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Topic: world's comfiest prom dress (made of t-shirts)  (Read 6600 times)
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« on: May 31, 2009 05:32:54 AM »

This year I decided to make all my own formals, but after making a nice homecoming dress I got bored and wanted something a little less traditional.
A couple of years ago I saw a t shirt wedding gown in a craft book and promptly forgot about it, untill I saw this: http://www.stylehive.com/bookmark/tshirt-ball-gown-522617
I instantly fell in love it, (who wouldn't?) but it costs a lot of money I don't have and fits a body that's a far cry from my own.

so I drafted my first pattern and came up with my own version:


That gives you an idea of the whole dress, but the bodice is a little wrinkled. I have hideous posture.


back lace-up detail (the ribbon says happy birthday on it..this is what happens when you live in an area with but one craft shop)


bettter picture of the bodice

The theme was masquerade, or something like that, which we translated to mean over the top sunglasses. I do not know how we arrived at that conclusion. It may have something to do with the fact that we are awesome.

Also, I feel obligated to mention the gloves were actually 1920s gloves. (eep!)

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« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2009 05:43:24 AM »

Awesome! That is a great idea, I think yours looks better than the white one, and I love the red lace up detail on the back and your red glasses Smiley I reckon you must have had a great night!
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« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2009 07:18:38 AM »

Fantastic! I wish I had been able to wear a dress like this- way more comfortable!

I really like your take on it as well. The original is pretty, but your version is much cooler looking! I hope you wore some comfy sneakers with it Wink

I have a question about the construction- how did you deal with piecing it all together on the skirt? Did you use the seams as a design feature? It looks pretty smooth in the pictures.
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« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2009 07:26:29 AM »

thats awesome!
i like yours better than the white one too  Smiley the red lacing looks really good against the black.
and , are there snowflakes on one of the t-shirts in there? [or should i go find my glasses? Tongue]
i hope you had a great night
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« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2009 09:03:11 AM »

That's fantastic! I'd never have thought of using tshirt material-then again, I have lumps and bumps and I'd be worried they'd be more prevalent. This is super cute and creative, and the red shades are a nice touch.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2009 09:14:03 AM »

I really like how you did this it looks so much better then the white one. I love that the ribbon on the back says happy birthday that just seems like it would go with the dress so much better then just a plain ribbon.
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« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2009 09:24:43 AM »

LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!!!!!

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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2009 10:17:45 AM »

Fantastic idea.  Prom dresses really should be more comfortable. 
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« Reply #8 on: May 31, 2009 01:42:32 PM »

This is so inventive.  You looked fabulous!!
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« Reply #9 on: May 31, 2009 02:11:15 PM »

Way to go.  I love the alternative take on the fussy prom dress!
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« Reply #10 on: May 31, 2009 03:24:11 PM »

That's a really cool idea. I think I like your version of the bodice better too Wink. Also, it rawks even harder knowing that it's your first pattern draft. The dress fits so nicely I never would have guessed. It's also cool that you could get more wear out of that than a more traditional prom dress. It always seemed like such a shame to only be able to wear something like that once Wink.
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« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2009 06:11:15 AM »

wonderful dress. It's a pretty cool idea.
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« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2009 07:55:52 AM »

Love the dress. If you get irfanview you can rotate you pictures before posting. It is free from www.irfanview.com, a very quick image viewer that will also batch process them to make them smaller. I'm older and the turning of the head sideways and bad eyes made it hard to see. BUT

Love the concept, you did an excellent job.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2009 03:11:04 AM »

Thank you everybody!

In regaurds towards the questions about the skirt:
the skirt was made of eight t-shirt panels. I made the pannels by taking eight similarly sized boys' t-shirts, cutting up one side seam, across both shoulder seams, and removing one sleeved. I sewed up the other arm hole and spread out the t-shirt in the longest way possible. The panels were cut in an a-line type way, only alot fuller.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2009 04:09:23 AM »

Wooow, lovely!
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« Reply #15 on: June 13, 2009 05:39:31 AM »

Thank you everybody!

In regaurds towards the questions about the skirt:
the skirt was made of eight t-shirt panels. I made the pannels by taking eight similarly sized boys' t-shirts, cutting up one side seam, across both shoulder seams, and removing one sleeved. I sewed up the other arm hole and spread out the t-shirt in the longest way possible. The panels were cut in an a-line type way, only alot fuller.

Thanks for the construction info! I may have to cut up a few shirts to see if I can at least handle the skirt part Wink
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« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2009 04:04:21 PM »

I have the book with the wedding dress!  I have always wanted to do this..

Yours is amazing!  I love audrey on the front.  Smiley
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