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Topic: Black and White dress with matching boots and sandals, with pictures galore  (Read 8010 times)
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« on: July 06, 2010 02:42:14 PM »


So, for this (my first) challenge, I decided to go with the one sheet I already had and wasn't using, which had the disadvantage of being limited to just the one sheet but the advantage of being, well, in my closet instead of at the store. It is my dorm sheet from college, which I bought at a discount store as a queen size and had chopped to make it an extra-long twin (dorm) size. Double reuse alert!

I used a vintage pattern as a starting point but made lots of changes in addition to altering it to fit me including adding piping at the yoke and buttoned tabs at the shoulders, changing the neck and armhole facings into a full yoke lining to reduce sheerness, changing the french darts which I dislike into a horizontal and a vertical dart at the bust, shortening it and eliminating the center front seam.
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Action shots:
Fixing the pattern

Tracing it onto the sheet with old school carbon paper


Then the matching boots came. I had these really slouchy old boots that I've worn a hundred times but are so slouchy that I had to layer socks and leg warmers to keep them from falling over my feet. I finally remade them by cutting them up the front and adding turquoise zippers, and lining it with the matching fabric so that I can fold them down a bit and get varying degrees of pattern showing.
boots in progress:

And the look!!!!





And I found these old sandals:

Which I couldn't resist turning into these for a cool, comfy alternative to the boots:


Sorry that was way more information than necessary, thanks for looking!!!!! I had a lot of fun, even though it's 95 degrees in Minneapolis and just trying on the dress and boots made me sweat profusely and swear profanely.
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2010 04:41:17 PM »

Love the boots!
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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2010 04:47:03 PM »

Love the sandals and the dress.  Is the pattern on the sheet flowers or musical instruments?
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010 05:11:04 PM »

This is wonderful, and matching sandals.  Love the retro look of the sheet material and the pattern.  Great job.  That red belt really makes it pop.
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« Reply #4 on: July 06, 2010 05:18:34 PM »

Oh, that is just Hot Fun in the Summertime! Great outfits!
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« Reply #5 on: July 06, 2010 05:55:58 PM »

Love the multi use of the sheet!!  And I love your dress!
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« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2010 07:26:49 PM »

Awesome, it looks great! Personally, I don't think you need the belt, but it looks great either way! Love the sandals, too Wink
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2010 08:28:45 PM »

Love this.  Love the sheet, love the dress.  Great design!
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2010 12:47:17 AM »


Wow! That looks awesome. good job!
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2010 05:36:17 AM »

Thanks everyone! I think it looks good without the belt too, my girlfriend liked the belt, I guess it's versatile.

And Karen: the design is flowers and swirls.
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