r/sewing Jun 28 '22 Original 1 Wholesome 1 Silver 2 Bravo! 1 Helpful 3 All-Seeing Upvote 1

I made my prom dress! Project: FO

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

Construction details:

(In some of the images you can see the ribbon holding the rhinestones, my sister took those photos and neglected to tell me my neckline was flipped over.)

My prom theme was "Out of This World", so I wanted to make it very literal.

- The skirt is two layers of tulle circle skirt with horsehair in the hem. Each of those layers is two layers of tulle sewn as one. Under the skirt is a half-length 2-layer tulle section, then a half-circle polyester lining, and then a stiff one-layer crinoline petticoat. I sewed the cut-offs from the tulle skirt into a large ruffle, trimmed it straight, then sewed it to the bottom of the lining layer.

- The bodice is a jersey knit glitter fabric from JoAnn's that I added navy holographic rhinestones to. The top layer of the skirt is 3 yards gathered of this fabric from Etsy. The navy tulle is a full bolt from Amazon, and the horsehair is from Etsy.

- The process was mildly easy, although I needed three people just to cut the circle skirt from the tulle. This was my first time doing a ballgown with anything other than a gathered skirt, so that was fun.

- I altered Mood Sewciety's Helen Castillo Corset Pattern for the top, and the bottom is self-drafted from draping and measurements. My inspiration was this dress, and the theme.

- In hindsight I would've done another layer or two of the plain tulle, and put an elastic row around the neckline to stop the flipping that happened a couple times. But for a ballgown held up only by the fit of the petticoat and stretch fabric of the bodice, it held up wonderfully, no shifting or anything.

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u/oldestweeb Jun 28 '22

You are amazing! You look fantastic. I hope you had a good time.

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u/gregdrunk Jun 28 '22

I LOVE IT! The color choice is perfect and it's so fantastic! Hope you had a blast!

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u/D-M0st Jun 28 '22

This is stunning! Thank you for sharing your process, too. Amazing job.

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u/Parsias Jun 28 '22

Outstanding. You ought to be incredibly proud of this. The dress is absolutely stunning, and you're glowing in it. Well done!

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u/camwynya Jun 28 '22

I can't even imagine working successfully with tulle, let alone using it to make something that looks that good. Congratulations.

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

This is my third (fourth?) tulle skirt, and while the hardest (the horsehair braid was not agreeing with me), it gets much easier the more you use it.

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u/beelzeflub Jun 29 '22

A good light stabilizer does wonders too!

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u/aerin2309 Jun 28 '22

Love that dress and the CROWN! Fabulous!!

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u/Foreign_Astronaut Jun 28 '22

Ikr, that crown is the perfect finishing touch!!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

Thank you! I made it last minute from a gold halo and some 3d stickers

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u/maliseetwoman Jun 29 '22

No way! It's literally the crowning touch. I made my prom dress in the 1970s. Nowhere nearly as lovely as this but it was special to wear a me-made. Congrats!

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u/meandbeans Jun 28 '22

This is amazing and so beautiful! Great work!!! You should be so proud!!!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

Thank you! I am :)

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u/One_Hundred_X Jun 28 '22

I'd like to boost your pride.

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u/Pennysews Jun 28 '22

You look like a princess! Love it!

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u/ProHappyness Jun 28 '22

You look like some kind of lunar queen! I absolutely LOVE everything about this!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

This is the best compliment, thank you

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u/Accomplished_Net7990 Jun 28 '22

Wow, wonderful. Great color on you.

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u/BitingFire Jun 28 '22

Straight up magical. You look fantastic.

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u/Eating_Kaddu Jun 28 '22

This is amazing, and I love the theme!!! The dress looks like a starry night sky.

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u/Lagneaux Jun 28 '22

Absolutely stunning dress! Keep up the great work there

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u/UnderneathTheMinus80 Jun 28 '22

Your headpiece reminds me of Hedy Lamarr. You're just as glamorous!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

I love Hedy Lamarr's star costume!! It's one of my favorite costumes, ever.

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u/Foreign_Astronaut Jun 28 '22

You look like a space goddess! This dress is amazing!

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u/rainncone Jun 28 '22

looks amazing! suits you so well

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u/bunnyohare Jun 28 '22

What a beautiful dress! You look lovely in it too! ๐Ÿคฉ

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u/Confident_Fortune_32 Jun 28 '22

Pure magic! โค๏ธ

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u/lilgreenie Jun 28 '22

I was going to call this a dream dress, but this is an entire dream OUTFIT! The dress is absolutely stunning (I LOVE that celestial tulle!) and your accessories are the icing on the cake. You look amazing, I hope you had an excellent time at prom!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

I did! Thank you

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u/beepsheeplambjam Jun 28 '22

Iโ€™m past prom age now, but this wouldโ€™ve been the one for me. You look incredible! I love the colors, the astrological theme and the head piece. I hope your prom is everything you wish for!

