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« 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!


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...
« Last Edit: December 06, 2007 01:29:17 PM by Miss American Pie » THIS ROCKS   Logged

« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007 01:11:30 PM »

Your dress is lovely and you look beautiful in it.

« 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.

Haha.. you fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders. The most famous being: Never get involved in a land war in Asia. Only slightly less well know is this: Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!
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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

« 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 »


Would love to swap journal ephemera if anyone is doing that
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