How to Create a Fan-Based Themed Dress

My daughter is a gifted artist and incredibly imaginative girl. Not finding the perfect dress for 8th grade promotion, she was inspired to create her own - even though we don't sew!!! Have fun!

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How to Create a Fan-Based Themed Dress
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Make a design. It's okay if you don't think you can draw: it's not about your artistry, it's about putting your ideas on paper. Try to imagine what your character is known for and go from there!

Make a design. It's okay if you don't think you can draw: it's not about your artistry, it's about putting your ideas on paper. Try to imagine what your character is known for and go from there!

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We spent 2 1/2 hours at Joann's going through fabrics and craft supplies. Clearly we got a little crazy and needed a time-out.

We spent 2 1/2 hours at Joann's going through fabrics and craft supplies. Clearly we got a little crazy and needed a time-out.

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This is the actual wallpaper at 221B. Even though you can't see them, there's a spray painted happy face and bullet holes on the wall.  Keep your theme in mind for material and embellishments!

This is the actual wallpaper at 221B. Even though you can't see them, there's a spray painted happy face and bullet holes on the wall. Keep your theme in mind for material and embellishments!

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Once you've got everything start cutting out your pattern pieces.

Once you've got everything start cutting out your pattern pieces.

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Lay out your pattern pieces onto the fabric.  Be sure to pay attention to folds and which sides of the fabric to have out.

Lay out your pattern pieces onto the fabric. Be sure to pay attention to folds and which sides of the fabric to have out.

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Check your original design to be sure you're putting the right pattern pieces onto the right fabrics that you've chosen.

Check your original design to be sure you're putting the right pattern pieces onto the right fabrics that you've chosen.

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Start cutting!

Start cutting!

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Organize your pieces according to the parts of the dress you'll be creating. Just follow the directions on the pattern.

Organize your pieces according to the parts of the dress you'll be creating. Just follow the directions on the pattern.

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Start sewing. This was our first time!

Start sewing. This was our first time!

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:)

:)

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The bodice is put together!!

The bodice is put together!!

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Time for seams.

Time for seams.

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Ironing seams isn't as easy as it looks!

Ironing seams isn't as easy as it looks!

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Word of advice: take the time to separate and iron down the middle instead of folding over to one side. It won't look bulky underneath.

Word of advice: take the time to separate and iron down the middle instead of folding over to one side. It won't look bulky underneath.

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HOT!

HOT!

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Press! Using a little water spray really "seamed" to help.  (See what we did there?)

Press! Using a little water spray really "seamed" to help. (See what we did there?)

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I know this has NOTHING to do with now ties, but they really ARE cool!

I know this has NOTHING to do with now ties, but they really ARE cool!

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See?

See?

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Even brother is helping out! Who know?!?! He might be the next Louis Vuitton!

Even brother is helping out! Who know?!?! He might be the next Louis Vuitton!

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Careful stitching there, bro!

Careful stitching there, bro!

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For accessories, she chose clip-on earrings, a necklace and bracelet. The address of the flat will the focus of the necklace. The bracelet has miniature items from her favorite episodes.

For accessories, she chose clip-on earrings, a necklace and bracelet. The address of the flat will the focus of the necklace. The bracelet has miniature items from her favorite episodes.

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The earrings were fashioned based on the skull sitting on Sherlock's shelf.

The earrings were fashioned based on the skull sitting on Sherlock's shelf.

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She's working on the dress today and the shoes. We'll add her progress and update this guide!  We hope you post links to what you create as a result of joining us here! Happy creating!

She's working on the dress today and the shoes. We'll add her progress and update this guide! We hope you post links to what you create as a result of joining us here! Happy creating!

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