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u/StrongDuty Jun 28 '22

Gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜

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u/tukipenda Jun 28 '22

This is so pretty! Congrats!

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u/metaljane666 Jun 28 '22

So beautiful!!!

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

very creative, hope you have a good time. ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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u/Joolee_a Jun 28 '22

Love it! The tiara looks so good. It ties it together

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u/lenebean89 Jun 28 '22

Beautiful! The star fabric is heavenly, and your crown is chef's kiss!

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u/rinigneel Jun 28 '22

I love it!!! Wish I had that fabric so pretty!!! You look fantastic in it!!!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

The skirt fabric was pretty cheap! I linked it in the construction comment

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u/KiwiGallicorn Jun 28 '22

That's an amazing dress!! You look like a cosmic princess!

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u/Tigerfish_62 Jun 28 '22

Always believe in how amazing you looked on your prom day. The dress and your vibe is out of this world. :D

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u/peace-and-bong-life Jun 28 '22

Such a pretty dress! I was going to make a prom dress when I left school but got too stressed and bought one instead. I hope you had a great time.

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 28 '22

I almost gave up the morning of because I hadn't started the bodice, but it worked out.

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u/Leonashanana Jun 28 '22

That is so great! I love how the tulle gives a truly smoky effect at the bottom.

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u/had2021 Jun 29 '22

Incredible! I bought the same fabric from the same seller on Etsy. I'm making a birthday gown for August. Can't wait to show you what I do with it.

You've done a brilliant job. I'm completely inspired by you and your gorgeous dress!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 29 '22

Iโ€™d love to see it!!

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u/jhughes57 Jun 28 '22

Beautifully stunning! Great job!

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u/MixWitch Jun 28 '22

You are amazing! 10/10 on everything!

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u/Superb-Personality47 Jun 28 '22

Your dress looks magical, and I ADORE the matching headdress!!

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u/crappycraptastical Jun 28 '22

You look stunning!

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u/3toeddog Jun 28 '22

Stunning! I love all the little details. Great job!

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u/Oh-Oh-Ophelia Jun 28 '22

You look like a celearial queen!

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u/IrritatedMegascops Jun 28 '22

This is gorgeous! Youโ€™re very talented!

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u/kitaurio Jun 28 '22

You are the goddess Nut come to life ๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’•

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u/MsMoondown Jun 28 '22

Stunning! Wonderful job. You look amazing!

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u/bbdollxx Jun 28 '22

BEAUTY QUEEN! You look like a celestial goddess ๐Ÿคฉ

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u/PansyOHara Jun 28 '22

Awesome! I love your fabric!

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u/TheNotoriousGGB Jun 28 '22

You and your dress are Stunners ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

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u/NeckarBridge Jun 28 '22

This is stunning. The moon and stars train rocks my world!!! Also, those fabrics are NOT easy to work with, you have some serious skill!!!

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u/Polygraph-Eyes7 Jun 28 '22

Oh my god. This is literally my dream wedding dress that I never actually sat down to design!!!!!

I am in love with it! You rock it so well! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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u/Pleasant_Intentions Jun 28 '22

Beautiful work, you look amazing!

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u/Queasy_Basis4269 Jun 28 '22

That first picture>>>

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u/Nara__Shikamaru Jun 28 '22

Ohmigoodness, you look so beautiful! (As does your dress, obviously!) Congratulations on a job (very!) well done, and I really hope you had a lovely time at your prom!

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u/HarvestMoonMaria Jun 28 '22

Omg you look fantastic! Super flattering dress and colour and absolutely amazing work. You are super talented! Did you make the headpiece too?

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 29 '22

Yes! It's one of those three layered halo crown headbands, and I painted it silver. Then I got little 3d star stickers and glued them on.

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u/StarlitCatastrophe Jun 29 '22

Oh my goodness this is gorgeous and you look fantastic! I hope you had fun!

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u/BirgitKjersti Jun 29 '22

Oh how I wish I was that talented and ambitious at your age! That dress is phenomenal and you look so pretty! Great work!

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u/jewishjedi23 Jun 28 '22

๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐ŸŒธ๐Ÿ’•

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u/BlueMoon5k Jun 28 '22

I love that dress. And the star tiara!

