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« on: August 25, 2011 05:26:14 PM »

One of my friends really likes pinup/retro dresses, so when we were trying to come up with a Christmas present from me to her, I suggested I make one. It took a looong time, with lots of little problems along the way, but I finally got it together for some photos the other day.

I couldn't find a suitable pattern so I made a sloper for her and went from there. I think it worked out okay - except it took lots of fittings and when we put it on for the photos, the dress was way too big in the back waist even though it fit last fitting. Oh well, I'll fix it some day.

It is a halter top, with a separate red tie belt, lined and lightly boned bodice (except the two front seams), and a circle skirt (maybe it's 3/4 circle...). I also made a light petticoat to go with it.

Alright, enough of that, on to the pics! (I played hair stylist, makeup artist, and photographer as well, so any comments/suggestions about those are also welcome)



(not the best photo, but the best one I have showing how the halter curves)




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and one more from the photoshoot for fun  Smiley


Thanks for looking!
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2011 05:56:26 PM »

wow you are so talented! i think it looks great! the photos came out really well too!
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2011 10:38:31 PM »

your friend looks a million dollars in that outfit, well done.
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2011 03:27:37 AM »

that is really well done! I hope your friend really loves it, because that right there is a labour of love Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2011 07:07:43 AM »

The inside of the dress looks really well finished. It always impresses me when someone makes the inside so clean (i always try my hardest to do the same). I think the red sash was the perfect touch, the colour pops out really nicely Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2011 04:57:15 PM »

Everything about this dress is professionally done. I love how it came out and it is very flattering on your friend. I want to make one.  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2011 05:19:42 PM »

Thanks for the lovely comments everyone, I'll have to pass them on to my friend as well.

The inside of the dress looks really well finished. It always impresses me when someone makes the inside so clean (i always try my hardest to do the same). I think the red sash was the perfect touch, the colour pops out really nicely Smiley

There's some parts on the inside I wish had come out better (especially around the zipper), but thank you : ) I really like seeing nicely finished insides too.
We weren't going to have the sash originally but tried it with one during a fitting and I thought the same thing!

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2011 11:22:02 AM »

That's stunning. I bet she loves it. The fact that you took the time to finish the inside makes it look really expensive Smiley.
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« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2011 11:46:58 AM »

Great dress, and awesome pics!  It reminds me of a dress I made for my daughter last year but that one wasn't a halter.  You did a wonderful job.   Grin
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« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2012 07:16:36 PM »

I would wear this in a hot minute! Luck friend!
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« Reply #10 on: July 28, 2012 01:22:10 PM »

Is the girl in the pics the friend you made it for? she looks amazing.
I'm a fan of the vintage/pin-up look, and she really suits it. The dress looks fab on her.

Well done on making this fab dress!
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2012 12:48:47 PM »

Is the girl in the pics the friend you made it for? she looks amazing.
I'm a fan of the vintage/pin-up look, and she really suits it. The dress looks fab on her.

Well done on making this fab dress!

Yep, she's the one I made it for. I'm with you, she really does have the look for it! Thanks!
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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2012 04:06:29 AM »

OMG Gorgeous!!
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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012 02:11:49 AM »

Wow this is totally something that I'd buy. In fact it reminds me of a dress I was totally tempted by on this local fashion store in malaysia that carries some really fashionable stuff. Doing a great job girl! Very classic feminine dress you've made their. And that first photo is absolutely gorgeous.
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2012 01:17:29 PM »

I love this dress!! I love retro/pin up style anything and this looks great on your friend, awesome job!
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« Reply #15 on: November 03, 2012 07:58:45 PM »

Love, love, love it!  Getting married in a few months, and I am thinking of attempting to make my own pin-up style dress to wear.  The dress looks as good as what I've seen on retro clothing-sites (or better, considering the sad selection for curvy gals on a lot of them!), the hair and makeup are gorgeous, and I think you have a lot of talent!  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: February 23, 2013 08:33:47 PM »

Oh wow you did a great job! I love it!! Those pics turned out amazing! Smiley
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