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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Alice in Wonderland American Girl Costume! on: May 08, 2010 10:23:27 AM

I had this planned long before the movie came out when I first saw the set photos of the dress.  Unfortunately, it was only shown in the movie under a coat.  But I made it anyway Smiley
You can see some photos from the movie here.

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I made up all the patterns as I went along, except for the spats, which were from Samantha's patterns.  Sewing the ricrac was the worst part of it.  All the dips sewn to the peaks of the one below.  Very, very time consuming.
I like trying to get the details right, it's fun Smiley  I have some production notes and stories about my ridiculousness here if anyone is interested!

Thanks!

~Nikki
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Serger thread not catching?? on: March 28, 2010 11:43:08 AM


Any thoughts?  Just happened in the middle of sewing something.  I've rethreaded it multiple times and cleaned it out and messed with the tension a bit, but it doesn't seem to do anything.  It seems as thought the right needle isn't picking up the threads on the underside.

Anyone ever had this happen to them?
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Teal Victorian Bustle Doll Dress! on: March 19, 2010 01:55:25 PM

Finished my first doll costume!  Made for a 20" Madame Alexander Cissy Doll from the 50's that used to be my grandmothers.  I wanted the dress to be as historically accurate as I could make it, so there was quite a bit of internet searching and research involved.  All the materials are recycled or things I had before.  All the rosettes were hand made.

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-->More pictures at the bottom of the post

The corset is based on a ribbon corset from the book Corsets: Historical Patterns and techniques.  It closed in the back with hook and eyes.  The chemise and the bustle pad were based on drawings in a Victorian Fashion Plate book that I have.

The bodice is from the pattern here.  A bodice pattern from 1875.  No instructions, so I guessed at the construction as best I could from the pictures.  Very, very confusing.  Closed with mini snaps in the front, gold is rickrack.

The skirt was based on a pattern from my Patterns of Fashion 2 book.  A late 1870's skirt.

The overskirt is completely made up.  I wanted it asymmetrical and a bit avant garde.  It was inspired by the dresses in The Secret of Moonacre.

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I'm quite proud of it and very happy with how it turned out!  I hope you enjoyed it Smiley

There are more construction notes on the Underclothes and the Dress on my blog.  The links go to the appropriate posts, no searching involved Smiley

~Nikki
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Holiday Dress on: December 21, 2009 07:26:13 PM
I won't even bother trying to come up with a clever title.  I'm terrible at those.  Anyway, I haven't posted in ages, but thought I would put this dress up that I just finished last week.  I like making holiday dresses whenever I have a play or ballet or something to go to in December.  This year was Wicked!  The day before the snow storm hit.  What luck Smiley  Excuse the pics, it was the end of the night and I had just taken off my hat Tongue

 

It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the red was a gorgeous patterned velvet that I just loved.  The top is made out of a cream coloured silk.  The design and pattern was all my own!  It came out looking somewhat Edwardian, though, seeing as how it came out exactly as I planned, I probably should have seen it before Tongue  I love the way it turned out though!  The bottom is the light velvet with a godet in the back that you can't see very well in the pics, but it gives it a little mini-trane.  The top is 100% Silk (maybe dupioni?  It was somewhat stiff and textured) and has some fabulous buttons on the sleeves, purely for decoration.  The middle band was just some slightly sparkly sheer fabric from Joann's, tacked up to give it a random scrunchy/ruched look.

Anyway, I very rarely make my own designs and patterns, I usually just frankenstein them, so I'm really happy with how it turned out Smiley  And fits wonderfully, definitely a plus with making your own patterns!

Enjoy!  Happy Holidays everyone!

~Nikki
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50's Hawaiian Party Dress! on: August 04, 2009 07:14:53 PM
Wow, haven't posted any of my creations on Craftster in ages! 

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With and without a petticoat.  Made from Butterick 4919

Here is one that I started nearly a year ago, but for some reason or other, I just recently finished it on my latest 'finish started projects' kick.  It was so close to being done.  I guess I was either annoyed by the bizarre construction of the dress (seriously, you have to hook under the zipper, zip it up, then tie it around front?  There had to be an easier way.  Not that it was hard to make, just annoying to get into!), or found the thought of hand hemming the circle skirt daunting. 
If I ever made the dress again, there are some changes I would make to the pattern, I really thought it was absurd, but I still loved the way it turned out and I loved the fabric Smiley  It was a little too low cut, and I kept glancing down to make sure I wasn't falling out, but other than that, I'm very happy with it!

Thanks!
~Nikki
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirts, skirts, skirts! Indian inspired + others on: March 13, 2009 08:33:44 PM
Hey!  Haven't posted my projects on Craftster in AGES.  Finished a couple skirts since my last post on skirts (other Indian inspired ones), most were finished MONTHS ago.  But since I'm a slacker, they unfortunately all get piled together in one post...


