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solid_silver_cloud
« on: May 05, 2010 12:34:34 PM »

For my 18th birthday party i decided to have the theme as IN THE JUNGLE! And I decided to go as a peacock. i'm not sure if they actually live in the jungle, but i figured it was my party, so i made the rules  Wink
heres the final dress in a nice little artistic shot my friend took:


I decided to edit my prom dress from year 11, which was two years ago. I made this from a Simplicity pattern (4070)http://www.simplicity.com/p-2091-missmiss-petite-special-occasion-dresses.aspx When I made it i had to do a load of alterations to make it fit as the bodice was too large etc etc, it was a pain in the neck! But I did do some nice french seams Smiley
This is a photo of the original prom dress (its not a very good photo, and i cut my head out because i looked CRAZY!)



Two years later I couldn't even fit in it anymore, so i went right back inside the dress and undid all the french seams (in the lining as well!!) to let it out.
I added some lace up at the back (I'm not sure why i thought that was peacocky, it just seamed right!), shortened it and put an underskirt of lots of lovely green and lilac tulle, which looked so nice layered over eachother.
Originally I wanted to use real peacock feathers, but they turned out to be two difficult to find and expensive, so I made the shape of the feathers from fabric scaprs I had, and a tale out of tulle, and just sewed it all together!! I really liked the effect though, I didn't look exactly like a peacock but it did have that feel to it  Cheesy
anywayy photos!
me looking happy and slightly awkward during 'happy birthday!' (showing the full outfit):

i spend a long time trying to come up with an idea that could be quite sexy, and then wore woollen tights, which kind of ruined the effect!
This shows the back, and the headress I made:
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I wore real feather earrings+ a necklace.
Even though I had to let the dress out so it would fit, it still wouldn't stay up without straps! So at the part my bff safety pinned on a length of sequins to keep it up, which you can see at the back. I was too excited and kept jumping around while she tried to pin, leading to all sorts of injuries..


it was a fantastic night, absolutely perfect. Everybody made an effort with their costumes too, people came as laopards, tigers, tourists, spiders, monkeys, a couple of trees etc etc

Now its hanging in pride of place in my attic!
Thanks for looking  Grin

ps i love feedback xx
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2010 02:10:38 PM »

Cool idea and great execution! Two thumbs up.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2010 02:11:56 PM »

I LOVE it. and i love the idea of a jungle-party.

it is very clever how you did the uhm tail feathers?
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010 07:54:42 AM »

That's so much fun! The colors of the tulle are adorable together.
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« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2010 10:36:06 PM »

Super Neat! Love it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010 06:06:31 AM »

the original dress is lovely, but the costume is sensational! I think the feathers you made look better than real ones would've Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010 06:40:10 AM »

cute dress and cool theme for a party
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« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2010 09:00:43 AM »

thank you for the feedback  Cheesy
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2010 05:08:40 PM »

Your fabric scrap peacock feathers look awesome! and they would so so much easier to work with than real ones! Much less likely to break or bend etc. Great job!
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« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2010 08:19:00 PM »

really cool idea!
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