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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My Fall Ball Dress on: November 18, 2012 04:23:34 PM
My Fall Ball dress started out as a a wedding dress I got from goodwill to take my senior pictures in:

I knew I wanted to make it into something I could wear for Fall Ball my freshman year in college, so I grabbed some navy, lime green, and fuchsia fabric dye, and some brushes, and went to work with the cream colored satin as my canvas Smiley

Then I decided to add a black halter top and a rhinestone pin in the middle:

A week before the dance, I decided to be a little ambitious and turn my long elegant gown into a short bubble skirt with pickups. I was up until there am the night before the dance finishing it! But it was so worth it Smiley Here is the final dress!

I was really happy with how it came out! I had never sewn in pickups before. Glad I decided to make it instead of by Smiley Now I have to figure out what to make for spring fling! Smiley Comments and criticism welcome!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing Machine for college- which one to get? on: June 23, 2012 09:35:51 AM
My mom and step-dad have decided that they will be getting me a sewing machine as a graduation present to take to college with me in the fall. Im am completely clueless about which one to get. Any suggestions?

I will be attending a small (less than 1200 students) liberal arts college, majoring in a biology type science (so not tons of free time, but...), playing a varsity sport (tennis!), and living in a double occupancy dorm room (meaning, zero space...).

Is it even worth buying a machine for college? I know i won't have as much time as i do at home now, but I do love sewing, and could possibly make some money on the side altering things for people in the same dorm as me.

Any ideas from y'all?

much appreciated Smiley
3  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Dye Painting a Goodwill Wedding dress on: June 23, 2012 09:23:01 AM
Hi, this is my first post, so please be nice Smiley Sorry if i make any faux pas.

So, I bought a wedding dress at goodwill to use for my senior pictures. (odd I know, but that's just kinda the way I roll!) It worked fantastically for that, and looked gorgeous draped over my horse and as I semi-trashed it frolicking through the local swamp.....Smiley Then I threw it in a bag, stuffed that in my closet and didn't think about it until yesterday, when I found it again.

It really wasn't that dirty, so I decided to play with it. I took it in some so it fit better , took out ALL the pickups, and cut off the train. I was left with a plain, cream colored, a-line satin-y dress, which was far to plain for me, and still looked like a wedding dress.

So, being me, I mixed up a package of navy blue RIT dye, laid the dress on some towels and trash bags, and painted abstract stripes, swirls, and splatters of navy dye all over it, and the bottom fourth of the skirt completely navy blue with an ombre effect. I love it! But, now I'm worried I messed up.....
after painting, I let it dry overnight, without rinsing it out at all. The bottom portion of the dress is still a tad damp, but it's getting drier.

Can i just wait until it is completely dry, or do i have to rinse it? Being a goodwill dress, it is missing the tags and thus i have no idea if it is dry clean only or what.

here is what it looks like...

and this is the original dress (the bolero and sash were just worn with it...)https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=297385336940635&set=t.613919302&type=3&theater
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