A teal Indian inspired skirt.  Probably my favourite.  I took the border print from the side not on the bottom (obviously) and used it for the waistband.  A couple darts on the sides and the one in the front above the pleats, both to have it curve around me (since I was dealing with a straight piece of fabric) and because I wanted the front to mimic a sari.  I like the way it turned out Smiley


(Sorry for the stomach baring pic!  Only ones I had!)
Another Indian inspired one, well, at least the fabric.  I had very little fabric to work with so I made my own pattern.  After a few incarnations, this is what was produced.  It is a straight skirt, unlike any of my others.  But hey, it is at least interesting, right?  The orange fabric underneath is attached to a lining (the orange fabric doesn't go all the way up, didn't have enough) and the top is, well, just on top of it, at an angle, and free on the point where the skirt is slit so I can walk.  The darts in the back had the interesting effect of giving the skirt a little mini bustle effect.  It ended up draping mostly the way I wanted, so it'll be a success if I ever bring myself to wear it out Tongue
A few more pics to give you a better idea of the design
 


       

Red tiered skirt out of peachskin fabric (fantastic stuff!)  The plaid skirt is a wrap around from this POA skirt tut.  Next is just a basic 6 paneled skirt. And last is a tulip skirt from one a Burda magazine, closeup to show the folding detail.  I had trouble with this one, getting it to lay right and not bubble out on me.  Could be because I never liked tulip skirts, I don't really know what possessed me to make it, but I like the way it turned out!

That's it for now!~


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Should I try and shrink already sewn clothes? on: March 12, 2009 12:19:13 PM
I'd never used a Vogue pattern before, so I went by my measurements on the size, hoping that since it was vogue that the size wouldn't be as crazy off as they are in the other pattern companies.  Turns out, it was.  The dress is a little big, something that, because of the really insane construction, I didn't find out until it was practically finished.  The construction, like I said, is really, really strange and fairly difficult, so I'm not really up for redoing it (I'll just wear it a bit big...)

So, question, I also forgot to prewash the fabric (you would never guess that I've been sewing for a while, would you?  All these mistakes!) so is it possible to wash the dress now that it is mostly constructed in the hopes that it'll shrink?  Or will it completely warp the dress?  I haven't hemmed it yet, so I don't have to worry about an uneven hem right now.
Any opinions?  I don't think that off the rack clothes shrink unevenly, so maybe mine won't?

Thanks for any help!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tan striped vintage shirtdress on: October 12, 2008 09:05:09 AM
Just finished a new dress!  I'm always happier with the way my vintage patterns turn out, maybe because the styles are just more flattering. 

And got this product Smiley

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I used this pattern


On the paper pattern the bodice looked to long...turned out it wasn't, so now it is a bit short, hardly noticeable though.  I also shortened the length of the shoulder, which was definitely a good move.  Added a lining to the skirt...thats about it.  So, just close your eyes and pretend that the belt is brown Smiley  I still have to go shopping for a belt to wear with it, I ran out of fabric to make my own.
I like the placement of the buttons on the pattern.  My only thing is that on the actual dress, the collar covers up the top button...oh well!  And it has pockets, nothing better than dresses with pockets.

Anyway, I'm happy with how it turned out Smiley  Now I just have to wait for it to get cool enough to be able to wear something with sleeves.
That's all.  Actually fairly quick construction, I just stalled a bit on it because I'm always afraid of button holes, they just seem so permanent.  A permanent mess if you screw up the placement!  They were all in the right place though Smiley

~Nikki
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Hemming pre-pleated fabric?? [Edit w/ pic] on: September 29, 2008 01:40:23 PM
Hey!  I'm working on a dress that I have some pre-pleated fabric for.  Any ideas on how to hem the thing?  The pleats are very, very small so any stitch I use, straight or zig-zag or otherwise) would pull them out and ruin the look of it.  I'm really at a loss.  I can't use an iron on it either.
Should I just leave a raw edge with some fraycheck on it?  Thats the only thought I've had so far. 

Any other suggestions??

Here is a picture of the fabric if anyone has any suggestions.



I'm using variation A on B5029

Maybe since it is gathered on the top of the skirt the pleats will stay in and then I can zigzag over the hem not caring if it straightens it a little?
Man, I wanted to finish this dress and now it looks like it might be one of those I just stare at for a few weeks.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Indian inspired outfits! on: September 19, 2008 08:21:09 PM
I'll blame it on watching too many bollywood movies, but I decided that I had to have some Indian-inspired skirts. 
Both were without patterns and the chiffon fabric measures 3 yards.  It was a lot of fabric.

<---Lots of fabric. 
This was the first one I made.  Very large pleats/darts/etc around the top to try to make it less fabric and then it is also a drawstring.  The drawstring has some little beads and bells on it as well, just for fun.  Obviously lined with a matching blue fabric.  I don't know what the fabric was though, I'd never come across something like it before. 


<--close up of pleating
This one was my favourite one.  I like skirt more fitted so I wasn't wanting to make another drawstring.  This idea just popped into my head.  I guess you could call them topstitched pleats.  Lots of them.  2 inch pleats in the very front and all the rest are 1 inch pleats.  Long in the front to make it flat and then shorter ones around the hips.  Again, it started out with 3 yards of the maroon fabric.  I also decided to line this one with gold, which turned out exactly how I wanted it too.  I'm very happy with it.  I could wear this skirt constantly.  They are both insanely comfortable.  I'm really happy with both of them and I already wear them all the time.  I have some other fabric in my stash to make some others.

I also had some left over fabric so I decided to play with making some cholis.  Not that they turned out and not that I would wear them out even if they did, but anyway.  Both made without patterns, which is probably why they didn't turn out.  I also wanted to keep the edging of the fabric intact.

Unfinished, haven't put a closure on the front or anything

Turned out marginally better, but still not great.  Princess cut, closure on the side, low back with ties.  It is that blue chiffon that I sewed onto a lining fabric so no seams would show, then had another lining on the inside of it.  The chiffon seems a bit wonky on part of the back and the band around the bottom isn't as fitting as I would like, but the thing is too finished to work on any more.
But like I said, I wouldn't wear them out anyway Tongue

Anyway, that's it for now!  Thanks!
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