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Date Posted: 21:13:48 05/05/04 Wed
In reply to: Erika 's message, "Re: pageant dress patterns" on 11:08:47 05/03/04 Mon

Yay, Erika! Thanks for your wonderful suggestions for those searching for pageant dress patterns! :):):)


>Girls Pageant Dress Patterns:
>Look at the current 2004-2005 Simplicity and Mcalls
>catalogues at your local fabric store or walmart. They
>have some GREAT unique patterns that are not listed as
>"pageant" BUT all you have to do is add a
>crinoline/netting underskirt or layers and make the
>skirt fuller w/ more gathers at the waist. Look at
>their flower girl dresses and renaissance patterns for
>the little ones, they also have a couple of designer
>patterns that are listed as "fairy" and "princess"
>dresses. Just think about the basic underdress, look
>at the darn pageant dresses that are $400+ and take
>away all the glitzy sequins and lace and beads, and
>you will see very simple dress pattern basics that you
>CAN find in any pattern book. Once you pick your
>"basic" design, just take a trip to your local big
>fabric store/outlet that has a HUGE bridal fabric
>selection and notions and load up on pre-beaded
>appliques, sequins etc.... and then attach these to
>your basic dress that you have souped up with the
>extra crinolines and fuller skirt. There is a great
>sequin tool for hot fix rhinestone that you can use,
>it is like a hot curling iron, but it picks up hot fix
>rhinestone and crystals and "sticks" them to the
>fabric, fully dry-cleanable and washable too. This
>tool costs about $20 and is worth it, because you can
>then custom make your own rhinestone dresses. You can
>come out with a winning dress this way, especially if
>you stick to the basic colors like ivory or white
>where you can find a lot of appliques to attach.
>Beading is VERY easy, anyone can do it, it is not
>complicated, just time consuming. If you want to save
>$400-$700 and still have a custom made dress, then
>invest a few weeks of staying up late to bead your
>daughters own dress. I am sure she will treasure it
>and value it so much more than one you bought for her.
>My daughter does!
>And if you think judges are impressed with expensive
>dresses that cost an arm and a leg- look at the
>pageant photos---they all look the same! How
>impressive is it to have a lot of money to buy a dress
>that is on 20 other little girls in various colors and
>similar designs? So make your own dress, and use
>designs that your little princess loves and her
>uniqueness will stand out. If she loves flowers, put
>beaded, sequin and rhinestone flowers. The
>possibilities are as endless as your imagination. And
>it wont cost you a month's rent to do it.
>Hope this helps!

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Re: pageant dress patternsMelissa06:15:29 02/20/05 Sun
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