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Topic: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom  (Read 6212 times)
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« on: May 25, 2013 07:52:29 AM »

UPDATE: I added in pictures of the rainbow luffa and my earrings!

This is quite a late post (prom was, like, 3 weeks ago) but I wanted to share my prom dress to maybe inspire some people  Grin Our prom was an evening event from 7:30PM-11:30PM (then after that was the after parties but I sadly wasn't invited to any)



First of all, I need to clarify that I actually got inspired to make the rainbow element of my prom dress by Chocolate_Jo ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.0#axzz2UJIOiCCN ) so credits for the rainbow idea from her!
It felt so 'me' that I needed it in my dress Cheesy
Btw, the rainbow skirt is actually a petticoat

Then I went out to buy the materials needed...


Actually, I bought my (turquoise) shoes first from Vincci when I was in KL last december. So I walked around the shops holding one heel and holding it to almost every turqoise-ish coloured cloth. I settled with a satin material because it seems like prom to me  Grin My mom hated it though and proceeded to tell me that it made me look like a "Prom Princess", to which I replied, "I'm a Unicorn Princess, Mom!"

And I started sewing the rainbow petticoat... and finished it with a simple elastic waistband (because I was lazy).


I pinned everything loosely onto a mannequin, that is far too small for me, to see how it looked like:

(the pink straps were from the bra that I was planning to wear for prom but then was replaced by a strapless bra later)

(The bodice of the dress is based very loosely on the burdastyle pattern 'strapless corset dress' from http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/strapless-corset-dress-032010 but I drew a new bodice/corset pattern from it and improvised on the turqoise overskirt)

It looked alright so I began sewing the whole thing together, which was when hell began...
The top of the bodice was too loose and it looked saggy so I had to adjust it about 3 times. When it was time to sew the bodice and the skirt together, it took me so many tries because the many layers (mostly from the ruffled overskirt) did NOT want to get sewn Cry

The bodice was too loose and did not stayed up as a strapless (as I originally intended) so I had to add straps...
I found that the rainbow petticoat was too 'thin' so I had to add more ruffles to it. More work...

Also I broke more than enough needles when sewing in the 'not-so-invisible' zipper...


BUT finally I managed to finish without cutting off any fingers or sewing them together  Grin

I made a tiny bow to cover the raw edge in the middle of the slit haha

Btw, did anybody notice my ruffly shoes? I made them by hot glueing 'flowers' of tulle onto my cheap glittery prom shoes.


Then I took different sizes and colours of tulle and sew them together to get the luffa (it was supposed to look more like a flower) and hot glued that to a small clip. The messy table in the background is from me rummaging my dad's make-up bag XD though I only ended up using eyeliner and mascara Wink

I bought my earrings to (hopefully) match the theme  Grin


I'm actually not very happy with the way it turned out because you can see the outline of my strapless bra  Sad
However, word got around about me DIYing my prom dress and everybody was shocked at how good it was (should I feel complimented? haha) so I felt GOOD about it all night  Cheesy
My WHOLE prom outfit cost less than the prom ticket, which was $55. My outfit was about $40-45  Cheesy At least I was rejoicing about my well spent money whilst everybody else was eating themselves for spending so much  Roll Eyes

This project/outfit took me about 5 days to complete (including hours of procrastination; Borderlands 2!) plus the day of prom to make the rainbow luffa and to decorate my shoes.

Prom was REALLY fun and although the school council said there wasn't going to be any 'dancing' (as it's kinda forbidden by the gov here), a whole room was setup as the dance floor anyways. It was dark and had bright disco lights and teens dancing like they're drunk, including me XD It was the best workout I've ever had in my whole entire life!  Grin

There was also a professional photographer at the event to take free pics of us. My friends asked me for a few pics together but I was given this one:

And yes, I didn't have a partner to go with Tongue but I did take a couple of pics with a few guys and slow danced with them  Grin



Apologies for the linked images. This is my first post and I hope you guys liked it  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2013 04:54:46 PM »

Your dress is spectacular!!
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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2013 08:08:51 PM »

I LOVE this dress.  You look so cute!  and yes the ruffle on the shoes was an awesome idea.  great job!
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« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2013 08:14:33 PM »

It came out GREAT!! You look awesome in it too!!!  Grin
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« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2013 09:24:38 PM »

So cute - you look great!  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2013 09:30:35 PM »

You know sweetheart, I didnt even GO to my own prom XD
Didnt have any friends, so to me, what was the point? However, I did go to my husbands prom (we werent even in the same state!) flew clear down to FL for his senior prom, and I must say, your dress completely topped mine! My grandparents bought mine, but I honestly say, I wish I had made it instead.

