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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Gold Renaissance Dress on: August 04, 2012 08:21:56 PM
I made this dress for the Sterling RennFest I'm attending in 2 weeks.

I used the Butterick 3906 pattern as inspiration.

I used the vest part of the pattern and I ended up having to cut down the shoulders a bit (like 2 inches on each shoulder), and adding boning even though it wasn't necessary in the design.  The shoulders still fall off me sometimes though.

I got the pattern from a yard sale, so the chemise pattern pieces were missing.  I cut the chemise body, the ruffle and the sleeves from scratch, I didn't use a pattern, I just drew out the shapes that were in the instructions to my measurements on the fabric and cut it out.  I only used 2 types of fabric, the gold I just used the right and wrong side of it, and some white fabric I had left over from school.  I think the skirt is a little too long/the chemise is a little too short because it doesn't stick out the bottom like in the photo, I could just wear the skirt a little higher.

The only thing missing is the boots.  I have to go thrifting and find a pair.

back of dress

close up and colours

I'll post update photos when I get the final costume and when i make the accompanying costume for my boyfriend.


Here's my boyfriend and I at the Renaissance Faire, in our matching costumes.  I ended up using 2 different fabrics for his costume, and dyeing his pants with cocoa powder and bleaching the shirt. Everything was tied with Grommets and string/ribbon.  we bought the belts, my dagger, and hats there, and his mom gave me the matching coin purse.

he bought the belt and stein at the faire and was eating turkey..
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffle Skirt and pleated Shirt [img heavy] on: August 02, 2012 07:47:02 PM
I go to college for fashion design so I had to make stylized garments, the first and second semester had us make a stylized pant, skirt and shirt, our shirt had to go with our skirt or pant, I made it for the skirt.  I used gold buttons on both to tie them together and also the same red fabric for the contrasting colours on both garments.  I drafted these both from scratch, and pleated the shirt and hemmed the skirt by hand.  I finished both garments in I think a total of 10 hours (not all at once though, the skirt was finished in June and the shirt was done in July)

"action shots" not on a judy. only at the top because I wanted them to be the main photo Tongue  I used instagram just for fun, and added some filters because the lighting where I took them sucked a little.

front complete outfit

back complete outfit.

I realized after handing in my shirt and getting it back that I had did the pleats backwards from my original design, but without looking at the muslin and finished garment together you can't even tell, I may take that bit apart and re-do it with the pleats going the right way and also stitching down the back of them because when I washed it before handing it in, all the pleats came undone, thankfully I didn't have unstitch anything and just pulled and pressed everything back into place.

On with the pictures. 

Skirt front

skirt back


pocket/waistband detail and buttons

Shirt front

shirt back

pleated sleeve detail

backwards pleats and buttons

side vent/slit that I added while sewing the fashion fabric, I decided to do it after making the muslin

the muslin with green piping detail, only because I had a giant roll of green bias tape and I was too lazy to make some  Tongue
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Aline Tank Dress w/Heart Cutout on: July 16, 2012 02:51:22 PM
I made a new tank top dress.  It is made from the same basic pattern as this dress http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411311.msg4858152#msg4858152

I had a little bit of an issue with my serger for I ended up serging the seams and then sewing it with a straight stich over the inner edge of the serging.  I put a heart cutout on the back of the dress (as per my sister's request) the fabric was stiffer than the other I used, but It falls nicely.  I made the skirt portion on this an aline because I wanted a bit of flare on it.  I faced the heart cutout slightly and topstitched around the heart itself. It's a fun new dress.



Sorry about the photos being a little bleh, It's a little difficult to take good pictures of clothes with only a cell phone and a mirror (especially the back)
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Floral Dress on: July 11, 2012 08:44:03 PM
I made this dress last week.
It took me about 20 minutes to draft and sew.  In retrospect, I shouldn't have serged it with white thread, but it's not too bad.  I did a double turned hem on the armhole, neckline and hem.

I used this tutorialhttp://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=376660.0 as inspiration to make it.  Instead of doing it all in one piece, I made it in 2 (my fabric wasn't wide or long enough to do one piece).  I traced a tank top I had, lengthened it and cut it in half to make a front and back pattern)  I got the fabric for $3.15 from the remnants bin at Fabricland (my favourite part of the store)

I've worn it a few times so far, and washed it, it still fits well and didn't shrink. despite not prewashing the fabric.  I have a few more dresses I want to make in this way, but I have to decide on what to do just yet.

Comments and Criticism welcome.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Blue Floral reverse tie-dye dress on: June 30, 2012 09:40:00 AM
I made a floral-esque strapless mini dress for the summer.

I went to the dollar store and picked up a basic blue muscle shirt kinda like this one

I didn't take any before pictures, but mine was like a sky blue and had this shape. it was an XL, and this whole project cost me $2.

I wore it to school with a large black ribbon as a belt, but it kept riding up, I changed it to a pink belt later on in the day.  I don't think I can wear it just as a dress, so I wear shorts under it.  I may put elastic in the top band, I used the ribbing from the neck line as the top of the dress, it's tight-ish, but it's slowly losing it's elasticity, so this dress may need a few further modifications.

