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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 21, 2008 03:54:27 PM
The ruffled skirt is amazing! Did you use a pattern for it? My head is spinning thinking about all that gathering. I love the apron too! Great work!

I did not, actually, use a pattern.  The skirt is honestly simple enough that it doesn't need one.  The gathering was a TOTAL pain in the butt, though.  Gathering velveteen is one of the least fun things you can do, ever.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls, Bows, Guitars, Owls and More! on: February 20, 2008 12:01:04 PM
Thanks for posting that! I was going to suggest using a twin needle for the person who said they didn't have a serger. I have a serger but I found that using a twin needle is just way easier and less frustrating. I've actually used a twin needle on these tops but I used black and white thread since i didn't have another spool of black Sad I really do love the zig zag stitching the twin needle does because the seams aren't so stiff, if that makes any sense.

Thanks again everyone for the comments!

I'll look into getting a twin needle, then!  My last experience with stretchy fabrics was trying to sew stretch crushed velvet when I was 17 or 18.  Ugh.  That was horrible.  Stretch?  Annoying.  Crushed velvet?  Annoying?  Both at one?  THE DEVIL'S FABRIC.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Skulls, Bows, Guitars, Owls and More! on: February 20, 2008 08:03:46 AM
These?  Are awesome.  They look really professional.  I need to get better at sewing stretchy fabrics, but since I don't have a Serger part of me doesn't even want to attempt it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 20, 2008 07:59:29 AM
Wow, these are amazing!!! Everything is so perfect. I love them both. I also love the umbrella, where did you find it? And the boots, John Fluevog right?? I've marked those as a favorite in the past. His shoes are awesome!

My parasol I got in the dealer's room at an anime convention.  For the life of me, though, I can't remember the name of the booth.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 19, 2008 08:19:49 AM
what is lolita?HuhHuh


It's a Japanese fashion trend.  Here's the wiki article.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 18, 2008 01:00:25 PM
try putting tissue paper between the pile on the velvet when you sew it. Then it should not walk all over the shop. just pull it off when your done.

 Love the the outfits by the way.

Thanks! I've done this with vinyl but not with velvet.  Great idea!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 18, 2008 09:20:07 AM
I especially love the ruffled skirt.
Any tips on how to make one of those like that.


First of all, get a lot more fabric than you think you'll need.  The ruffles are easy, just time-consuming.  You just fold a long strip of fabric in half lengthwise, and then sew along the raw edges with the longest machine stitch you can.  Then sew along it again about half an inch from the first stitching.  Then hold the bobbin threads on one side and push the fabric toward the other end.  It should scrunch up and create a ruffle.

I'm going to get a damn ruffler foot, though, because hand-gathering is such a pain in the tush.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 17, 2008 08:05:14 PM
Great outfit! I also have fear of waistbands... Did you make the waistband for the red overskirt  out of a rectangle or did you shape it to fit your waist? Thanks!
-c

I made it out of a rectangle.  It could probably have used some interfacing to stiffen it, but I don't know if my sewing machine would have been able to get through it if I'd done that.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 17, 2008 06:21:03 PM
holy crap it's all so amazing! great work!

p.s.--- i'm dying to know where both pairs of shoes come from. they're soooooo awesome.

Fluevog.  Only the best shoe designer in the whole universe!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two more red Lolita skirts, and one black blouse. on: February 17, 2008 04:37:03 PM
These skirts are gorgeous!
I love the first one, especially the lace detail at the bottom.
And where did you get your fabulous stockings??

From my little sister at Christmas.  ^_^  I can ask her where she bought them...
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