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1  Re: my GREEN ribbon dress (that has no use for wearing in public) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sakijane on: March 09, 2005 09:51:09 PM
hmm ...  my shoes:

you cant see them very well, but these are them.  they were sandal flats with giant green rocks on them.
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2  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by sakijane on: February 12, 2005 02:49:45 AM
I absolutely LOVE this thread!! 
unfortunately, my prom days ended too Sad  last year.  so i've adopted my friends little sister so i have a reason to make another pretty dress.
anyway, i've already posted my prom dress(es), so here's my winterformal one..  my date and i went shopping together so we could find some nice matching clothes for him, and the photo company ended up using it in some of their advertisements!

this is me in the dress

my best friend.  front view.


back view.
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3  Re: my GREEN ribbon dress (that has no use for wearing in public) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sakijane on: October 26, 2004 02:58:35 AM
wow, thanks so much everyone.  its a really simple dress, just very tedious (but somehow i like tedious better than difficult and thats how my projects end up).  the ribbon was the most expensive, even though i used silk for the body, but surprisingly, the lace was the cheapest, since it was something like 30 cents a yard.  i honestly used over 100 yards for this dress though, so it added up.  it didn't take so much time because i worked on it during play rehearsal.. a play that i was cast as a townsperson and a member of the choir, so i had a lot of extra time on my hands.  i even forgot to go on-stage a few times, but don't tell the director that.  and Spork, i'd love to let you borrow it but its in storage in America right now and i'm in Tokyo and.. even if i shipped it now it might not make it for the wedding.. Tongue  but thanks everyone for your kind comments.. i would totally crank these out and sell them if anybody would be willing to pay for the hours and hours (and ribbon) it takes to make it.

this is my tutorial (please excuse how un..good it is):

I got a simple pattern for a(n unflared) tube dress from one of the very cheap patternmakers like simplicity.  by unflared i mean.. the skirt part is straight and doesn't do the mermaid thing.  then i shortened the length to extremely short by following the directions on the patterns.

i sewed the body together entirely except for hemming the top (this dress is unlined, but you can make it lined if you'd like).  this dress had darts for the boobs and for the tummy so i sewed those and then sewed the side backs to the front piece (as shown with the green lines).  I left the zipper un-sewn.

i then layed the dress down flat and open, so it looks like the picture above.  this is where it gets tricky.. i took one end of ribbon or lace and pinned it to side one, then, while leaving some excess ribbon, pinned the other end to side two, and then cut the ribbon.  I did this with millions of ribbons, and after you have this completed, you're ready to sew!

by now it looks something like this except with a lot more ribbons and not sewn yet.  if you didn't use a lot of ribbons it might be easier just to hand sew it, but if you used a lot, you may want to machine sew.  but either way, sew along the red dotted line, far enough towards the edge so you can hide the stitching when you sew the zipper on. 

  this is what it'll look like.. but now we put the body of the dress on hold for a minute and work on the skirt..

  cut a wide ribbon the length of the circumference of the bottom hem of the skirt.  actually, cut it one inch longer.

  cut various lengths of ribbon and lace and pin it to the long ribbon thats as long as the circumferfence of the bottom hem of the skirt..  you'll want a lot of layers, otherwise it'll be very scandalous.  after you're done pinning, you sew along the lenght of the long long ribbon that all the mini ribbons are pinned to.

sew the right sides of the ribbon skirt and the top together.  *right sides = the side of the ribbon skirt you want to show and the side of the top you want to show.

  the bottom should look a little something like this.

finally, sew the zipper onto the top of the dress, where it belongs, as shown in the first picture. hem the top or add the lining and sew it to the zipper accordingly.  and i think you're done Smiley

p.s. the real final step.. i decided the dress was too leggy, so i added the widest stretch lace to the bottom of the top of the dress, under the ribbon, so it hides a little more, but its completely optional and can be added at any time.

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4  my GREEN ribbon dress (that has no use for wearing in public) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sakijane on: October 25, 2004 04:57:28 AM
i made this dress for prom last year..  i was inspired by a BCBG dress that had strips of dip-dyed grey satin hanging from the bottom and decided.. a) i like green better and b) i could do it myself.

so here it is  Grin cheers



action shot!
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5  Re: Old Gap Khakis + pink satin bow = not a shabby combination in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sakijane on: October 14, 2004 06:10:57 AM
thanks Smiley you're all so kind..

this is what i did for the.....

imagine you're making a pink satin tube.  you would make it with a rectangle, and sew the long sides together, right sides together.  but what i did was i cut the pink satin rectangle slightly wider than normal, and then cut the long sides ....  oh screw this.

here's a picture:

as long as both red lines along the weird shape of fabric are the same length, you can sew them together and create 3-d-ness, or texture, etc.  i put the seam against the skirt so you can't see it.  then sewed it to the skirt in a bunched/crumpled way and stitched it on in zigzags.   <hope that made some sense... any sense at all>

i cut the legs off right below the zipper.  instead of seam ripping, i cut the legs apart into four pieces so that each piece had the whole seam still attached, and some fabric.  i can make a horrible drawing of this if needed, but it doesnt affect the actual pleating, so don't worry.  i folded and pinned the leg pieces in an accordian manner, and sewed the folds along the edges.  (this is so that i never have to iron, and the pleats stay as they are) and then sewed the pleats to the top part.

pinkkittypiper: these would be perfect to wear over pants because i never sewed the four leg panels together, so even though the four panels are overlapped, if i sit down, the pleats open up and its a bit scandalous   Embarrassed
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6  Old Gap Khakis + pink satin bow = not a shabby combination in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by sakijane on: October 11, 2004 06:17:55 AM
i stole the bronze rings from a tacky pink pleather belt i got from a Japanese "three dollar store," reconstructed a pair of old too small gap khakis, added some pink and...

finished product!

the best part.. my <barely legible> homemade tag  Grin

the pleating was the toughest part.. but well worth it in the end, though this will probably be the first/last pleated skirt i ever make.
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7  Re: Felt Sewing Needle Book in Completed Projects by sakijane on: October 11, 2004 03:44:59 AM
yay Smiley i'm finally done with my sewing needle book!  (first *real* post, btw.  yes i'm a newbee)

this is the front

this is the back <my name is saki jane and the elephant was inspired by/stolen from pipu>

this is the inside.

i just moved to japan and don't have a sewing machine (yet!) so i had to do this by hand.. pain in the ass/possibly good opportunity to practice embroidery Smiley  i just had to make one though because it looked so handy and cute (even though i left all my needles in america)
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