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« on: July 02, 2010 07:27:07 PM »

At first, I really wanted to find an interesting sheet to use for this challenge, but failing at that, I went with a plain ol' white sheet I had at home (queen or king size, not sure, the tag was gone).
My idea was to make a gown inspired by Lady Gaga's style, without actually copying any of her outfits. Most of the inspiration was from the red gown she wore to meet the queen (large sleeves, neck ruff).
Since my sheet was white, it ended up as pretty much a wedding dress... at least that's what people have been saying. Someone on the street sang the wedding march as I walked by  Cheesy
The only things that are not from the sheet are of course: the zipper, the tulle in the sleeves, some boning in the collar, and the petticoat (which I already owned).
I used Simplicity 3673 with some changes, and a gigot sleeve pattern I enlarged from a textbook. The collar ties in the back with some ribbon.
I did a disco ball photoshoot... it seemed appropriate. Credit to my friend Eddy for the "worn" photos. I did my makeup to match too, but it's hardly visible. I had CD pieces attached to my cheek.
So here we go!







Progress: this is right after I cut out all the pieces and sewed the (12!) darts in the skirt portion. Notice the large round piece? That's the outside half of a sleeve. Yes.


Some more progress: here I noticed the zipper didn't seperate... ugh... at first I thought I put it in upside down, but nope. I had to take off the metal stop and make some new stops by sewing around with some embroidery floss.


Here's the dress all done except for the neck piece:


The key to those sleeves: tulle puffs! This is the inside; you can see I only lined the bodice.


And finally, a couple more fun photos:






Thanks so much for looking! Please let me know what you think! Comments, crit, questions are all welcome  Smiley
« Last Edit: July 02, 2010 07:29:02 PM by N30Nb100d - Reason: forgot something » THIS ROCKS   Logged
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2010 07:34:02 PM »

Wow! This looks professional. Nice inspiration too.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2010 08:01:05 PM »

woah! that's amazing!

love the sleeves  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2010 09:04:10 PM »

It's lovely! And I'm amazed at your sewing skills.
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« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2010 12:38:50 AM »

I can see the lady gaga inspiration. I can also see some Labyrinth peeking out. Maybe its the disco ball though lol.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2010 05:27:42 AM »

neato!
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2010 05:51:57 AM »

stunning!  the collar is my fave part and also the lower sleeves.  great job.
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2010 06:24:29 AM »

Wow!  I don't really keep up with Gaga, so I just see the dress from the beginning of Labyrinth and it ROCKS!!!!
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« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2010 12:22:52 PM »

I have to admit, the thumbnail made me think Labyrinth- but I thought it was because I'm a Labyrinth nut. Either way it's really cool!
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« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2010 04:33:49 PM »

I've never seen Labyrinth so I didn't make the association, but cool!! If anyone has an image of the dress they're thinking of, I'd love to see it.

Thanks everyone!
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sewnotcrafty
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2010 12:19:37 AM »

A link to a pic of jennifer connelly in the labyrinth ball gown with similar sleeves http://www.movieforum.com/movies/titles/labyrinth/images/sarah.jpg
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« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2010 01:06:37 PM »

You did a fantastic job sewing and can I just say that careful pressing during construction and of the finished product makes a HUGE difference! More people on craftster  need to know this fact!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #12 on: July 05, 2010 04:40:16 PM »

sewnotcrafty: oooh, now I see the resemblance. thank you!

Weeny: Thanks! and I totally agree, pressing is really important. I press/iron like crazy most of the time  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2010 08:45:23 PM »

I love Lady Gaga and her style! This dress is beautiful!
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« Reply #14 on: July 06, 2010 06:01:15 PM »

I have always been a sucker for Gigot and Leg 'O Mutton Sleeves, and you rocked those! It's stunning!
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2010 03:26:17 PM »

Awesome Dress!
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« Reply #16 on: July 12, 2010 12:39:13 PM »

intense!
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« Reply #17 on: July 13, 2010 07:01:33 PM »

 Great job. Looks gothic
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« Reply #18 on: July 14, 2010 10:16:40 AM »

I can see the lady gaga inspiration. I can also see some Labyrinth peeking out. Maybe its the disco ball though lol.

I thought the same thing! But I can really see the Gaga in it
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« Reply #19 on: July 27, 2010 05:13:44 PM »

Wow!  Did you starch the bejeezus out of it?  It is so perfectly pressed & the fabric really transcends the sheety look! 
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« Reply #20 on: July 27, 2010 05:32:53 PM »

Wow!  Did you starch the bejeezus out of it?  It is so perfectly pressed & the fabric really transcends the sheety look! 

I actually only starched it a little bit on the bodice, and like crazy on the sleeves which got like 3 or 4 rounds of heavy starch. The fabric ironed quite well on it's own with a super hot iron/steam. Though I did find out I love ironing with starch haha. Thanks!
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