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« on: January 04, 2007 03:04:03 PM »

OldNavy.com has black and khaki strapless dresses on sale for $20. Since I cant sew but love to be crafty I bought a bunch. Now I need suggestions! Please craftsters, help me. I'm always so impressed with your ideas.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2007 03:05:33 PM »

Heres a link to the dresses. Theres so much potential.

http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=15292&pid=435893&scid=435893012

http://www.oldnavy.com/browse/product.do?cid=15292&pid=435893&scid=435893002
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2007 03:21:42 PM »

if you knit/crochet you could cut them into s sort of raw/edged line of strips to work with?
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2007 04:20:54 PM »

nice buy! you could do felt appliques with hot glue . . . i'm going to try that technique sometime soon - i've seen some gorgeous things on craftster done with simple felt!
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2007 04:30:56 PM »

I would cut out flowers and leaves in a print fabric (like calico or something) or maybe denim and applique them on with six-strand embroidery floss in very coarse stitches, allowing room at the edges of the fabric for them to fray. I'd probably go all up and down a whole side with them.

You could also stencil them. There are lots of good ideas on the stencil board.

You could apply rows of a cute trim to the bodice and hemline. You could put on several rows of trim, depending on what you trim it with, to get a unique look.
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2007 09:49:24 AM »

I'd add a length of tuille under the bottom of one to make a crinolin effect. Or add long lace to the bottom of it and add lace around the top of it as well. Or even the really nice satin blanket edging you can buy already made up like a bias tape.
This would give one dress a very dressy look for more formal needs.
 You can buy beads by the yard now on satin edging and add that to the top and bottom as well. Then I would add more matching bead work on the the side fronts or even some work along the darts. make matching choker and earrings and even a longer necklace and wear them both together.
You are right there really is so much potential!
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I would do a stencil.Go to the stencil forum to get some REALLY cool ideas but in my opinion a pencil would be great.
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« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2007 11:38:06 PM »

Be careful putting beading on the sides of dresses. A friend of mine ripped up her inner arms with crystal beading around the top of her wedding dress. Looked dreamy, but apparently really painful.

I'd probably put those detachable hooks on one of the dresses - so I can put straps on if I want to (you can make them wider too, or with more fabric to make fluttery sleeves).

I really like lace/crochet/beaded halter necks - basically a triangle coming up from the top of the bodice to attach at the neck with ribbon or a wire choker and made out of something really foofy and pretty.
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« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2007 08:48:44 AM »

Be careful putting beading on the sides of dresses. A friend of mine ripped up her inner arms with crystal beading around the top of her wedding dress. Looked dreamy, but apparently really painful.
yes I agree but I was thinking more in the lines of sfrom one hip up around the front to the shoulder kind of thing. Someplace on craftsters there was an adorable little tank top or bustier top with cherry blossoms that went up and around like this and it's just incredible.
One of these little black dresses could become the most amazing and classic little black dress for more formal events.
ohhhhhhh If only I could wear something like that!
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« Reply #9 on: February 03, 2007 02:35:30 PM »

I have that dress! in black AND white, actually.

I'd gore out the skirt at the seams and put in a really fun fabric, like a big floral on the khaki and maybe a toile on the black one. Could be coooool.....
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