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« Reply #340 on: September 12, 2010 02:03:28 PM »

that dress is beautiful, I love the way that the orange looks and how flowy it is, you did a great job
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« Reply #341 on: September 12, 2010 02:12:26 PM »

I've almost finished my hat - just have to make a band and trim it.  Hope to have pics in a day or so.

I'm going to make some of those fabric roses for it.   Smiley
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« Reply #342 on: September 12, 2010 02:40:58 PM »

Craftewoman: *DROOL* All those details are gorgeous!!!! People must be in total awe when you wear it out!!!

Loukr: You're an AWESOME thread-starter Cheesy And holy-camoley, I loooooove your progress so far! How did you do that??? Are those square/rectangular pieces with one corner affixed to the bodice???
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« Reply #343 on: September 12, 2010 08:33:07 PM »

Loving the dress so far. I love the flowey beauty of it, and I never would have thought that I would have liked orange!
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« Reply #344 on: September 13, 2010 05:33:32 AM »

I love orange and that is very beautiful. So envious. If you don't mind sharing how you get that effect?

I am thinking of on the purple using a lot of gold buttons. Ideas?
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« Reply #345 on: September 13, 2010 09:03:27 AM »

Hello, thank you for all the lovely comments, I was a bit worried since I was so tired last night when I decided to start sewing!

Here's a mini-tute for you all in case you want to give this effect a go.

The image shows just the front half of the bodice, (as visible in image #2 overlaid onto the actual dress!)

You will always want to drape the fabric on the bias, this gives the lovely flow to the skirt and also makes that hemline super simple!

I literally just chopped out loads of squares (and the odd rectangle) from my fabric (following the grain). How big your squares are will determine how long your skirt-part will be - Experiment Smiley Mine has all sorts of lengths and once I get around to doing the back, it will be even longer!
-REMEMBER, YOU CAN CHOP LONG PARTS SHORTER, BUT YOU CAN'T CHOP SHORT PARTS LONGER! (you can however add more layers underneath the short bits if it's too short for a funky and fuller effect!)

You need to attach your squares via a corner. This means the fabric will be on the bias (yey!).
If it makes things easier for you, chop off one corner from each square so that it will all be in line with the bottom seam of your bodice.

If you're lazy like me or you like the effect, keep the corners on and sew right over those bad-boys a few times right upto the corner that you would've otherwise chopped off so they look as though they're growing up the bodice!

Overlap each of your squares for a fuller effect, or line the edges of each one up.. EXPERIMENT!
I hand gathered my squares as I was sewing so I could fit more on there for a big poofey effect! Remember though, because of the shape of the skirt pieces and the fact that you're stitching it on the bias, you don't have to hand gather it if you don't feel the need. stitching it straight without gathering means it will still look lovely and full but you'll have room for loads of stuff on top like doilies, beads, buttons without breaking your machine trying to get through layers and layers of fabric.. also if you don't have much of your skirt fabric then gathering it might mean you get half way around your dress and realise that you've run out! RUNNING OUT MEANS IT'S TIME TO TRY DIFFERENT COLOURS AND FABRICS!

All done. now check out my super amazing (not) diagram for you:





Any good guys??
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« Reply #346 on: September 13, 2010 02:43:22 PM »

Oooh! I've been lurking around and admiring this theme of threads for so long. The items are so mouthwateringly beautiful. And finally two Saturdays ago I got to try the style out for myself. I volunteer for Oxfam at a new Reworked for Oxfam store in Reading UK. The idea is that we take some of their thrift clothes and alter them to try and sell. Sometimes this is just a simple change of buttons or hemming a little but SOMETIMES you can take a slightly stained white and boring corset and go bananas! All the lace and ribbon was donated.
This free and loose method is really not easy for me so I still couldn't manage the "floatiness" of some of the beautiful garments here but I'm closer!
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The front- I'm especially in love with the heart





Thanks for all the great inspiration and advice is very much appreciated!
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« Reply #347 on: September 14, 2010 07:51:34 AM »

loukr i luuurv the little tute - it's so helpful!! thank you  Smiley
and your dress looks stunning so far...can't wait to see where it goes from there
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« Reply #348 on: September 14, 2010 08:13:49 AM »

Yes, loukr, that really makes it make sense. I have a hard time seeing even the simplest ideas sometimes, but in your case that worked beautifully. I do love the orange very much.
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« Reply #349 on: September 14, 2010 10:20:58 AM »

Pretty corset. It would go perfectly with my skirt! LOL!
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