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« on: September 10, 2006 10:38:13 AM »

any idea how to make it? im pretty sure i know how to make the top, because i can see that it ties with a bow in the back, but as for the bottom, i really have no idea how to make it - i've searched everywhere and can't figure out how it would close. i'm guessing a zipper, but i'd like a second opinion. thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2006 10:52:01 AM »

If the back is open between the top and bottom parts, then I'm guessing it doesn't have any kind of extra closure. The angle from the front to back would make it plenty big enough to step into.
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« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2006 11:41:11 AM »

Can't see the back, but it looks like it should just be a bunch of fabric gathered to that diamond in front and then a seam sewn in back where the two pieces would meet, and the hem evened off to account for the odd angle of the fabric.  (Can't see the bottom either, so have no idea what the hem looks like.)
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« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2006 04:19:09 PM »

Yah, the drape looks like it would be big enough to step into, and then close the top up. Cool dress!
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2006 07:41:15 PM »

Pieces like that are too-good-to-be-true.  I'd say there's double-sided tape EVERYWHERE! lol
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« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2006 05:07:23 AM »

Ok, until I can get picture in I will try to explain.

Imagine the beginings of the infinity dress featured on here somewhere. But as all one piece so you will have a shape like an opened out (unsewn) skirt and from the middle of that shape going up you will have 2 really long "straps". cross one "strap" infront of the other as close the where they meet the other fabric as possible. Where they have folded will create the pleats that you see at the front part of the skirt as you have forced the fabric to change shape. Where the straps cross each other sew along all these sides. This will create the diamond shape at the front (this is not a separate piece). Does any of this make any sense?
 Now, where the straps are now will help to form the covering of the breasts. But this part looks quite formed and I reckon there's cups sewn in there so you will have to get some of these in your size.
You will probably need help fitting this to your self (unless you have a dress from). As you kind of nee dto size the breasts at the same time as the waist. But  Ireckon this could be done quite nicely.
Hope this  makes sense and good luck!!
PS I will try and get that stupid picture up!)
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« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2006 03:12:06 PM »

ok. so this is my theory as to how this dress is going to work out. the only thing i'm not sure of is if the bottom part is somehow one piece, or if it's 2 pieces the way it's shown here:

the front would be gather up to be sewn into the diamond, therefore the bottom would end up being straight, not diagonal.
would this work?
thanks to all who have replied!
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« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2006 06:46:00 PM »

um, why don't you like your version?

It looks pretty cute from what I can see, but I know pictures can lie.

I like the halter style more than the original though : )
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2006 06:48:15 PM »

Wow, it looks gorgeous from the pics!!! What an awesome knockoff!! What don't you like about it??
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« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2006 12:52:26 AM »

Gorgeous!!
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2006 03:53:28 AM »

I think the dress looks fab. You did a really good job.
Did you do it like we said, with the pieces crossing over?
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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2006 04:11:06 AM »

Good job! It's not bad at all, though I suppose it may have looked better if you used a less crisp fabric, like georgette instead, then line it...
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« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2006 05:35:39 AM »

Hey, I would definitely wear that!! You look amazing. Actually, I think I am going to make it - did you stick to your original design? What would you have done differently? What in particular don't you like?

Sorry for the questions but I'm imagining me in this at the next cocktail party Grin
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« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2006 08:13:36 PM »

good stuff, i really like it. I might even try to make a version in pink Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2006 05:05:53 PM »

the only problem i have is that my sewing machine just won't let me sew the bottom hem of the dress without making it bunch up, so it hangs oddly.  i did change my design a little bit -i lined the top part and added cups, and i didn't use 2 pieces for the bottom -i used 1 and sewed i diagonal line from the back to the bottom of the dress (am i making sense?), so that it would allow me to put it on without using azipper.  other than the hem line, it turned out well i guess. i'm going to keep  working on the hem line, does anyone have any  suggestions? i've tried using the rolled hem foot on  my sewing machine, but it hasn't worked (like i said before, it makes it bunch up). i've also tried adjusting the tension, etc. i think when i have time ill pin it up myself and straight sew it, and see if that works.
thanks guys! Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: September 30, 2006 05:16:00 PM »

I really likle the dress!! Personally I would wear it! It looks very nice on you and it looks so similar. you did an exellent job!!!
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« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2006 11:58:39 AM »

Oh my gosh! It's AMAZING! I really really want one now!
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« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2006 07:51:06 AM »

why dontcha wear it, it looks faboulos!  Shocked

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« Reply #18 on: October 08, 2006 11:37:26 AM »

that is really beautifull i dunt kno y u dunt realli like it
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« Reply #19 on: October 08, 2006 04:13:42 PM »

I love that dress!  Yours turned out great!

I understand the hem dilemma, though.  Ugh!  I have the same problems!  I think the rolled hem foot only works if you are sewing a straight hem and have buttloads of patients (or you are sewing a round hem and have 2 buttloads of patients).  Often I am sewing skirt hems and I never have the required patients.  Thus = much disaster.

You might try a blind hem (have you got that foot?), but I fight w/ that as well because mine either end up being totally visible or not hemmed at all.  My ultimate solution was reverting to hand sewing.  And we all know how lame that is when you have a perfectly good sewing machine that should just do it for you!

