Behind Every Good Woman Lies a Trail of Men

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A Pleasant Peasant Top

This dress was for a very special occasion! 

Dress or tent? You decide!

I was invited to show a ball gown I made for the 2010 Columbia Design League’s Runaway Runway recycled fashion show at the Columbia Museum of Art!  My dress was going to be displayed with the works of an “elite group of top designers” (their words, not mine).  :) 

Obviously, I was going to have to fix this maroon number up a bit before it would be reception-worthy!  First, I took care of the extremities.

Pads are bad.
Chop! Chop! Chop!

I was going to remove that neck-tie thingy next, but something stopped me.  If I removed it, I’d be taking away the one really unique thing about this dress.  I wasn’t sure if I really liked it or not, so I decided to save it for now.

I tried the dress on inside-out and safety pinned it at my bust, waist and hips.  Then, I took it off and measured each side.

...measuring from the seam to the pin

Then, I took out the safety pins one by one, replacing them with straight pins, making sure the fabric lay nice and smooth.  If it bunches up at all, your seams will look weird.

Sorry Safety Pin. You've been replaced!

I added more pins all the way down each side, and ran them through my machine.

Taking it allllll in...even the sleeves!

Then, I snipped off the excess fabric from each side.

Snip. And. Snip.

Now, all I had to do was finish those raw edges.  No worries!  I got to pinning.

1" hem for the sleeves
1 1/2" hem for the real reason :)

I put my prepped edges under the needle.


Once all my hems were done, I needed to press them.  Now, since this dress was made of polyester, I used a scrap I’d removed as a tester.  Polyester is soooooo freakishly easy to burn holes through, and I wasn’t about to get burned again! 

Testing...1 2 3!

Once I was all pressed, I was ready for my debut!

Ready for my debut!

Sooooooooo…wanna see the dress I made that earned me this honor?  :)

It's made of men's dress shirts!


Another angle!

The title of my design is, “Behind Every Good Woman Lies a Trail of Men”.  :)

Just happy to be here!
Double the refashions! Double the fun!. :)
Meet Carol, a fellow refashionista!

Oh…and on a side note…I’ll be serving as a judge for the 2011 Runaway Runway in April!  I can’t wait to see everyone’s designs! 


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