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Topic: Trompe l'oeil, trompe le monde! A trench dress  (Read 20499 times)
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littlepierre
« on: December 03, 2009 02:19:52 AM »

This is a dress I made for my senior design class at Florida State.

All the topstitching was done freehand with heavy duty thread, and hand-knotted on the backside to avoid unraveling or (gasp!) ugly backstitching. I did some of the topstitching before construction, like the front of the bodice, the sleeve "buckles" and the "pockets". Stuff like the "belts", hems, etc. was done after construction so I could line the stitching up exactly.  


It's 100% cotton so it's comfy AND machine-washable (yeah, I machine washed it already!) and it fits me like a dream. I copied the raglan sleeve from a dress I already owned, and made the rest of the pattern custom to my measurements. You can check out the hats I'm wearing (and a few others, and my cute friends, and my DOG) here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317419.0


Mmmm topstitching. You can also catch a glimpse of the big exposed brass zipper in the back.

I've already worn this a ton, and know I will wear it a ton more. What do you think?

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009 02:35:32 AM »

LOVE!!! It looks amazing on you!!! And super comfortable  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009 03:23:00 AM »

This is absolutely wonderful!! Oh yeah....that's me hittin' this rocks...'coz it most definitely rocks !!
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009 03:53:16 AM »

It's great!
And you don't talk about the hats, and they're great too.  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009 05:05:10 AM »

My Goodness! How clever are you? I think this idea is absolutely adorable! I think it would be neat if you had a whole "line" of cloths that look like something else! I think it's such a neat idea!

Great job!

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2009 06:06:56 AM »

I am FREAKING IN LOVE WITH THAT!  Shocked

AGH!
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« Reply #6 on: December 03, 2009 06:59:45 AM »

Shdang, girl! Oh my Gods. AWESOME piece of work!

Seriously, though. I told the craftster crew it rocks, hope you get featured!
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« Reply #7 on: December 03, 2009 07:05:53 AM »

That is AMAZING!  I am really impressed.... and jealous!
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« Reply #8 on: December 03, 2009 07:31:03 AM »

Definetly "THIS ROCKS!"
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« Reply #9 on: December 03, 2009 07:44:10 AM »

it's so postmodern (i think)!
great idea!
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« Reply #10 on: December 03, 2009 07:50:50 AM »

This is the most clever faux detailed item of clothing since those tuxedo t-shirts came out!!

Your attention to the little details is wonderful (ahhh--the old tying each thread in the back--too much goodness!)

I bet you get lots and lots of second , third and fourth glances wearing this!

Yep--totally rocks!
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« Reply #11 on: December 03, 2009 08:23:01 AM »

AH!  love it!  i've always had a think for tuxedo tshirts, and you just upped them by about a million.  Ready?  Three, two, one... THIS ROCKS.
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« Reply #12 on: December 03, 2009 08:24:17 AM »

This is very cool. You did a great job.
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« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2009 08:24:57 AM »

the top-stitching is awesome! Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2009 08:58:15 AM »

It's been said, but this is totally awesome!! I love clothes that look like something else, and this is a perfect example!
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« Reply #15 on: December 03, 2009 09:11:49 AM »

absolutely wonderful. i adore dresses. the shape and color are lovely. that stitching is (as you know) BRILLIANT! A+!
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« Reply #16 on: December 03, 2009 09:25:31 AM »

Simply (or incredibly as the case may be) beautiful. 
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« Reply #17 on: December 03, 2009 11:25:18 AM »

Thanks so much for your kind words, everybody! Seeing myself as a "hot new topic" for the first time ever definitely rocks.  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: December 03, 2009 06:46:20 PM »

Really well constucted and looks really great. Congratulations for such a good looking project. It looks great on you.
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« Reply #19 on: December 03, 2009 10:59:36 PM »

I love this dress so much. It makes me even more sad FSU is loosing the fashion program.
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« Reply #20 on: December 04, 2009 06:19:47 AM »

Astounding work really.  Shocked
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« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2009 08:39:16 AM »

it's like wearing art!  lol.  i love it.
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« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2009 10:29:37 AM »

this does indeed ROCK
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« Reply #23 on: December 05, 2009 08:27:33 AM »

This is RAD!  Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2009 10:56:11 AM »

What a cool idea. It looks great on you and you did a great job!
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« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2009 02:40:30 PM »

Very cute and fun! Love the hat Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: December 05, 2009 10:51:30 PM »

breathtaking. great job, candyfish.
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« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2009 05:25:12 PM »

i love it!!! Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: December 07, 2009 10:12:33 AM »

You've been STITCHGASM'D on MrXStitch!
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« Reply #29 on: December 09, 2009 09:04:44 PM »

Love it! Extra love cause we share alma maters.
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« Reply #30 on: December 10, 2009 07:20:47 AM »

Wow, amazing execution! I've always been in love with this concept, like those cool transparent Prada raincoats from their 2002 collection. HOWEVER - I've never seen this executed in such a striking manner, and with embroidery! Brilliant! I adore everything about this, and the dress fits you fabulously! Good job Smiley
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« Reply #31 on: December 19, 2009 09:11:42 PM »

Oh My God!!! This is figgin amazing. I would never have the patience to do all that top stitching.
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« Reply #32 on: January 12, 2010 10:05:32 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: January 22, 2010 06:18:11 AM »

My Goodness! How clever are you? I think this idea is absolutely adorable! I think it would be neat if you had a whole "line" of cloths that look like something else! I think it's such a neat idea!

Great job!



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« Reply #34 on: January 31, 2010 08:13:46 PM »

wow this is amazing ! I love everything about it
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« Reply #35 on: February 04, 2010 09:39:42 AM »

wow, awesome dress! Looks great on you!
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« Reply #36 on: February 15, 2010 04:40:08 PM »

That is SO COOL Grin
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« Reply #37 on: February 17, 2010 11:55:41 PM »

That is so brilliant and amazingly well done! Flawless <3
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« Reply #39 on: September 17, 2010 07:43:58 PM »

Great idea. That must have taken forever!
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« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2010 09:18:28 AM »

this is adorable! i love it!
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« Reply #41 on: September 30, 2010 10:31:13 AM »

i think this is fabulous!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #42 on: November 10, 2010 04:45:16 PM »

Oh. My. Gosh. What an awesome idea! This looks amazing. Great job.
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« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2010 08:39:35 AM »

Incredible attention to detail. How long did it take you to stitch all that by hand?
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