Thursday, July 9, 2009

Star Trek Style: DIY Zipper Trim Dress

66Sick dress, YSL platforms, Iosselliani ring

With all the nonstop talk we've been doing lately about DIY's, it's somewhat ironic that we ourselves have been slacking so much in that area. I blame it on being out of town for two weeks, a constantly self-replenishing pile of work, and then just plain summer laziness (let's be real, I'd rather be at the beach). Still, when we were contacted to be interviewed by Brazilian Television this week, we knew we had to make something new to wear. We took a project that Christina had started months ago, but somehow has been sitting dormant under her sewing machine collecting dust. Christina made these dresses out of a dusty rose mesh fabric, and then we went to work embellishing it with zipper trimmed bra cups and Judy Jetson style shoulder pads, for a look that might have been inspired from watching too many Lady Gaga videos.

Although we probably totally messed up our interview, I'm pretty satisfied with the way our outfits came out, and hopefully Christina and I look half decent while we're giggling between incomprehensible murmurings about our music tastes, outfit inspiration etc (I hope they edit the footage, like, a lot). Here's a basic rundown of how we created the outfit. Even though we made the dress, the same technique could be applied to any simple dress you have lying around.

1. We've been inspired a lot by the ubiquitous use of zipper-trim details across the blogs and the catwalks alike. Outi has perfected many zipper garments, and we thought we would give it a try as a trim. We simply pinned the zippers to the border of these bra cups, making sure to cut small slits in the zipper tape to ensure that it could bend properly to fit the shape of the curve. We then ran the cups through the sewing machine, using contrasting black top-stitching.

2. To make the zipper trimmed shoulder pads, we made a small nude pillow-case style cover for each shoulder pad, pinning the case inside-out, with the zipper edge facing the inside. We then sewed it up almost entirely, before turning the case inside out, and slipping the shoulder pad in. We then finished by slip-stitching the remaining opening shut.

3. After the bra cups and shoulder pads were finished, we pinned them to the dress and hand-tacked them on.

EDIT: Here's a picture that Nicky took of us in our outfits!
>-Tiffany

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28 comments:

laia. said...

i love this.

Sarah A. said...

seriously. these are amazing.
please make me just the plain dress. id wear it every day. "on the real."

idée_géniale said...

Yoah, this puts alot of DIY's out there to shame. You ladies sure are crafty.

ideegeniale.blogspot.com

InnyVinny said...

Your creativity amazes me. Very cool.

lolita said...

Loved the dresses on Tuesday, the shoes definitely caught my eye first though!

Frou Flu said...

that's so cool!:) you guys are amazing:)

Mae said...

yes please. the nude color is perrrfect.

meredith said...

OMG, that is awesome! only you guys, i swear!

clarewbrown said...

Oh wow this is amazing!! I love how creative you are!!
Cheers.
Clare

dreamecho said...

excellent execution! this reminds of the last time i was at uniqlo; they had just debuted their built-in bra camisoles. the mannequins in the big display case were featured with the camis inside out, resulting in nude colored bra cups that had the same effect that your dresses do. (without the badass zippers, of course.) in fact, i wanted to get one of the camis for the sole purpose of wearing it inside out, but the cups didn't fit well....

and i'm sure you did just fine on your interview. we always think our performances are worse than they really were, right? :)

sarah said...

nice touch to use the zippers sparingly. i think i would be tempted to layer them, undermining the whole minimal look... xo s

Hornyansky, Vê said...

Nice DIY! when does the interview airs? I'm brazilian and I'd really love to watch it.

What Was I Thinking? said...

The nude colour reminds me of Margiela, and the cups are just crazy!(in a good way, haha)

Twobreadsplease said...

This is KILLER, i love the nude and the zippers and shoulders and just about everything. x

The Six Six Sick Girls said...

Hornyansky, Vê:

Sorry, I actually have no idea when the interview is airing. Since I don't live in Brazil, I just asked them to email me a link to the video when it's finished! If it's not too embarrassing, maybe I will post it!

xxx,
Tiffany

joy said...

Leave it to Tiffany to jump on the constructed shoulders band wagon. I love it. I think I will start doing DIYs.

renee said...

this is really creative. i really like it used as shoulder pads.

swallow glitter said...

you guys are super talented. these dresses are so beautiful!

yiqin; said...

OMG TOTALLY COOL OUTFIT! def saving these in my inspiration folder.

WendyB said...

Wow!!!!

dalya. said...

hahaha, i LOVE the dress...its so out there and unexpected!

thanks for the comment tiffany, btw! it really meant a lot to know that you guys visited my blog!


would you perhaps like to exchange links? it would honestly complete my life to be linked with you guys.


<3 <3 <3 , d

Isabel said...

This is so freaking cool! And I probably could do it myself too! (Because I sure as hell don't have your DIY talents).

Oh dear, I love Gaga.

fritha louise said...

ooh i like this a lot! i might have a go in black I think

Shay said...

this def has a Gaga vibe, but you guys make it look more "haute." Love that last picture!!

Maggie said...

I really love this! I just discovered ur blog! U r so creative.

MartiniOnTheRocks said...

this is amazing!!! where could i find a nude fabric like this one? is it a melange of fabrics or?

dafttexxt said...

hey girls i watch this tv show
metroplis on brazil did broadcasting yesterday
i lke very muchh

Kat said...

What fun!