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31  what to do with a trash bag of clothing... in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by OBudah on: June 09, 2008 09:43:21 AM
so here in Richmond we have an annual event called "Worn Again,"  a fashion show of recycled clothing. Here's how it works: two weeks before the show you register and are given a trash bag full of clothing from all of the vintage/thrift shops around town. You then have two weeks to create whatever you want and present it in the Worn Again fashion show. It's so much fun and awesome to see all of the designs that come out of it.
Well, at the time of the show I was busy pulling all-nighters to finish a peacock dress for another show (look through my other posts and you'll see it) so I didn't have alot of time to put into this one. FINALLY on the DAY of the show I still hadn't made anything and I was like.... uh oh. So in, oh, four hours I pulled this off. It was a close call, but it looked darn cute.
The jacket was made out of a huge old men's blazer, the top half of the dress is from linen pants and the bottom is some old polyester skirt thing. It was such a fun event, I can't wait for it to happen next year!





and at the show backstage:


and with my mother (who also did it) and my bff (being sexy Marie Antoinette)
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32  pleat party! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 09, 2008 08:17:13 AM
so I've (obviously) been finally photographing my collection of self-made clothing I have sitting around. I made this one last year out of this awesome fabric that's double sided brown and red. I still have soooo many yards of this stuff left. I pleated the whole bodice which created the awesome effect of being really stretchy. who knew? I dig it. and the pin in the center is a vintage one of my grandmother's. It just happened to match perfectly




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33  Pull Shapes! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 06, 2008 01:12:40 PM
please tell me someone out there is as big of a Pipettes lover as I am...

anyways! I found this polka dotted fabric at Joanns and fell completely in love with it. and then I found this amazing McCalls pattern to go with it, though I don't remember what it is. But yeah, I love this dress. (but please, let's ignore the difference in length of the polka dotted fabric and the lining... I'll fix it eventually.)

ALSO! the whole thing has boning in it, which is awesome for support. the really great thing to know is that you don't have to go buy really expensive boning at fabric stores. I just walk into Lowe's and go back to the area with cabinets and refrigerators and look on the ground. You know the bands that they put around the giant cardboard boxes full of appliances? It makes PERFECT boning AND it's free! They don't care if they take out their trash for them. It's the best!

EDIT: I found the pattern in my heap of stuff! It's McCall's M5580. It's awesome, go buy it.






follow my lead and we'll 1, 2, 3!

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34  my friend got lucky in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 06, 2008 10:16:05 AM
so I have yards of this fabric that I'm completely in love with and on a whim I designed this dress. From start to finish (including making the pattern) it took four hours. I don't even know how I did it. UNFORTUNATELY my boobs are far too big for this dress and I just end up looking preggers. Lucky for my friend, though, it is the perfect fit and style for her. I am so jealous of her, it's just not fair. Luckily I have enough for a second dress so I can bask in the fabulous fabric as well.






so flowery. <3
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35  Kliban Kat dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 06, 2008 07:59:29 AM
I found this fabric (aka: queen sized sheet) at a thrift shop for a DOLLAR and instantly fell in love. Honestly, how can you not? I've always loved the Kliban cats and this just made my day. So of course I had to make a dress out of it. It's some McCalls pattern, I don't remember which. I think the best part, though, is the tag on the sheets that say they're wrinkle-proof! Which means even more romping about in great dresses.

EDIT: I found the pattern! it's McCall's M5580. It's a great pattern, I've made several dresses out of it.

so without further ado:

front:


back:


detail:


love it.
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36  never wear white after Labor Day in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 05, 2008 10:50:24 AM
So my friend is graduating from a private high school where they make you wear all white. Well, considering she said every dress she tried on made her look like a pillowcase she hired me to make something a touch more flattering. So we fiddled around, chose fabrics and voila!
It's all dupioni silk with cotton lace overlay. I drafted the entire pattern myself. w00t.

front:



back:


detail:


and then on a whim she asked me to alter another dress that her mother had bought her for another grad even the night before.... it's jersey knit with a lace overlay. I added a pleated section of dupioni from the other dress.
here's the before pic:


and after:
front:


back:


detail:
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37  So..... who here likes peacocks? UPDATE! SHOW RESULTS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: October 26, 2007 08:49:58 PM
because I know I sure do.

yet another update

Well, just fyi: after the November show I entered the dress into a show in Boston... and it got in. So in January my model and I trekked to the Museum of Science in Boston where the dress OPENED THE SHOW to a sold-out audience of 1,200 people. HOLY COW. That was an incredible experience without a doubt. I re-posted in progress shots for those who asked, and I'm gonna unearth pictures of the tail mechanism in a bit. Thanks everyone for the compliments!

November: FINAL UPDATE!!!!!
Just so EVERYONE knows, the show was on Saturday aaaaand.... We won!!!! It was unbelievable and I'm still in shock. My model is absolutely amazing in every way. She owned that dress on the runway. Here are some studio shots of the dress that I took yesterday... Thanks again to everyone for their support! It's been a crazy few weeks.
Enjoy!

Every year here in Richmond we have an annual fashion show known as Wearable Arts, where artists and students create crazy, original garments from any materials they want (light bulbs, trash bags, paper plates to name a few materials...) It's a HUGE deal here. People pay tons of money to go to the show, which is a black tie event and always runs out of tickets. People buy garments off the runway and the grand prize winner gets $1,000.
Needless to say, I'm participating. The theme this year is "The X-Factor." My dress, inspired by peacocks and Marie Antoinette, was designed in May and has been slowly brought to fruition ever since. Tonight was the jury for who gets to actually be in the show. Results go up Monday, so we'll see how I do. Wish me luck!
Here are pictures of the dress. Unfortunately they are in progress shots taken inn the studio at 3 a.m. (it's been quite a week) The corset is now complete (although still unboned. shame on me) The main thing you can't see, unfortunately, is the most integral part of the dress. There's an attachable tail of peacock feathers that sit like a train, but are spring-loaded so they rise up behind the model just like a real peacock tail. w00t.

In progress shots:



in line for dress rehearsal....


with hair and makeup done...


right after winning the show...


the dress with the tail down...


the back....


the front of the dress with the tail up...


and again with the tail up...



thanks for looking! Smiley
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38  The Magnificent Peacock Prom Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 16, 2005 09:21:55 PM
EDIT: I am so sorry for the terrible picture. I was young and stupid and didn't bother to think that it's important to properly document my work. So I didn't, and now the dress is gone forever. LOLZ.


Hey! I just wanted to share this AWESOME Prom dress that I made for my friend. She knew that I love to sew, so she hired me to make her senior prom dress. She's a really fun, earthy person, so together we designed and came up with a dress involving peacock feathers and black raw silk. It was stunning to see in person. I just had to show it off  Grin Grin


(I also made matching earrings)
Let me know what you think!
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39  The Magnificent Peacock Prom Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by OBudah on: June 16, 2005 09:20:12 PM
Hey! I just wanted to share this AWESOME Prom dress that I made for my friend. She knew that I love to sew, so she hired me to make her senior prom dress. She's a really fun, earthy person, so together we designed and came up with a dress involving peacock feathers and black raw silk. It was stunning to see in person. I just had to show it off  



(I also made matching earrings)
ALSO! I entered it into the simplicity prom dress competition... I really hope it wins something.
Let me know what you think!
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