under ruffle is finished along the top edge with a piece of silk ribbon! It came out so nicely — but it made me a little sad thinking that that nobody would see it, hidden beneath all that tulle. But that’s partly what this post is about…

Anyway, just remember the auction is ending soon — so if you’d like to have this piece of artwork arriving on your doorstep, don’t miss your chance!

Finally, a heartfelt thank you for following along — we really enjoy being able to share this with you all!

Melinda and Melody


2 thoughts on “Inside “Cadewyn”

  1. Thank you for posting the details. I thought it was fun to see what is underneath and all the attention to detail. Wow. Cool! I love to sew and found your posting fascinating.

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