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« on: April 15, 2007 05:00:15 PM »

I love having creative and one-of-a-kind dresses for dances, and since I looove knitting, I decided to knit my prom dress this year!

I found the Elann Flickering Flames skirt pattern, and decided to use that for the skirt. I used knitpick's shine sport in River, which is this gorgeous royal blue color, and since it's a cotton blend, it's not hot at all. My mom agreed to help me knit the dress, so we made a deal that she'd follow the pattern and make the skirt, and I would design the top part. Here's a picture of the skirt, pre- and post-blocking.

It took about 2 hours to pin out the skirt, because we pinned out each little point of the picot edging. My fingers were sore!

What a difference!! I was amazed and how much the skirt grew and how much the lace popped out. The skirt was started in late November, but was put away for a few months in between.

While my mom was busy knitting the skirt, I started figuring out what I wanted the top to look like. Stealing the shape of a tank top I have, I knit the top part of the shirt first, using size 4 needles to prevent anything from showing. The straps were made out of icord. Then I knit a tube of the same lace as the pattern, and sewed everything together.

I wanted to really show off the lace pattern, so I borrowed a square-dancing crinoline to wear under the skirt, and I wore a white tank top under the top so I wouldn't be showing off my belly!

Here's the whole dress. My friend made me some beautiful earrings with matching necklace, and some decorated bobby pins to hide in my hair. My handsome boyfriend had this fabulous tie and cummerbund set with silver stars all over to match my shoes. He was a hit.

Here's a cute boutonniere picture.. Man! Those things are tough to pin.

I had been a bit worried about having dress malfunctions throughout the night since it was homemade, but the worst part about it was going to the bathroom with all that fluff around me!!! The best part was definitely twirling, haha... I felt like a very fancy girl. Thanks for reading!
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2007 05:05:58 PM »

that is absolutely gorgeous!! great job. I wish I had the patience to learn lace knitting  Roll Eyes How does it look without the "fluff"?

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« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2007 05:07:21 PM »

just beautiful!

nothing tastes as good as being fit feels! Did you workout today???
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« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2007 05:27:47 PM »

Oh my gosh this is gorgeous AND such an awesome idea! I am definitely remembering this for future events.

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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2007 05:58:18 PM »

that is just beautiful!

« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2007 06:02:42 PM »

gorgeous!  i wish i was brave enough to attempt such an endeavor!  i'm sure you were a hit at the prom.

« Reply #7 on: April 15, 2007 06:04:25 PM »

Wow, that's amazing!  It's so beautiful!  You can even wear it for other occasions, unlike alot of us and our silly 80's prom dresses.
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2007 06:05:03 PM »

wow, that's awesome!  And such a clever idea...I never would have thought of it, though now it seems like exactly what that skirt needed!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2007 06:14:18 PM »

Wow! That's beautiful! I wish I had the patience to do all of that knitting.
And I love the way the fluff added to the skirt, it definitely makes the outfit stand out. I'd feel really special getting to twirl around in that too!

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