Who cares about the after parties? (I didnt go to any either, just a bunch of idiots getting drunk at 90% of them), I had far more fun hanging out with my husband for a long walk in the dark =D Enjoy your work! Sit back and literaly just enjoy the fact that out of everyone there, you had the most awesome dress ever and it was entirely your work! <3 its great to see teenagers have more appreciation for hard work than the money spent on it, way to go!!
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« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2013 07:31:52 AM »

Awesome dress. You did a great job.
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« Reply #7 on: May 27, 2013 07:57:38 PM »

Sweetie, that is AWESOME!!!  Love the dress but especially your sweet outlook on life....the guy you marry is going to be one lucky dude!!!
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2013 01:03:56 AM »

To: Brynns Mom, meleriffic, Tenitsu, Helcura, TrickyMcVomit, gigiriv and liliv-1
Thank you very much everybody! Cheesy I really enjoyed reading your comments and they make me more motivated to do more DIY projects.
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« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2013 02:16:37 AM »

DIY all the way sister!! It's so much more fun that way =D I made my wedding dress (its posted somewhere on this board =D ) I was much happier with it than any outfit I've ever bought in my life =^.^=
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« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2013 05:59:23 AM »

I love your dress, it has so much personality and makes me happy just to look at it.  I especially love your picture with your friends as a ray of sunshine in the middle of all the black.  Great job. 
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« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2013 06:02:44 AM »

It is a beautifull dress. Well done!
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« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2013 06:05:24 AM »

I love your dress, it has so much personality and makes me happy just to look at it.  I especially love your picture with your friends as a ray of sunshine in the middle of all the black.  Great job. 
Thank you very much! Yes! I built my dress so that it reflects my personality (the rainbow-ish bit of it) and so that it stands out from the typical prom dresses that everybody wore  Cheesy
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« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2013 06:44:44 PM »

THis dress is so fabuloso! I love the colors!  Wink
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2013 06:34:42 AM »

Nice work!!!  I love that you dared to go rainbow when your friends were all wearing black.  You look much more awesome :-)
BTW, you totally don't need a date to have fun at dances.  Some of the best times I had at high school dances were when I went stag because I could do whatever I wanted without having to worry about someone else.  FREEDOM!! ;-)
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« Reply #15 on: May 29, 2013 10:17:58 AM »

Love it! You look fabulous! The dress is really cute and it looks like you overcame all the sewing obstacles with great success. My "prom" (my school didn't have prom, but I went to my best friend's) dress was black -  now I am super envious of your rainbow-unicorn-princess dress  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: May 29, 2013 10:39:10 AM »

You are so creative! The dress is beautiful! The colors are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing it. I've never made myself clothing (yet) but I've done some sewing. Your posting gives me the inspiration to try. =)
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« Reply #17 on: May 29, 2013 12:00:32 PM »

Love it!  It reminds me of Rainbow Dash from My Little Pony Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: May 29, 2013 02:21:58 PM »

Great prom dress. I'm happy you made your beautiful dress that reflects your personality and so, you were not a clone in an ocean of clones. Hurray for you!
You seem pretty good at sewing. We will likely see more of your creations in the future.
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« Reply #19 on: May 29, 2013 05:52:12 PM »

Awesome dress and congrats for how much work you put into it - it really paid off!  <3
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« Reply #21 on: May 30, 2013 12:10:00 AM »

You're awesome!  It sounds like a really fun time.  Also, going with a date is really overrated.  (After parties, even more so.) 

I'm very impressed by your dress.  Smiley  Great job!
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« Reply #22 on: May 30, 2013 11:11:54 AM »

You did an awesome job! Congrats for creating a vision of what you wanted your dress to be like, and totally sticking with it. I love the accessories, I love the asymmetrical peek at the front with the rainbow petticoat -- and most of all, I love how happy you look in all the pictures! Be proud of yourself, because you rock.

(and I'm so curious--where are you in the world that dancing is "sort of prohibited?" I know my relatives live in a country where that's the case.)

Best of luck in your future sewing endeavors!
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You did an awesome job! Congrats for creating a vision of what you wanted your dress to be like, and totally sticking with it. I love the accessories, I love the asymmetrical peek at the front with the rainbow petticoat -- and most of all, I love how happy you look in all the pictures! Be proud of yourself, because you rock.

(and I'm so curious--where are you in the world that dancing is "sort of prohibited?" I know my relatives live in a country where that's the case.)

Best of luck in your future sewing endeavors!
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Thank you very much!  Cheesy I really appreciate your comment
And I live in Brunei (dunno if you know where that is) and the gov is very peculiar of 'western influences' such as prom and the slow dancing - primarily contact between female and males who are not related. (which sucks)
And just as a fact, one of my friends found out that there is actually a law here which defines an 'illegal party' as being a group of more than 9 people (I don't know the exact details but this is what I understand from what I've been told)
I don't understand how this law works at all because, of all I know, my family has gatherings where there are more than 50 people attending and we didn't get arrested  Huh
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« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2013 07:16:37 AM »

That dress is so awesome!  I wish I could wear it! You are gorgeous and should be happy you are talented too!!! Great job, keep it up!
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Super duper cute! I love the end product. Very nice work. You look gorgeous <3!
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« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2013 09:59:06 PM »

Dude - your dress is lovely! You did such a great job.

