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« on: January 10, 2013 01:18:51 PM »

So I've been working on this for a good two years now, and I've finally finished.  I was definitely not ready to start it when I did, I didn't even know how to attach piping (and I had to make it), nor did I know how to fit things properly.  Also I couldn't sew a straight line.  But I started, and finished.  Woo!  And here, have pictures.  You can't see my face, shh. Grin  I'll use my mannequin later, so it looks...better.  But right now my mannequin has been corseted so long it's almost disfigured, so I'm letting it breathe. Tongue



Just so you all can see it in the thumbnail, as per kindly suggestions from kindly folks. Wink



The Chemise and Pantaloons.  Very billowy.  And Plain.  I didn't take the effort to trim the chemise, because I need to make a new one anyways.  Mine isn't an Evening Chemise, so it's too high up on my neck, and shows above the top of my gown.  But hey, I learned how to gather with this.  Or rather, I perfected it.



The Pantaloons have trim.  Pink bows. <3  But scandalous, I'm showing ankles! :O



The Corset.  It's a cotton one, so it's not very strong.  I've no desire to suffocate myself, and the weaker fabric encourages me not to cinch it too tightly.  Also, I ran out of time, and I'm going to make a new one later.  A longer one.  Longer corsets are aways better.



Another Corset shot.  They're Slimming. Cheesy



The Hoops.  I made them, I didn't order them.  So much straight-line-boning stitching, oof.  But they're lovely.  I wanted huge ones, they have a little over a 200" circumference.  Can't get them that swoopy on the internet. Cheesy



The Petticoat.  I gathered those two ruffles by hand.  So much ruffling.  But I wanted to be sure the bones of the hoop didn't show through the skirt of the ballgown.  I'm not a lampshade.



Finally!  The Ballgown!  Again!  It's got a bit of psychedelic wall in the corner, ignore that.  It took me three attempts to make that bodice, since I had no idea what I was doing.  First time, my stitched lines weren't straight.  Second time, the bodice point in front was crooked.  This time, it's close enough. Tongue  Also, I can't lift my arms.  I don't know how they danced.



Sleeve detail, just because.  Altogether, the whole thing with underpinnings weighs a little over ten pounds.  So heavy.  But I love it. Cheesy




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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2013 01:26:01 PM »

Very cool. Cool I know what you mean about the weight, I made the Kaylee Shindig dress for my daughter. The colours are great! Grin
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« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2013 02:07:32 PM »

Wow.. Intense! So i don't have any clue on the era clothing, the chemise and pantaloon is also part of the ball gown to go together?
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« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2013 02:14:10 PM »

Wow this is absolutely incredible!  What patterns did you use?  You should be so freaking proud!
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« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2013 02:31:18 PM »

OMG!!!!! You did such a fantastic job that I cant believe you didnt know what you were doing. That dress is epic! GREAT JOB!!!!
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« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2013 02:59:58 PM »

I think your dress is BEAUTIFUL!!!!  I LOVE that style!!
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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2013 03:07:20 PM »

Impressive amount of work and beautiful result!

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« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2013 03:13:02 PM »

Thanks, you-all.  You're fabulous. Cheesy

tinybits--  Without the proper "underpinnings," our modern selves aren't the right shape.  The dress would look weird.  So the chemise and pantaloons and all are part of the ballgown.  By my standards. XD

Aislynn-- Oh, so many patterns. Tongue  And they were all out-of-prints (except the actual ball gown) from various internet sources.  For chemise, pantaloons, and hoopskirt I used Mcalls 3609.  For my corset and petticoat I used Simplicity 5726 (Don't use Simplicity for corsets.  They're too big. By a lot).  For the actual gown, the bodice was Pastpatterns 704, and the skirt was Truly Victorian TV240.  I drew on a page what I wanted, and then found patterns to make it work.  I should have started smaller. Tongue  And thanks. Cheesy


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« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2013 03:26:44 PM »

Very beautiful ball gown, I hope you get to dance in it many times.
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« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2013 07:14:42 PM »

amazing!!!

u might want to move that picture of the FINISHED outfit up to the top of the thread, so that people see that from the homepage as a thumbnail. when i clicked, i thought it was just a post about a night-gown...the final full length image of the gown blew me away!!!
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« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2013 07:20:23 PM »

 WOW!! This is just about the most beautiful project!!! Enjoy your ball Cheesy
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« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2013 08:25:30 PM »

That is amazing! You're hardwork really paid off.
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013 06:35:34 AM »

wow, awesome.
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 Shocked Shocked Shocked WOW. Just wow. Great job!  Shocked Shocked Shocked
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« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2013 07:31:31 PM »

I have serious ball gown envy! This rocks!
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« Reply #15 on: January 13, 2013 10:26:54 AM »

Jealous!  Amazing work.
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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2013 07:07:00 AM »

This is amazing! I can imagine i'd want to give up half way through!
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2013 07:36:44 AM »

That is seriously beautiful!
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« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2013 04:34:16 PM »

Oh wow - you did an amazing job!  It's gorgeous!
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« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2013 09:20:36 PM »

Such a beautiful dress.  I hope you can dance all night in it. Thank you for posting all the pictures of the foundation garments.  The hooped petticoat is amazing.
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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2013 03:07:30 AM »

Very beautiful and amazing! I'm a beginner at sewing and my dream job would be costume design, so it felt awesome knowing someone who "didn't know what they were doing" made this! Extremely impressed.
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2013 08:47:08 AM »

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« Reply #23 on: January 15, 2013 09:13:59 AM »

Gorgeous creation! I personally love the colors. I cant pick a fave piece. Great job!
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« Reply #25 on: January 15, 2013 10:50:43 PM »

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« Reply #26 on: January 16, 2013 05:57:59 AM »

I know it's been said already - but WOW!

Wish I had the skill and patience to create something as beautiful as this dress. And all the underpinnings too! Gorgeous
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« Reply #28 on: January 16, 2013 01:33:54 PM »

astounding!

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I'm so impressed! This dress makes me a little ashamed of my "unfinished projects" bin. Maybe it's time to get back in there.
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« Reply #30 on: January 16, 2013 09:01:08 PM »

So gorgeous! For not knowing what you are doing like you keep saying it turned out amazing!!
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Glad you posted it! What an incredible amount of work to do... even more so since you were still learning the ins and outs of how to pull off all the details. The colors are stunning and the detail you put into this is impressive. I give you a S*** ton of credit for sticking a project like this out and completeing it. THIS is fantastic and inspiring. You should be super proud of yourself!!!
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This is absolutely gorgeous. I think you were right to make the complete outfit, it serves the look of the dress very well !
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