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« Reply #1390 on: April 23, 2010 07:39:40 AM »

I'm in.  I've been thinking about making a Prom dress for awhile now.  I didn't want to go without a date, but maybe I could just steal some other girl's date when I get there Wink.  What materials would the more experienced seamstresses/seamsters (word I coined because my dad sews and is most definitely NOT a 'seamstress') recommend?  Would a tulle skirt be too over the top?  And what colors?  I don't care for spring colors (pastels, light colors, pink) or at least hate the way they look with my pale skin and black hair, but I don't want to look funereal, either.  Dark green to match my eyes, maybe?  Strapless is out because I'm, well, too...voluptuous for that.  Any ideas for how to do a dress with a built-in bra? Also, I am in love with vintage (as in twenties through forties) designs so I will definitely do something like that.   

yeah, so far i have no date options yet, but hopefully thatll all change when the time draws near. i think i'm about the opposite...i like lots of colors and am very, um..w/e the reverse of voluptous is, but havent ever worn a strapless dress.

i've never made a dress, even more why i want to try making my prom dress, so i cant answer the question about the bra, even tho i want to do that for mine too. 

maybe a dark green like you said or a turquoise could look good & suit your color preferences w/o being too dark. maybe brighten it up with a gold sash for the turquoise? not sure....kind of what i'm thinking of for myself. (even tho i normally NEVER wear gold!)

as for making a built in bra, i would recommend getting either a sports bra (depends on what kind of dress you are sewing) or a strapless bra and sew it between the lining and the outside layer, if you are making a corset top, just kind of sew it in as part of the corset Smiley

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« Reply #1391 on: September 11, 2010 02:31:39 AM »

@ madamedefarge:
Tulle is a great fabric to work with I think, and it allows for so many fun things to happen that wouldn't work out if you used something more 'traditional' If tulle is your style at all, I can do nothing but recommend it.
Also, green would be a beautiful color. I would suggest Kelly green and black, but that's just my style. I have so many ideas for you buzzing through my head after reading your comment, but I've had 3 proms already, this one's yours!

And to everyone participating: Just don't hold back, and get started early. You don't want to be safety pinning yourself in fifteen minutes before pictures; that's the biggest piece of advice that I can give you. Prom dresses are more complicated than others, and if you have little to no experience don't get discouraged, just leave yourself plenty of time to mess up.
Good luck to all of you!

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