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rossie
« on: October 22, 2008 12:05:06 AM »

Took a frightening 80's-esque formal dress, with the dropped waist and mega-fluff and scary poofy sleeves:


big scary dress by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

And turned it into a mermaid play dress:


mermaid side, posing by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

(Never mind Miss and her posing)

The process:

Seperate the dress into its major components: bodice, skirt, sleeves.  Take out the zipper. Find scary tule fluffer things inside the sleeve.  Detach and save for later use.

Cut the top half of the bodice off.  Use the previous sleeve cuffs for straps, decorate with scary fluffer tule and gathered shoulder bits.  Make bottom and tail using the old skirt (pattern from Australian Women's Weekly 'Kid's Dress Ups & Parties'.  Recommend serious meditation and calm breathing before attempting to use the pattern sheet.)  Add frilly thing to the waist cut from dress lining.

Attatch top to bottom.  Using gauzy lining from old dress, make ties for the back closer.  Add plenty of sequins.  

Find lots of jewellery, sparkly makeup and girly hair things and play dress up!

Detail shots:

Sleeve


Mermaid sleeve by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Back closure (pretty bows)


mermaid back closure by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

Dress with tail


mermaid back, tail by rossieforpresident, on Flickr

More shots at flickr, if you're interested.
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KitschyCoo
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2008 01:51:08 AM »

Wow, wow, wow, that's gorgeous!  Maybe the best recon I've ever seen!  And thanks for the tute...
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threegirlsandaboy
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2008 05:28:40 AM »

Adorable!!  Very nice recon. 
I've seen patterns where the tail is attached to a wrist strap so that you can keep it up off the ground.  That might help with the "keeping it clean" process.   Smiley 
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jroenke
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2008 07:50:22 AM »

that is so funny! nice reconstruction. Good eye seeing something cute from something yucky.
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StacyCK
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2008 11:19:27 AM »

Wonderful, wonderful recon!  You did a fantastic job making over that big scary dress into a superb mermaid.  I love the sequin scales you added on the back - that really brings it up a notch.
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michellesangel
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2008 06:39:58 PM »

that's fantabulous!!! the sequins make it so authentic as a mermaid. people, you really have to view these photos in the larger size to get a real grasp of just what she has done. you had a lot of foresight to see that ugly monstrosity become this darling costume!
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rossie
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2008 05:19:32 AM »

Thanks for the feedback Smiley 
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suewanda
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2008 03:28:36 PM »

What a perfect demonstration on how to reconstruct!  I wish I had kept all my awful formal dresses so I could have done the same.  Very creative!


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« Reply #8 on: October 23, 2008 07:31:20 PM »

What a great idea of a recon!! Great job!!!
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