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« on: June 06, 2009 03:09:51 PM »


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Thought I'd upload some more pictures I found of the dress.





and finally the picture which so far is the one best showing of the actual colour of the dress, although it's still not accurate. The fabric is really this lovely non-shiney shade of emerald green that from some angles look almost black:




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A friend of mine is graduating this year and for the graduation prom she asked if I could make her dress.
The design is somewhat inspired by Mrs Lovett, and completley her creation so I can take no pride in anything but the actual pattern making and sewing of the whole thing.

I think I went a bit insane at some point though, realising I'd be having lots of time to kill due to surgery and 2 weeks of recovery, so when we talked about lining the layers of the skirt with some kind of detail I said that cutting fabrics to make ruffl-sh stuff wouldn't be a problem at all. 45 meters of cutting, hemming, folding (measuring each fold so that they'd be equal in size) and attatching this. Wow- what on earth was I thinking?
But it was a good way to occupy myself, so I'm not complaining, even though I'm surely never doing anything that insane again.

This was a lot of first for me: First time doing those kind of folded details, first time making a more proper corset rather than just making something to look like one, but not function as one. This one actually reduced her waist-measure enough for me to wonder where on earth all that extra mass of body went. First time making lace-gloves (which I found very amusing- I'll tell you why later), and so on. I don't want to bore you with lots of text here, so I'll just post the pictures.



(I even made my first bow tie ever for her date, which was an odd thing to do since I can't remember having having seen a real life bow tie in my entire life. Lots of google for that one)


And I just have to put in this picture too, because she's so bloody glowingly beautiful. All... golden and shiny and warm. This picture very much captures her character as she is.




(this picture was taken before it was completley finished, so there's still pins by the sleeves, and cords hanging from the skirt)



This is actually one of my favorite details of the dress.
We were talking on a phone at the conversation went something along the lines of:
Her: I really don't know what to do about handbags.. They're just annoying, I mean where does one put it? I don't want to have to carry it around everywhere"
Me: I know! They're butt annoying. So unfair guys always have  pockets on all their clothes.
Her: .... Can't we put pockets on the dress?
Me: Sure we can!

And thus  I did. I made two smaller pockets, underneath one of the top layers, just big enough to fit her camera, phone and small stuff she needed with her. ^^
Sorry about the blurry and crappy picture though, but you get the point =)


                                    
And just a close up on the gloves because they were really fun making. Felt like I was in the middle of a challange of Project Runway or soemthing, because she had talked about wanting lace gloves, but she couldn't find any. Then one day she holds up a piece of lace ribbon and says "Do you think it would be possible to make any kind of gloves out of this?" and always-up-for-a-challange as I am I say "sure, let's try" and then, after meassure the rather short piece of lace, calculating ways to make anything ot of what little there was in the end I came up with one possible solution and only one. I used every tiny tenth of an inch of what I had been given, and sew the ribbon together over and over again and in the end I managed to put together gloves out of them. ot perfect, but she liked them and I had fun making them, so I'm very content =)





Ohhh, and!!! Guess what, guess what, guess what? Her date was crowned King of the prom, and she won the award for most unique clothing ^^ So guess who's a bit proud at the moment *points to self and grins hugely*

So, what do you think?
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2009 03:21:33 PM »

Gorgeous!  OMG.  I love it!  Great idea to put pockets in also.  All around fantastic.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2009 03:22:29 PM »

This is awesome. I love your story too!
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2009 03:23:21 PM »

This is so beautiful! You executed this amazingly well, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the pockets!! *this rocks*

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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2009 03:47:58 PM »

Gorgeous!
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2009 03:50:03 PM »

zowie, what an incredible dress! I think you've really done yourself proud, its very striking, individual and wonderfully constructed
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« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2009 04:06:36 PM »

Wow! That is bloody brilliant!
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2009 04:29:47 PM »

awww, thank you Cheesy

I do love the pockets, and I think the whole thing went very well with her, I really feel that the dress was made for her and only her, like they're meant to fit together you know (and I'm not talking size here).
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« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2009 04:44:01 PM »

It is absolutely gorgeous. you should be very proud Smiley annnd , pockets!!!
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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2009 04:44:28 PM »

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