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The Stress Dress :-P

Added Dec 26, 2010

by jsanga

Murrieta, Califo...






So this is my first completed project. I made this as a gift for my sister. I have never sewn anything really before.. haha
It was challenging!!
with the advice of katensew I made a corset and everything as separates. I wanted to create a jacket but didn’t have time..

This isn’t perfect nor how I dreamed it would be but it was a great learning experience haha (especially trying to create it to her measurements without her being here! :P

I used a pattern for the skirt from Simplicity and modified it.. I also found instructions online on how to make the petticoat.




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    May 13, 2012, 09.06 PMby JPGagnon

    Great work! First project? I wouldn’t of believed it.


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    Jan 10, 2011, 04.13 PMby joost52

    I’m sure I commented on this, but I don’t see it anywhere. It must have gotten lost in those ‘400 Bad request’ errors I get on the site all the time :(

    Anyway… dude, seriously. Are you out of your mind? Making a dress like that as your first sewing project? Either you are incredibly brave and have talent oozing out of your pores, or you are the most ignorant lucky guy on the face of the planet.

    I kinda know it’s the former, so I’m very much looking forward to your future work!

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      Jan 10, 2011, 04.19 PMby jsanga

      haha thank you :P

      I tend to get a bit overly ambitious haha..
      I gotta start working on something new but I’ve been drawing a lot lately haha

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    Jan 1, 2011, 11.44 PMby urbandon

    Love the dress- very cute. Looks like it fits her perfectly. Very well done. More!

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      Jan 10, 2011, 03.33 PMby jsanga

      Thank you so much!!! =-)

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    Dec 31, 2010, 05.21 AMby marloncosta

    Dude…really? Was this ur first sewing project ever? My first sewing project was a lame pj pants. You are brave for taking something like that, and also very talented, for It came out beautiful! Congrats! It`s nice to see other guys on this website!

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      Dec 31, 2010, 09.22 AMby jsanga

      haha thanks! yes it was my first.. Im… a bit.. over ambitious.. haha It’s called the “stress” dress because it was a pain in the butt!!!
      It is nice to see other guys here. Now all we need is men’s clothing haha

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      Dec 31, 2010, 03.31 PMby marloncosta

      True! I make women`s mostly!

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      Dec 31, 2010, 08.38 PMby jsanga

      Yeah, I dont really have any men to sew for haha Plus I’ve been losing weight so there’s not point in sewing for myself right now :P

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      Jan 10, 2011, 04.07 PMby joost52

      I think we need some sort of a man-only virtual sewing club, but we should obviously give it a cooler name ;)
      Nothing against the ladies, but as a minority we have to stick (stitch) together :)

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      Jan 10, 2011, 04.15 PMby jsanga

      I agree, it’d be nice to have a men’s sewing club haha.. We should make it happen!

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    Dec 30, 2010, 06.36 PMby Olivia Anne

    wow this is incredible for a first project! very ambitious of you and you succeeded

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      Dec 31, 2010, 09.19 AMby jsanga

      Thank you so much :)

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    Dec 29, 2010, 06.48 PMby Daniel Parker

    first project bravo! it’s darling, looking forward to seeing more from you

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      Dec 29, 2010, 09.35 PMby jsanga

      Thanks so much :) I love your work! Cant wait to see more from you hehe

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    Dec 29, 2010, 03.45 PMby Gurtlamorous

    love the dress i think the fabric used is really nice, keep it up add more stuff!

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      Dec 29, 2010, 09.34 PMby jsanga

      thank you :) I bought the fabric in LA like 5 years ago haha finally found a use for it :P

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    Dec 29, 2010, 01.12 AMby gir

    Gorgeous. Im digging the layers and lace up. =] Looks great on her.

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      Dec 29, 2010, 01.23 AMby jsanga

      thanks!! I was worried because I did a duct tape form of her because my dress form is too big I guess haha but I ended up stuffing it too much and it deformed a bit :P

      excited to try something again! maybe something more.. dark, punk (Her style)

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    Dec 27, 2010, 11.32 AMby neama

    Oh wow, those layers are to die for! Well done:)

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      Dec 29, 2010, 01.22 AMby jsanga

      Thank you :) hehe I kept having to change my design because it got way complicated haha
      Im excited to do something else though.. so many great people on this site!

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    Dec 27, 2010, 03.14 AMby tulips371

    STUNNING!! I love the lace up back great work :-)

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      Dec 27, 2010, 04.41 AMby jsanga

      hehe I looove that too. It was difficult to lace up though haha I am glad I dont have to do it :P Thank you for the kind words :)

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    Dec 26, 2010, 07.03 PMby artemis-ivorywings

    Awesome. I love it and would totally wear it in a heartbeat!

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      Dec 27, 2010, 04.40 AMby jsanga

      awww that really means a lot!! Thank you!

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    Dec 26, 2010, 02.24 PMby sianysiany

    Great job. You should do this more often!

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      Dec 27, 2010, 04.39 AMby jsanga

      haha I totally want to :P I need to learn to slooow down and make sure to pay attention. so many times I had to start over or something haha

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    Dec 26, 2010, 12.22 PMby priya6184

    as a first timer…… great job…keep up the good work all the best.

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      Dec 27, 2010, 04.38 AMby jsanga

      Thanks!! Im excited to start doing more!! Maybe I’ll do menswear next

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    Dec 26, 2010, 10.28 AMby wackyblonde

    For a first project, I must say you have done a wonderful job. The outfit looks lovely on your sister. I wish I had taught my brothers to sew. :)

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      Dec 27, 2010, 04.38 AMby jsanga

      Thank you so much :-)
      I wish my sister would learn to sew haha Then we could make stuff for each other :P

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    Dec 26, 2010, 08.32 AMby magdamagda

    Your sister looks beautiful in this and so happy! I’d make her more stuff if I were you, just for that;)

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      Dec 26, 2010, 09.49 AMby jsanga

      I know! I totally am haha She doesn’t smile often :P

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    Dec 26, 2010, 04.51 AMby kelepso

    I think you did a really good job. It looks great. However, the seam down the middle of the corset is a little distracting. Perhaps that could have been one piece with a faux seam. I like it a lot.

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      Dec 26, 2010, 05.06 AMby jsanga

      lol I forgot to buy and use a corset busk… and when I realized after sewing.. I was like..oh well :P
      I suppose I could have just cut out one piece haha Didn’t think about it.

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      Dec 26, 2010, 05.13 AMby kelepso

      Well, we live and we learn. It’s happened to me too. Regardless, it looks great. Awesome job!

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      Dec 26, 2010, 05.22 AMby jsanga

      I definitely learned a lot on this dress..hence why it’s called the stress dress lol it stressed me out!! :P

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    Dec 26, 2010, 01.11 AMby nessys

    You are a very sweet boy to make this for your sister – who looks absolutely beautiful in it. For a first project you certainly set the bar very high with corsets etc – but you have done a fabulous job. I love what you have done with the layers – just beautiful.

    I look forward to seeing future creations!

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      Dec 26, 2010, 01.29 AMby jsanga

      Thank you so much :)
      The corset was so hard.. it didnt turn out very symmetrical lol but I am excited to make another one.. they’re really fun. haha

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