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Miss American Pie
« on: December 04, 2007 01:09:39 PM »

Finished just in time for my sophomore formal and just in time for the challenge!



I made it out of this hideous velvet shirtdress I picked up at goodwill. The dress was shapeless and tasteless, but the material was so rich and gorgeous, I just had to buy it and see what it could become.



Earlier that week, I had bought a brown tank top with a pretty beaded centerpiece at another thrift shop. When I brought the dress home, I knew they were meant to be together. So I rounded up some chiffon for the straps and some satin for the lining, and after some serious meltdowns and some perseverance, I finally created this sassy, sensuous formal dress...



It has a bubble hem which you can kind of see in the picture. Haha, I used the dress's shoulder pads for the boob padding (yes, it had shoulder pads, and yes, I need boob padding), and I also used the same zipper and left the original pocket intact (which came in handy on saturday).



Dress: $4
Tank top: $3
Chiffon: $6
Satin: $3
Grand Total: $16

Not bad. Haha, I spent more money than that on tickets. I promise I'll post pictures from the actual night of the dance if my friends ever get them to me. Questions and comments welcome, of course. Thanks for looking!


-------Edit--------

Ok, I found a picture from the night of the dance...



It's me and my date. I guess nobody took a picture with my full dress.  Sad  Oh well, I thought I'd post this one anyway just cause we look kinda cute and it shows the sheerness of the chiffon on the bust. I was going for something sexy but classy...
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CreativeGenes
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007 01:11:30 PM »

Your dress is lovely and you look beautiful in it.
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007 01:19:50 PM »

that's beautiful.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007 01:23:57 PM »

This is absolutely gorgeous dress! So well made, you really used the materials well.
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007 01:36:39 PM »

Wowsers!  That is a beautiful and useful dress!  Love the finds and the mind behind them!  Great job - can't wait to see more pics of the full length dress!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007 02:09:24 PM »

Wow, beeeeautiful dress, lovely job  Cool
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007 02:27:35 PM »

Wonderful dress! It really is fabulous
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 02:29:30 PM »

wow so cute love bubble hems those really do go really well together. props
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« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2007 02:30:05 PM »

this is super cute, i bet you were hotter than your date
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« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2007 02:31:42 PM »

Amazing!!!
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« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2007 02:52:22 PM »

Smiley i like it
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« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2007 02:55:16 PM »

what a hot but classy dress. Good work.
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« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2007 02:55:35 PM »

That's a beautiful recon.  I'm a sucker for velvet and have to stop and think twice about picking up yet another ugly gown whenever I visit the consignment store.  You made great use of this one.
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« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2007 02:56:37 PM »

I've got another favorite! Great job!
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« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2007 03:14:23 PM »

excellent job on the dress!
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« Reply #15 on: December 04, 2007 04:21:33 PM »

that looks great! and I love the shoulder pads as boob pads . Wink I need them too ! I ll have to barrow this idea ! thanks for sharing
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« Reply #16 on: December 04, 2007 05:29:19 PM »

This dress is gorgeous, and you look beautiful in it. Very classy looking!

Rockin'! Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: December 04, 2007 06:08:13 PM »

wow what a great eye for thrift store potential! my little sis saw this and asked if you were a fashion designer! very nice!
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« Reply #18 on: December 04, 2007 06:14:33 PM »

beautiful dress!! you did a great job Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 04, 2007 07:07:08 PM »

That dress is stunning, you did a fab job! 
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2007 08:31:25 PM »

Wow, I see those dresses all the time, and I love to pet them!  You did a great job with your materials - it really looks professional.  I bet you were the best dressed at the ball!
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2007 09:14:36 PM »

You have just amazed me!!!! That dress is gorgeous, the cost couldn't be better, it looks fabulous on, and it was a major feat of perserverance and creativity. Way to go!
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2007 10:07:47 PM »

One word comes to mind.  Cinderella!

You've got terrific skills and creativity.  Even more so - because you are so young.  That dress is badazz and I know you rocked it at the ball with your Prince.

Are you sure some little mice didn't actually sew this up for you?
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« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2007 11:31:11 PM »

That is awesome. Great idea on using the shoulder pads for boob padding - you've got to hate shoulder pads.
Personally, I'm not big on velvet dresses but this one is awesome!
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2007 01:02:10 PM »

That is an amazing transformation.  It's SO nice.
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2007 02:46:52 PM »

What a makeover! Looks completely gorgeous!
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2007 05:36:50 PM »

Awesome! I love bubble hems!
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2007 02:18:45 AM »

what a beautifull dress i love it.
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« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2007 07:42:29 AM »

This is such a stand-out piece. Very classy. Excellent vision and execution.
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« Reply #29 on: December 07, 2007 08:46:39 PM »

Ooh... lovely! And I love how you were able to actually use that big gem thing (and it ended up looking really good!)
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« Reply #30 on: December 08, 2007 10:59:50 AM »

I love velvet, but it does look a bit... hmm tragic sometimes like with that original dress, but you've made a gorgeous look out of it, I bet you looked amazing for your dance.
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« Reply #32 on: December 08, 2007 07:42:33 PM »

Wow, you did an absolutely beautiful job on this!  The dress looks professionally made - what a recon!
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« Reply #33 on: December 08, 2007 09:02:46 PM »

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« Reply #34 on: December 09, 2007 03:19:07 PM »

you look great sweetie Smiley and so does the dress!!!
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« Reply #35 on: December 11, 2007 01:17:50 AM »

gorgeous!! i lovelovelove it.
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« Reply #36 on: December 11, 2007 05:44:19 PM »

I love the way you used the applique thingy in the middle of the dress, and the sheer/sexy/classy top was great! gorgeous
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« Reply #37 on: December 13, 2007 06:46:31 AM »

Aww I wish you had won!
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« Reply #38 on: December 13, 2007 04:51:25 PM »

You are so creative!!  I have been there but yours is art!
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« Reply #39 on: December 18, 2007 02:14:03 PM »

Wow - great job! What an awesome dress you created!!
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« Reply #40 on: December 18, 2007 03:17:36 PM »

Your dress is so gorgeous! Hope you had fun at formal Smiley
And there's something about you and your date's eyes and his tie and your dress embellishment that makes that photo really pop!
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« Reply #41 on: December 20, 2007 09:12:44 AM »

I <3 this dress, its just so perfect for a school semi formal!
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« Reply #42 on: December 20, 2007 09:35:03 AM »

Wow, I'm impressed, good job on the recon.. you looked fab!
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« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2007 11:16:42 AM »

What a gorgeous dress, you'd never know it was handmade! I'm developing a love for bubble skirts lately...
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« Reply #44 on: December 31, 2007 12:03:20 PM »

Beautiful!! You did excellent!!!!
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« Reply #45 on: May 17, 2008 05:25:42 PM »

I just love your date's expression! He looks so thrilled. And who wouldn't be if their date was wearing that dress? It's gorgeous!
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« Reply #46 on: July 29, 2009 03:12:23 PM »

This was so beautiful!! Exactly classy and sassy!!
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