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« on: August 01, 2012 05:51:52 AM »

So I finished one of my altered dresses from YONKS ago, you can see a bit of progress and tonnes of inspiration in our sew-along thread here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354356.0 Here's the finished thing!


It started off as this ugly boring plain slip-over-your-head type white linen dress which I don't have any photos of. I picked it up in a charity shop for about 2 or something! I tea-stained it and chopped the bottom off so I had a bodice base garment. The skirt is made out of a vintage circular table cloth which I also picked up at a charity shop for a couple of . I cut the waist hole slightly closer to one edge so it would be longer at the front than the back.


I then stitched a bunch of lace, doilies and ribbon to the bodice until it looked HIDEOUS. I added a big waist tie and a zip to the side.



I then chucked it in a bag for a year or so to fester. The I found it again and decided to mess around with it. I bunched up the skirt as it looked far too flat.



And then chucked it back in it's fester-hole for a couple more months. UNTIL! I had a photoshoot coming up with a friend so dragged it back out, grabbed a bunch of scraps and got as far as the next image, at which point, my sewing machine broke - probably due to the thickness of the fabric, I don't know (I had a repair quote through yesterday HOLY OMG NOT COOL) So I continued and embellished by hand Smiley


And here are the finished piccies with a couple from the shoot ♥







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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2012 10:44:00 AM »

loukr- this really is stunning! I love that you gave us the chance to see how it came together and I think, my favourite piece is still the bit of doily Grin But the added flower-chains really give it the final touch. I love how fairylike it looks.
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2012 01:35:07 PM »

I love this, it still manages to look light and wearable even with the layers.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012 11:54:07 AM »

This is way too beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2012 05:31:21 AM »

Thanks folks Smiley It's currently hanging up along the picture rail in my studio alongside another I'm working on and the one that the beautiful Cassadee made for me in the original swap. Getting a nice little collection going here Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2012 06:49:14 AM »

This is stunning!  I love the lace details.  Very gorgeous!
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2012 05:11:59 PM »

It looks amazing! I'm super impressed!
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« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2012 06:36:24 PM »

What a beautiful dress! It's very whimsical and fairy-like Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2012 07:29:33 AM »

So dreamy and adorable!
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« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2012 07:29:52 PM »

Love Love LOVE the chain garden on the right side! Such a beautiful detail
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« Reply #10 on: September 25, 2012 11:59:04 AM »

amazing dress . and gets photos
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« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2012 04:13:33 AM »

Wow. The toils were definitely worth it. That is absolutely stunning!
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« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2012 07:30:34 AM »

totally worth it yup! I'm picking my machine up tomorrow too YEY!! So I can go break it again next time I make a dress Tongue
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« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2012 11:02:50 AM »

This is just beautiful!
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« Reply #14 on: October 04, 2012 03:31:23 AM »

totally worth it yup! I'm picking my machine up tomorrow too YEY!! So I can go break it again next time I make a dress Tongue

Yay for a new machine! Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
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