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Topic: I made my prom dress! WOOOO!! (pic heavy)  (Read 13327 times)
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« on: July 14, 2010 02:58:34 AM »

I made this for my year 13 prom.
Here is the finished product on the night, with hair and make up Smiley

(i cropped my friend out as i haven't asked her if tis ok to post her)

It was inspired by this gorgous Lanvin gown which i totally fell in love with after spending a few happy hours browsing net-a-porter's wedding boutique: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65377 i still think its so gorgeous. I tried to draft the pattern myself, but it was too complicated, so i searched for a commercial pattern and found V1079 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1079-products-9199.php?page_id=861) Which was actually a really good match. It has embellishment in the front, like the Lanvin dress, and is the same kind of shape, the main difference is the vogue pattern has a much more structured bodice, which i quite like anyway.

Finding fabric was a complete nightmare. I wanted an embellished chiffon, but I live in Wolverhampton, England, where the local market has a really bad selection, so I went to the Birmingham Rag Market but the chiffon there was really cheap looking. Eventually I found this gorgeous green/gold chiffon at Fancy Silk Stores in Birmingham. Its sooo soft to touch and so silky, i absolutely felll in love with the texture and the colour. Only 2.99 a meter. BARGAIN!! Its absolutely hellish to work with though, especially on my decrepit sewing machine. I ended up sewing the dress in the week leading up to prom, over about five days (I'd already cut out all the pieces before my exams started) and that week I got a really bad cold, so I was sneezing everywhere and was really tired and achey. By the time I got to the hem at 11 at night the day before prom I was practyically delirious with exhaustion, just sitting at my sewing machine chattering away to myself in a weird scottish accent. It was so odd. My mother was quite bemused (though  i think she was quite tired herself as she kept giggling.)

Anyway now for the dress!!

Bodice detail:

I hate doing applique, its like i get stage fright as i'm so scared of doing it wrong. So I bought one of those cheap elastic hair bands from primark that have a bit of applique on. The applique was too big to sew straight onto the dress, so I cut off the beads and sewed them onto the dress in the same kind of pattern. That was a lot eaiser as i had something to go from.

The fit of the bodice was good, though it had two layers of lining material and two layers of interfacing and then the gatherring, i thought it would be too thick. I added some extra boning in the middle, as I had some extra. Bizarrely once i'd gathered the top it didn't fit the lining at all, so we (me and my mum) had to spend quite a while pining and basting and trimming to make it look right. Silly vogue pattern.



When I got the fabric home I found that it had lodas of watermarks on. It was sooo annoying as they hadn't told me in the shop, and i had to rejig the way i cut everything out. They're practically invisible until you hold the fabric up to the light, though, so i didn't see some of them as i was cutting out the pieces and I ended up with watermarks on the dress. You could only see them if you looked closely, but it was kind of irratating for me, and i have noooo idea how to get them out!!

Sneaking into next door's garden to play in the wildflowers:

I wanted to line it in crepe back satin like the pattern suggests, but it wasn't wide enough, so i got duchess. This doesn't show the colour well - its actually a very vivid pea green.

Me and my mum! It was really a joint effort, she helped loads especially when i got ill and tired, she pressed and pinned etc

(we were exprimenting with my camera's automatic photo-taking-when-you-smile feature, so we're smiling quite widely to try and make it take the photo!)

Overall I like the pattern, but the instuctions were not easy to follow. Definitely not for a beginner. I am noo expert, but i've followed patterns before which made it easier. I don't think I'll use it again, but I am super happy with how it turned out, and I had an absolutely fabulous night with my friends Smiley

Thanks for looking!

ps I love feedback/questions/criticism etcc

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« Reply #1 on: July 14, 2010 03:31:47 AM »

That dress is simply beautiful! Sooo lovely. It its 10 times more stunning than the original dress in my opinion.Great job! X


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« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2010 03:55:02 AM »

WOW  Shocked that dress is amazing an the fabric just adds to its beauty and i love what u did in the centre of the bust it looks amazing Smiley



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« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2010 04:06:25 AM »

Your dress is totally stunning and you look beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2010 04:12:46 AM »

Absolutely stunning - an awful lot of work clearly went into this dress and it really shows, I particularly think the bust line is outstanding.  Well done you x

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« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2010 06:01:09 AM »

ummmm this rocks.  From the pattern, to the fabric, to the execution! I love it!

« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2010 06:16:34 AM »

Beautiful.. Just beautiful!!
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« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2010 06:23:29 AM »

Oh, this is utterly lovely!  Agreeing with everyone else--you did a fantastic job with the bodice.  I wish I could sew so well!

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« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2010 06:36:26 AM »

I love it!  That pattern might be on my list of things to make now!

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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2010 06:49:42 AM »

Very beautifully done, and a great choice of fabrics!  IMO, your dress is so much prettier than the dress on the cover of the pattern.  Smiley

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