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Topic: 80s orange + raspberry birthday dress! (img. hvy.)  (Read 7254 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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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2009 12:03:33 AM »

nice dress, so cuuuute!!
I really like the tulle
and the hole in the back is very original!!!
you look pretty!!
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2009 12:47:17 AM »

Great dress!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2009 05:36:12 AM »

OMG I need this dress. I'm totally obsessed with the 80s. Great work! 
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2009 05:41:37 AM »

I love it! I love the colors and it looks super cute on you. I just turned 28 and I still make a big deal about my birthday. I say do it until you no longer want to!
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« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2009 06:00:21 AM »

WOW! I lived through that time period the first time around, and this looks WAY cuter now than the versions they show on the pattern....the orange and raspberry together colorblock is WONDERFUL! And the tulle peeking out at the bottom is genius!

Simply FABULOUS!
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« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2009 12:25:15 PM »

Cute dress, and way to make it work!  I love birthdays and I stillmake a big deal about mine and everyone else's!  I'll be a grand 33 in a few weeks... Hmm, better get to work on a dress!
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« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2009 12:43:46 PM »

that dress is so fantastic!
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2009 01:33:22 PM »

You're never to old to make a huge deal about your birthday!
Especially for someone who's so talented at dressmaking. :]
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« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2009 03:41:38 PM »

Super cute.  The tulle looks FAB!
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2009 05:56:14 PM »

Oh that dress is awesome! I love the color combo too! And you are NEVER too old to make a big deal out of your bday! I'm 25 and I still do and I always will I think!! The only prob with me is something ALWAYS goes wrong on my bday's!
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« Reply #20 on: May 28, 2009 06:04:25 PM »

It's great! I love the flower in your hair...nice touch Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2009 07:47:27 PM »

I love the colors! And I love that you make a birthday dress every year.  And you're not too old-- I'm 39 and still think my birthday is the most important holiday of the year  Grin
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« Reply #22 on: May 29, 2009 12:33:34 AM »

That's amaaaazing!!!
The colours were a great choice and it looks great on you Smiley
I have around 30 patterns dated late 60's to the 90's, you've definitely just given me the drive to try a few out!!
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« Reply #23 on: May 29, 2009 01:54:15 AM »

Great job=]
I really like the pattern, the back bit is really cool!
& Happy Birthday! Grin
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« Reply #24 on: May 29, 2009 04:04:35 AM »

I love the dress!!
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« Reply #25 on: May 29, 2009 06:09:59 AM »

wow. i thought the pattern was ugly but the dress came out cute and you can honestly pull off anything imho. I love your posts and everything you make! and why not take pictures??? you're cute and make cute stuff, show off girl!! Wink
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« Reply #26 on: May 29, 2009 07:58:29 AM »

Love it!
I have the same dress form boob problem that you do, so what I did to fix it was take an old bra of mine, put it on the dress form, and stuff it. It works wonderfully.
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« Reply #27 on: May 29, 2009 10:33:30 AM »

That is SO fun! Great job!! Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: May 29, 2009 11:32:33 AM »

That's adorable!   
And I think it's absolutely reasonable to celebrate your birthday every year, because people should be happy you were born for them to have you in their lives. Smiley It's the one day you're allowed to feel overly special!

So, yeah, there's my mini rant. Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: May 29, 2009 02:33:26 PM »

Oh I love it. And I love the idea of a birthday dress. That's great.
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« Reply #30 on: May 29, 2009 03:00:48 PM »

How fun to make an over-the-top dress for your birthdays! It's your party, right? Smiley It looks like a tricky pattern to work out. Good job!
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« Reply #31 on: May 30, 2009 09:18:17 PM »

Very cute, I love the color's. It makes me fill old I made something like it in high school for a fashion show.
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« Reply #32 on: June 01, 2009 07:51:05 PM »

I love it!  It's so unique.  The colors go together great too.
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« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2009 09:21:53 AM »

that is so freaking awesome!!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #34 on: June 02, 2009 12:58:47 PM »

love it!! i love all the dresses you make!  looking at all yur posts really makes me consider wearing dresses more often, or just all together really but then when the time comes i just put on jeans, a tank top and my chucks  Undecided
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« Reply #35 on: June 02, 2009 08:03:47 PM »

this rocks! It's like something from Jem & the Holograms (80's cartoon if anyone remembers it).. I could see avril lavigne rocking out in it! Well done, and happy birthday!
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