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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Mermaid Rave Bra on: February 07, 2014 02:36:35 AM
The hot glue was great, I'd definitely recommend using a glue gun. At first I thought of sewing but it would have taken so long, plus you'd need shells with holes in. A few pearls fell off but the bottom photo was taken after the night out, so you can seem most of the stuff stayed on!

Edit: I probably wouldn't wash the bra though!!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mermaid Rave Bra on: February 06, 2014 01:29:49 PM
I made this bra for a recent festival I had at my university, the theme was "The Lost City", which I took to mean Atlantis, so obviously..I went as a mermaid...
It was so fun to make. I got a sparkly bra from H and M for 7 then covered it in shells, fake pearls, mother of pearl beads and acrylic flowers. I used a glue gun to stick everything on. Took about an hour and a half (plus about two weeks of dreaming about what I was going to do!)

With hair and make up:

The braa!

More pics and info on my blog: http://blollings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/diy-mermaid-rave-bra.html Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Ball Gown (with several pictures) on: October 24, 2011 02:36:51 AM
I can't believe how long it's taken me to post this!!
I made this at Easter, it took a couple of days during my holiday, and I wore it to the Geography Ball at my university. I already had the stretchy blue material, I bought the white to go underneath it (for my modesty!!), with no fasterners or buttons or anything (as it's jersey) the dress cost about 3 overall! BARGAIN Cheesy
It was based on a beautiful dress from River Island: http://www.polyvore.com/green_peacock_print_maxi_dress/thing?id=31925997 (it looks better on!) I tried it on in store as a joke, then really liked it so decided to make my own. I only used the blue fabric as I couldn't find anything better at the market. I got it as an end of a roll of fabric that Topshop used to use about 2 years ago, for 50p a metre.

Here's the finished garment on the night! With make up etc, I was with my beautiful flatmate who I'd cut out of the photo Wink

Also, on a side note, I was wearing the biggest ,ost beautiful shoes I got on sale from Office.

I made the dress without a pattern, but it was super easy. The skirt is basically a really long A-line skirt, I made with with as much flare as I could using the fabric I had, so they it hung nicely, and I spent ages trying to make sure I cut it on the grain!
I made the strap by just plaiting remnants of the fabric. The strap acts as a drawstring to the top of the dress, so it's quite adjustable. Best thing: you don't have to wear a bra. Woohoo!
I lined all the top with white, but just did a mini underskirt that stopped below my bum, so you can see a cheeky bit of leg. I thought my mum would think that was a bit risque, but she was didn't, she thought it was great!! I think you can kind of see the underskirt on the pictures, but it's a bit more detailed in real life.

slighty strange angle detail shot:

It's still a bit imperfect - i gave up on a hem and just tried to cut it as neat as I could, and then because of the weight of the fabric it's stretched a bit and got longer, so I need to cut it again!
The jersey is soooo soft, it's really comfy to wear! Can't wait until spring when I can wear it again...not sure I'll be braving bare shoulders on a cold winter night, maybe with a faux fur cape I could manage it??

comments and criticisms joyfully accepted!

thanks xx
4  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Wants My Dress on: June 02, 2011 11:13:41 AM
You made the dresses so I agree that the money has to be enough so that you want that more than you want the dresses! $450 for two hand-made dresses sounds absolutely crazy to me! I'd expect double that!
Its really cool they want the dresses though! kudos!
Also remember they might not want you to tell people how much they pay you....
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made my prom dress! WOOOO!! (pic heavy) on: July 16, 2010 01:20:34 AM
Thank you so much for all the responses! I'm quite overwhelmed!  Cheesy

I feel you on the marathon sewing sessions.  Doesn't it feel good to put the dress on finally after it's finished?!
Sooo true! Even though most of the way through I was convinced it was all going wrong and I'd have to buy something cheap last minute, when I finally put it on and it actually fit I was so relieved!

I can't help but ask... You have a year 13?
I live in the UK and year 13 is the final year of high school/sixth form. its also called upper sixth sometimes. I don't really understand the american school system so I don't know what the equivalent is, but i'm 18 and i'm going to uni next year, and this was our school leavers prom  Smiley

It looks so complicated, especially the bodice...You did a truly amazing job, and I hope you had fun at prom!
Thank you Smiley I must give credit to my mum who helped loads making the gathers even and unpicking things when I did it wrong (the instructions were confusing)

Thanks again for all the lovely feedback Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made my prom dress! WOOOO!! (pic heavy) on: July 14, 2010 02:58:34 AM
I made this for my year 13 prom.
Here is the finished product on the night, with hair and make up Smiley

(i cropped my friend out as i haven't asked her if tis ok to post her)

It was inspired by this gorgous Lanvin gown which i totally fell in love with after spending a few happy hours browsing net-a-porter's wedding boutique: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65377 i still think its so gorgeous. I tried to draft the pattern myself, but it was too complicated, so i searched for a commercial pattern and found V1079 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1079-products-9199.php?page_id=861) Which was actually a really good match. It has embellishment in the front, like the Lanvin dress, and is the same kind of shape, the main difference is the vogue pattern has a much more structured bodice, which i quite like anyway.

