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rayye
« on: January 23, 2011 09:26:48 AM »

Hey there, I was wondering if anyone could help me on how to make this prom dress? I have an old dress, that I wore in a spelling bee. Beautiful fabric, tons of it. I removed the top of the dress(the boob part, it was an empire dress) and I was wondering if anyone knew how to do this?

Okay, I sort of want it to be tiered ruffles, but like, bunched up. So, basically, I want it to be ruffles, but sewn up so it's one piece of fabric, but bunched up so it has a sort of ruffled look like this:

http://www.missandmrstallclothes.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/sleeveless-ruffle-top.jpg

but also, connected, sort of like this:



So it's like 1 whole piece of fabric, but bunched up to get a ruffly look.

if anyone could tell me what that's called, you would be my hero. Also, if anyone has any pictures of this, could you post them?

I was wondering how you would actually go about doing this. Maybe another fabric under this that you would sew the bunched up pieces to? I'm not sure when the prom would be.. march(probably) or april. Hopefully not february. D: But, that doesn't give me much time.

Ok, so the dress is going to probably have a bottom like that (in my pretty grey, white, and pink fabric) and a grey or black thick band empire waist thingy below the top which will be white with a round collar.

If you could help me it would be very much appreciated.

Also, I'm making my own because I'm just so darn fed up with all those ugly, plain, weird thick fabric, prom dresses that everyoneee has.
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011 10:28:25 AM »

Ok, It's apparently called pick ups. heres a tutorial I was thinking about using:
http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/pick-up-skirt-technique

hope this helps you!
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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011 10:58:04 AM »

Pick ups are pretty simple but you need to measure and mark well. Mark down the length of the dress so you know it's all even and then you can join your marks accurately Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011 10:59:51 AM »

Thank you so much! YOU ARE AMAZING! I have been looking everywhere for something like that. ^^
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« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2011 07:03:49 PM »

Thanks to rayye for the original post and KnightTemplar for the link!  My wedding dress was very similar to the one in the picture and I'd love to make a shorter skirt with pick ups!  Does anyone have any advice on which materials may work better or cautionary tales of ones that won't work at all?
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« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2011 03:54:04 PM »

Thanks to rayye for the original post and KnightTemplar for the link!  My wedding dress was very similar to the one in the picture and I'd love to make a shorter skirt with pick ups!  Does anyone have any advice on which materials may work better or cautionary tales of ones that won't work at all?
Fabrics with a little body of their own will work the best with a pick-up skirt.  I took an old (think 80's) bridesmaid dress that was tea-length satin and made a knee-length dress by shortening the skirt this way.  Now that I think of it, the weight/body of the fabric really depends on how you want the finished skirt to look.  Test out the fabrics by folding them over onto themselves and see how you like the look of it before you commit to buying something.  Good luck!
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