What do you think? This is the second bleach dye that's i've done. I like how it turned out.
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Howling Wolf Tshirt on: June 17, 2012 11:01:51 AM

I was asked to make a wolf shirt by one of my friends, unfortunately he asked me to do this like 3 years ago and I lost the original shirt and then bought a new one and finally finished it in like 2 hours.  I made a template out of cardboard for the wolf and used a very large embroidery hoop to make the moon on the front. I did 2 different passes with the bleach spray for the moon

Phase one of the moon
I ended up having the wolf a little messed up when it was finished because it wasn't stuck down, it was just kinda placed there, next time I'm going to glue it down with temporary glue (I lost the can I already had and he had been waiting almost 3 years for this shirt lol)

and the back had a reverse applique of the bio-hazard symbol in red. I think it was the easiest part of the shirt.  It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to do the moon. originally I thought about painting it on, but I like the bleach much better.

concept art

C&C welcome Cheesy
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / EarMuffins... more like Ear... cupcakes? on: December 11, 2011 09:30:21 PM
My friend asked me to make a pair of earmuffs for his friend's birthday in January, first I looked up a few tutorials online while I was messaging back and forth with him on Facebook chat to see if I could make them from scratch (which I could Cheesy)

we went through some cartoon and real muffin pictures and he ended up choosing a more cupcake look for the earmuffs in question.  I decided to dub them EarMuffins, despite the fact that they are actually cupcakes.

The skeleton of the earmuffins started with a plain wire coat hanger (and now i'm wondering where I'm going to find more, for if I get orders for them/want to make a bunch for myself, most places around here sell only plastic and wood Sad )  I used fleece for the headband and inner ear portion of the earmuffs, it was what I had left over from the Luna/Artemis reversible cat hat I made last winter for my best friend Adam. The outside of the earmuffins (ear cupcakes) were felt that I found in the remnants bin at the fabric store, I happened to have the right colours from a previous shopping trip.  So I didn't actually spend any money up front for this project, I bought fake snow from a store earlier that day for about $4 (a large bag of what looks like fiberfil about 450grams, so it's about the size of a heavily stuffed pillow - but was a purchase for a majority of projects anyway) and I ramble a lot. I did some free-motion embroidery on the outside of the earmuffs for an icing look and to make the white look less boring.  next time I make these the cherries won't stick out so much either.


28  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Sailor Moon and Sailor Mars Cosplay *IMG HEAVY* on: November 22, 2011 09:40:26 PM
I'm making 4 of the 9 sailor scouts from the Sailor Moon show for Anime North 2012.  I have 2 done so far.  One was made for a halloween costume (Mars) but my friend Adam and I spent about 3 weeks on and off designing (for him) and sewing (for me) this whole thing together.. the boots were purchased, but we added the white trim to the top and the gold moons, the gloves he already had as well, but I added the bands to the top of them.  for the quilted parts of each outfit they are stuffed with fake cobwebs from really old unused halloween decorations.

I don't yet have pictures of him with his tiara or the brooch we made.  It's not exactly sailor moon, but it was inspired by her, so we used her colour scheme and created this, i freehanded most of the smaller pieces, and used free patterns online for the basic pants and shirt (I altered the shirt quite a bit though)

Front view
Sailor Moon pose
Left Side
Right side
a little close up of the front fly, my first successful one.
The Bow, It had to be kept to be reminiscent of Sailor Moon
The gloves
The stripes on the capelet
Full back
cape "blowing in the wind"
His Concept Art

My friend Danielle.  hers ended up being a little higher, because I did hers first and forgot to put the point in the front :S

Comments and Criticisms are Welcome Smiley
29  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter and Friends String Dolls on: November 13, 2011 12:13:05 PM
I'm currently in the middle of a Harry Potter Movie Marathon, and I was making these throughout the first 4 movies.  So far I have Harry, Hermione, Ron, Hagrid and Voldemort.  I'm posting the group shot here, and the rest of the pictures on my blog (link after the photo)


Thanks for looking
C&C welcome Smiley

30  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Santa and Mrs Claus Bear Outfits on: November 12, 2011 03:51:42 PM
My boyfriend's mom asked me to make her 2 outfits for the bears that her company Jockey is selling for fundraising.  She wanted 2 bears that would be like a center piece for her display at the conference tomorrow.  since I already had the blocks I made for my BABW monkey, I used them as a base for patterns.  the pants for Santa Bear you can't see too well, but I kinda winged those because they're permanently sitting bears and their bums are really, really big.


I used left over red halloween fabric from one of my friend's sailor mars costume, and leftover white and black fleece from another friend's Sailor Moon Reversible Cat Hat.  It didn't take all that much fabric or time, I finished both outfits in about an hour.  I only got one picture because my phone was still charging.  I didn't have any elastic to make the pants fit better though, they ended up falling down if you move him, but nothing a few safety pins won't fix.
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