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My very own 'Project Runway' 4.4.07

Here is a picture mid-process. This is the bodice and skirt together, sans sleeves, hemming, etc. (Also, watch how the floor gets messier)

This is where I am now. I still need to sew buttons on the placket and make button holes on the under placket, and actually make a sash out of the gingham fabric. Right now it is just tied around the mannequin to show what it will look like. I should describe the dress a bit - the top front and back is a layer of gathered white cotton (an elastic bobbin was used to gather it tightly for the ruching) and the same gathered effect is on the sleeves right above the elbow.

Here is a top angle view to show the detail of the gathered white top, the sleeves and the collar.

Full back view. (By the way - the artwork on the wall to the left - that is the flower counted cross stitch that I recently finished and posted in here a few weeks back. I framed it and hung it in my craft room!)

Top detail back view.

Here is the pattern I used - it was my mother's from the 70's (good old size 10, 32 inch bust...cause that's the same sizing that's used today...hmmmm...) I made the one in the lower left corner. It was kinda funny, I bought 3 yards of two different materials the other day with my friend Stephanie. I made a shirt out of the other fabric (a plaid - I should post pics of that too) and I wasn't sure what to do with the polka dots. Then I realized I had white cotton - just enough for the placket, collar and gathered top. I had just enough fusible interfacing too. Grand total for the polka dot dress? $11.88 plus the $1.50 in buttons that I bought today so I can finish it. Not too shabby.

This is my next project. I will be making the dress on the far right with. The yellowish fabric on the left will be the body and the main front skirt panel. The green middle fabric (with little blue birds) is for the side skirt panels and the waist sash, and the purple right fabric is for the same areas that are purple in the sketch - the arm bands, neck band and skirt hem. I'm excited.

And this is Dave and I last night at his sister's house, celebrating his 27th Birthday. I just had to throw that in for good measure.

So after years of heavy shopping, it has sorta almost lost its appeal. Now I see pictures of items for sale, and I want to make something similar to it on my own. It's like a puzzle - I have to find the right fabric, the right pattern or make my own pattern, and then put it together. I actually find it calming and soothing and fun. I'm weird like that. That's what I get for being a fashion student.

I also got my hair highlighted and cut today. Wowee!


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
you need to take a picture of you wearing it when it's done, i can't believe you made that, you did a really great job! i guess i shouldn't be that surprised considering you do go to fit and all

did you ever find out about those martha tickets? if you go left me know and i'll be on the look out for you that day
Apr. 5th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC)
Gorgeous dress!!! Gorgeous pictures!! :D
Apr. 5th, 2007 01:24 pm (UTC)
what amazing work! thank you so much for sharing the process with us. i find it fascinating. i'm glad you're able to combine 2 of your loves: fashion and art!
Apr. 5th, 2007 09:14 pm (UTC)
i cant wait until youre a famous designer so i can brag and say that i know you!
happy birthday dave!
Apr. 7th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC)
You should def. post pics of that purply-greenish dress as you make it too. It looks like it'll be fun!
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