alright! so as promised, here is my prototype for the graduation dress. (for a referral back to the original, click here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=232521.0
my plan is to make the "infinity" dress for graduation. our school has this lovely tradition in which all the girls wear floor-length white gowns, and the ceremony is outdoors. since we all get to pick our own dresses, it was like a golden ticket to buy eight yards of white fabric for myself (and then chop off the floor length skirt after graduation, dye it, and wear it all summer)
so since the real thing (the white one) will be made out of silk jersey (expensive!) it wasnt such a good plan to say, hey mom, can i experiment with $240 worth of fabric for something ill probably mess up on? (which i did, twice, while the bf waited patiently for an hour
) so i ran to walmart like everyone else did and got some $1/yard grape coloured jersey to play with. and here is the prototype.
obviously the final piece will be floor length, and, of course, white. for any of you who would love to make this dress, check out rostitchery's thread on the infinity dress here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=104089.0
. some pointers, as i uncovered along the way, are that no matter how you want to tie it, make the angle between the straps TINY! i kept thinking, ooh, 90 degrees sounds nice. i couldnt do anything with it. second of all, dont make the skirt too tight. for the graduation dress i will make a bias cut skirt (which i did for this grape dress too, only i took it off after mistake #2 where i then fixed the straps and threw in a circle skirt so i could wear it to school or something else). enough rambling, here are the pictures.
the classic "infinity" i-can-wear-this-to-school way:
with twisted straps:
favourite #2 (graduation dress way):
im stuck between the last two.
1. straps were double-sided for more durability and finesse.
2. unfortunately walmart doesnt know much about fabric so i dont know what the knit is. its a four-way stretch, i know that for sure. and its purple.
3. the straps are 9 feet long, 10 inches wide.
i suggest that you try making the dress yourself! i finished it in about two or three hours total (one and a half if you pretend i didnt mess up twice). if you have questions about making it floor length on the bias, just ask