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Carnival Dress

Added Jun 10, 2011

by melonhead

Roanoke, Indiana...






Here’s a dress I made this week based on a dress that I saw on Glee, (yes I’m a Gleek.) I made it from an old lavender sheet that was lying around the house…no sheets are safe in my house. Haha. I painted the print on by hand using watered down acrylic paint. Acrylic paint work well as a dye and doesn’t come off in the wash. The dress is just a simple shift dress with a gathered skirt and an invisible zipper in the side for getting in and out of. I made my own pattern for this dress. I’m pretty pleased with the way it turned out. I hope you like it. :)

Material Notes

Cotton sheet, scrap fabric, invisible zipper, and acrylic paint.




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Geek, Grunge, Punk, Rock

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    Jan 22, 2012, 05.59 PMby chased-away

    I love the dress and these pictures!

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    Jul 10, 2011, 02.31 PMby hecate

    Wonderfull……. I’m looking for a dress pattern like this……… please help :)

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    Jun 25, 2011, 08.49 PMby shortpant

    Super cute! I like that you made the pattern (both on the fabric and for the dress) yourself! It’d be great if you could post the dress pattern….

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    Jun 22, 2011, 01.14 PMby Lisa Lorscheter Steffl

    It is darling! Very nicely done.

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    Jun 21, 2011, 10.16 PMby Eleanor Thomas

    This is stunning. The kind of thing we’re all secretly a bit jealous of! Gorgeous pics, too.

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    Jun 21, 2011, 09.21 PMby eswilson15

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I’m a huge Gleek too so I’m pretty sure I know which dress this is based off of (Quinn’s dress from New York correct?) I found it on the Anthropologie website but it’s over $200 D: but I’d love to try and make this too but I’m not quite as talented as you ;)

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      Jun 24, 2011, 12.37 AMby melonhead

      Yay for another Gleek!! :D Yep, that’s the one. Woah $200? That’s crazy! Yes, you should definitely make one!! I’m sure it’d turn out lovely!! :) Thanks for your kind words and good luck on the dress!!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 07.53 PMby Clairelo

    This is lovely. You are very creative and talented, :)

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    Jun 21, 2011, 07.22 PMby danired

    this is beautiful! i’m so amazed that you hand painted the sheet! very talented!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 06.29 PMby reginaanne

    This is the most gorgeous example of repurposing I have ever seen. BRAVA!!!

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    Jun 21, 2011, 04.30 AMby thefabledneedle

    Inspired!! Seriously, it’s wonderful. :)

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    Jun 21, 2011, 02.49 AMby melonhead

    Thank you everyone for such kind words!! :)

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    Jun 20, 2011, 11.57 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    so gorgeous. lovely print as well! so simple yet so amazing

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    Jun 20, 2011, 04.24 AMby loyl8

    like always your pics are amazing and your clothes are adorable… :) fantastic job

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    Jun 19, 2011, 10.33 PMby purplejb99

    This is awesome, I can’t believe you didn’t have a pattern! And is that a scalloped hem I see? It’s adorable, tutorial please?

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    Jun 19, 2011, 03.56 PMby helenadoll

    It’s so cute! and well done with the painting, I don’t have the patience to put pattern on fabric myself. It looks very easy and wearable :)

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    Jun 19, 2011, 03.07 PMby princesszhing

    wow! :) love the print, the belt and the design!! and those pictures are gorgeous!!

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    Jun 19, 2011, 02.47 PMby Tokie Ang

    nice of u :) and the pictures u took..they r so lovely :D

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    Jun 19, 2011, 07.35 AMby silvermink

    Love the simpleness of it all :)

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    Jun 18, 2011, 09.07 PMby TheVelvetGarde

    Wow, this is Beautiful!!! I am in love with the pattern, style, color… everything!

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    Jun 18, 2011, 09.29 AMby ybs80

    Please share the instructions and pattern, I want one too… :)

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.20 PMby melonhead

      I would love to, but I’m afraid that I’m pretty bad when it comes down to describing things…it’s just something that I’ve never been very good at, but I’ll see what I can do. :)

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    Jun 17, 2011, 11.10 PMby idrinkcaprison

    your photos are so beautiful and your dress is……Lovely just lovely (thats my favorite word) but anyways super duper beautiful job!!!!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.16 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you!!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 10.26 PMby vanninja

    very well done and i love that you made your own print! i never thought of using watered down acrylic – i love when i get a new idea for textiles! thanks for sharing this.

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.16 PMby melonhead

      Thanks you!! Yes it works very well, I highly suggest it!

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    Jun 17, 2011, 05.46 PMby pinkgribble

    Lovely dress and the photo’s are beautiful too.

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    Jun 17, 2011, 05.44 PMby ray162738

    so pretty!! i think you should share your gorgeous pattern with us. ;)

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.15 PMby melonhead

      Thank you! It’s basically just a simple shift dress with a gathered skirt. I’m normally pretty bad when it comes down to describing things, but I’ll see what I can do. ;)

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    Jun 17, 2011, 05.24 PMby daughterfish

    This is so adorable. And the painting is a great idea! Looks great on you and love the vibe of your pics.

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    Jun 16, 2011, 03.21 PMby oopsitssierralu

    everything in the pictures are gorgeous………how did you keep your hand so steady? I practically failed everything where i had to paintthin reppeated lines !


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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.06 PMby melonhead

      Thanks you!! Oh I made sure to use a ruler to keep my lines straight. Trust me if I hadn’t the lines would be more of a crazy zigzag than a straight line! Haha.

      And yay for another Gleek! :D

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    Jun 15, 2011, 07.50 PMby Keren Touré

    I LOVE that !!

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    Jun 14, 2011, 12.16 PMby msgems

    This is lovely! I havent been on here for months so got a lot of catching up to do!

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      Jun 19, 2011, 01.03 PMby melonhead

      Thanks Buddy!! :D

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    Jun 13, 2011, 12.14 PMby sew4my3

    I hope you know that I will be watching for your name in the fashion world in the years to come. You are very talented and here is another one of your fantastic projects to prove it! Please keep the beautiful ideas coming!

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      Jun 13, 2011, 06.30 PMby melonhead

      Aw thank you so much for your encouraging words! It really means a lot to me knowing that someone believes that I can make it! Thank you :)

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    Jun 12, 2011, 04.40 PMby caramia-made

    Wow, I never knew you could use acrylic paint that way… So if you just water it down it’s not all stiff? I am gonna have to try this!!!

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      Jun 12, 2011, 06.46 PMby melonhead

      Yeah it works great! It’s a llittle stiff at first, but if you throw it in the wash once you’re done the stiffness goes away. :)

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      Jun 13, 2011, 04.58 AMby caramia-made

      Does the colour bleed in the wash? Or I guess just wash it separately the first few times?

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      Jun 13, 2011, 06.27 PMby melonhead

      No not at all. I always just throw it in with my other clothes and so far it’s never done anything.

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