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twiterpert
« on: September 24, 2009 05:20:12 PM »

Last spring(yes I am that slow to post this!), I took a literary interpretation class, which normally amounted to huge amounts of writing. However, for one of our finals, we were required to do a visual interpretation of the story we assigned in addition to our paper. Well, I read my story, "How" by Lorrie Moore, and knew instantly what I was going to do. I present to you, the Heartbreaker Dress.



Detail of the skirt


Sorry for the cruddy shots. It's not even hemmed yet in those photos! I always meant to get better ones on the day I presented it, but somehow it just never happened...

Construction-wise, I used a pattern, Butterick 4443. The bodice it a bit big on me, so I'm not entirely happy with that. The skirt and sash were hand dyed to a black gradient (I swear it is, the flash just washes it out) and I wore black tights and shoes to finish the effect. The hearts were appliqued on using the zigzag on my machine. The bandages were muslin that I ripped up and appliqued on. Since most of the detail was then covered in the folds, I made a reeeaaalllly quick crinoline to hold it out.

There's a whole lotta symbolism in this dress, I highly suggest reading 'How' and trying to spot it all! The story is part of a larger collection called "Self Help".

And if anyone was curious, I got a perfect 'A' on the whole project Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009 05:41:25 PM »

This is so beautiful!
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« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2009 05:43:57 PM »

What a creative, fun and wearable idea for the class.  I assume you got to keep your creation?  It's very pretty.
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« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2009 05:50:12 PM »

This is so awesome, and it looks amazing on you!
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« Reply #4 on: September 24, 2009 06:06:44 PM »

What a creative, fun and wearable idea for the class.  I assume you got to keep your creation?  It's very pretty.

Indeed I did, though I had to practically pry it out of my professor's hands!

Thank you for all the kind words!
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2009 06:43:53 PM »

i loooove it.
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« Reply #6 on: September 24, 2009 07:46:49 PM »

Oh my, wow! I adore this! I have to get mom to pick up the book when she goes for her paycheck tomorrow. (So handy having a librarian around! Wink ) I love when people make stuff based on literature. Thanks for sharing this! Made my day. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009 07:58:36 PM »

Glad to hear it! *Is very jealous of librarian mother* It's part of a larger collection called "Self Help", if that helps you find it.
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« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009 08:23:28 PM »

It probably would help me find it, if I were the one hunting, but she's reference and knows how to find everything. It's a little scary sometimes.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009 09:32:01 PM »

That's awesome, now I feel like I need to read that story. Cheesy I would totally wear that dress even without having read it, though.  Smiley
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