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1  Cat in the Hat Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by berry! on: September 18, 2011 01:07:34 AM
Having come across what I thought to be the most epic fabric ever made, and having a ball coming up, I did what had to be done.... made a cat in the hat dress Smiley
Unfortunately, the ball was a bit of a flop, being filled with really trashed people, so we left early.
Luckily, the day after, there was a street fair (Rugby World Cup is on town) on, so I got to wear it out to there too! It was a brilliant day out. It got many comments walking around town, and seemed to make people smile, so it was a success!  Smiley

The petticoat has a bit of an odd black underneath because the whole dress was made in two days, so we reused a petticoat from another dress.

Made using these instructions:

Photo time!

Comments and constructive criticisms welcomed Smiley

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2  Re: An unusual Ball Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by berry! on: September 26, 2010 12:32:05 AM
Thanks for all the awesome replies!
Yeah, the ball was a load of fun, it was held at the Skytower, the tallest free-standing building in the southern hemisphere, which made it pretty awesome Smiley


I'm looking into making a set of matching wings at wearing it to a masquerade ball that's coming up, making it the best-value dress I've ever owned lol
I really wish I could find this fabric again, but it was an end of line Sad Still, I live in hope!
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3  An unusual Ball Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by berry! on: September 25, 2010 05:41:20 AM
Well, this was made in about June 2009, for a school Ball. I used it again this year. Basically, everyone was going in slinky dresses, and I'm just not good with going with the norm  Tongue
I go to a public school in a rich-ish area, so some girl spent $4000 New Zealand Dollars on her dress. I would have preferred a car....
So, the plan was, make something, and make it cheap. Thus, The dress! $30, plus $20 for the petticoat, which I luckily didn't have to make! The fabric was originally supposed to be a skirt, giving me 1.5m x 1.5m to work with. The pattern was Vogue 8470. So, no following pattern grainlines! It all worked anyway, which was lucky. Now, onto the pictures! Being the one holding the camera, I don't have a great amount, but I do have at least some:

Full shot:

Up close:

It was, originally, a skirt in another post a couple years back, before I re-made it:

Personally, I think it looks better as a dress Smiley
Comments and criticisms welcomed!
Thanks Smiley
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4  50's here I come! ....almost... ( 5 imgs) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by berry! on: January 01, 2009 10:35:50 PM
Well, after seeing the choices in dresses for this year's school ball, (which isn't till JUNE!), I got bored. it was all not-in-your-face. which definitely wasn't me, so i decided to go for a sort-of 50's swing dress look, ie: circle skirt and petticoat, skirt with slit to show petticoat and this awesome starry stuff i found which will go over the petticoat and be shown through the slit. I'm still gonna do that - in either the red or the blue.

HOWEVER, on my trails around the fabric stores, I found a really awesome fabric, and had to buy it. It was 1/2 price. I was going to only make a skirt, but had enough to make a dress. I'll get to it. I made a 3/4 circle skirt for the bottom, which is all I've done so far, which i think is pretty good for 3 am.- 

I tried making bodices via guess 'n' check,in practice fabric, because I'm lazy + broke, but gave up and bought this pattern for NZ$3

It's 10cm too small round the bust, (97cm, I'm 107), so I'll have to re-size it, but it's the exact shape in the bodice I was looking for ( without armband thingys.) Plus, it helps me out because now i have a bodice pattern for the ball dress. YES!! Phew, that's my rant over! When I get up to making my ball-dress I'll post the pictures. PS- buying the petticoat for it. I have a severe hatred of working with tulle...  Wink

All comments and criticism welcomed!

***EDIT*** found a better pattern Smiley
vogue 8470

Happy New Year Everybody!
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5  1950s swing dress in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by berry! on: October 23, 2008 08:53:33 PM
i have 6 months till my school ball. Everyone wears bought satin dresses, and nice as they are, i'd like to be different  Grin

i looked around and found this :http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/polka-dot-dress-blkwht-300.jpg

a 1950's dress that i reckon would be awesome to go in
i also found the petticoat:http://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/pinkpetticoat_300_1_.jpg

but i have a problem- i don't know how to make either of them. any ideas? like possible patterns, tutorials? i'm grateful for any ideas! thanks  Smiley

Found exactly what i was looking for - i'll put this out there so anyone looking for something similar can find it.

pattern is Style 2531
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