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Title: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: flutterbysea on April 08, 2012 01:30:54 PM
This is my Galaxy Dress!


 
I'll to try to explain what I did with out being To long winded... we'll see how that goes :) Let me just start by saying: I am an idiot/perfectionist and most of the repeated steps probably could have been avoided if I only had a brain.


SO! this is what I started with... I know what your thinking, Why on earth would she have That in one of her drawers. Well I got this lovely garment from a garage sale, back when I was seven. (I grew up on a farm, and this was during my Princess/cowgirl phase). Anywho, I never got rid of it. fast forward 15 years and now I've got a rather interesting dress to demolish!

I'll be honest, when I started I had NO idea what the dress was going to be. Really my only thought was my complete and utter hatred of any, and all things pink.
My bright idea was to remove the pink with excessive amounts of bleach. This might have worked IF I had tried a diluted bleach bath... unfortunately my mind doesn't work that way... Instead I had the bright idea to put some bleach in a spray bottle and have at it. In my mind this was going to result in a perfect bleached out dress that was no longer pink... Alas (obviously) that was not the case. What I got instead was a splotchy yellowish top and whitish splatters on the skirt (apparently the  cotton/dye combination used for the eyelet parts were  different then what was used on the skirt/lining).
Since the outcome of the bleach was less then satisfactory I decided the next step would be dye! Blue dye!... the result was again, alas (obviously) not good, leaving me with a slightly blue tinged pink splotchy dress.

After trying it on a few times I noticed the dress was fully lined with the same thin (not yellow) cotton of the skirt! sooooo I decided to use it inside out! thus ridding myself of all eyelets and ruffles as well as giving me a smooth bodice to work with! That's when I had the idea to fuel my obsession with all things galaxy print and turn it in to a galaxy dress!

I refitted the top, took in the side seams and front darts. reversed the buttons. I cut the ruffle under skirt (used to be over skirt) off a few inches above my knees to act as a sort of petticoat. I cut the over shirt (used to be under skirt) in to a Hi-Low hem I.E. shorter in the front, longer in the back. added POCKETS! just what every dress needs!....then I added another layer of bleach.

I tried dying it black and teal with Rit dye in spray bottles but it didn't stick (I did it outside and it was to cold). then I tried store bought black spray fabric paint (it sucked). and then did one last round of bleach (I'm amazed the dress hasn't disintegrated yet).

Decided to try hand painting the black/blue galaxyish things on... 5 hours later, the dress was improving (slowly). But still not quite what I wanted. so I dip dyed  some spots/corners in really hot, really bright, teal dye.
IT FINALLY STUCK!!! 

added some white and gold stars and it was done!




I didn't have a necklace that would go with the dress, so I made this one last minute. just some rocks from my stream, wire, mod podge and glitter nail polish. I might do a post on the jewelry board if anyone's interested.

Sorry I'm not smiling in any of the pictures, it was 40 and windy... I was cold :)

Thanks for looking! Comments and Critiques always appreciated!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: teachart on April 08, 2012 01:55:35 PM
Awesome!!! Your galaxy dress is amazing!!


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Post by: fancybutch on April 08, 2012 02:03:04 PM
wow!  that's amazing.  Fabulous job, it looks gorgeous.  I also love all things spacey.
And I love that you tried a bunch of things that didn't work and ketp going and eventually got something brilliant.
that's how I roll too :)


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: DawnsTrees on April 08, 2012 02:22:05 PM
Your dress is fantastic! Love how it turned out! I also adore that you walked us through all of the trials in making this - it helps my creativity to hear that others also occasionally have to go through multiple steps in order to get the finished product! (btw - your boots are awesome!)


