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« on: June 15, 2009 10:17:01 PM »

I graduated Saturday Magna cum Laude with my B.A. in anthropology, and my family threw me a lovely party, for which I made this dress:

The process of making this dress underscored just how badly I need a dress form. I'm thinking of making one of those water activated paper tape dress forms. We'll see how that goes.
Here is a brief photoessay on this dress. Once again, all my fabric came from JoAnn's(there really isn't any other fabric store in town).

My lace cut into strips to be made into ruffles.

Arranging the layers on the cotton base skirt.

Sewing the layers in place.

First draft of the petticoat, which of course turned out to not be nearly strong enough to support the weight of the skirt.

Petticoat 2: ELectric Boogaloo. Really two petticoats gathered into one waistband, stiff enough to stand up on it's own. From this tutorial: http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html

The monster dress begins to take form. Don't let it fool you; it may look like a harmless mountain of tulle and lace, but it'll eat your children.

Pink satin sash.


This is the closest to a detail of the bodice I have at present, and you can kind of see the crystals on the pink lace and the pearls below it. I'll take a better photo, and one of the back of the sash, which has dove grey buttons, once I've recovered from the stress of graduation.

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2009 10:40:21 PM »

Amazing! I love the details and all the lace and frill! :3
very cute. I bet you got a lot of compliments.~ (:
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2009 10:48:03 PM »

oh your narrative made me giggle "it'll eat your children!"

I love it - it looks like something out of a high fashion mag.. I cant wait to see detail of the bust. I wouldn't ever have the patience to sew all those layers of ruffles! Bravo!

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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2009 11:01:35 PM »

Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE it!! I absolutly adore dresses like this! They look so sweet, the tule kills me! So prettty!  Cheesy  I might have to make on of my own this summer!
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2009 11:05:35 PM »

I love ruffly tea dresses, too, and I've never made anything this completely girly before, so it was fun. I had to change into a lighter dress halfway through the party, though, 'cause it was a really hot day and I felt like I was wearing a quilt.
All those layers did require a lot of patience, though.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2009 11:42:58 PM »

i love it! the ruffles are awesome!


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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2009 11:45:03 PM »

Thats so beautiful! Ive always wanted to make something like this, but never got around to it

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« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2009 12:18:57 AM »

i saw the thumbnail for this and i was like OMFG so freakin pretty!  it's even better full size! Tongue

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« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2009 08:42:58 AM »

 Grin Fan-flippin'-tastic! Plus I love the corresponding commentary.... Wink

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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2009 10:40:24 AM »

Great dress, I love the petticoat.

And congratulations on graduating with high honours. 

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