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u/titus7007 Jun 28 '22

Wow, thatโ€™s excellent work!

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u/Efficient_One4274 Jun 28 '22

You did great! I love it!

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u/GoldenFlicker Jun 28 '22

Itโ€™s looks great! You should be so proud!

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u/poeminmypocket Jun 28 '22

This looks amazing!! I love the fabric you chose.

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u/_Internet_Hugs_ Jun 28 '22

Lovely!! And I am a huge fan of the tiara!

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u/TomatoWitchy Jun 28 '22

You look amazing! Wonderful work!

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u/amymari Jun 28 '22

Impressive, and beautiful!

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u/purplepaisleycat Jun 28 '22

That came out great! It looks beautiful on you!

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u/CosmicSweets Jun 28 '22

Absolutely stunning!

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u/illusivealchemist Jun 28 '22

Omg i loooove the celestial look!

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u/BrokenLightningBolt Jun 28 '22

I would wear this

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u/cobainbride Jun 28 '22

It's lovely!๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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u/Calligraphie Jun 28 '22

This looks absolutely magical!

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u/Dangerous_Mail1939 Jun 28 '22

Beautiful! You and the dress!

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u/bebemochi Jun 28 '22

Gorgeous head to toe!

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u/GMaLangston Jun 28 '22

Just beautiful. I like your choices.

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u/Shannonball513 Jun 28 '22

Amazing work, and you're lovely in the dress!

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u/mrsnihilist Jun 28 '22

Stunning!!!!

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u/voidfishes Jun 28 '22

You look fantastic! The dress is awesome!

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u/SarahTheStrange Jun 28 '22

Wow great color too

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u/Express_Radish1731 Jun 28 '22

Well done! You look amazing. Your creation looks way better than anything at stores. ๐Ÿซถ๐Ÿฝ

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u/Ipodfan1993 Jun 28 '22

Great work ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿฝ

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u/SuperAwesomeWTF Jun 28 '22

What a fun prom dress. You looked amazing!

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u/sportyboi_94 Jun 28 '22

This is gorgeous! Have so much fun โค๏ธ

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u/earthlings_all Jun 28 '22

You look so beautiful! And you made it yourself - so awesome! I hope the night was magical!

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u/NolanRhydon Jun 28 '22

The dress looks great and you are so talented!

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u/Odd_Bad5188 Jun 28 '22

You don't know me, but I want you to know your dress is beautiful. And so are you.

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u/grilledcakes Jun 28 '22

Beautiful work. That blue is so regal, and you look great.

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u/wihimi Jun 28 '22

So gorgeous! I love that the length lets the shoes peek out!!!

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u/mcluse657 Jun 28 '22

Great job

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u/Appropriate-Ad6608 Jun 28 '22

Your dress looks so good I like the star details on the design

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u/corrygan Jun 28 '22

You look gorgeous. That is some real craftsmanship there.

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u/Competitive_Blood_21 Jun 28 '22

Wowee! Gorgeous!!!

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u/AstroTheSleepyOne Jun 28 '22

I love it so much!! You did a great job! And it looks very good on you!

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u/Lack_Altruistic Jun 28 '22

That looks wicked, nice

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u/neise53 Jun 28 '22

Beautiful!

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u/minneswild36 Jun 28 '22

I love everything about it! You did an amazing job! I love the color and the crown!

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u/Fuzzy-Conversation21 Jun 28 '22

Beautifully done and I adore your halo! That shade of blue is an excellent color on you ๐Ÿ˜Š Did you find the halo already made or did you construct it yourself? If so would you please share the details? The whole aesthetic is fabulous and you are gorgeous!๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 29 '22

I made the halo! I bought the base but it was gold so I painted it and glued on these 3d star stickers I found. It was a 15 minute project.

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u/Fuzzy-Conversation21 Jun 29 '22

Way to be creative! Well done!!!๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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u/chibinoi Jun 28 '22

Oh wow, itโ€™s so creative and pretty! I really like your celestial/night sky theme ๐Ÿ‘

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u/PM_Me_Macaroni_plz Jun 28 '22

Wow you go girl!

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u/Lovely_end Jun 28 '22

I LOVE IT!!! It reminds me of Twilight Sparkleโ€™s dress ๐Ÿ“š

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u/Non_Skeptical_Scully Jun 29 '22

Gorgeous! Your starry headband is the perfect finishing touch. โญ๏ธ

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u/BruhDoYouEvenPaint Jun 29 '22

This is stellar!!!

