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HC Dress 2003 by immortalphoenix HC Dress 2003 by immortalphoenix
This was the dress I made for the homecoming dance last year. (*shudder* That dance was a fiasco. But it wasn't my dress's fault, so I won't go into it.) Yes, I know my hair looks funny. It was longer then. I needed a haircut. No, I didn't have a date. Anyway.

The bodice is three layers - flatlining of black sateen cotton, interlining of black cotton twill, outer layer of wine colored silkessence. You can see one of the side lacings in this picture. What you can't see is that there are two back panels - it laces up both sides and the back. The straps cross in back and are tied to the back panels. It has 13 spring steel bones.

The skirt fabric is of some strange JoAnn's concoction that I know not the contents of. It consists of 3 half circle panels, which is why i can lift it up and look like I have wings, and not show any skin in the process. It is the same design and construction as the grey wool skirt I have a picture of in my gallery.

fall 2003
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evenstar785 Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2009
Wow, awesome dress!! Wish I had one like that. =)
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destinykitty Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ooh gorgeous outfit
the color of the bodice is lovely
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AnimeMangaGoddess Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the top! <3

Did you use a pattern? If you did what pattern is it?
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awkward-elegance Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007   Photographer
#1 adore the hair, mine used to be cut like that
#2 i love this dress its freaking amazing! ive looked everywhere for dresses lately (prom and a few fashion shows) and this is honestly the only one ive really stopped dead on and wanted soo badly
#3 guys are lame sometimes and i never wanted to go to dances with dates just because of that
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racehorse87 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Quick question. How many yards/meters of fabric would you say that skirt took?
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:iconimmortalphoenix:
immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006
Maybe 6? I have no idea. Measure from your waist to the floor, and multiply by six, I think, but it can also be done with two half circle panels instead of three like I used.
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:iconracehorse87:
racehorse87 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks. I have about 6 yards of fabric, and I want to make a crazy full skirt. XD
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racehorse87 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2006  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fabulous outfit and such a gorgeous skirt! :)
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yair23 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
ur hair looks great ..
and how come u didnt had a date ?
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Feantauriel Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2006   Traditional Artist
I wish my homecoming dress was pretty like this one! I just had one of the typical "cocktail dresses"... which was nice, but still. This is so different- and I love the skirt!!!! Wings!!
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edgyveggie Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
you look fab fabbity fab fab in this dress.
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ElarinyaEstel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
This is beautiful. I wish I had something like this for homecoming! I don't sew much, but I think it would be fun to make a dress like this one.
I love your necklace as well.
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Jagged-lil-pill Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
:jawdrop: I think this is stunning, I esp love the way there's a gap up the side and the way the corste goes into a V...I don't know anything about making clothes but I know that I wish I'd had a dress half as stunning as this for my school dance! :D

