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Green sleeves by kittyvane Green sleeves by kittyvane
A friend of mine asked me to make her a dress for a wedding that she's attending/performing at today. So, I spent all of this week working on this and we got it finished just on time! :)

The dress is made from dyed linen (my friend dyed it, as our washing machine isn't big enough for stuff like that) and it has a fully lined bodice and sleeves. The skirt is a full circle and the hem circumfrence is about 6 meters, all hand hemmed. The bodice has three darts on either side and the cuffs begin just above the elbow. The cuffs are split open since my friend plays the cello, and needs to be able to move & bend her arms freely, yet she wanted her dress to have longer sleeves. There's a hastily put together calico petticoat underneath to give the skirt a little more body.

Apologies for the overexposed photos, I didn't have a lot of time to take pictures before my friend had to rush off to the wedding.
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Given 2005-09-16
Green sleeves by =kittyvane is simple, yet extremely well crafted. You can tell when a person has an eye for dressmaking. It doesn't have to be constructually ornate or loaded with beads and baubels to be a unique and right work of art. The layout also brings you into the cleanliness of the small details that make it just work. ( Featured by ohnojaylo )
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DeFutura Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
Last comment in 2009? Well this is timelessly magnificent :D
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AmAndArInI Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2009
the dress is so beatifull! :)
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CaptainRage Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2007
The green works amazingly with her hair.
Very lush.
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silentwanderer Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2006
Omg. O_o It's so well crafted, and hand sewn? Yeesh, I have so much trouble getting the seams that nice. I'm trying to make myself a dress...er, I haven't bought the material yet. XD But I really want to. .....How much would it cost if I commissioned you to make it for me? :D XDD Assuming you did that sort of thing. I'm diggin on the one in this pic, too. The color is really nice, such a pretty shade of green. :heart: And the slit in the sleeves are rockin.
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arwenita Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005  Professional Interface Designer
oh my... if i get the money, you can count me as a dress client... i love dresses...
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strawberryripples Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2005
Nice work and beautiful model.
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faggus Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2005
Lovely choice of fabric. That's always the most important thing about clothes to me. The colour and cut are great, too.
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whydoyouask Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
is thaqt you or your friend? nee wyas nice dress ^o^ i want one for no reason.
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
That's my friend. She was a great help in hemming the skirt, had I had to do it all myself, it would have taken twice as long. :)
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GraceWillard Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
So pretty!
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
:worship: 6 meters hand hemmed? i go bats trying to hem doll costumes!

it's a nice fabric, the green looks great with her hait. and that split cuff is an elegant solution to the movement issue. i'm not so sure on the neckline, it seems like a wider square might be a little more flattering? V necks in dresses don't seem to suit people very well unless they're really tiny. (or would that have been a too much showing while playing issue?)
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
The size and shape of the neckline were my friend's wish. She didn't want to flash too much skin and with her build a more open neckline would have looked... well, cheap.
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magpie-poet Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
i can understand that.
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ModularBlues Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
It just struck me that a belt might make the dress look even nicer :) something of a lighter green maybe...
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
If there was something (like a belt, ect.) interrupting the line of the dress, it'd make her look shoter and wider.
On a different shaped person, a nice light green sash would look very nice though.
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ModularBlues Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
Ahh. lol garment design is obviously not my forte :P
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AutumnRainDoLL Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Beautiful color! Beautiful dress style & form!!! i so luv it! :hug: :heart:
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Ghost-underwater Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Nifty...you have that in a size 8? haha
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draconianangel05 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
What a lovely dress. I feel the Irishness coming off it, especialyl since its green dyed linen! :)
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Swordexpert Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
I realise that you didnt have a lot of time to take proper photos... but that I can understand. ;) The dress is gorgeous. A little plain for my taste, but the color suits you friend perfectly. And I like how you added all three photos together/seperated by borders. Thats a cool way of putting photos together. heh.. now if only I could figure out how to do 3 photos together like this..... *wink nudge nudge*
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
The secret is cropping and resizing the photos in PhotoShop and then just arranging them together.
It's pretty simple in the end, but it seems to have a good effect. :D
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Swordexpert Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes it sure does. I love the outcome. :)
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AdokenaiHitomi13 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005   Traditional Artist
that's a beautiful dress! it matches your friend perfectly!
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Vampirella666 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
I love it and even though alot of people liked it, the poufiness of the skirt makes her look kinda bottom heavy, I think it pouffed a bit too early, it should be lower down. But still good work :)

