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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka dotted circle skirt (Grease inspired) on: May 28, 2013 05:07:43 PM
Thanks, meleriffic!!  Grin
And I know exactly what you mean, Chucklegirl. I was hoping for it to look sorta that way Cheesy
Diya
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: May 28, 2013 06:05:24 AM
I love your dress, it has so much personality and makes me happy just to look at it.  I especially love your picture with your friends as a ray of sunshine in the middle of all the black.  Great job. 
Thank you very much! Yes! I built my dress so that it reflects my personality (the rainbow-ish bit of it) and so that it stands out from the typical prom dresses that everybody wore  Cheesy
Diya
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My wedding Yukata on: May 28, 2013 02:39:15 AM
WOW! I love the Yukata! It's a lovely twist on the typical white wedding dress  Cheesy I LOVE IT and it doesn't look like it was made overnight haha
Diya
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka dotted circle skirt (Grease inspired) on: May 28, 2013 02:11:11 AM
So I'm hoping that most of you know what 'Grease' is... If not, don't worry, I only just found out about it a year ago when I auditioned school's theatrical performance of it. Grease is a 1971 musical and also a film directed in 1978 and basically I see it sort of like a typical (at that time) story of romance between highschoolers and the people around them.Anyways, thats a short history lesson for you  Cheesy

Originally, it contained issues such as sex, pregnancy and smoking but our school play was 'toned down' for the 'conservative' audiences here in my country. Even Rizzo's skirt was lengthened and I was devastated because I felt that it didn't help the (wonderful!) actor express the character's personality well.  Cry

As well as working in the play as a part of the chorus, I also worked alongside the costume 'club' who actually made the costumes from scratch and it was lead by my fav textile teacher  Smiley

Back to the initial point of me writing this post: My circle skirt!

Pretty much every girl in our musical wore a slightly-above-ankle length circle skirt and my friends and I found it super amusing to twirl in it  Grin

I got the FREE pattern at http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/circle-skirt-and-jacket-with-silk-flower-puddle-roses (Yay for free patterns!) and re-sized it to my liking  Cheesy

Since we couldn't take any of the costumes home, I decided to make one myself. It took me a couple of months before realizing how much I missed twirling in a circle skirt XD

Here it is once again on the mannequin that is way too small for me:

The pink 'shirt' is actually a dress on the mannequin that I was too lazy to take off. I'll be showing it to you guys soon...

I shortened my skirt tremendously which, unfortunately, caused me the enjoyment of twirling in it (unless I want people to see my tighty-whities). But I loved the print and the way the curved hem turned out! Cheesy
Here is a pic to show how full and big it is when laid flat:


I used an invisible side zipper as well as a skirt clip/clasp-thingie that I found in my dad's sewing box  Grin


Yes, I did use orange thread to serge the raw edges... It was because DUN DUN DUN! I was lazy yet again and the orange thread was left on the serger machine so might as well use it instead of re-threading the whole machine (which, last time, took me about two hours with no help from anybody except two tweezers  Angry )

This is an outfit that I planned and I wanted people's input in it:

My polka dotted circle skirt, red and yellow stripe crop top and burberry rucksack. What do you think? Modern or too 'old-school'?
Diya
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: May 28, 2013 01:03:56 AM
To: Brynns Mom, meleriffic, Tenitsu, Helcura, TrickyMcVomit, gigiriv and liliv-1
Thank you very much everybody! Cheesy I really enjoyed reading your comments and they make me more motivated to do more DIY projects.
Diya
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / No-sew sweater reconstruction for summer: My school leavers sweater on: May 25, 2013 05:04:44 PM
Hey guys! So I just graduated from upper school, which is Year 11, and my school council decided that it'd be awesome if we had a hoodie made just for our year group  Cheesy

I wasn't happy about the hoodie at all when I got it because the colour was way(!) off from the navy blue that was on the sample but I was too pathetic to get a refund for it (paid $20 for the hoodie)

So, I decided to cut it up since summer is knocking on the door  Grin

I cut off the plain sleeves so that it revealed the sides and you can wear a colourful singlet underneath or just a bandeau  Cheesy

I would wear a bandeau if I had the body haha!

