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Topic: 80s orange + raspberry birthday dress! (img. hvy.)  (Read 6726 times)
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« on: May 27, 2009 01:16:56 PM »

i make a birthday dress every year... to the point where they are over-the-top and i probably won't ever wear them again Wink this past weekend was my 24th birthday, and since i guess i'm about getting to that ol' age where i'm not supposed to make a huge deal out of my birthdays... might as well go big or go home.

i found this pattern on etsy:

i know it is ridiculous. the first time i saw it, i thought, "man, that thing is ugly" continued with my shopping. but it HAUNTED me until i finally went through an extensive search to locate it.  Tongue

all my fabric came from the fancy fabric store that is normally too expensive for me to shop at (i think just the solid colors alone were $40+), and the only alterations i made to the pattern was adding the tulle underlayer and messing around with the back seams to make them lay flat. were i to construct this pattern again, i'd probably make the neckline a little lower and more scoop-y. also, i really would not reccomend attempting this unless you have a dressform or a friend to help you size and pin - the back took a LOT of tweaking to get it to look right, and even then it could have been improved.
all in all, it was a super easy pattern and the dress itself is extremely comfortable.

ok, pictures!


front


back
sorry about my black bra poking out - promise i had on proper undergarments when i wore it in action!


tulle!!


side view

and then on the dressform:



my dressform has smaller b00bz than i do, hence the ill darts.

and the only action shot of me that night (sorry! i don't normally take pictures!)

i was wearing pink stilettos with it, too  Kiss


anyway, thanks for sludging through that epic entry with me; please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2009 01:50:47 PM »

what an adorable dress!
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« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2009 02:30:14 PM »

LOOOOVE IT!!! People always make fun of me for making a big deal about my birthday and making a birthday party dress every year even though I'm 23 so it's good to know I'm not alone. That pattern is ridiculous....

....ly awesome! haha. Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2009 03:28:27 PM »

the dress is cute!!! love it..

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2009 04:03:19 PM »

 Cheesy Love it.
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« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2009 04:45:40 PM »

That pattern is off the hook.  What year is it from??

I love the idea of making a birthday dress every years.
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2009 07:05:39 PM »

Seriously, awesome pattern. Very cute dress.
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2009 08:23:48 PM »

wow ! that turned out adorable !
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« Reply #8 on: May 27, 2009 08:38:39 PM »

Cool dress!  I bet the back part would have driven me nuts!
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« Reply #9 on: May 27, 2009 08:49:58 PM »

That is precious! Happy belated birthday!
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