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251  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prom gown with a secret... (pictures galore) on: May 24, 2006 09:06:46 PM
Wow, I'm glad you all seem to like it. Thanks for all the way awesome responses. You guys rock.

Funny you should mention Cinderella... my right shoe kept slipping off at the beginning of the evening. Haha. Eventually I grabbed a safety pin and jabbed another hole in the strap so I could buckle it tighter. Why didn't Cinderella think of that one? Teehee.

Ok, so about the construction, I guess... it seems like alot of you think the bottom skirt detaches cause people are asking for tutorials on it. It doesn't connect and disconnect or anything. It's just a separate piece. It fits snugly on my hips and closes with two little hooks at the side. I guess I could have made it connect to the main dress with hooks and eyes or snaps or something, but it just wasn't necessary. Having the two separate pieces just seemed much easier and way more practical.

As for the twist part- hm, it's hard to describe. I cut two satin flattened oblong ovalish pieces and a plain cotton lining one too. I sewed them right sides together so that the lining would be on the inside when I turned it right side out. Then I just twisted it over once and pinned it on the bodice through the inside layers only. I tacked it down to the bodice by hand, sewing through only the underlayers so the stitching wouldn't show on the surface of it. Then I put three hooks and eyes in the back to close.

Haha, sorry if my tutorial doesn't make sense. I tried a bunch of different complicated methods for the twist part on muslin, trying to get the simple, smooth look I was picturing. So yeah, just try different stuff until it works, I guess. I'm not too helpful, am I?

Well, thanks for all the complements. You craftsters are all just completely awesome.
252  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Prom gown with a secret... (pictures galore) on: May 22, 2006 06:21:22 PM
I made my dress for senior prom on saturday. I designed it myself and made the whole thing patternless. I really wanted something elegant and classy but fun and original. I had to go out of town to find the material, but I think I got the perfect colour. I love it to death and I'm just so proud of myself. It was a crazy amount of work and a true learning experience, but it was worth every pin-prick and headache. I got so many complements and it was a blast to dance around in. Anyway, pictures are what you all want, so here I am-

With my date-

With my girls-

At Prom-

Oh yeah! You guys probably want to know what the secret is... Check it out. I made it in two separate parts so I can wear it as a short dress too. Tada! Oh, and I made my wrap too. My first time ever working with chiffon and also my first time using a hem roller foot-

Here's the back-

And side-

And close-up of the twist-

Oh man, I'm so excited about this dress, even though prom is over, haha. I might wear it short for graduation. Yay. Sorry for bombarding you with pics. Well, thanks so much for looking!
253  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What's the point of a prom dress if you get uninvited... ( on: May 17, 2006 09:08:16 PM
Wow, stunning dress. Just go to prom, show off your dress and have fun. You deserve it.
254  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quick & Easy No Sew Gold Satin Clutch with Black beaded trim on: May 15, 2006 12:33:38 PM
Haha, I know someone who uses Godiva bags as purses. Yours is awesome. Nice job.
255  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: May 06, 2006 12:40:28 PM
Yeah, the back looks marvelous! Wow, great job!
256  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: what to do with all those scraps? on: April 29, 2006 09:16:40 PM
Haha, I just made another one for my friend. They're totally a hit. Teehee. Here's me wearing it-

It was pretty easy to connect the ends. For both ends I only folded two eights together instead of four. Then, when I attached the shoe-lace, I just sort of sewed in and out and around at random through the lace and the first three layers of the four eights. Then I just trimmed any extra frays and slid a bead over to hide the stitching.
257  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: what to do with all those scraps? on: April 28, 2006 03:06:29 PM
Yay, I finished mine last night. Check it out--

I decided to put two wooden beads on there. I used a shoelace instead of ribbon, so it ties quite nicely in the back. Thanks again for the idea!
258  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: what to do with all those scraps? on: April 26, 2006 05:51:38 PM
Wow, this is so inspiring! I'm such a scrap whore. I save all the little pieces even though I rarely find something to do with them. As soon as I saw this I just had to give it a try. Check out what I've got so far--

I'm trying to use lots of bright colours. The great thing about this project is you can make the necklace to match the clothes that you've already made out of the same material.

Mine is a little thinner than yours. I had a lot of thin strips of scrap fabric that I wanted to use up. I kind of want to make it a long necklace, but it tends to shed little threads and I don't want those to end up all over my shirt. Hm. We'll see.

Haha, thanks for the inspiration!
259  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: April 23, 2006 09:02:07 PM
Wow, that tie dress is so cute. What a great idea!
260  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Not so typical tropical pleated skirt on: April 23, 2006 01:37:18 PM
I didn't use a pattern. I just made it up. I like to use patterns when I can afford them though, because they save alot of time on the guesswork and I don't jab myself with pins so much. Haha.

PinkyK, I say you go for it. Post some pictures when you're done, and good luck!
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