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« on: December 04, 2007 09:39:10 PM »






I found this at the Rescue Mission for $6.99.  I know, too much.  It screamed 80's so badly that believe it or not, at the register "Love is a Battlefield" was playing by Pat Benatar.  I remember the video, I'm sure someone was wearing this.  It is a study in excess, Ruffles, sequins, lace, bow, rhinestones and shoulder pads.

It took a bit of time taking it apart.  I started out with Simplicity's pattern 4063 -- a dragon pattern.

The fabric was very difficult to work with.  If you are ever tempted to buy polyester satin, run away from the bolt.  So long as you don't have to put ANY stress on the seam, perhaps it will be okay.  It also does not take an iron well, so be careful if you have to use any fusible interfacing with it.  That said, the directions don't want hardly any seam allowances, they are 1/4 inch and it has you clipping to thread all over the place.  I sewed the strips of the ruffles together after removing and pressing.  If I had to do it again, I would have fused the fabric "sheets" I made to the interfacing at that time-- Not after I cut the pattern pieces.

I gave up on the legs and feet, really who can do this without the f-bomb?  So I adapted it to sea-monster, it really wanted to be a sea creature.

Here's Poseidon's Pet:









The dress was a thrift store find and not in my size.  The pattern can be used again.  I might play with it after the holidays with different fabric to see if it works any better.  The directions are not that great.  It uses a lot of wire, I don't care for the way the dragon's wings are done. This is why I did a sea monster.  I'd like to imagine him pulling a sea chariot for Poseidon.





« Last Edit: December 06, 2007 05:14:20 AM by lucelu - Reason: fixing the photos I added and clarification. » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2007 09:50:36 PM »

Wonderful re-con! I love it!
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« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2007 10:02:53 PM »

Simplicity 4063 is still giving me nightmares 4 months later.  You are a BRAVE BRAVE woman.  Even more so for using poly-satin.  EEK!

Props for the wicked cool sea monster.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2007 10:07:23 PM »

Oh my gosh!  The dragon is such a better way to use all that fabric!  Great job!
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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2007 10:08:35 PM »

soooo much nicer as a dragon than as a dress!
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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2007 10:09:24 PM »

 Shocked

It just growled at me!!!

Awesome!
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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2007 10:11:07 PM »

What a great-looking project! I love it!
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« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2007 10:48:27 PM »

It screamed 80's so badly that believe it or not, at the register "Love is a Battlefield" was playing by Pat Benatar.  I remember the video, I'm sure someone was wearing this.

Oh my god, that had me cracking up. I love that video.

Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2007 04:28:11 AM »

Aww, he's so cute!

I totally remember that video. Tongue
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« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2007 08:38:42 AM »

AWESOME!  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2007 08:43:32 AM »

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soooo much nicer as a dragon than as a dress!

My thoughts exactly  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2007 09:24:38 AM »

that pattern alone is evil not to mention making it with that evil dress! Great job!
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« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2007 09:53:25 AM »

 Cheesy holy moley and sumbrewos!

U hafto be a high level wizard to turn a dress into a dragon.
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« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2007 10:01:07 AM »

Oh my god, I have the same exact dress!! I also got it at a thrift store, as a costume for an 80s themed party. That's so crazy!
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« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2007 11:01:21 AM »

Here's a helpful hint: Someone once told me she never cuts patterns out. She uses shoe paper (I'm not sure if that's different from regular tissue paper, which you can get huge squares of in the gift-wrapping section of the store) and traces the pattern and uses that instead. That way she can use the pattern an infinite number of times, and either give it to someone else or sell it at a garage sale.

Although I get the impression this isn't something you're going to be trying again soon, anyway.  Cheesy

Great job! My first thought on seeing the dress was what a beautiful color it was, and then I saw the bigger picture and thought YUCK! You did a great job in turning something awful into something awesome (and cute!).
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2007 11:58:32 AM »

Awesome creature!! What a great use of an old ugly dress!
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« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2007 12:01:59 PM »

wow great job! that ugly dress was so perfect for making a beautiful seamonster!
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« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2007 12:44:59 PM »

He's great...your recon is so gorgeous!!! I love it!!  Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2007 01:28:58 PM »

That's way better!

I tried that pattern, too.  However, My attempts are still on my floor, pretending to be something worthwhile.
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« Reply #19 on: December 05, 2007 01:50:28 PM »

That's amazing! Very creative Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: December 05, 2007 02:38:48 PM »

That is so awesome! Should I be ashamed that I had a dress just like that that I wore to Homecomming my freshman year...? Grin Looks much better as a Sea Monster!
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« Reply #21 on: December 05, 2007 05:47:29 PM »

shame on me for my adoration of the original dress!!  Lips sealed but poseidon's pet is a damn fine re-incarnation. don't think I could touch my collection of eighties relics though... might just have to keep them festering in the wardrobe a bit longer, until arm-swallowing puff sleeves come back into fashion. although you never know...

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« Reply #22 on: December 05, 2007 06:01:46 PM »

HEY!
  I saw the photo and knew it was my SGA Craftster buddy!  That turned out so awesome!
I hope I'll be seeing that at a meeting!

  Dada da da...da da(love is battlefield playing in the background) Everybody shimmy, I've got the crimping iron warming if any one's interested!
   
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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2007 08:47:06 PM »

when i first saw the dress i was'nt sure what was going on  Grin but noe seeing the little pet I LOVE IT!great work!
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2007 10:46:53 PM »

i would totally wear that dress, and rock it.
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« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2007 12:21:18 AM »

I love that you took a super 80s dress mathinger and made something completely unrelated!! I never would have thought to make a little pet  Grin.
Super creative && LOVE IT!!
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« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2007 10:21:48 AM »

That last picture is scary! But he's so cute-- good choice of fabric. And thank goodness that dress is gone.
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« Reply #27 on: December 07, 2007 07:50:32 AM »

I was totally blown away by this one. You are brave indeed for seeing this one through.

And I did just happen to have the Go-Go's radio playing on Pandora when I read this.

I've got the crimping iron warming if any one's interested!

I am so there, sewphoto. I'll bring the Fresca!

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