I thought up this one quite a while ago, but it took me some time to get around to executing. I was just thinking that why couldn't Trekkies be fashionable (even if our tastes are generally somewhat off from everyone else's)? We're not all 300 pound male computer nerds, after all...
I bought three yards of plain white cotton, made a stencil, got some pretty nifty fabric paint (softer than the normal, stiff acrylic craft paint), and went to town. I added details to random bits with gold puffy paint, just for some shiny!
Picture of part of fabric before snippy-snippy.
Then it was time to cut my pattern out of it. EEP! It was the hardest part, cutting up all my hours of work. I just tried not to think about it. It was for the greater good anyway.
Close-up of fabric with ruler, for scale.
I completely lined the dress, although the pattern (New Look #6557, if I remember correctly) only called for the bodice to be lined (to which I added double layers) because the fabric was rather thin. I also added the tulle (attached to the lining) to match the ribbon that serve as the halter straps. The extra decorative ribbon was my addition as well, just because.
I think it turned out well.
I've made two other dresses from this pattern, also rather nice.
This was the first one I made, to attend a friend's wedding. Everything, including the pattern, zipper and hook and eyes only cost $12! YAY Walmert $1/yd fabric. (My shoes were more expensive, but now I don't need to buy any fancy ones for a long time).
It looks like a halter, but the straps attach to the back.
Wow, I look severely pissed...sorry.
This is the second one I made with this pattern, a halter, but I don't especially like going braless, so you can see my green straps (but the green matches!). This was also made from cheap fabric, this time from Jo-Ann Fabrics. It's a heavier weave and an awesome print.
I didn't mean to look like a saloon girl here, I just wanted to show the tulle I sewed into the skirt to make it poofy and fifties style.
I think I shall use this pattern many more times. A very good investment, it was, and easy to alter in any way I desired so far.