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Sky Blue Evening Gown by sunflowerb Sky Blue Evening Gown by sunflowerb
Final project for my Draping class.

This dress is three pieces: the bodice, the mermaid skirt, and the bustled overskirt, which snaps onto the mermaid skirt.

The bodice has a satin shell with lace overlay, muslin interlining with boning on all vertical seems, and satin lining. It laces up in the back, and closes tighter on me, but this mannequin is a bit bigger than I am. The skirt an eight-gored mermaid of satin with lace overlay and fully lined with satin that closes with an invisible zipper. The overskirt is bustled and handsewn; also satin. It is open in the front, so once it snaps on it covers up the skirt's zipper. I am going to sew some tulle into the bottom of the main skirt to get it to flare out at the bottom, but right now the dress is on display at my school. Beaded trim and lace trim was all handsewn on. The hem has about 5 yards of trim.

The pattern and design were all completely made by me. It took forever, and I was working on this dress nearly every day for a month at least, but I'm so happy with it.

This was one of the two Basic Draping Award and $2000 merit scholarship winners.


Copyright Megan Pippenger. Steal my work and I will attack you with a seam ripper.
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FaithHopeAndLOVE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student General Artist
Gorgeous!!!! :love:
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crystaltiger52 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Student General Artist
Just superb. It's so lovely!
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ilithyahime Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I really like the net that overlays the bodice!
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Evoli-chan Featured By Owner May 30, 2012
nice design
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Misguided-Ghost1612 Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student Artisan Crafter
This is super! adorable!! and hot!! and... ITS JUST AWESOME!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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seams-unusual Featured By Owner May 27, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Incredible! Do you have a photoshoot of this piece up with a model, yet?
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Not yet. It's going to be on display on my college's campus for about a month, and then I'll be able to set something up. Seeing as my camera broke a few months ago and I don't have money for a new one, it might be a while until I can find a good camera to borrow to do a shoot.
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KiusLady Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Bustles and ruffles and corsets and lace, oh my!!!
What an absolutely amazing piece!! Gratz on winning the award! :)
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! :)
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JulietTaylor Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
WOW THIS IS HUGE!
AMAZING!
I would love to wear this *_*
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you!
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MarinusLamia Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh holy shit. That's beautiful.
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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bear48 Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Professional
nice job
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Auris-Lothol Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Fantastic!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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parakeetwuvs Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
is the bodice boned? if so, it's amazingly beyond perfect, you can't see any flaws in the shape. And if not, it's still amazing, cause there are no wrinkles in the fabric anywhere they shouldn't be. its sooo pretty. <3
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Yep, all the vertical seams are boned. It's boned from top to bottom on the sideseams and princess seams, and then from the bust seam to the bottom on the waist.
Thanks so much!
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parakeetwuvs Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student General Artist
holy crap thats amazing!!!!!:O
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Prader Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
*gasp* GORGEOUS!!!! :jawdrop:
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:hug: Thanks!
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nightmare1445 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful detail ^_^
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Dang. Do you take orders/commissions? ;D
In a dress like this, I would actually go to my Grad next year lol.
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:) I never have before, but I've thought about starting to take commissions. It would't be cheap, though. Fabric and everything for this was at least $250, maybe even $300, and with all the work that went into it I wouldn't sell it for less than $500. With something simpler of course it'd be cheaper, but it all depends on the time it takes and the cost of the materials.
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Ms-CoffeePixie Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It definitely makes sense!
I'll be sure to keep an eye on your page and talk to my mom about maybe getting something done by you if you ever open commissions =).

I definitely wouldn't want anything too extravagant - something like this [link] (top right corner - the yellow with the black detail).
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
awww if only i could commission you to make a grad dress for me xD
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
:) I've thought about taking commissions, but they would be really expensive. Materials aren't cheap and something like this takes a lot of time.
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kori-hibana Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
aww that's too bad~ but it makes sense :) keep doing what you're doing ^u^
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Lorado69 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Absolutely gorgeous! Great detail in the patterns. It must've taken a lot of work.
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! Yep, I was working on it nearly every day for about a month, but it was totally worth it.
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silverbeam Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow really cool, and so much detail! congrats on an amazing piece!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Kaek01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This dress is FRIGGIN' BEAUTIFUL. The color scheme and design both work perfectly with the theme. Just looking at it makes me think of puffy clouds on a summer day. Judging by the photos, every aspect of this dress looks like it was worked on meticulously, as every angle is impressive and amazing. :P However, it still has something simply and elegant about it!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much! The theme actually came about a bit accidentally. I knew generally what I wanted the shape to be when I went looking for fabric, but originally I wanted to alternate lace overlay with brocade on the bodice, but I couldn't find any fabric I really liked. I did see some brocade with some white and blue and gold, and that made me think about doing blue and white, and with the shape of the dress, it seemed perfect, as that would make it a very sky-like dress. From there I decided to go with something softer; softer colors, softer laces instead of brocade, and definetly lots of big fluff on with the bustles.
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blightedangel Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Spectacular details on this whole garment! The lines are very feminine and flowing, and the colour scheme is complimentary and lovely. I wish we could see it on a real body, in movement. I bet it flows beautifully when walking! Thank you so much for sharing.
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! As it was one of the scholarship winners it's currently on display at my school, but once I get it back in about a month or so I intend to do a photoshoot on a real body. :)
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LadySparrow01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
This dress is absolutely lovely.
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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LadySparrow01 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
No Problem. :)
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wolfofdesire Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist
Pretty!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Abilene22 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I. WANT. THIS. :XD: Really beautiful dress! Great work! :D
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks!
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Abilene22 Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're too welcome!
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IpomeaTricolor Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
oh my gosh! that looks great! I could never ever make something like this! I want this dress for the next prom of my dancing school!
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sunflowerb Featured By Owner May 19, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks! It makes me want to crash a prom. :)
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Cicillia Featured By Owner May 19, 2012
Looking really awesome!
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