~Vampy
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
The skirt actually starts to pouffe after her hips, but it looks a little odd in the photo. I just take bad pictures. :D
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Vampirella666 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2005
Lmao, okay Haha, it's great anywayz, you got a DD for it, so it's obviously wonderful :)

~Vampy
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GoblinQueeen Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Beautiful work, I love the color and the cut is very flattering, something missing in all too many modern fashions ;) If I saw this in a store or a boutique, I would definately be looking for one in my size :aww:
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Obsessive-Insomnia Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Aww your friend looks so purdy- I love the red of her hair. I wish MY hair was as red as hers.
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Kitty-Kat-Miao Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005  Student General Artist
all hand hemmed at the bottom..holy cow! hand hemming takes a bugger of a time for meh ^^; but its a beautifully designed dress! and well put together, i love the slits into the sleeves to allow the arm movement :D and one more thing...Cello Rocks!!!!
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
My friend has been playing the cello for as long as I can remember. She's currently studying traditional music and such and can pretty much play anything! :D
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Kitty-Kat-Miao Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Student General Artist
thats so awsome! i want to learn to play the cello, but i have to get one first :giggle:
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shortidiva19 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005   Filmographer
Woo! daria-style!! i'm lovin it...:D
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DerMetzgermeister Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
The fabric makes it look a little bland.

Otherwise it's very nice.
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ScarletKitty Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Her hair looks so lovely with the green! :D Very nicely done dress, I like this alot.
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MissUmlaut Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005   Photographer
I thought it was just a pun about the famous air.
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Misaniovent Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Wow, you're very talented with this.

I like the sleeves.
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
the tri-darts on the front are very interesting. I like that you didn't go with princess seams for one reason or another. It's also nice that you broke it up by making the bodice a separate peice from the skirt. It looks very comfortable, which is something that a lot of dressmakers don't take into account; comfortability. I adore the way the skirt falls and the petals on the sleeves. I think if it were me making it, I would have gone alittle shorter on the sleeves that three-quarter, but that's mostly because I like my forearms. Very nice work. This is really impressive.
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I personally hate princess seams, they're fun to make and all but they're way over used. The three darts give the bodice a more fitting shape and they also allow for easy changes to be made to the dress should my friend gain/lose weight in the future.
My friend hates her arms, so the sleeves are a little longer. If I had my way, I'd have made the sleeves just a wee bit shorter too.
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zeldyn Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005
It honestly depends on the size of your chest in regards to princess seams, I find. Sometimes, rather radical princess seams are the only way that I can get dresses and corsets to fit my bust right, which is considerable. Darts only go so far. Good call on being able to change. A versital dress, that's a new one! Awesome...
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Prota-Girl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
wow...a lot better than my first dress...XD...Well its not your first i beilve..XD But amazing craftsmanship! ^^ +FAVE
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cassetteject Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
It seems a little baggy/frumpy to me, but I'll take into consideration that your proportions may not be the same as your friend's. As far as crafting goes, it looks amazing. The seams are very neat! :)
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hurtingandshoving Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
the picture and the dress suit eahcother.
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Zhandess Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
I personally prefer longer dresses (and I really don't like green), but that's very nice looking dress all the same.
Heh, that probably sounded somewhat negative actually. It looks nice, even if I'm not overly fond of the colour. Congratulations on the daily deviation!
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Autumn-Sun Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
Red hair+ green dress=always a yes.

Gah! I know next to nothing about fashion [dude, they're clothes. You wear them. who cares?] but oh my. This is so fantastic! I'd buy one. @__@
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edo-goddess Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
B-) I like it a lot. If you didn't use a pattern, that's amazing. I could never do something like that without one.
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I've been taught to make patterns from scratch, so altering a pre-excisting one wasn't such a big leap. :)
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First-Penetration Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
I have no knowledge what-so-ever of textiles and such so you'll have to excuse me - I loved the simplicity of the dress although I thought maybe a change in the shape of the dresses waist/hips or perhaps a wider neckline (more exposure of the collar bone area) could have brought out the femininity of the wearers figure a little more.

But over all I thought it was very attractive...especially the colour and the shape of the skirt.
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kittyvane Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2005  Professional Artisan Crafter
I had pretty much no say in the neckline as it was all down to what my friend wanted. She didn't want to show a lot of skin so the neckline is narrower than what it would be if I had my way.
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falka0 Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
the photos are great :D and all this reminds me the song "Greensleeves: :aww: great work! :glomp:
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brownvelvet-hat Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2005
that's gorgeous. the color is perfect for her (your friend and I have the exact same coloring, even the hair). really good job on the flattering touches, like the full skirt. I love it.
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