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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oscars dress on: July 25, 2009 08:17:28 PM
Hey folks!

I love this vintage dress worn by Penelope Cruz to the Oscars-


I was wondering if anyone could tell me more about how to find a similar pattern.  What I like about the dress is the fitted bodice and the waistline seam, but especially the shape of the skirt (except the back-it is huge!) I'm looking at vintage patterns to try to find something similar, but I can't tell what sort of skirt I'm looking for.  Is it a full skirt, A-line, or what?-it isn't as poufy as most of the patterns I'm finding. I just don't know what would come out looking similar--and so many vintage patterns are either empire waist or not as fitted.  Does anyone know of any good patterns with the same skirt shape, or how to find some? What fabrics would I use to get that shape, under the lace?

Thanks so much!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: boring skirt --no more! on: June 10, 2009 05:36:30 PM
Glad you like it, folks!

42elefantes-- I know what you mean.  Luckily I'm just a college student and this would probably be considered very dressy for my job (my coworker is having a good day if he's clean).  I agree that in certain contexts it would not be a good idea, but luckily for me it is fine.

Thanks for the ideas everyone!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / little(ish) black (and blue) dress on: June 07, 2009 03:24:08 PM
Hey folks,

Here's today's creation: a black and blue dress from a butterick pattern.  Overall, I'm still not happy with it but it turned out okay.  I need to figure out how to get the darts on the front to lie flatter--it makes me look pregnant from the side (any ideas on that?)

Isn't hemmed yet, btw.



Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think!  I think I should have left it all black, but that seemed so dark.  I'm wondering if a red band would have looked better...and if I have enough fabric left to make another Smiley

Have a great day!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 3 salwars & Formal Shirt - Bday gift for my sister on: June 06, 2009 05:08:40 PM
beautiful work!  I love all of the details.
5  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: one shouldered dress help on: June 06, 2009 04:59:21 PM
I just made something kind of similar where you can see the top better--my fabric is different so the gathers would be way more obvious on yours, and it would lie flatter, but same basic idea:

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "grecian" 1-shoulder (w/tute) on: June 06, 2009 04:56:35 PM
Hey folks!  I just whipped up this fun top to recover from the dress I attempted to make earlier this afternoon.  It was very easy and simple to make, just a two-piece tube top with a draped sash.  I'll add a tute if anyone likes, but it is probably self-explanatory.  I think I'll tweak the design and spend more time on later versions--this one is a little messy but a good start.

I don't think I like the back strap like this but it does add support.  I think I'll twist it next time:

I'm thinking an evening dress would look good with a front something like this...what do you think?

Here's a quick tute:

Hope you can use it!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / this dress's days are numbered on: June 06, 2009 03:02:07 PM

I just spent my Saturday afternoon working on this dress.  I knew it would be a challenge because I had to alter my pattern down two sizes.  But the result is incredibly irksome--it turned out to be one of those projects that can be summed up as "Almost".  The gathers spaced almost evenly.  The skirt and bodice connected almost straight. The collar is almost symmetrical.  The bust is almost long enough to fit me.  At a glance, the dress is decent but filled with all of these little problems.  I think I would rather it have just failed entirely, because now I don't know what to do with it.  I'm thinking about just shortening it into a summer shirt--somehow I would worry less about its issues that way. Let me know if you can think of anything especially creative I could turn it into. 

The back:

The front (you can't see all the issues, but they are there):

Sorry for the whining, folks.  I'm trying to put this one behind me.  Which should I make next?

8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: one shouldered dress help on: June 06, 2009 12:30:52 PM
Here's how I would go about it (which is not the same as saying "I know how to do it" Smiley :

1.  Use a plain strapless bodice from a pattern--there are tons of them out there for strapless dresses. 
2. Sew a long piece of fabric (maybe a tube?  that would look cleaner and lay well).
3.   I can't see the back so you're on your own there, but for the front, I would gather one end of the tube to about 3 inches, then sew it vertically over the side seam of the bodice.
4.  Stretch it horizontally across the front, then gather it to about an inch on the opposite side,
5.  sew it down to the top of the bodice, and tie a knot (or loop another piece of fabric around the bottom of the strap). 
6.Then turn the fabric up and since it is already gathered up, simply spread it out wider for the strap and then gather it back down for the back wherever it attaches. 
I hope someone else can help more and maybe this gave you some help!

Good luck!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 dresses for the funtimes... on: June 03, 2009 11:43:56 PM
Excellent work! 
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: 2 dresses for the funtimes... on: June 03, 2009 06:27:45 PM
Oops, it looks like photo issues!  But I'm looking forwards to seeing it--from the front both of these look great, though I'm not sure which is yours.
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