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« on: January 05, 2009 02:49:16 PM »

I want to make my prom dress again this year but instead of doing the natural colors I want my dress to be kinda like these
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-76360157405211_2035_5055625
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-76360157405211_2036_27656035
http://us.st12.yimg.com/us.st.yimg.com/I/yhst-76360157405211_2035_5692003
the last one is my favorite

I have no clue on where to get fabirc like this and paying about $400 dollars for those isnt an option
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« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2009 04:48:45 PM »

There are specialty shops with fabrics like this, usually Bridal fabrics or high end shops.  These will be expensive fabrics but you can check at places like JoAnn's, etc. for fabrics close to this but usually closer to spring.  I love the dress and you can get fabric that will knife pleat like the 3rd picture but I think I'd take it to a drycleaner to do it professionaly.  For a drapey look, try a jersey knit.  For the knife pleats, try a chiffon-type fabric.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2009 05:24:43 AM »

You should consider painting the fabric yourself!  There are places like Dharma Trading that sell silk, rayons, and chiffons at relatively reasonable prices.  You could also get the paints/dyes from them and create just the look you want. 
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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2009 05:44:31 AM »

The fabric looks like silk, and my guess is that it is hand painted/dyed. 

You might be able to find an affordable synthetic that's similar (check fabric stores), or you can purchase silk and try dying it yourself.

Good luck those are beautiful dresses. 
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2009 07:52:48 AM »

The fabric for those dresses was cut on the bias.  That allows the fabric to fall in that super-drapey body-skimming kind of manner.  Anything with a nice feel and drape and that shine (if you want it) should work well if you cut it out on the bias.
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« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2009 08:17:34 AM »

I would look for polyester charmeuse satin - maybe with some spandex if you want it to stretch.  If you don't want the shininess, try chiffon or georgette.  A nice poly or rayon jersey would be a good alternative that would be easy to fit and drapey, but cool prints can be harder to find.   I wouldn't drop the money for silk for a prom dress which will be in all likelihood worn once.

Here are some cool poly charmeuse prints: Fabric.com poly charmeuse, nothing painted looking like the ones you showed, but some neat abstract prints.
Fashion fabrics club poly charmeuse - if you order from them, leave plenty of time for shipping because they are a bit slow.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2009 05:58:04 PM »

If you trust it, I've found some lovely prints on Ebay, searching for silk charmeuse.  Nine times out of ten, it's not real silk, it's polyester, but as Kaitlin said, that's all you really need.
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« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2009 03:23:26 PM »

If you live in or near the Los Angeles area they just got a MOOD Fabrics. I know they tend to have all sorts of different fabrics. They have a website, www.moodfabrics.com and you can order online. You could always look there. Again if you are in or near the L.A. area try F.I.D.M. as well (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing) because they have a store where you can buy fabric at a VERY discounted price. I've gottend some really  nice stuff there before. Anyways, just thought i'd let you know....


I just checked MOOD Fabric. com and they have some GREAT printed stuff, very similar to the fabric prints in the pictures.
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« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2009 05:55:59 PM »

Part of what makes faviana dresses so expensive is the beading. I can't find if they are silk or polyester, but polyester is easier to knife pleat with heat.


http://www.voguefabricsstore.com/store/catalog/Pleated-Skirt-Panels-orderby0-p-1-c-428.html

These are already pleated panels, but they don't have prints. Fashion fabrics club has good prices on charmeuse. They even have some prints. I've heard a tip to work with charmeuse and am still waiting to try it: put knit interfacing on your seams so that they don't move around and stretch when you are sewing them. Also, charmeuse looks best when put on the bias so make sure you buy enough fabric to allow for that.

http://www.thaisilks.com/ has some prints and some already painted fabric, but they are  rather expensive.
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« Reply #9 on: January 08, 2009 08:46:48 AM »

thanks so much, I actually wouldnt mind painting my own if I could get the dyes and stuff but the Thai Silks is a great website I found one im in love with Smiley
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