Ok pun aside, this is amazing work, you look awesome in it, and it's so creatively put together!

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u/Jasmisne Jun 29 '22

Its so dreamy! I hope you had fun, I love the fabric and the way you layered it!

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u/YoMommaHere Jun 29 '22

Itโ€™s beautiful and so are you! A celestial queen!

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u/Fink665 Jun 29 '22

Great job, Princess!

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u/handypie Jun 29 '22

In the third picture, I thought your shoes were eyes :). Pretty dress.

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u/B2Rocketfan77 Jun 29 '22

Thatโ€™s gorgeous! You look like a queen!!! Also I love the halo!

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u/ohstanley Jun 29 '22

Everything about it is amazing, especially the crown

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u/Environmental-Ad549 Jun 29 '22

100% gorgeous and talented!

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u/ElGosso Jun 29 '22

Looks great, I love the color!

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u/iliveunderthebed Jun 29 '22

Reminds me of twilight sparkles grand galloping gala dress. Looks great honestly

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 29 '22

I forgot about that dress but the resemblance is there for sure

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u/GoethenStrasse0309 Jun 29 '22

This is so beautiful!! I love the color, it looks amazing on you. I live the necklace as well.

You are so pretty,e dress is just a bonus!!!

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u/itsJeth Jun 29 '22

Adorbs! & love the shoes you chose to go with it

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u/HornlessUnicorn Jun 29 '22

Wowowowow gorgeous!!!!

Epic color choice, that shade looks amazing. And beautiful craftsmanship.

Great job!

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u/thepeskynorth Jun 29 '22

Love the night sky theme!!! You are a shining shooting star ๐ŸŒŸ

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u/aredhon Jun 29 '22

You are dazzling! Fantastic job on your gown. Headpiece is the perfect addition.

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u/eh8794 Jun 29 '22

I love the back, the sparkles are so cute! You look beautiful, great job!!

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u/SmartWonderWoman Jun 29 '22

Gorgeous ๐Ÿคฉ

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u/knobdokes Jun 29 '22

Out of this world !!! ; )

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u/SummerDearest Jun 29 '22

WITH the crown ๐Ÿ˜ you look like a magical princess!

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u/poorsenseofdirection Jun 29 '22

Beautiful work, reminds me of the Romeo and Juliet ball costumes in a local Shakespeare production! They were deep blue and included starry headpieces as well

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u/celery-05 Jun 29 '22

This is gorgeous and itโ€™s so cool that you made a matching crown too! Hopefully you had fun at prom, you have lots of talent :)

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u/beigs Jun 29 '22

Youโ€™re so freaking crafty! That looks amazing and you should be so proud of yourself. Itโ€™s like a fairy dress.

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u/Fizzicyst Jun 29 '22

Absolutely lovely. I hope you have a wonderful time, the dress is beautiful.

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u/wanttowatchbees Jun 29 '22

The dress is just stunning! I also loveeee the accessorises! The crown and gloves really tie the look together. You look like a princess!

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u/Theodosia_Rose Jun 29 '22

I LOVE IT!! I am gonna take ๐Ÿ˜Š thanks!

(Just kidding, itโ€™s absolutely beautiful though!!)

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u/alovely00 Jun 29 '22

Third dress I know of on this sub with the star fabric from that etsy shop and all 3 are different. Good work I hope you had fun at prom!

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u/Itzbubblezduh Jun 29 '22

This is sooo beautiful ๐Ÿ˜ป

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u/sequentialsequins Jun 29 '22

Holy schmoly! Your dress reminds me of a fairytale where someone orders โ€˜a dress made of nightโ€™. You look amazing and your dress is a triumph.

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u/MajesticLow Jun 29 '22 edited Jun 29 '22

I think you really did a great job. I would have worn this to my own prom if my mom let me (I was a high school sewer, mom was just not too keen on my crafting). You look like a galaxy goddess, keep going and my only feedback is you may want to try boning in the bodice. For a fast and dirty boning, or a place to start playing with boning in your bodice/corsets in the future, get some long zip ties and cut/melt the edges to length if you want. Thereโ€™s many ways to case them but itโ€™s a good place to start if you donโ€™t want to jump full in with steel boning. Best to you, you did great work here!

PS but Iโ€™m sure you already know of this, the zip tie or plastic boning doesnโ€™t do much in the way of supporting oneโ€™s form, but helps with the shape and smoothing of the bodice. The steel boning will hold form and be sturdy enough to hold oneโ€™s bust and body in the shape of the corset. I am a similar shape to you so Iโ€™m speaking from my own trial and error. Best!

