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« on: February 09, 2012 12:56:46 PM »

I am going to Barrister's Ball in April. It's basically prom for Law School students. Now seeing as I never went to prom and have the love of my life to go with me I am ecstatic. However, I have been investigating dresses and I don't like many that are out there to buy. I am full sized, between a 16-18. I am losing weight but I want to make something spectacular. This is where all of you come in!! Here are some of the patterns I like...





The last one is my favorite. My mother thinks that it is too old fashion. Basically I want a show stopper! Something beautiful and wonderful. I have just started sewing, but my brother is a pro. Any ideas that people think are gorgeous would be greatly appreciated!! I'm going for something elegant and red carpet-esque. Hence making it rather than buying one! Thanks!!
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012 03:31:35 PM »

I like the last one best as well.

I wouldn't go for either of the first 2, I think, loosing weight, if you're anything like me, your skin will be a little loose on you and neither of those would flatter that. And no. 8729 seems a bit too bridal to me.

Of course, you may be loosing weight slow enough to not have loose skin, in which case my objection to the first 2 will be invalid.

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« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2012 12:44:42 PM »

I think it depends on your body type, if you are hourglass shaped, I would go with the last one, where if you are more apple or straight up and down shaped, I would say I like the first one.
No matter how much I weighed, I have a big booty and can say that dress #1 DOES NOT look good on that body type LOL.
For show-stopping, why not try some color? I don't know what colors you look good in, but red or purple are always nice... a lot of ladies will be wearing blah black, and so color really stands out

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« Reply #3 on: February 10, 2012 02:29:13 PM »

Thank you both for the response. An update: I have a large behind, sizable breasts, and am working on the tummy. So I'm somewhere between an hourglass and a block. I am considering color. My brother and I are going to test out patterns over my Spring break. Thanks for all the help!!
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« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2012 12:07:41 PM »

The last one, absolutely the last one. If you're almost hourglass-y, it will totally nip you in at the waist with that wide, fitted waistband. The deep V neckline will flatter a larger chest, and the skirts with petticoats underneath will provide volume to balance you out and that much fabric sweeping around you will be spectacular. Avoid #3 if you are larger of boob, since that neckline will give you a monoboob of epic proportion. I think #2 is a non-starter; if I'm being brutally honest I think it's kind of ugly. Also, without a degree in engineering to fabricate some kind of scaffolding in there, I think you're going to run into boob-age issues. #1 is cute enough, but it seems a bit blah really.
Which ever you go for, the key to a showstopping appearance is to make sure the thing fits you like a glove and is perfectly finished A quality fabric will really pay off, especially as the majority of store-bought gowns don't exactly employ the highest quality of component. And wear it with your head held high knowing that you look bloody amazing!

« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012 10:01:48 AM »

Thanks for the advice!!! I am going to make a practice version this weekend!! We will see how that goes!
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