How to Turn $10 into about $700 Hime Gyaru Dress Style… Nuffnang Comp Entry!

Aug 24, 2009 by

This is the story of how I made a Hime Gyaru style dress for $10.

Ok ok ok ok ok ok so you were all waiting on the edge of your seats for this post right? I’ve received a surprising number of messages from you all desperate to know what I did… well here it is!

In my previous post I mentioned this competition at my advertising company Nuffnang (who rock). The general jist of the competition is that they sent us all a $10 Coles Myer Gift voucher and the blogger who spends it in the most creative or frugal way wins a voucher for $100.

Here is the story of what I did…

One night I was busy dreaming about how much I love clothes that make me feel like a princess. I love Hime Gyaru fashion and most of all I love Jesus Diamante clothing… but it’s notoriously expensive ;_; Dresses can cost as much as $1000 which a poor little graphic designer like me just can’t afford…

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13306796736074422577 rumtum tigger

    OMG!! that is amazing!! who knew you could turn 2 pillow cases and a scarf into such a lovely dress!! you go girl!!

  • http://miniblog.create-magical-nails.com/ みにぃ

    WOOOOW!!! You are a genius princess!! The dress is super super cute(≧∀≦) Well Done!!

    I love all of your photos especially the one at the poolside(^-^) You are such a beautiful model!!

    Big Kisses to my talented Princess sister(^3^)/☆

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05921275969987497333 candice.deville

    SERIOUSLY Major effort! Well done! We knew it would be good… but WOW. Well done Violet – stay tuned for the results.
    :) the Nuffnang Team

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09522636696137882393 Iron Chef Shellie

    totally awesome!!

    now i wonder how I'm going to spend my $10!! eeep!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16403667208248715959 Aralka

    omigod! You can sew so goood!
    I envy you!
    I can't sew at all!
    It's not fair :< I cannot have gothic lolita clothes

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06091578362913317750 Stargirl

    That is absolutely amazing. So creative! I would've never thought of something like that. I tried to nominate you, but I am from the US… I'm don't think I can. :-(

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Julee- XD Thanks so much for nominating me btw! Heehee I had fun making this dress! More competitions!

    みにいひめ! Aw I love all of the beautiful comments you leave for me <3 The photo at the pool is my favorite too! James took lots there so I have almost an album full heehee ^_^ Wish me luck in the competition. Kisses and hugs princess sister!

    Candice- :D :D :D I'm so glad you like it! Ah you guys are awesome, I can't wait to see everyone else's entries!

    Iron Chef Shellie- Aww thanks fellow Nuffnanger! I'm looking forward to seeing everyone else' entries!

    Aralka- ^_^ I'm glad you like it! Aww you should learn to sew, it's not really that hard! I used to suck and I even failed my sewing classes at school but I just practiced and now it's second nature!

    Stargirl- Aww thanks so much for trying to nominate me even if it didn't work! I really appreciate it and you are full of win and awesome anyway! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10093757091917181885 Mizzsharon

    Hey! Such a Creative post!
    Good luck ;)

  • http://sigmatestudio.com SK

    Best $10 spend!
    You should win the nuffnang comp. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13118392088203473769 Brooke

    OMG you are so talented Violet!! That looks amazing – reallly it does. I would be surprised if you didn't win this.

    I am going to see if I can click on the link and vote for you now :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/11836796207685360283 Kae

    Wow you are so talented and creative! I love your new dress, would never know it was 9.98 lol. I hope you win the $100 gift card!

    That lunch outside looked really great as well, so pretty outside. ^^

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Mizzsharon- Thanks very much!

    SK- Aww thanks :)

    Brooke- :D you are such a sweetie Brooke! Thank you so much for trying to nominate me!

    Kae- Heehee thanks! I was slightly worried that it would be obviously a pillow case etc but I think I chose decent enough fabric to make it an ok quality dress! Omg the outside lunch was deeeelicious! They have a massive back yard so it's perfect for that sort of thing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16706328876971749472 AHY

    Wow, you should win after that one! The dress is stunning ;)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00601864889201911444 Emily

    OMG!!!! u r so amazing

    i seriously adore your skills

    u r so creative and sooo smart

    wow, and your dress, is prettier than the other girls dress

    your so pretty :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    AHY- Here's hoping hahaha ^_^ Thanks for stopping by!

    Emily- Aww you are much too kind! I'm really glad you like the dress ^_^ All this flattery is going to give me a big head XD

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09935692494018297044 Lady Kristen

    Gorgeous project. That is excellently creative idea for a dress! Princess Keiko better watch out before you steal all of her fans.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17599027203987112088 nivipa

    That is absolutely, over-the-top amazing work! I know I, for one, could never pull anything like that off, because I so lack the creativity to see one thing and figure out how to make it completely different!

    Best of luck to you :)

  • http://angelaseeangelablog.wordpress.com/ angelaseeangelablog

    Aw, very cute! I was going to make a rubbish bag dress but I've already done that haha!

    I ended up making headbands and necklaces.