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u/imnotprocrasinating Jun 29 '22

Thanks for the advice! I use boning in most of my bodices, but this was a stretch fabric and I wanted to be more comfortable sitting down because there was a dinner before the dance!

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u/MajesticLow Jun 29 '22

That totally makes sense. And the fact that you had a stretch fabric makes this even more impressive (I didnโ€™t realize the fabric was a stretch fabric!). I honestly think you did a phenomenal job and I hope you got your flowers from the folks at your prom too. Amazing work with this ensemble!!!

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u/junkfile19 Jun 29 '22

Beautiful! I love the tiara-stars too, it all goes so well together. You look great! Hope you had a lot of fun.

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u/SprinklesHopeful2708 Jun 29 '22

Love it! Great job! It's beautiful! ๐Ÿ’™

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u/No_Imagination8762 Jun 29 '22

The prom dress is absolutely gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ and u look fabulous in it. I also like the whole stars against the night sky theme.

Also if its not, then I might of looked into it too much

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u/maggggy Jun 29 '22

Our constellation queen ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŒ you did amazing and you look stunning!! Thank you for sharing!

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u/where_is_carmen 17d ago

You look like a celestial goddess! I am such a sucker for star and moon motifs. So pretty!

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u/shigui18 Jun 28 '22

I love it! It's beautiful!

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u/Wonderful_Counter_16 Jun 28 '22

Gotta say looks fantastic.

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u/Real_Lengthiness688 Jun 28 '22

I

Love โค๏ธ ๐Ÿ’— this, the style and color!!
I need you to make me a ๐Ÿ‘—๐Ÿ˜

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u/alteredsauce Jun 29 '22

It looks so good and made me think of the original Queen Frostine from Candyland

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u/yours_truly_1976 Jun 28 '22

Ethereal ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

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u/Sassbot_6 Jun 28 '22

STUNNING. You look like a celestial queen!!

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u/Crafty-Ambassador779 Jun 28 '22

Stunning! Its massive aswell. Hope you feel like a princess for the night ๐Ÿ™‚

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u/TaxIsntNice Jun 28 '22

They look great!

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u/wienwoo Jun 28 '22

Stunning ๐Ÿ’œ

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u/bigpicklewater Jun 28 '22

wow absolutely stunning

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u/cerebrallandscapes Jun 28 '22

You look like a literal dream. You and your dress are SO beautiful!!

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u/Auto_Moving Jun 28 '22

Girl, you and that dress are heckinโ€™ gorgeous!! Well done!!

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u/flamingolegs727 Jun 28 '22

I love it ! You look amazing! It's a fantastic dress too ! You did an amazing job!!! I

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u/MiloFrank Jun 28 '22

That is a beautiful dress and you look smashing in it.

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u/cruznick06 Jun 28 '22

This looks amazing!

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u/notme1414 Jun 28 '22

Absolutely gorgeous.

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u/poppytroll Jun 28 '22

Beautiful!

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u/Bubbly-Employ-198 Jun 28 '22

You looks awesome!

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u/SvedkatheSnake Jun 28 '22

Incredible work!! Have fun!

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u/ChubbyMcHaggis Jun 28 '22

Thatโ€™s beautiful. Great job all around

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Looks amazing :-D

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u/camsterb187 Jun 28 '22

Gooooooood Job!!

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u/Appropriate-Ad6608 Jun 28 '22

Hmm I have never ever been to prom what is it like exactly? ๐Ÿค”

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u/KDiggity8 Jun 28 '22

Amazing!!!

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u/rainbobo Jun 28 '22

Gorgeous! You slayed ๐Ÿ’•

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u/SadPenguin Jun 28 '22

What an accomplishment! Everything looks amazing!

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u/cabinboys Jun 28 '22

Very pretty.

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u/Defyinggravityagain Jun 28 '22

What a pretty fabric :)

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u/breezeandtrees Jun 28 '22

wowowowowowowowiw great job!!! you look fantastic ๐Ÿ’–

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u/neiry_2553 Jun 28 '22

How beautiful, you are very talented!

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u/WalterDaSquirrel1259 Jun 28 '22

Slay queen itโ€™s beautiful!

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u/suddenlycumbly Jun 28 '22

Fabulous! Great work, have a wonderful time at your prom!

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u/[deleted] Jun 28 '22

Youโ€™re a queen!!! This is stellar!

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u/maybesaydie Jun 28 '22

It's beautiful and that color is amazing on you.