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indigo flower girl
« on: December 16, 2004 06:04:31 PM »

I'm tossing around the idea of making my own prom dress this year, and making it without a pattern at that. Tonight I decided to grab a measuring tape and some scrap cloth and try making a practice princess-seam torso piece. Be forgiving, I still need to take in each side about 1/2" and the princess part on the right side got caught in my seam as I sewed oh so fast. Nonetheless, I think I will be able to make this work and I want any advice you all have!

I'm a princess! Pardon what looks like my stomach. It's where my t-shirt ends.


Less than perfect pic of the back, just to show what I thought was a resourceful use of an old men's button shirt. Cheesy The final will zip.

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2004 06:11:45 PM »

I think you're doing a great job. Whats the bottom gonna look like?

My only comments are the way it gathers in the back, the front is very cute. Great job!
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2004 06:17:28 PM »

Well right now I am thinking a full skirt, probably full length too. Maybe with sheer over top. And I think I didn't clarify this.... THIS IS NOT THE DRESS! It's like a mock-up or whatever. I mean I sewed it with orange thread! lolol! And it only looks like it gathers bc the buttons are far apart and I have jeans on anyway. Thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2004 06:46:19 PM »

I like the buttons, actually  Shocked Roll Eyes Wink Cheesy Cry Undecided
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2004 06:47:41 PM »

Hehe so so I! However, I think a zipper would be a smoother, more professional finish for a formal dress.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2004 08:11:48 PM »

That's nice! I like the buttons too, especially how it opens up in the bottom, that will make an awsome prom getup!
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« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2004 01:50:40 AM »

I've got a load of men's shirts which i would never ever wear (big n baggy - but top quality).
would you ever be so kind to post a tut? would really apreciate it, that way i would know how what to do with the shirts!
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« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2004 11:50:07 AM »

Just a thought. You know how the shirt tails splay out in the back in your mock-up? How about when you make the real thing, you make little(shorter) tails and let it splay out like that on the back? It would look really cute, especially if the back section under that were a different color. Maybe not for the prom dress, if that is not part of your dress that you envisioned, but maybe on another princess dress, like a sundress or whatever. You could make the front drop-waisted with a straight across line at the drop waist, and make the top of the back longer to include the 'tails'. You could still do a zipper, but you'd have two layers to contend with, but I think it would still be do-able. JMHO, but it might be a really special and unique dress idea. Definitely, wouldn't meet anyone with your dress! Smiley

Otherwise, the princess part is going well. You have a great willowy waistline that you can really emphasize with that style.
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2004 01:09:46 PM »

I've got a load of men's shirts which i would never ever wear (big n baggy - but top quality).
would you ever be so kind to post a tut? would really apreciate it, that way i would know how what to do with the shirts!

Yeah, I could do that. Might take a couple days!  Wink

Just a thought. You know how the shirt tails splay out in the back in your mock-up? How about when you make the real thing, you make little(shorter) tails and let it splay out like that on the back? It would look really cute, especially if the back section under that were a different color. ... You could make the front drop-waisted with a straight across line at the drop waist, and make the top of the back longer to include the 'tails'. You could still do a zipper, but you'd have two layers to contend with, but I think it would still be do-able.

I left the excess cloth at the bottom so I can fold it around and experiment with how I want the final to be. I'm thinking about some interesting angles around the hemline... but right now the back reminds me of a penguin! haha! I'll have 2 layers anyway, because this will be lined.

Thanks everyone!
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« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2004 01:51:23 PM »

Heey I like the lines you  put on that one! I might copy that of you and make a little top myself. I'll post it for you later then! I guess the easiest way to finish what you have now or making what you have in your head is pinning it to a doll and once the body is fitting and to your like, then just add length on the bottom! Maybe a bit of a half circle skirt attached to it? Hmm let us see the result! x L
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« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2004 10:30:12 PM »

I'd wear the mockup as is, maybe just add some spaghetti straps and it's a cute top!
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« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2004 04:20:37 AM »


This is the start of a really flattering dress. I too like the buttons -- especially in contrast with the color of the shirt. Why not try one that way? Perhaps you could make it into a sundress with some cute embroidery!
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« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2004 05:06:36 AM »

Thank u so much indigo!!!
will be patient and looking forward to a tut, and most of all, to see the final pic of your prom dress Grin
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« Reply #13 on: December 20, 2004 09:34:09 AM »

I think that is a nice start and final piece will be weary beautiful, It is weary smart of you to try sawing first with old fabric (I never do that and regret it too meany times Smiley)
I like the top you came up with I'm thinking about making top like that for my self. Good lack.
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« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2004 10:28:21 AM »

wow im impressed! i was going to try to make my own prom dress this year, but im not good enough with sewing clothes to go without a pattern. hehe. but it looks like you've got a good start!!! i actually like the top also, you should keep it as a shirt! good luck with your dress! i'm sure it will turn out great Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2004 11:25:10 AM »

Good start! It looks like the seams over the bust need to be more gradually graded (I highly recommend fitting your toile over the bra you're planning on wearing with the dress), and I think it'd be more flattering if you nipped in the waist a bit more.
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« Reply #16 on: December 20, 2004 03:30:48 PM »

Again, thanks for all the comments! I got sidetracked in sewing Christmas gifts (which still aren't done  Tongue) but every day I keep making adjustments to "the plan"... that is, how I will actually end up with the best prom dress ever... by prom.

Maybe a bit of a half circle skirt attached to it?
I still haven't decided on what to do for the skirt, but right now I'm thinking very full

I'd wear the mockup as is, maybe just add some spaghetti straps and it's a cute top!
Perhaps, with adjustments (that will be made anyway) like tightening it. I mean, I'm wearing a t-shirt under it in the pix and it's still a tad loose. I was trying to accomodate potential interfacing and lining, but unless I put on a pound or so before prom (NOT in the plan), the bodice needs to get slimmed down. Then maybe a top.

Perhaps you could make it into a sundress with some cute embroidery!
Sundresses can be born AFTER PROM!  Cheesy hahaha

will be patient and looking forward to a tut, and most of all, to see the final pic of your prom dress Grin
It will all come, in good time. Wink

I like the top you came up with I'm thinking about making top like that for my self.
Great! If anyone makes something, I want to see!

im not good enough with sewing clothes to go without a pattern.
I usually use patterns for everything but purses and belts, but hey! You're your own walking talking dressform, why not make clothes to fit your body instead of a size? You can do it!

seams over the bust need to be more gradually graded ... it'd be more flattering if you nipped in the waist a bit more.
They do, and I will. This torso-thing was just to see if I could wrangle myself some princess seams without it looking like it's from another planet. Fit isn't perfect.... YET!
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2005 10:22:51 AM »

How is your dress coming along?  I am making mine, too, and I was just wondering!
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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2005 10:31:01 AM »

Pff! My dress is coming along... not at all. School started up again and I found myself with zero to negative sewing time. I'm now considering using a pattern simply because I've never made a formal-style dress before and I know the fabric will probably be pricey so I don't want to screw it up. But I still plan to make my dress, either way. How is YOURS coming? Are you in the promalong?
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2005 10:48:59 AM »

Yeah, I'm in the promalong.  I actually haven't even started mine yet.  I have a sketch, but I might use a pattern and change it so that my dress will turn out how I want it to.
I'm going to make a practice dress, though, with $1/yard fabric, so that I can make sure the dress fits & looks just how I want it to.  I already have my practice fabric.  I'm going to scan my crappy sketch for the promalong, haha Smiley
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