Anyways, I realized when writing up this post that I didn't take a pic of the hoodie before I hacked it up (oops!) but I assure you that it was plain ugly  Tongue
Diya
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Do *all* home schoolers wear clown dresses to prom? **FORMAL PIC OBESE on: May 25, 2013 04:40:09 PM
Heya!  Cheesy
I just wanted to let you know that you inspired me to create my own rainbow prom dress and i gave credits to you for the rainbow idea in my post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=423931.0#axzz2UJgDOuBw
Diya
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: May 25, 2013 07:52:29 AM
UPDATE: I added in pictures of the rainbow luffa and my earrings!

This is quite a late post (prom was, like, 3 weeks ago) but I wanted to share my prom dress to maybe inspire some people  Grin Our prom was an evening event from 7:30PM-11:30PM (then after that was the after parties but I sadly wasn't invited to any)



First of all, I need to clarify that I actually got inspired to make the rainbow element of my prom dress by Chocolate_Jo ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.0#axzz2UJIOiCCN ) so credits for the rainbow idea from her!
It felt so 'me' that I needed it in my dress Cheesy
Btw, the rainbow skirt is actually a petticoat

Then I went out to buy the materials needed...


Actually, I bought my (turquoise) shoes first from Vincci when I was in KL last december. So I walked around the shops holding one heel and holding it to almost every turqoise-ish coloured cloth. I settled with a satin material because it seems like prom to me  Grin My mom hated it though and proceeded to tell me that it made me look like a "Prom Princess", to which I replied, "I'm a Unicorn Princess, Mom!"

And I started sewing the rainbow petticoat... and finished it with a simple elastic waistband (because I was lazy).


I pinned everything loosely onto a mannequin, that is far too small for me, to see how it looked like:

(the pink straps were from the bra that I was planning to wear for prom but then was replaced by a strapless bra later)

(The bodice of the dress is based very loosely on the burdastyle pattern 'strapless corset dress' from http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/strapless-corset-dress-032010 but I drew a new bodice/corset pattern from it and improvised on the turqoise overskirt)

It looked alright so I began sewing the whole thing together, which was when hell began...
The top of the bodice was too loose and it looked saggy so I had to adjust it about 3 times. When it was time to sew the bodice and the skirt together, it took me so many tries because the many layers (mostly from the ruffled overskirt) did NOT want to get sewn Cry

The bodice was too loose and did not stayed up as a strapless (as I originally intended) so I had to add straps...
I found that the rainbow petticoat was too 'thin' so I had to add more ruffles to it. More work...

Also I broke more than enough needles when sewing in the 'not-so-invisible' zipper...


BUT finally I managed to finish without cutting off any fingers or sewing them together  Grin

I made a tiny bow to cover the raw edge in the middle of the slit haha

Btw, did anybody notice my ruffly shoes? I made them by hot glueing 'flowers' of tulle onto my cheap glittery prom shoes.


Then I took different sizes and colours of tulle and sew them together to get the luffa (it was supposed to look more like a flower) and hot glued that to a small clip. The messy table in the background is from me rummaging my dad's make-up bag XD though I only ended up using eyeliner and mascara Wink

I bought my earrings to (hopefully) match the theme  Grin


I'm actually not very happy with the way it turned out because you can see the outline of my strapless bra  Sad
However, word got around about me DIYing my prom dress and everybody was shocked at how good it was (should I feel complimented? haha) so I felt GOOD about it all night  Cheesy
My WHOLE prom outfit cost less than the prom ticket, which was $55. My outfit was about $40-45  Cheesy At least I was rejoicing about my well spent money whilst everybody else was eating themselves for spending so much  Roll Eyes

This project/outfit took me about 5 days to complete (including hours of procrastination; Borderlands 2!) plus the day of prom to make the rainbow luffa and to decorate my shoes.

Prom was REALLY fun and although the school council said there wasn't going to be any 'dancing' (as it's kinda forbidden by the gov here), a whole room was setup as the dance floor anyways. It was dark and had bright disco lights and teens dancing like they're drunk, including me XD It was the best workout I've ever had in my whole entire life!  Grin

There was also a professional photographer at the event to take free pics of us. My friends asked me for a few pics together but I was given this one:

And yes, I didn't have a partner to go with Tongue but I did take a couple of pics with a few guys and slow danced with them  Grin



Apologies for the linked images. This is my first post and I hope you guys liked it  Cheesy
Diya
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