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Post by: Radmom on April 08, 2012 03:42:10 PM
Loving it, my daughter has been wanting me to make her an entire outfit in galaxy design, one of her dreams is to become astronomer. You have definitely proven to keep trying until you find perfection.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: frankeknitter on April 08, 2012 03:54:48 PM
I love it. I too have things fubar in the middle and have to salvage it into somthing awesome.
A tip for spraying RIT dye: put it in a glass bowl and nuke it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: CaptainBee on April 08, 2012 04:23:09 PM
Amazing! I've been trying to make some galaxy stuff but mine always look weird.
I'm so bookmarking this for future reference, thanks for the tip! :D


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: lovesclutter on April 08, 2012 05:54:36 PM
I can't believe you held on to it for so long, but you really did a fabulous job. From all angles it is wonderful and very flattering.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: banana731 on April 08, 2012 06:39:48 PM
I totally dig it!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: RachelStitches on April 08, 2012 07:24:37 PM
The finished outfit definitely looks worth the effort!


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Post by: LimeRiot on April 08, 2012 07:31:22 PM
I cannot believe the transition!! Wow! The final product is flat out amazing - even if you didn't have a plan for it! :) :)


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Post by: FeliciaSlayDCRG on April 08, 2012 07:33:39 PM
Wow!


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Post by: Fishydrew3 on April 08, 2012 07:55:43 PM
I love it!!  This rocks!!!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: worn wasted on April 08, 2012 09:34:43 PM
I want this on my body now!  ;D
Way to go! What a beautiful dress.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: TheDaytimeHeroes on April 08, 2012 09:51:15 PM
Every girly outfit is made better by some biker-esque boots. <3
And may I say that this dress is EPIC.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: hgddm on April 08, 2012 10:54:01 PM
Gorgeous, yay you!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: La Chapa on April 08, 2012 11:24:52 PM
It is beautiful! And the necklace rocks too!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: HolaKitty on April 09, 2012 02:41:42 AM
Not much to say that hasn't already been said but - holy cow... that dress is amazing!!!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Alexus1325 on April 09, 2012 03:02:28 AM
Now you have made two things I would happily steal from you and run away squealing... If I had to choose, I don't know if this or the fox mug would win!

Seriously awesome dress. Can't believe how much work you put into it!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Jatoha on April 09, 2012 05:49:35 AM
Wow, I admire your perseverance!  I know I would have given up long before you did.

In the end, it all paid off... That dress is GORGEOUS!!  :o


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: lidehtium on April 09, 2012 07:00:45 AM
I must say that necklace is rockin'.. Yeah?? No?? Okay..

In all seriousness, I quite like how this turned out, and I love that I'm not the only person that holds onto things for umpteen years. Great job!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: alwaysinmyroom on April 09, 2012 07:34:29 AM
This is one of the best transformations ever!

I love that you were able to drastically change the color and shape of the dress...it just looks so modern and fresh...

Lovely story, lovely model, lovely dress...I am very impressed!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: charlieandwillow on April 09, 2012 08:54:12 AM
My actual stream of thought regarding the awesomocity (yes, that is a word) of this dress is basically a string of expletives because I lack the necessary eloquence to explain how bloody amazing this is. Holy f-ing bananas, quite frankly... I am so totally pinning this.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: violentjayne on April 09, 2012 09:51:46 AM
amazing !I love the results


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: MagicalGirl on April 09, 2012 10:05:11 AM
This is super pretty! You remind me of River Tam. :)


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Post by: GimmickAndBeasties on April 09, 2012 10:40:37 AM
Holy crap! That is absolutely STUNNING and your boots are also aaahhhmazing! <3!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: bananaleg on April 09, 2012 12:05:53 PM
This. Is. Incredible. If i had the patience to do that myself, i would wear it every day.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Trekky on April 09, 2012 12:41:46 PM
Fantastic! This rocks!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: garnet gray on April 09, 2012 01:43:03 PM
I absolutely love this!!! Interesting hearing about all the steps u went thru to get what u wanted.  Love the sparkles, the hemline, the colors and the necklace just rocks.  Thanks for a lot of inspiration in one post!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Alykins on April 09, 2012 04:03:05 PM


I *had* to pin this! With all the printed (and pricey) galaxy dresses out there, yours stands out.
Love the dress and the roundabout way you created it!


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Post by: bowlordie on April 09, 2012 04:30:17 PM
awesome transformation!!1


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: charlieandwillow on April 09, 2012 07:28:19 PM
In other news, where are your boots from? They might have to be my birthday present to myself....


