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End of School Formal Dress

Added Nov 27, 2010

by zoe-may

New England, Nsw...






In all, this dress cost me $40 in materials. Such a big difference from the hundreds that I would have had to spend in a shop, and I was able to create exactly what I wanted =)

I was inspired alot by this dress from the Titanic, and also this amazing dress by Terani.

It was a nerve racking process as I only had about 2 weeks to construct it, and I took forever finding the right colours in fabric. However, I am so glad I did it. In the end it fit perfectly. I am in love with the lace sleeves, and even the invisible zipper turned out okay. =)

Material Notes

I used a lovely crepe backed satin for the bodice (the same satin used in my spiral corset), with a black lace overlay and sleeves. The skirt is made from 2 layers of polyester chiffon (conveniently the perfect colour was on sale for $2/meter). Black velvet ribbon around the empire waist for a cute finishing touch.



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Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage
Chiffon, Satin

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    Dec 1, 2010, 09.31 PMby Kimmy Elliott

    You and your dress are both GORGEOUS!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 12.41 AMby tinybows

    absolutely amazing. you are so pretty!!!

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    Nov 28, 2010, 07.27 AMby ladysophie

    Hey there did you see that dress with the velvet skirt and the lace top in Burdastyles 5 top something (i forgot) dresses? Its amaZING and yours reminds me of it. :)

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      Nov 29, 2010, 08.34 AMby zoe-may

      ! I just found the dress you mean and now I want to make it =D

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      Nov 29, 2010, 07.31 PMby ladysophie

      I know so do I!!! But that fabric would be expensive :(

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    Nov 27, 2010, 05.43 PMby rshelly13

    well done. isn’t it great to wear your dress out and then tell people you made it. that is one of my favorite parts. you should be proud.

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    Nov 27, 2010, 10.37 AMby aleah

    Classy and stylish. Good job.

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    Nov 27, 2010, 09.08 AMby mixtlii

    It’s a lovely and discrete dress, very classy. Good job! And thanks for the link, could be a good source of inspiration!

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    Nov 27, 2010, 05.44 AMby scarletohara

    beautiful!!!! :D i like it a lot!

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    Nov 27, 2010, 05.41 AMby freakusbzzz

    You’ll outshine al the girls with tacky commercial produced formal dresses.

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    Nov 27, 2010, 05.13 AMby annawilliamson

    You’ve done a beautiful job with this; Your use of the lace is really gorgeous and I’m absolutely in love with the sleeves! I assume you drafted the pattern yourself?

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    Nov 27, 2010, 01.20 AMby omgdora

    This is so pretty and classic, I love it! I was just thinking how a lot of wedding dresses are so revealing that it gets a bit boring, and in trying to imagine a more interesting wedding dress, I vaguely pictured something like this.

    Did you use a commercial pattern?

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      Nov 27, 2010, 06.22 AMby zoe-may

      I agree! With this dress I thought that adding sleeves would compliment the exposure at the neckline and back more than exposing my shoulders aswell. I’m so happy that I did – it is so much more elegant with sleeves.

      I used a the top half of a simple princess line pattern but altered the fit and the neckline. The skirt and sleeves I drafted myself =)

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    Nov 27, 2010, 12.08 AMby analogue

    Your dress is stunning and you two look beautiful together!

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