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Prom dress with 188 feet of lace

Added Mar 16, 2008

by skarinja

New York, New Yo...






I made this without a pattern. I kind of just went for it. It’s my dream dress: big petticoat, big skirt, rows and rows of vintagey lace, yellow pleated waistband, draped lace bust, v-shaped corset and a big bow.

I first made the pleated waistband. I used a tutorial from SewStylish magazine that involves a 12" diameter cement cylinder and tons of string. It was a thousand times easier than actually having to fold each pleat, I really suggest you buy the issue if you have to ever make pleats. It’s got a girl in a brownish dress on the cover with like metal appliques on her dress I think. I can look up the exact issue if anyone cares. I first made it out of yellow satin but it looked too orangey so I redid it in the new yellow fabric. Then I made the skirt. I first made it out of cheap muslin (it’s like 6 panels maybe?) and then worked from the bottom up sewing each row of lace. I dyed the lace using ecru RIT dye but left some white. Then I attached the waistband to the skirt. I made the bodice by draping lace on an old strapless bra on a dress form. The top piece of the left side becomes the bottom piece of the right side and so on and so forth. I attached the bodice to the waistband and made the corset with grommet tape and ribbon. I then made a giant tube, ironed it flat, sewed it on and tied it. Wala, finished dress.

Material Notes

Yellow satin, yellow cotton, assorted lace and eyelet, ecru RIT dye, grommet tape, 1/8" ribbon, muslin, kite string, 12" cement cylinder, iron




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    Sep 3, 2011, 04.48 AMby colours

    This dress is BEAUTIFUL! I love it! Great job.

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    Jul 25, 2009, 09.44 PMby singinginsunshine

    i adore this dress!!! so creative and beautiful; you did a marvelous job! just out of curiosity,does it have a built in petticoat? i love that full skirt!

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    Jan 25, 2009, 08.09 PMby heidimw

    Ive always wanted to do lace but no patience! U absolutely ROCK! 10 STARS! this dress is way amazing!

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    Jan 19, 2009, 02.36 PMby nattyjane


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    Dec 28, 2008, 05.10 PMby tzigane

    Gosh… this is stunning! :)

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    Nov 8, 2008, 02.49 PMby cullenteam

    brilliant:D:Dgreat job

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    Aug 30, 2008, 03.12 PMby sergeantaddie

    this is absolutely beautiful and i envy your skill. i wish i could just sit down at the machine and turn out something as gorgeous as you have.

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    Mar 25, 2008, 05.00 PMby jinxychan

    Beautiful! Thanks for the Sew Stylish tip!

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    Mar 25, 2008, 11.48 AMby milkyway

    It’s very nice, I love it, great job

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    Mar 22, 2008, 11.09 PMby oonaballoona

    wonderful! i grew up in south orange, your prom may even be where my prom was. sadly, i did not have the creativity to make exactly hat i wanted. congratulations & have a blast!

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    Mar 18, 2008, 04.36 AMby akwa

    It’s an artful job. I like the idea of sewing many strips of material, creating a 3D surface, and the variation in lace colour. It is kind of organic.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 08.38 AMby jj1

    A fantastic job, considering you are only 17. I wish I had spent my childhood sewing my own clothes like you.

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    Mar 17, 2008, 07.07 AMby sunnyb64

    Wow— that must have taken an incredible amount of patience. Looks great though, and I hope you have a great time at your prom!

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    Mar 17, 2008, 06.41 AMby jessies

    i think this i amazing you did a wonderful job i like the idea of using the strapless bra and i love the pleated waistline great job. the skirt is very cute i have been saving lace for something simmler to this so thanks for the inspration!!!

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    Mar 17, 2008, 12.08 AMby kallegrae

    amazing! one of these days I’m going to tackle an entire dress instead of just turning out skirts. I love it.

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    Mar 16, 2008, 09.14 PMby owned

    good job! it looks nice, i like the back. :)

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