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Post by: jenleahlynn on April 09, 2012 08:23:14 PM
great story, and a very cool dress.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: julianapegas on April 09, 2012 11:20:38 PM
This is so amazing! From the first photo, I honestly thought you bought some of those fabrics with space photos printed on them. Thanks for sharing your process, it's very interesting.

I love how you accessorized it too! the necklace is so beautiful, you should make a post about it. And I'm suffering from a severe case of boot-envy right now xD


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: tyney123 on April 10, 2012 05:11:02 AM
Love that dress, it's so beautiful! You should be very proud of it!


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Post by: Anubisheart on April 10, 2012 07:47:18 AM
me likey! ;D way to stick through it til you got what you wanted!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Brackish Potato on April 10, 2012 07:52:55 AM
First thought: Amazing, awesome, gorgeous, beautiful dress!
Second thought: How in the world do you fit into something you wore when you were seven?!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: kjlutz on April 10, 2012 09:24:36 AM
beautiful.  i love the shape of the dress, and the Galaxy pattern is stunning 


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: BeaCat on April 10, 2012 09:43:56 AM
Wow.  FANTASTIC!!! 


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: WhimsicallyObsessed on April 10, 2012 09:49:00 AM
This is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you didnt give up and kept trying and the end result shows all your hard work! :D Its like the first dress never existed (thank goodness haha)


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Mamaneedles on April 10, 2012 12:47:55 PM
it looks perfect!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: flutterbysea on April 10, 2012 04:11:04 PM
WOW! Thanks everyone! I'm glad you like it :)
First thought: Amazing, awesome, gorgeous, beautiful dress!
Second thought: How in the world do you fit into something you wore when you were seven?!
It was HUGE on me :) like ridiculously huge! 
In other news, where are your boots from? They might have to be my birthday present to myself....
I think their sold out, I got them at off the Forever 21 website for $39 about 4 years ago :(
I love it. I too have things fubar in the middle and have to salvage it into somthing awesome.
A tip for spraying RIT dye: put it in a glass bowl and nuke it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes
Thanks! I'll definitely try that next time.
Every girly outfit is made better by some biker-esque boots. <3
And may I say that this dress is EPIC.
Thank you, I completely agree about the biker boots! ;)
Now you have made two things I would happily steal from you and run away squealing... If I had to choose, I don't know if this or the fox mug would win!
Seriously awesome dress. Can't believe how much work you put into it!

LOL Thanks!
I must say that necklace is rockin'.. Yeah?? No?? Okay..
In all seriousness, I quite like how this turned out, and I love that I'm not the only person that holds onto things for umpteen years. Great job!
  ;D
My actual stream of thought regarding the awesomocity (yes, that is a word) of this dress is basically a string of expletives because I lack the necessary eloquence to explain how bloody amazing this is. Holy f-ing bananas, quite frankly... I am so totally pinning this.
Thank you! Awesomocity is quite possibly my new favorite word.
This is super pretty! You remind me of River Tam. :)
You just made my day :)


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: dreadlady on April 10, 2012 07:15:18 PM
This is one of the best Galaxy themed clothing items I have ever seen!!  Great job!  I would love to try something like that, I have a perfect dress, but it would never in a million years come out that beautiful.  Jealous!!!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: that1spazticchik on April 10, 2012 08:27:44 PM
This is amazing! From the first photo, I had NO idea this was once a hideous pink dress! I thought it was galaxy fabric! I also love how you paired it with those boots, and your necklace you made is perfect for this look. Love it!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: SciFunk on April 11, 2012 12:31:56 PM
All that trial and error paid off beautifully. I wish my experiments turned out half so well!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: PixieSkull on April 11, 2012 12:55:17 PM
What a fun process, lol. Great outcome, though, and I bet you learned a lot from the dying process. I love the full and uneven skirt hem. Great galaxy pattern application.