I think you and your hair look purdy :D
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kayceeus Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the bodice, the whole thing fits you so well!
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lizerd555 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2006
great dress. where do you find spring steel bones... all i have ever found was the plastice boning. I have alot of talent to make up this pattern.
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2006
The internet. [link] is a great site. They offer 3/8" wide spring steel, which is my favorite, and this is the only place I can find that does. They have tons of other nifty and useful stuff too. The only problem is that they're in Canada, so shipping is more expensive and takes longer, and all the prices are listed in Canadian dollars, so you have to find a nice currency converter. [link] is also wonderful. It's easy to order, in America, and your order comes so fast you wouldn't believe it.
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lizerd555 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
ok,but I think I'll stick to the plastic boning. It works well enough for me, and the steel sounds so painfull
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2006
Actually, it's not. That bodice gave great support and it doesn't give out over time like plastic does. I've been wearing the same linen and steel corset for the renfaire for three years and it still looks like it did the day I finished it. I would advise steel, but if you're looking for an alternative, I have another suggestion, because commercial plastic boning is just plain shitty. Go to your local hardware store and get 3/8" wide zip cable ties and use those. They give more support and can take more wear and tear, and they're cheaper. :)
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lizerd555 Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
all the zip ties I have ever seen are alot lighter plastic than the boning I get from Joann's... but I'll look into it. Thanks for the sugestion
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2006
You ususally have to get these in the electrical section, they're not called cable ties, they're called something else, and they're 3/8" thick. Your local Home Depot should have them. They do exist, I swear. :)
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lizerd555 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2006
well the next time I'm making something with boning I will look for them because I'm sure they will be a hell of alot cheaper than like $1.50 or more a yard.. and because the idea intriuges me.
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lovelypirate Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2005
i want one of those skirts... could you make a pattern or go more detailed into how you made it?
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2005
sorry, long hiatus. :) first i found the radius of my waist: waist measurement divided by 6.28. we'll call that x. i added x to the length i wanted my skirt to be. we'll call that y. i measured out y from the selvage of the material (with no fold), marked that as the center, and measured out another length of y. from that center point, i swiveled my measure tape, marking y at regular intervals, then connected the dots to create a half-circle. next, divide your waist measurement by three, because there will be three half-circle panels. that shall be z. multiply z by two. that can be... i'm running out of letters. m. it will be m. divide m by 6.28. that shall be n. measure out n from the center point on both sides, then at regular intervals to create another smaller half-circle. cut out along your half-circle lines, cut two more identical panels, sew along side seams. hem, insert waistband/drawstring/whatever-strikes-your-fancy in the smaller circle. now, it's been two years since i did this, so if my math is slightly off, i apologize. let me know how it works out!
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MistressKristin Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005
This is really cool! Simple to look at, but very pretty!
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unicornslave Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2005
Wonderful work!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
well, it looks awesome! altering patterns is fun, ive got one im working on right now, to make the red dress off moulin rouge, and ive taken a mccalls pattern and altered the hell out of it, its almost how i want it, just a little more tweaking and im set. but yeah, great job, it turned out fabulous!
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
nope, no pattern. simply freehand drafting and my amazing talent! lol.

thank you!
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trinity-lea Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this is absolutely wonderful!! did you have a pattern for the top? it looks great!!
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
uh, sorry, my computer is nuts
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
i had a basic four-piece bodice pattern that i cut to smithereens and reshaped and resized and stuff. not much of the original is left. most of it is freehand drafting.

thank you!
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
i had a basic four-piece bodice pattern that i cut to smithereens and reshaped and resized and stuff. not much of the original is left. most of it is freehand drafting.

thank you!
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2005
i had a basic four-piece bodice pattern that i cut to smithereens and reshaped and resized and stuff. not much of the original is left. most of it is freehand drafting.
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uvita Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
:wow:
simply stunning
I wish i could learn to sew!!!!!
its simply awesome when you can create nonstop!!!
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2004
yeah, it is pretty cool, i just need to get my own camera and personal photographer so i don't have to keep stealing my dad's camera and having my mom take pictures of me in the stuff (cause as much as i love her, she isn't the world's best photographer). but then again, if i had enough money to buy a camera, chances are i would spend it on fabric. lol.
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labhaoisa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
P.S. did you know there's a new Hitch Hiker radio programme starting on BBC radio 4 on 21st Sept at 6.30 GMT? I'm assuming you're from the US or somewhere, but you can still hear it on the net. I'm getting really excited about it - it's the same cast as the original series, but a new story, with some of Douglas Adams' pre-recorded voice thrown in for good measure.
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
oooooh, nifty neato! yeah, i'm in the u.s., i'll have to poke around online for it, thanks!
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labhaoisa Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
As I know nothing about making cloths I won't ask a question that I won't know the answer to, but I am curious to know 1. if there is a lace up fastening on the other side too and 2. how on earth you do it!!! OK - don't answer 2. I'm just hopeless with clothses.
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2004
1) yep, lacing up both sides and the back.

2) i have no f***ing idea. lol. nobody in my family sews except my grandma and aunt who quilt, which isn't even really the same ballpark. um, lets see... lots of frusterated hours, blood, sweat, tears, all for the pride of being able to wear something that looks so damn cool when it's done? lol. it's not all bad, but i do bleed sometimes... stupid pins... lol
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lossofxbreath Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004   Photographer
you made that yourself? thats amazing. its really cool
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:iconimmortalphoenix:
immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2004
thanks, yeah, i did it in about two weeks cause one of my friends told me i wouldn't be able to pull it off, lol
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kwyjibo22 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004   Photographer
hmmm...too bad you don't dress like that all the time. it's hot
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immortalphoenix Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2004
why thank you, darling
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