Finding fabric was a complete nightmare. I wanted an embellished chiffon, but I live in Wolverhampton, England, where the local market has a really bad selection, so I went to the Birmingham Rag Market but the chiffon there was really cheap looking. Eventually I found this gorgeous green/gold chiffon at Fancy Silk Stores in Birmingham. Its sooo soft to touch and so silky, i absolutely felll in love with the texture and the colour. Only 2.99 a meter. BARGAIN!! Its absolutely hellish to work with though, especially on my decrepit sewing machine. I ended up sewing the dress in the week leading up to prom, over about five days (I'd already cut out all the pieces before my exams started) and that week I got a really bad cold, so I was sneezing everywhere and was really tired and achey. By the time I got to the hem at 11 at night the day before prom I was practyically delirious with exhaustion, just sitting at my sewing machine chattering away to myself in a weird scottish accent. It was so odd. My mother was quite bemused (though  i think she was quite tired herself as she kept giggling.)

Anyway now for the dress!!

Bodice detail:

I hate doing applique, its like i get stage fright as i'm so scared of doing it wrong. So I bought one of those cheap elastic hair bands from primark that have a bit of applique on. The applique was too big to sew straight onto the dress, so I cut off the beads and sewed them onto the dress in the same kind of pattern. That was a lot eaiser as i had something to go from.

The fit of the bodice was good, though it had two layers of lining material and two layers of interfacing and then the gatherring, i thought it would be too thick. I added some extra boning in the middle, as I had some extra. Bizarrely once i'd gathered the top it didn't fit the lining at all, so we (me and my mum) had to spend quite a while pining and basting and trimming to make it look right. Silly vogue pattern.



When I got the fabric home I found that it had lodas of watermarks on. It was sooo annoying as they hadn't told me in the shop, and i had to rejig the way i cut everything out. They're practically invisible until you hold the fabric up to the light, though, so i didn't see some of them as i was cutting out the pieces and I ended up with watermarks on the dress. You could only see them if you looked closely, but it was kind of irratating for me, and i have noooo idea how to get them out!!

Sneaking into next door's garden to play in the wildflowers:

I wanted to line it in crepe back satin like the pattern suggests, but it wasn't wide enough, so i got duchess. This doesn't show the colour well - its actually a very vivid pea green.

Me and my mum! It was really a joint effort, she helped loads especially when i got ill and tired, she pressed and pinned etc

(we were exprimenting with my camera's automatic photo-taking-when-you-smile feature, so we're smiling quite widely to try and make it take the photo!)

Overall I like the pattern, but the instuctions were not easy to follow. Definitely not for a beginner. I am noo expert, but i've followed patterns before which made it easier. I don't think I'll use it again, but I am super happy with how it turned out, and I had an absolutely fabulous night with my friends Smiley

Thanks for looking!

ps I love feedback/questions/criticism etcc
7  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Prom Dress into Peacock costume! on: June 13, 2010 09:00:43 AM
thank you for the feedback  Cheesy
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Re: How on earth do I make a travel journal?! on: June 02, 2010 04:46:32 AM
Alter an existing book (this I can offer advice with Wink)

Phizzychick, I've looked at some of your journals and they're absolutely beautiful! I'm also going travelling and want to make a visual journal for the first time. i made a log last year after an amazing trip to austria where i wrote exactly what i did every day so i wont forget or get muddled up, but i like the idea of making something really visual that will capture my trip. What advice do you have about altering a book? is it better to buy a new sketchbook?

Any tips would be fantastic Smiley

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with my Prom Dress!! on: May 31, 2010 05:05:50 AM
Hey, just in case anybody else is interested in this dress, i decided to go with this pattern :
i got it nice and cheap off ebay (though delivery from america was slightly delayed by the volcanic erruptions!)

This pattern's nots exactly the same, its slightly more structured but the sillouhettes similar and i think it will look nice, i have some gorgeous olive green chiffon than i can't wait to cut up! Will post pictures when I'm done!

Sarah x
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hey, it's a week and a half before prom...I'll make my dress!! on: May 09, 2010 01:33:23 PM
this is beautiful, i love the combination of black and white
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