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Post by: Maraleopard on April 11, 2012 02:19:43 PM
what an amazing dress. & persistence! i can't believe you got that out of that big pink thing. i want one!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Rogue_Soul on April 11, 2012 07:09:40 PM
Looks fantastic, great idea. I can't believe the difference between what you started with and what you finished with  :o.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: chocolatebutton on April 12, 2012 01:45:04 AM
 :o love it


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: BeaG on April 13, 2012 02:12:43 PM
It is just perfect!
Beautiful!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: jillybeans on April 13, 2012 05:07:00 PM
my brain just imploded. 

you better lock that dress up, I think we all might band together to come over and steal it and then work out a system of sharing it.  ^_^

my brain is slowly coming back to itself, but I still cannot believe that you made a galaxy print!  Its is so freaking lovely!!!!  I so fail at making anything galaxy, so I'm really in love with this.  So so soooo in love with this!


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Post by: lovesclutter on April 13, 2012 07:35:41 PM
Agree with jillybeans. That was so awesome. Got my vote. I love the effort you went through to get the effect you wanted.


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Post by: Helena Puck on April 17, 2012 01:30:01 PM
I love this dress. Thank you for sharing the full creative process.


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Post by: longtimegeek on April 21, 2012 06:14:06 PM
Not discounting the dye job - super special. But, the reconstruct alone is brilliant. I had to stare at those photos for quite a while to accept it was really a reconstruct not a different dress --- a complete teardown and reconstruct.  Great job.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: angelxwing on April 23, 2012 08:15:02 PM
whatd you use for the stars? O:


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: SinDoll on April 26, 2012 06:25:07 AM
D: THIS IS AMAZING!

Good on you, I have no words!!


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Post by: crazylittlekels on April 29, 2012 09:45:59 AM
Sooo amazing!


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Post by: GlassPeace on April 29, 2012 11:04:46 PM
Awesome, what an inspiration!


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Post by: pinkbunnys18 on April 30, 2012 09:05:44 PM
Well done, I may try this...someday. I love the necklace too, looks good.


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Post by: Krissy79 on May 02, 2012 06:35:05 PM
I WANT ONE! 

Awesome Job!  So glad you didn't give up on this dress...its beautiful  :)


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: Veganlala on May 03, 2012 06:02:01 AM
Wow, that transformation is pretty incredible. I've seen galaxy-style stuff all over the internet and have been wanting to try it for a while, yours looks great!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: poppyache on May 05, 2012 04:25:27 PM
THIS IS GREAT!

sooo much better than spending the 100+ it would have cost in a shop!


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Post by: InfiniteDreams on May 05, 2012 10:52:18 PM
Oh!  I love it so very much!   :D


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Post by: katyfox on May 06, 2012 12:40:56 PM
Wow, absolutely stunning. I love it!


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Post by: suzz1653 on May 07, 2012 11:10:54 PM
I soooo admire your creativity.  I often jump into projects in a sort of creative frenzy.  I find it so much fun!  Sometimes it even turns out well......a little like your wonderful galaxy dress.  Craft on.


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Post by: susanab on May 08, 2012 07:26:43 AM
awesomely transformed :o

--congratulations, spring cleaning winner!!


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Post by: TheWomanMonster on May 10, 2012 09:47:57 PM
How totally beautiful.
And I dig your creative process, it's akin to my own!


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Post by: goddessmychele on May 11, 2012 01:06:14 PM
That is wicked cool! Love the transformation!


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: briliantlyfreakish on May 13, 2012 10:55:34 AM
It's beautiful! I think the trial and error added to it all. Sometimes dying and redying does things to the fabric that you would never expect, and that you can't quite reproduce in fewer steps.


Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: RandiMaehym787 on June 03, 2012 06:57:42 PM
I lvoe the detail in this dress and the whole outfit is killer, I like it, ALOT


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Title: Re: Galaxy Dress.
Post by: verablakaj on February 09, 2013 01:40:16 PM
OMY !!! I would do everything to have that dress !!!!
I'm sort of in shock how it can be that it is so pretty , really !!!!
Can you sent me one for my birthday ? <On 5May> I just love galaxy things,  all of them
but this one is so unique, and plus the shape of that dress ,
aww i'm so jealous , it is so creative to make that if you see what the dress looked like before .
Keep up the good work, Love Vera :-*