  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Lady Kristen- Heehee I don't think I'm much of a threat to Princess Keiko! In fact I think maybe only 4 people including you and me who read this blog know who she is! XD

    Nivipa- Aww thanks! I bet you could totally make one, it's super easy! And you are too creative, look at your blog I love all your nail posts! Thanks so much for your good wishes <3

    Angela- XD I bet a rubbish bag dress would have been cute! I'm going to go take a look at your necklaces now!

  • http://twitter.com/cygneprincess Princess Miya

    That dress is beautiful! I too adore the boatnecks that are common to vintage dresses. And I absolutely love cream and pink together,it goes wonderfully with your hair and complexion!

    Thank you for the lovely post, you never fail to make me smile :D

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Princess Miya- I just love that style of boat neck dresses too. Your lovely comment has made my day! <3

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13253961980027187461 Fashion Court

    ah that is AWESOME!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Fashion Court- Aww thanks! And thanks for stopping by :D

  • http://gnomeangel.com gnomeangel

    Holy bovine! I will never look at pillowcases the same again! You have some serious skills!


    Great blog! Can't wait to read more!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Gnomeangel- Thanks for stopping by! I'm sure pillow case makers everywhere will be busting down my door soon for sponsorships XD Btw good luck with your Nuffnang hiring campaign if you get in you'll have to get me a job there too!

  • http://www.haircarediscounters.com AdamHCD

    Wow, you were able to create all of that for under $10! That is amazing…great writing as well.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    AdamHCD- Aww thanks :) I can't wait to work with you guys!

  • http://www.nointrigue.com/blog Enoch Lau

    Well done! I'm really, really impressed. I saw your post well before I started on mine, and it sure set the bar quite high!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Enoch Lau- Thanks, haha there was a lot of hot competition! I didn't actually think I had a chance ^_^

  • http://www.google.com cool_dude

    You are a nuffnang aren't you

  • http://www.getgooglesniper.com Google sniper

    Hey! I want to tell you that you're really really creative!!! I can't imagine anyone who could've beaten your creativity haha! keep up the good work!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08196541595887444439 Violet LeBeaux

    Pauline- Aww thanks very much for your comment! Hahaha I'll try to keep it up XD Thanks for stopping by!

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  • Tori

    Cute dress! Also, it’s not illegal to make a replica of a dress if it’s just for yourself. If you are selling replica’s, then it’s illegal. So you didn’t do anything wrong.

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Thank you ^_^ While I agree it may not be illegal to make a replica just for yourself there are still great debates over whether it’s morally wrong to steal someone else’s design. That’s definitely a debate for someone else though, I’m just happy to enjoy my dress heehee ^_^

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  • http://blog.sanriotown.com/kauthar123:hellokitty.com Kat Cupcake

    OMG! Violet that is just…de-lovely!!! I’m deffo gonna have a go.
    I think your creation is actually 10 x more fabulous than that Jesus Diamante dress. Honest!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Aww thank you so much Kat! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out!

  • http://blog.sanriotown.com/kauthar123:hellokitty.com Kat Cupcake

    Violet, um…could you do a tutorial on how to make this dress please! If it’s not too much trouble.
    ( :

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Hahaha I’ll add it to my list of posts to do, thought something this complicated might be a bit hard as the pattern would be different for everyone. I’ll definitely give it a go thought ^_^

  • Cheshire

    Eeep, It’s gorgeous…
    You Inspire me~♥

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Aww I’m so happy to inspire you! I hope you make something lovely, do show me if you do!

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  • http://goingkookies.blogspot.com Goingkookies

    This is a really good idea!

    Gosh! you’re creative and the dress screams SWEET!! =)

    You make it look SO easy!!

    • http://www.bluecranedesign.net Violet

      Aww thanks so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed the post!

  • http://nintendo-ds-rosa.blogspot.com Maya

    Wow… just wow.
    I hope you read this comment… you are a genius!
    I came here searching for a pompom hairtie tutorial, then got captured by your amazing creativity… started reading *all* of your blog posts and came across this *.* it super-inspirational!

    This is a slap in the face for all those times I feel like crafting but I find excuses like “aaah I’d like to make -insertrandomcraft- but I don’t have the materials I need!”, so I end with making nothing at all.

    Violet, thank you so much for sharing your creativeness, thank you for inspiring me… Thank you so much, you just opened my mind!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Aww! Thank you Maya, that’s so nice of you to say!! I hope it inspires you to make something :D

  • http://makecashfastguaranteed.com Matt Ronkol

    Wonderful job on the task!!! So did you win? You should have…you did a fantastic job, everything looks great!

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I did win actually :) Thank you very much!

  • http://googlesniperexposed.com Google Sniper

    Seriously you really done a great job… I wonder if you won or not?
    Great story

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      I did win :)

  • http://ataleofkatie.blogspot.com Katie

    This is so beautiful, I can’t believe it’s made from pillowcases and a scarf! You’re so talented! ^__^

    • http://www.violetlebeaux.com Violet

      Haha it was a really fun project, thank you!