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« on: February 13, 2011 07:22:35 AM »

[I just copied and pasted this from my challenge 59 entry, so sorry if you've seen it...but I'm sick of clicking a billion links to answer people's questions and reply to them Tongue]

HEY! Long time-no post Tongue I guess I'm just too lazy to actually take pictures of the stuff I make unless there's actually a deadline and stuff.  I PROMISE I'm still making stuff! Cheesy  I actually started this dress last Tuesday, worked on it that evening, my snow day Wednesday, and finished it on Saturday.  Enough of my rambling.  Haha no real inspiration for this dress, other than I LOVE the color of this dress and thought it would be so beautiful as a formal dress.  Grin

hehe teaser picture! Cheesy

the WONDERFUL size 12 skirt suit thing that I saw potential in Tongue (as a size 4 I figured I could make *something* work)
Picked it up at the local  thrift store for $6...I thought it was a little pricey, but I couldn't resist the color and print of the jacket!

I can't even explain how simply amazingly easy this corset pattern was to draft (first time ever making a corset and first time ever drafting a legit pattern for something that I can make a million more times).  A few snips and cuts and I was like "wooooah" haha Cheesy

AH! The transformation is complete!  Trying to selvage enough large pieces of fabric from that jacket to make the corset wasn't working...so...

4 hours of detailing was born!  Shocked The front two panels are both pieced together equally and top-stitched to make a purrty "V" pattern down the front  Smiley

another detail shot of the piecing at my hips

and the back...I'm amazed those grommets turned out as normal-looking as the did  Cheesy

I'm in love with this pick-up skirt Smiley
And The sash at the hips ties in the back to cover the small zipper in the skirt to make putting it on a thousand times easier!

I lurve pick-up skirts Cheesy

I stuck a panel of black t-shirt in the back for 1) a little more modesty and 2) COMFORT! Tongue

random detail! Tongue I don't know if you can really tell in this picture, but I put boning in to make it not bunch up weird when I wear it.  There are two in the front and two in the back, and because I'm cheap and poor, the "bones" are made out of 14" zip ties  Grin

All in all, this is my favorite dress I've made EVER! The time, effort, and tedious detail put into it was definitely worth it!  And the battle scars (iron burn, woooooo! Tongue ) was definitely worth it!  I love it so much, and since the skirt is that weird synthetic material that was flimsy, I picked up a sheer curtain for $0.50 to make a little poofy-ness in it Tongue but the skirt is super light and SO comfy! Cheesy I love this dress!

and just for fun...all that's left of the original hideous-ness  Grin

Thanks for checking it out! Love you guys, and God bless  Smiley

p.s. I just realized that I use an excess of smileys

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« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2011 07:39:51 AM »

Holy crap this is amazing!!!  You've taken such a frumpy outfit and made it stunning and extremely flattering. 
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2011 08:01:33 AM »

that's just unbelievable. good work Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2011 06:36:53 PM »

What an incredible transformation! You took something that was frankly kinda hideous and made a beautiful work of fashion art!! Love it!

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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011 06:54:10 AM »

That is AWESOME!  Shocked
Beautiful construction, and a fantastic design.

I am currently in the hospital, i apologize to those who's swap items will be late, but I am not flaking!  I WiLL still send!
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011 07:29:40 AM »

That's outstanding!
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011 09:51:16 PM »

Wow! That is gorgeous!! I can't believe it was that ugly suit before. Amazing work!

Tiffany. Lover of rainbows and crafts. (^_^)
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2011 05:09:35 AM »

I agree, it's so beautiful and well done!

« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011 12:40:31 PM »

Absolutely love this! The detail on the top is amazing Smiley

« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2011 07:40:00 PM »

gorgeous!  it's always nice when when something that seems like a problem turns out to be a blessing in disguise!  i  love the V  in the center front!  very nice.
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