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Topic: upside down cupcake wrapper (recycling, ruffles, and YOU)  (Read 6438 times)
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« on: April 05, 2008 11:11:06 AM »

my fella says the skirt looks like an upside down cupcake wrapper. I haven't decided if I'll keep this yet, rock it in summer, swap it, give it away, I dunno. But here it is: my experiment in ruffles and recycling.

Dress buttons up the back with self-buttons (on the pink panel, at the top of the skirt I used tiny white buttons). Neckline is surplice (meaning that part of the navy crosses over the other side), and the straps are just long ties, so it's adjustable. SKirt is a basic A-line skirt, and then I put 4 gores (or triangles, with the wide part at the bottom) into it to give it more flare/room. The ruffles were all randomly pinned by hand - I had to sew ruffles on to the skirt one layer at a time.

there's one more pic below (of the back, which I'm quite happy with), so scroll down if you just want to see it. If you're curious, here's what it's made of (the recycled details), working by identifiable colour/section:

navy: WAS a beautiful silk twill button-up shirt that was my mother's and became mine. It was too short for my frame, but I loved how soft it was, so I wore it anyway. That's also why I couldn't give it up, even though I hadn't worn it in years. It is lined in silk, a dark tye-dye that was an old shirt of Cassidy's that he relinquished some time ago.

pink: WAS an FCUK shirt that I bought at Buffalo. It was a pullover, rather tight on the shoulders and too loose through the rest of the body, and (of course) too short for my frame. I bought it because I loved the fabric (the grey is delicate webby embroidery), and couldn't get rid of it for the same reason. I had enough fabric to line the back with the same, but in the front, I had to make do with something else. So the front is lined with orange linen, a large scrap left over from a skirt I made last summer ("solstice skirt" - it's posted on here somewhere).

skirt: now, you can't see it, but the structure under all the ruffles is baby-blue 100% cotton jersey, scraps leftover from a blouse I made a couple years ago.The blue ruffles are cotton voile that I dyed blue and used in a costume years ago. I retired the costume (also years ago) and cut the voile off for reuse. I tea-dyed it to tone down the blue. The brown ruffles ARE new fabric: a bit 3 oz thai silk chiffon that I tea-dyed with the blue to soften the colour. (Incidentally, the tea-dying was also a process of recycling/using what you have: I used the last half of a box of tea that I wasn't going to drink because something about it gave me headaches.) The ivory = a bit of nylon stretch mesh. Also new. Pretty much purchased for this kind of play/experimentation.

what do you think? I'm not sure what I'll do with this and would LOVE to have some feedback to help with the decision-making process!


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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2008 11:18:21 AM »

That is very cute and would be really great for spring/summer. Maybe with a soft brown top, you could rock it out!
« Reply #2 on: April 05, 2008 11:19:10 AM »

What should you do with it?  You should give it to me, of course!  Seriously, though, that is soooooo adorable.  I've gotta end this post because I can't wait any longer to click 'this rocks!'

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« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2008 11:20:14 AM »

I think its awesome! I esp like the combat boots you paired it with! I say rock it in the summer! Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 05, 2008 11:25:50 AM »

Amazing amazing amazing! It looks so unique and the colours complement each other well.
« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2008 11:55:36 AM »

it's gorgeous, I love it! The style and colors are really cute.

« Reply #6 on: April 05, 2008 12:09:01 PM »

I say wear it 'til it falls apart or send it my way, I love it.

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« Reply #7 on: April 05, 2008 02:28:23 PM »

That's absolutely gorgeous. I really like the colors! I think you should keep it since it fits you so well.

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« Reply #8 on: April 05, 2008 02:38:54 PM »

This completely Rocks ! I adore it and would totally wear it all the time !

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« Reply #9 on: April 05, 2008 03:01:01 PM »

I really really love this dress, and you rock it well.
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