I love garment sewing, but I always dread the hemming.  Keep us posted on how it's going!
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« Reply #20 on: October 08, 2006 05:51:55 PM »

I like it  Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2006 10:20:42 AM »

You should totally wear that! It's adorable Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2006 07:37:32 PM »

you did a great job, it looks so good on you!
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« Reply #23 on: October 13, 2006 07:49:02 PM »

I don't know but I think it looks fantastic on you. It looks like the fabric is a lot thicker so maybe that's why it didn't work like u wanted but I still think it's great.
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« Reply #24 on: October 14, 2006 07:42:24 PM »

That dress is gorgeous.  Way better (and more wearable) than the original.  And it looks incredible on you!  Whenever I make dresses, I always end up botching the fit just a little bit and never wanting to finish it, so I know how you feel, vis-a-vis not being totally happy with it.  On the hem issue, I would just unpick the hem you've got and hand stitch it.  It'll be easier than fighting an unwilling sewing machine in the long run.  I'd hate to see a dress that pretty go unworn because of the hem!
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« Reply #25 on: October 23, 2006 02:41:37 PM »

that dress looks awesome! i think you should wear it!
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« Reply #26 on: October 28, 2006 07:01:36 PM »

I like your version better.
partially because i dislike rihanna.
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« Reply #27 on: October 31, 2006 09:16:16 PM »

You did a great job. Seriously, I love it!
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« Reply #28 on: November 03, 2006 09:28:22 PM »

absolutely gorgeous.  Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2006 06:54:36 AM »

Girl, why don't you hand stitch the hem? You can ever do it delicately enough so you don't even see the hem stitches on the right side. You basically thread through one thread of the fabric with your needle on the wrong side. I would make the stitches about a third of a cm apart. My Mom used to have to make all my dresses (tall girl over here), and made me hem them. Smiley

It's a beautiful dress on you, the color is fabulous-- I hope you can get it so that you are happy with it.
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« Reply #30 on: January 21, 2007 10:35:02 AM »

I think it looks great! I would love to have a dress like that but in a dark purple... maybe i will make it for prom...
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« Reply #31 on: February 01, 2007 11:35:20 AM »

I like that dress. You made a great replica!
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« Reply #32 on: February 01, 2007 11:38:42 AM »

I think I like your version of the dress better than the original! haha.

very pretty! and I love that green color!
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« Reply #33 on: February 02, 2007 04:11:36 AM »

I like it! Good job Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: April 08, 2007 08:18:56 PM »

Your version is so good! If you're not happy with it, maybe try a different fabric. The Rihanna one looks like it's stretchier than the fabric you used.
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« Reply #35 on: March 18, 2008 04:08:13 AM »

WOW!
I love it, especially the colour and the open back... personally I like your version better with the halter.
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« Reply #36 on: April 14, 2008 02:03:30 PM »

zomg.
it's gorgeous.
i would think the only problem in wearing it would be figuring out where to wear it?
my schedule doesn't fit in many places where i need to dressy dress up =[
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« Reply #37 on: April 24, 2008 08:50:16 PM »

I like yours better.
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« Reply #38 on: April 27, 2008 06:02:20 PM »

I love this dress, in fact I'm thinking of making my own.
I think the only thing I would change about yours is to line it, and that's easy enough!
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« Reply #39 on: July 06, 2008 07:42:31 AM »

Aw wow, I really like that. Great job xD
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« Reply #40 on: July 06, 2008 08:10:54 AM »

Ok, well - I haven't read all the posts so maybe this has been stated already. I would bet that the skirt part of it was cut on the bias. That would be how it would drape so nicely on the lower back, and it would not really have a zipper or anything. You'd need to do some stay-stitching to make sure it doesn't start to bag out, but that bias cut really does amazing things when you want a lovely drape.

Also, I think you did a FABULOUS job, and the shoes go with it perfectly (I so rarely get the shoe thing right!) - you should wear this dress! It looks spectacular on you! Don't compare yourself to the lovely airbrushed model and then rate you and your dress lower. The picture you have of you wearing it - well, just remember, your hair's not done up, no dramatic makeup, you're looking at yourself in a mirror or a photo without photo shoot lighting - those things all make a difference.

All I mean is that what I see is an awesome WOW factor in the dress, and you in it makes it even more WOW! Smiley

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P.S. I did just go back and read the posts - and I agree with those who wrote that this fabric/dress call for hand sewing the hem. You'll be surprised how little time it actually takes to roll & sew the hem, and what a BIG difference it makes in how the dress looks.
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« Reply #41 on: July 10, 2008 11:54:15 PM »

that dress looks absolutely stunning on your figure. And even if it doesn't look as good as Rhianna's in the picture (although I bet it looks just as good if not better in real life) you have to remember that they use photoshop to make everything pop out more and curve better, especially around the breasts (its true.)
So, anyways, yours looks great, and I wish I had one. You could probably sell them if it didn't take you that much time and effort.
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« Reply #42 on: January 21, 2011 06:34:28 PM »

I like your version! Smiley
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« Reply #43 on: February 02, 2011 09:06:15 PM »

your version is lovely and I would wear it and even buy it if it were at the discount store I frequent (it has some really good stuff that they just didn't sell at pricier stores)
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« Reply #44 on: April 04, 2011 11:07:58 PM »

i love the way it looks on you. you should keep it in your closet and try it on periodically, maybe it will grow on you.
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« Reply #45 on: April 23, 2011 02:21:31 PM »

Wow it looks nice...!
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