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« on: September 13, 2008 08:24:45 PM »

Its been a long time since I did any posting here, so please forgive me.

I work at Target and about a year ago we got this new line of curtains in our Domestic sections: Xhilaration (now you Target lovers will recognize the brand from our clothing line, yes, they tried out home decor, but alas, did not do well with the public). The line was just two different colors in various curtain sizes: Pink and Turquoise faux silks and sheers. When I saw these curtains I went nuts! I could not stop thinking about the Turquoise sheer with its flocked  bubbles all over it. I could see these curtains as a super cute retro party dress (like Grease or something). So I waited, patiently, walking by every now and then and sighing . . .  waiting for them to be marked down or clearanced, because there was no way I was going to pay 20 bucks a panel just to cut them up.

So . . . after a year . . . and an incredibly LONG backstory ( sorry:P ) . . .

Voila! . . .

I used Simplicity pattern #3878 from the Jessica McClintock Collection. My hair is in the way, so the top is a little obscured, but its strapless and it has a ruffle all along the top of it out of the flocked sheer which you can sorta see in the lining picture. (Oh, I'm standing on tippy-toes because every picture I took cut off the bottom of the dress)

The curtains before i hacked them to bits . . .

The lining . . . I always rush through my projects and never line anything, but I made sure that I did this time

I used a crinoline from an old prom dress for the fluff under this dress, it was way easier than making the ruffles the pattern called for

Anyway, I hope y'all enjoyed it!
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« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2008 08:31:34 PM »

This rocks! I love it.

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« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2008 08:33:38 PM »

LOVE it!  The pattern was a perfect match for the fabric.
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2008 08:42:08 PM »

this looks awesome, i never would have guessed that it was made out of curtains  Cheesy
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2008 08:44:08 PM »

well i think you were right.  the perfect fabric for a party dress.  that color looks great on you too!
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2008 09:15:26 PM »

Amazing! Scarlet would be proud. Thanks for sharing!

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2008 09:19:47 PM »

I love Target!  And stalking clearance  Cheesy  Your dress looks great and really well made, I love the waistline!
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« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2008 09:34:50 PM »

I have always wanted to do something similar with random clearance items but alas I have yet to acquire a sewing machine. Seeing as I am not too keen on hand stitching an entire dress, the fabrics just sit and wait for the day that I get a sewing machine and craft them into something. Great job and I too admire the waistline. I have always liked retro dresses... and retro in general.
« Reply #8 on: September 13, 2008 11:11:21 PM »

I have the plain curtains hanging on my windows right now! They look much better as a dress, and it looks great on you!
« Reply #9 on: September 13, 2008 11:17:15 PM »

great fabric! I too cruise the clearance at Target, I've bought many things that i modified to new purposes.

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