Back in May I decided to get out of my comfort zone and sign up for a Pin-Up contest. One of the things that I really admired about this contest is that the contestants were not just judged by their outward apperance, but by an inspirational story behind their outfit. The theme was women empowerment, and the moment that I read the rules of the contest I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Graduating with my masters degree is probably one of the proudest moments of my life. It pushed me in ways I had never been pushed before, and I gave it effort that I had never given anything before. Don’t get me wrong I had so many moments of doubt; that I wasn’t smart enough, or that I wasn’t as knowledgable as others in my class. Thankfully I had wonderful loving people in my life to believe in me, until I could believe in myself. My graduation ceremony was the eptiome of delayed gratification. I finally could see the end in sight and celebrate my accomplishment. My inspirational outfit was going to be made out of my graduation gown.
I started by cutting the back of my gown out, this was going to be the skirt of my new dress. The theme for the car show and contest was tiki, so I wanted the siloutte of my dress to have the wrap dress look to it. Where the skirt of the dress almost has a tulip look to it. To achieve that I rounded the bottom of the rectangle I cut out, and tried to attach it together on the side to give it that wrap look.
Because the back of the gown had a yolk, I lost a few inches that I needed for it to fit my waist. I cut out a badely shaped pentagon, and sewed it on the side to cover up a little more.
I used my masters cape that had my university’s colors in it to add color to my otherwise simple black dress. I wanted to emphasize the swoop of the skirt, so I sewed a blue and white rectangle to the bottom of the dress in a way that let it kind of…..swoop. I know real discriptive, but I don’t know how else to explain it lol.
To make the top, I cut open my cape until it made almost a triangle design and then I seperated it from the blue felt part of my cape. I folded over the excess part into the inside of the top to give myself more coverage, because the material was thin. I stitched it down with a curve, so it gave it intersting style lines. I also added darts in the bust area to fit a little better.
Next I cut out a long 3 in. wide rectangle to use as the waistband. I pined it along the waist of the skirt and then folded the raw edges over so that they will be on the inside of the dress.
I top stitched the waist band to the bottome of the top so everything was hidden on the inside.
My dress was almost done; all I had left was to add the zipper, which I hand stiched in, turn over the raw edges of the top of the dress, and add straps. I also cut out another blue rectangle to add to the front of the dress so it would mimic the bottom part, and I was ready for the competion. I actually made the top 10 and got to go on to the next round where I got to explain the inspiration behind my dress.
I had so much fun and got to meet a lot of beautiful inspiring ladies in the process. I didn’t place, but I still had a great time.
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