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Topic: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club!  (Read 392735 times)
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« Reply #720 on: October 03, 2005 05:42:41 PM »

OH EM GEE! haha. wow. that dress is stunning. do you know if they are selling those? the description says "weaved" with "knots," so maybe i, who never touched a knitting needle, might be able to make this through much patience and frustration?? If you make it.. please post it up! with directions.  Wink

that is beautiful.
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« Reply #721 on: October 03, 2005 05:43:06 PM »

ribbons!! what a brilliant idea! since prom is still a looooong way ahead, I'm probably going to make a dress like the first one with yarn and then one like the second dress with ribbons. the skirt in the second one is just knots anyway, and should take significantly less effort. I'm really psyched! thanks!

apparently their products are only available in japanese stores, but maybe you could buy it online (it's well into the hundreds though, because I think the designers are kind of trying to break into high fashion). I'll definitely keep you guys posted as I make this!
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« Reply #722 on: October 03, 2005 08:30:45 PM »

actually, the skirt on the second dress kind of looks like loop stitch.  you can see how to do that here:

i'm really loving those dresses. Smiley

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« Reply #723 on: October 04, 2005 10:32:46 AM »

Wow... Some long-ass thread.

Anyway. I'm here for the same reason everybody else is--I am interested in making a dress for my (8th grade)(!) prom. I'm pretty inexperienced... Does anybody know some patterns that are easy and fabulous (and def. worth paying $14? I know, what I cheapskate I am. Undecided)?

Anyways, http://www.daddyos.com has some really groovy dresses... I might want to get a pattern like that. One of these, specifically:

I also like this dress, not from daddyos.com. I first tried it on at Trash and Vaudeville in Manhattan (NYC). It looked fabbity on me... but was a size too small, and they didn't have the next size up. I looked FOREVER on the internet for this dress, so you guys had better NOT take this away from me (in case I don't make my own dress)!


Sorry bout all the pix. Anyway, if you know any good patterns I could use for these I would be eternally grateful. Also incase you want to suggest something else, I am 5'2", about 120 lb., 31" bust, 28" waist, 33.5" hips, and my best attributes I would think, are my back and shoulders. I do some yoga; I want to either crank it up or start a weights program to improve my legs, arms, and tummy(plus, better-looking pecs=bigger-looking boobs) so the measurements might end up changing.

Whew! Long post.
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« Reply #724 on: October 04, 2005 12:39:16 PM »

Wow... Some long-ass thread.

Anyway. I'm here for the same reason everybody else is--I am interested in making a dress for my (8th grade)(!) prom. I'm pretty inexperienced... Does anybody know some patterns that are easy and fabulous (and def. worth paying $14? I know, what I cheapskate I am. Undecided)?

If you're inexperienced, two things you should probably do are give yourself plenty of time and make a mock-up. A mock up is basically you making the dress but out of a cheaper fabric so that you can afford to mess-up. Yes, you end up making two dresses instead of one, but the beauty of the mock up is that once it's made you can alter it anyway you want and not have to worry about ruining expensive fabric. You end up with a better fit, and since you've already made the dress once the second time around it is much easier and faster.

If a mock-up sounds like too much for you but you still want a fantastic fit, I suggest leaving extra-wide seam allowances and once you've finished the dress taking it to an alterationist or a friend who sews. They will be able to help you get the perfet fit to flatter your figure (which I am so jealous of btw).  Be sure to wear the undergarments you plan on wearing with the dress to the fitting because different bras and shoes can make a big difference.

When I want a cheap pattern the first thing I do is go to a retailer's website and pick out what I want http://www.mccallpattern.com/index.htm is a great place to go and often offers discounts (I suggest staying away from Vogue is you're a beginner) then I either try and find it cheaper on Ebay or wait til JoAnne's has one of their mega-pattern sales. If you want to know if a particular pattern is good, try searching online for people who have made it before. The search engine on this forum is very easy to use and usually gets me good results. By looking at posts of people who have made it before you can also get tips that will make your life way easier.

As for specific patterns, I bought http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4868.htm?tab=dresses&page=1 not too long ago, and looking at the instuctions it is not too difficult. It's also on sale right now for 1/2 price.

Also, you'd be amazed at what you can do with a simple sheath dress.
I went from this
To this
In two days. I'm still waiting for the studio shots to come in, but the only difference from the drawing to the actual thing was that the straps ended up being wider to hide the bra.

Sorry for an uber-long answer but I'm avoiding homework and that makes me want to be extremely helpful to anyone providing a distraction. I wish you luck!

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« Reply #725 on: October 04, 2005 02:53:38 PM »

i am making my winter formal dress (i posted about it earlier), but i need a fabric that is silky and slinky, not thick and stiff like taffetta. if anyone has any recommendations on what type of fabric to use, that would be splendid. also, if anyone knows what sort of colors look flattering on ridiculously pale skin, don't hold back with the knowledge. i unfortunately inheirited the irish/english whiteness and would prefer to not accentuate it. thanks guys!
« Reply #726 on: October 04, 2005 09:08:13 PM »

i think a deep, rich green would look marvelous on pale skin.  maybe satin?

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« Reply #727 on: October 05, 2005 03:28:36 AM »

Hey, I need some dress help!

My sophomore year I brought this dress, it was black, with straps and a band of white across my chest. Last year for prom I was to lazy and too poor to buy another dress so my mom made it into a halter, put a slit in it of fushia and covered the white iwth fushia. But now homecoming of senior year is hear and I figured I could make it into something else, now that I can sew. However I'm not good at clothes stuff so i don't know what to do.

The dress had this look to it (the shape wsie and same kind of fabric but not same design, it is a halter now)

What can I do? My first immediate easy way is to buy a bunch of differant colored tulle and just somehow sew it to the base and get a rainbow effect of tulle. But I'd have to buy the tulle - how expansive is it?
I thought perhaps I could shorten it into some cocktail dress or somethign but I'm not sure what to do!!
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« Reply #728 on: October 05, 2005 10:13:13 AM »

I would make it a knee length dress, then add all the colored tulle.

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« Reply #729 on: October 05, 2005 10:20:43 AM »

tulle is usually pretty cheap! Smiley

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