In my high school (way back when) we had four or five dances a year. Every year for five years, I was never asked by anyone. I totally survived. It sucked to be there, and I admit I had a crappy attitude .... but man, it totally gets better.

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You did an awesome job! Congrats for creating a vision of what you wanted your dress to be like, and totally sticking with it. I love the accessories, I love the asymmetrical peek at the front with the rainbow petticoat -- and most of all, I love how happy you look in all the pictures! Be proud of yourself, because you rock.

(and I'm so curious--where are you in the world that dancing is "sort of prohibited?" I know my relatives live in a country where that's the case.)

Best of luck in your future sewing endeavors!
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Thank you very much!  Cheesy I really appreciate your comment
And I live in Brunei (dunno if you know where that is) and the gov is very peculiar of 'western influences' such as prom and the slow dancing - primarily contact between female and males who are not related. (which sucks)
And just as a fact, one of my friends found out that there is actually a law here which defines an 'illegal party' as being a group of more than 9 people (I don't know the exact details but this is what I understand from what I've been told)
I don't understand how this law works at all because, of all I know, my family has gatherings where there are more than 50 people attending and we didn't get arrested  Huh
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If I'm correct in my research, its because your country follows a lot of islamic rules, while a gathering of 9 (completely unrelated people) would be illegal, a gathering where everyone is related (either by marriage, or blood) is perfectly fine (i know some of these islamic rules because my step-father is egyptian and muslim XD) =D Though I know right where your country is, I had a friend who traveled from china to malaysia all the time and visited brunei a few times and sent me pictures =D
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If I'm correct in my research, its because your country follows a lot of islamic rules, while a gathering of 9 (completely unrelated people) would be illegal, a gathering where everyone is related (either by marriage, or blood) is perfectly fine (i know some of these islamic rules because my step-father is egyptian and muslim XD) =D Though I know right where your country is, I had a friend who traveled from china to malaysia all the time and visited brunei a few times and sent me pictures =D
Ahhh, that why! Haha, you know more about this country than me whose actually living here XD But also, my family likes to invite their friends as well so... lets not go there Shocked
P.S. I like how you know the islamic rules as I don't have to elaborate on some of them (and the reasons behind them) ^^'
So far, from the pics, how do you like the country? Cheesy
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« Reply #29 on: June 01, 2013 08:34:28 PM »

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« Reply #30 on: June 02, 2013 06:59:04 AM »

Could I make something similar to this for my graduation? I plan to sew a Rainbow Dash cutiemark patch on it, and it will go awesome with my scene hair xD ITS GREAT.YOU ARE GREAT.
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« Reply #31 on: June 02, 2013 02:39:15 PM »

My dear.  You are a wonderful young woman and your post made me soooo happy!  You have no idea as to how many people will come up to you at your ten year high school reunion and tell you that they remember your dress and want to hang out with you.  Smiling and chuckling here.  Oh us geeky nerdy dorky high schoolers turn into such talented creative artistic adults, eh?
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« Reply #32 on: June 02, 2013 10:48:55 PM »

Thank you very much everyone for your positive comments! Cheesy
Could I make something similar to this for my graduation? I plan to sew a Rainbow Dash cutiemark patch on it, and it will go awesome with my scene hair xD ITS GREAT.YOU ARE GREAT.
NO! Not until after you also read chocolate_Jo's post ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.0#axzz2UJIOiCCN ) Cheesy Because I think her rainbow dress is more inspirational  Grin Good luck with your dress and I'll bet it will be great! Anything with rainbow is awesome! Grin
My dear.  You are a wonderful young woman and your post made me soooo happy!  You have no idea as to how many people will come up to you at your ten year high school reunion and tell you that they remember your dress and want to hang out with you.  Smiling and chuckling here.  Oh us geeky nerdy dorky high schoolers turn into such talented creative artistic adults, eh?
Thank you very much Cheesy Yeah, I was hoping to be memorable! Well, us nerdy dorky high schoolers need something to do while the other popular kids are having their fun, right? So I guess we resort to creative hobbies?  Cheesy That's what I have been doing  Grin
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« Reply #33 on: June 02, 2013 11:12:28 PM »

You did such a good job and this is such a cute idea. As a costume, coordinator/designer, I just may have to incorporate this idea somehow next year. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #34 on: July 07, 2013 07:23:45 PM »

It's so fun! I love that you went for something unique and different rather than a standard prom dress.
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« Reply #35 on: July 31, 2013 01:30:06 PM »

Your dress is amazing! I didn't make my prom dress but I did wear turquoise tights with neon yellow fishnet tights over them and died my hair blue and purple. Ha! I'm guessing you were the most colorful person there.
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I love this! Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: November 13, 2013 08:37:10 PM »

This is absolutely fabulous! It's basically the perfect combination of fancy formal and playfully adorable. I think it's a lovely take on chocolate_Jo's original dress. Smiley
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