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sairosaurus
« Reply #40 on: November 27, 2008 09:55:51 PM »

You did an AMAZING job!!!

I'm still sad that you don't want to make me one as well, but I'll live Smiley

The fabric is a beautiful choice. I really like the shade of blue you chose; it lends itself wonderfully to the style of dress, and accentuates your skin-tones nicely, and the trims are like frothy, sugary topping on a confectionary masterpiece (for someone with a sweet-tooth, that's a GOOD thing!)
I honestly don't think I can gush enough. And I can't believe you did this based conceptually on a couple of drawings. I just hope that you got amazing marks on this!

Wow! Thanks so much! Unfortunately, the dress wasn't made to my size, although I am close, my model is actually a close friend of mine. Part of the exercise was in the fitting, and it's not easy to do a proper fitting on yourself! I haven't received my marks back yet! I assume that I passed... but we don't really get graded as such, our offical grade is only ever pass or fail! It sucks!


This is amazing! Would you be willing to share how you made the hoop skirt and petticoat? I've always loved this style of clothing but could never figure out all of the bits and pieces.

The hoop skirt was made of four gores, with 8 rows of 1 inch cotton tape stitched on, and enamel coated sprung steel threaded through this. The remainder was just gathered into a waist-band.

The petticoat, is three widths of 150cm fabric (by your length of course) stitched together in a tube. Then we just took strips of fabric about 30cm wide, sewed them together, and stitched them on in rows. There was a formula to how many widths were in each row, but I can't remember exactly how many, I think about 9 in the bottom, and then it gradually decreases towards the top. It was then gathered onto a waist-bulk reduction strip, which was then stitched into a waist-band. We made them much longer than they needed to be, and then put big tucks on the base skirt on the bottom few layers to make it as short as we needed. This is so if we need it for another costume, we don't have to make a whole new petticoat, just let the tucks out!

Wow!!!That is so beautiful!! How many hours total do you think it took you?

It's hard to tell because it was done over such a long period. One of the ladies in our class timed herself on the petticoat, and that alone took 24hrs of continual sewing/cutting/pinning. She is a sample machinist, and a bit faster than me! All the hems are double turned, on both edges, so with over 100m of this, you can see where a lot of the time went! I estimate (very rough estimate) that it would have take about 125ish hours, including most of the sourcing of fabrics. 
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« Reply #41 on: November 28, 2008 02:34:42 AM »

It's absolutely gorgeous, & I especially love the bows at the back. You and your classmates did a fantastic job.
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« Reply #42 on: November 28, 2008 07:32:25 AM »

OMG!  That is STUNNING!  Completely gorgeous and it looks so authentic!
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« Reply #43 on: November 28, 2008 01:52:27 PM »

absolutely stunning!  all I can say is WOW!
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« Reply #44 on: November 28, 2008 02:21:14 PM »

The last picture with all the girls together looks like a painting. So beautiful with the vivid colors.
Your dress is amazing and something to be proud of. It looks fantastic and so well made. You can really see how many hours went into it. Well done and congratulations!
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« Reply #45 on: November 29, 2008 01:53:24 PM »

Wow.....just....wow.....

SO much talent!
I'm a photographer, and that dress inspires so many different ideas in me......wish I had a dress like that (and a model like that!) to photograph.
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« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2008 07:50:29 PM »

This is incredible! Gorgeous! Lovely! (Brings to light a class I took on the history of fashion!!)

If you don't mind mentioning it on the internet, where do you go to school? I would love to check it out if they have a website. They obviously have quality teaching!!
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« Reply #47 on: December 10, 2008 05:44:03 PM »

This is incredible! Gorgeous! Lovely! (Brings to light a class I took on the history of fashion!!)

If you don't mind mentioning it on the internet, where do you go to school? I would love to check it out if they have a website. They obviously have quality teaching!!

No problem, its a fair way away from you, but the college website is here:

http://www.lg.tafensw.edu.au/creativetafe/ctindex.htm#5
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« Reply #48 on: December 14, 2008 02:59:47 PM »

Beautiful. I love the color of the dress.  Smiley
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« Reply #49 on: December 15, 2008 08:38:58 PM »

amazing! all of your work is just insanely detailed and awesome! Wink
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