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calista
« on: June 24, 2006 11:23:53 PM »

I impulse purchased a denim dress. It looked ok when it was laid on the floor. But it was ugly on me, because my body is hourglass-shaped and  the dress didn't have any darts or shaping seams. So I basically used the dress as a fabric and created new one, and embellished with beads. I saved bottom frills and shoulder straps, and used them again, so that I can still have the washed denim look.
With no further explanation, here are the photos...









These are the before and in-process shots..
You can see how baggy it was before...I don't know what I was thinking when I was buying it!! Huh


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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2006 11:41:52 PM »

omg!! that is totally hot now!! you did a great job!
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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006 12:20:19 AM »

well...color me AMAZZEEEDDDDD
so impressive.  yes the original dress was somewhat lackluster...but geeze....it looks so cool, now.  I'm assuming you've taken some sort of classes for pattern making.  Kind of blew my mind, your pattern pieces.  I'm so informally/unprofessionally reconstructing...but seeing your dress.. makes me think i need to take classes.
ahh fantastic job, again.
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006 12:35:56 AM »

Wow, that is so beautiful!! Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2006 03:41:29 AM »

That's awesome, and you're gorgeous.
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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2006 07:17:12 AM »

wow... i usually don't like denim dresses, but that looks really good!  the beading looks pretty also.. must have taken a long time though..
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2006 07:20:19 AM »

Wow - really impressive! It looks great on you, and the beading is a nice touch.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2006 09:38:12 AM »

WOW!!!! You did an amazing job reshaping your dress!  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2006 09:47:42 AM »

Wow! Very impressive--it looks great. How did you know how to insert the darts?
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2006 12:01:37 PM »

wow, i dont think i have ever seen a denim dress that i really liked but i really like urs. so cute
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« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2006 01:02:03 PM »

wow! thanks guys for your nice comments.
I actually majored apparel design for my master's degree..but I mostly studied the basic patternmaking by myself when I was in undergrad majoring computer science. Grin You can learn how to make patterns through any book about basic pattern making principles. Usually new books about patternmaking are very expensive. But you don't have to buy a new one. I studied basics with an old book published in 80's. Wink


And yes, dolphin24212..Beading took as much time as making the dress! But I think it was worth spending that much time..
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« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2006 01:36:14 PM »

  Shocked wow... i dont have much more to say than that.
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« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2006 01:40:31 PM »

Super Amazing Inspiring work!
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2006 03:37:02 PM »

i am SO impressed! it looks so much better! and it's gorgeous on you Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 25, 2006 04:43:33 PM »

wow, you made such a fabulous dress from what looked more like a denim sack than a sexy dress!  Smiley
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2006 08:49:06 PM »

What a beautiful dress!  You have a body type just like mine, and you're right - we SO need shaping.  I'm just starting to mess around with pattern drafting, mostly easy stuff, like altering an existing pattern to fit me better.  I'm drafting a new historical coat for the Historical Park I work for though, so that's kind of fun!
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« Reply #16 on: June 26, 2006 07:58:33 AM »

awesome....both you and the dress are sooooo lovely.  great work!
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« Reply #17 on: June 26, 2006 09:36:23 AM »

What a beautiful dress!  You have a body type just like mine, and you're right - we SO need shaping.  I'm just starting to mess around with pattern drafting, mostly easy stuff, like altering an existing pattern to fit me better.  I'm drafting a new historical coat for the Historical Park I work for though, so that's kind of fun!

Way to go, tiamatfire! Altering exsisting pattern is a good way to start.
I also did that at first, and then moved onto drawing all from the scratch.
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« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2006 06:30:33 PM »

This is so cute - I wouldn't have known this was the same dress!  Fantastic recon!
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« Reply #19 on: April 19, 2008 05:20:22 AM »

wow!! that is totally cute!!!
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« Reply #20 on: April 19, 2008 10:06:15 AM »

when you were buying it..you were thinking "I can totally make that into something hot" and well...it worked Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: April 19, 2008 12:49:11 PM »

Can you talk a little bit about the basic process behind shaping the bust? It looks great, and it can be really difficult to make a top like that for large b00bz.
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« Reply #22 on: April 20, 2008 11:02:32 AM »

Gorgeous reconstruction, it looks so much better! I love the embroider details under the bust.
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« Reply #23 on: April 20, 2008 11:43:31 AM »

this is darling!  ill admit, i was a little worried when i heard "denim dress" but i would buy this.  great job!
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« Reply #24 on: April 21, 2008 06:08:34 PM »

you are an amazing seamstress! the dress is so much cuter now.
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« Reply #25 on: April 21, 2008 06:22:56 PM »

Wow. Dramatic difference. I love it.
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« Reply #26 on: April 21, 2008 07:53:12 PM »

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« Reply #27 on: April 22, 2008 08:39:05 AM »

you made it look perfect! amazing job!
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« Reply #28 on: April 22, 2008 08:43:58 AM »

Awesome dress! You have great vision and talent! I am blown away by the in progress pics!
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« Reply #29 on: April 22, 2008 09:02:02 AM »

It's totally hot! Really lovely and flattering. I love the fit. It looks like a t-shirt fabric dress rather than a denim. Excellent Job. Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: April 23, 2008 08:37:52 PM »

I see that this is an old post, but WOW what a difference, that came out awesome!
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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2008 09:37:21 PM »

Hey guys~ I wasn't expecting my old posting would get the attention back by now..haha..Thanks for your compliments!

Can you talk a little bit about the basic process behind shaping the bust? It looks great, and it can be really difficult to make a top like that for large b00bz.
Before I made this dress I once deconstructed my old bra to see how to make the pattern to fit on the boobs. It totally helped me to figure out how to drape the muslin on my bust to make the patterns. (Yes, I did draping on my body! of course wearing underwears! I'm not as crazy as to put pins on my skin to make a dress. Grin)

Well it wouldn't be easy to explain the process in words...but basically, think of it like making a fabric ball and cut it in half?  Roll Eyes
You can move around the pieces using basic dart manipulation technique of pattern making...
Anyway...I would strongly recommend deconstructing your old bra! As they say...Seeing is Believing! Grin
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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2008 10:42:24 PM »

Wow!  Your version is SOOO much better than the original!  I love it! 
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