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1  Re: help! what to do with an old ballet costume in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Adagia on: June 25, 2008 11:31:49 PM
THANKS!! It's really great to get other opinions on this sort of thing. Thanks, I'm roughly the same size and even weight I was in high school, but I did get curvier. Tongue I too love the colors - it's so classic and simple. The best part (besides the cut and look, even) - you would not believe how beautiful the garment FEELS - when I wear it, I feel as if I'm walking through water or clouds, it feels so light and soft and smooth.

I think the reason why I have so many dresses in my closet with uneven hemlines like this one is because this was one of the first really beautiful dresses I ever got. It's too bad I only learned about garment reconstruction now!

Replace with a double-sided satin ribbon. In black. Or hot pink? Apple green? Plaid? Stripes? (or get a bunch of ribbons and switch 'em out.(

Sorry if this sounds dumb, but what is double-sided ribbon? I get the idea of using ribbon, maybe like a black satin ribbon, but I didn't know there were major differences in the kinds I could get..

I just looked closer at the sequins, and it looks like they're sewn on with I swear fishing line. Good news is that the sequins are part of a whole band, so they should all come off together if I cut the fishing line off. Maybe I'll just add ribbon on top of it? I'm afraid of cutting the sequins off and leaving behind big holes (though I suppose they'd be covered up, at least, with ribbon) or something.

4. Don't cut the leotard. That's probably one reason the dress still fits. It will ride up or get strange without the leotard, IMHO. It WOULD alter the structure of the dress.

6. Can you wear a black slip underneath, if that's the same color as the leotard? Or you could add a drapey stretch lace overskirt, tacked to the bodice. (cut to echo the skirt gores) Maybe in black?  Maybe black knee-length SPANX pants, just peeping below the hem? Maybe a drapey stretch lace slip?

Aww. The leotard bugs me, it's kind of tight. You're probably right, though. The leotard is white, the same color and material as the skirt. I don't really want to find a slip because slips usually fall at the waist/hip level, and the skirt begins closer to my bust. I might be able to get away with black tights on top of the leotard bottom.

In this photo, the leotard is inside-out. The skirt is actually coming out of one of the leg holes because it is sewn on to the outside of the leotard.

In this photo, you see the leotard now right-side out and the skirt wrong-side out. The black leotard bust is just barely visible, now inside of the skirt.

It looks like the dress is basically a leotard (black bust, white bottom torso) with a billowy white skirt attached over the leotard bottom and everything attached to the bust. (And the sequins sewn on top of this.)

My thoughts. Thanks for helping with my insomnia!

No problem! Thanks for helping with mine!  Grin

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2  help! what to do with an old ballet costume in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Adagia on: June 25, 2008 10:18:46 PM
I have this old ballet costume I wore years ago (I think from high school, and now I'm in college! heh), and I think it's really pretty.

I would like to be able to wear this dress as formal attire. I'm concerned, however, that it looks too costume-y at this point, or maybe even a little like lingerie. That might not be a bad thing, but I'm afraid that it detracts from the look if I want to wear it as a normal/formal dress.

I'm also concerned that the dress just doesn't look right on my body... I'm not sure if it's the pregnant effect that empire waist-lines tend to have on me... Or maybe the bodice is too low-cut/tight since I'm no longer quite as small as I was in high school? or maybe the color scheme? Or the structure?  Huh

I'm also not sure if the sequins are a good thing..

There is also a leotard built into the inside of the dress... I was thinking I would just cut it off, but I'm not sure if that would alter the structure of the dress at all.

Additionally, the skirt is actually really see-through - I was wearing a slip underneath in the photos. I guess I would have to add lining.. I can't see myself wearing a slip all the time underneath, because of how high the bodice ends.

I'm not sure what material the whole dress is made out of - I cut the tag when I first got the costume. The black part feels sort of like velvet - I would guess some kind of synthetic alternative to velvet. The skirt feels really smooth and slippery - not quite silk, but maybe some kind of polyester/jersey mix?

So what do you guys think? Please leave suggestions! Smiley
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3  Re: Oversized t-shirt into gaucho pants - first reconstruction!(5 pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Adagia on: June 24, 2008 07:02:54 PM
Thank you for the link to the tutorial!! I finally completed my pants. (First recon project too!) It took awhile because I had to hand sew everything, but otherwise the tutorial was really easy to follow.

The pants are from a green size medium t-shirt with a single breast pocket on the right-hand side, and a gray shirt.  I thought the pocket was really nifty to have for pants. I think it would have looked better if the pocket were in the back, but there was only one pocket, and I thought it would have looked even funnier if there was only one pocket on my butt.  Tongue
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