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Pink & Red ....

Added Jan 30, 2010

by freakusbzzz

Canberra, Australia






… 40 hours, 10 meters of tulle, 25 meters of ribbon and a big obnoxious bow!

I had ordered 8 meters of pink and red satin thinking I’d be making something completely different then stumbled across a pattern from the 80’s that I made a dress from 21 years ago.

I should have used taffetta or a silk dupion for this style but instead I stiffened the bodice lining and the bodice to make it stand up with the help of boning.

This was also the first time I have used decorative stitching too – little silver scrolls around the edge of the frill.

The original pattern had lace netting underneath but instead I added ribbons on layers of bridal tulle.
I had no plans to wear this and showed it to my mother and she has claimed it! Good to know it wont just be worn for dress ups in 10 years time by my daughter (or my son).

After being stuck at the sewing machine for the last two weeks I better go feed my family!

Material Notes

Sew in stiffening




Garment Type
Bridal, Evening Wear



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    Mar 20, 2011, 04.05 AMby marloncosta

    … 40 hours, 10 meters of tulle, 25 meters of ribbon and a big obnoxious bow… and ready for the red carpet! You look like a star on this couture gorgeous dress!!!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 10.47 PMby iheartkristin

    thanks so much!

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    Dec 21, 2010, 08.07 PMby iheartkristin

    oh i get it. so about how much tulle did you use or would you suggest for me to buy. I’m actually planning on doing this but with chiffon

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      Dec 21, 2010, 10.22 PMby freakusbzzz

      Get about 8 yards, you can cut it in half length wise. You also need to double it over to make it thicker.

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    Dec 20, 2010, 11.51 PMby iheartkristin

    this is sooo pretty! i want to make a prom dress with tulle like you did for this. im still a beginner so sorry if this is a dumb question but do you use a circle skirt technique or do you just sew 2 panels together like a regular skirt?

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      Dec 21, 2010, 02.18 AMby freakusbzzz

      For the tulle? Just very long oblong pieces of tulle gathered tightly and sew ribbon along the edge, tha was quite easy.

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    Nov 8, 2010, 03.48 AMby nishavinod2009

    wow!!! is all i can say… hats off to ur ideas and hardwork!

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    Feb 5, 2010, 04.46 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Great treatment to the photographs, it really suits for this competition and you dress is stunning too, I especially love the bodice front :)

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    Feb 4, 2010, 01.24 PMby elfies

    Gorgeous dress and photos….sometimes I wish I had a chance to make a normal photos for my projects…

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    Jan 31, 2010, 07.38 AMby irmchen

    Bravo! Congrats! :-) These photos are stunning!

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    Jan 31, 2010, 04.45 AMby miktha

    gorgeous… congratulation.. I think this is a very complicated dress, but you made it.

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    Jan 31, 2010, 12.08 AMby shirls84

    Absolutely stunning! I love the decorative stiching, the ribbon detailing and it looks very well made!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 11.22 PMby trumpet

    Absolutely stunning! Love everything about your dress, it sits beautifully and the decorative stitching and tulle just makes it perfect. Well done!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 09.39 PMby BeYou TiFul

    Really nice! reminds me of Ms. Monroe.

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    Jan 30, 2010, 07.57 PMby cquinn13

    beautiful! I adore the back of the skirt. excellent job!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 06.40 PMby violaisabelle

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. All the best to you on your work.

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    Jan 30, 2010, 04.59 PMby crazydavises

    Yep — that’s gorgeous! A contest winner contestant for sure!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 04.28 PMby dewreb

    This is so dramatic! You did a great job! The thread detailing around the hem looks really interesting, I wish I could see it better!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 01.48 PMby flosiepoos

    I love the story, so tongue in cheek! I think this is a really well-made dress, lots of creative thinking and clever solutions. I’m glad your mum has claimed it, it’s beautifully done and it should get an outing!

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    Jan 30, 2010, 01.31 PMby scheryka

    Wow, I wake up in the morning and check new postings and this is the first thing in my Activitiies. My I say beautiful? This is absolutely pretty. The colors and the scrolls…I guess I like all the details. Very well made.

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