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1  High-Waisted Skirt, petticoat, and cuffs in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by TansysMaySigh on: February 17, 2017 09:18:42 AM
I made this by free-handing it based on a skirt I saw on pinterest-just one of your typical steampunk/classic lolita type things.
The material is actually old curtains so its nice and solid, though some of it was annoying to sew through.

You cant see it, but the straps cros slightly in the back to land in the middle. I first made the mistake of not trying it on to place the straps and just thinking they would be the same distance from the seam on the front and back, not true.
I also added two pieces of boning at the laces because it was wrinkling from being pulled. It's to my measurements and is still quite flexible and comfortable despite the boning and fabric. It can be a little annoying to get on however, as there is no zipper or anything, just the laced bit.

The petticoat I made recently-ruffles on a circle skirt, and the cuffs are just faux fur trimmed rectangles of the curtain fabric with a piece of lace. It was freezing out, hence the clenched fists haha. There alre like birds and flowers on the print. and I didnt realize till too late that the birds are upside dwon on the front hehe, but it's hard to notice.


and there's a bonus anime-y shot for ya
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2  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TansysMaySigh on: February 15, 2017 05:27:01 AM


two of my gibbous wristcuffs. Im up to 6 now
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3  V&A Museum Replica of Victorian dress 1880's in Costumes: Completed Projects by TansysMaySigh on: February 03, 2017 11:12:45 AM
This took me two semesters to make, working on it on the side in the theater's costume shop. It was a doozy for me.
It is a replica from a dress in the Victoria and Albert Museum. I dont know if it is on display now, but I would love to go see the original.

If my memory serves me, it is from 1888 specifically, at least the late 1880s..



One of the reasons it took so long and was so difficult was because all I had to go on was two pages in a book-one with a brief description and line drawing, and one with to-scale shapes of the pieces (I wouldnt call them pattern pieces as there was no seam allowance, few markings, barely any instruction)

Here is the photocopied page which I blew up to the correct scale by hand along with all the pattern pieces I made.


Heres the first piece which gets covered by the sewn on pleated skirt later. It has those wire bits that you tie so they bend and maked a framed bustle.
ahh the pleating, so much pressing and in such a specific pattern. It probably didnt help that the fabric I chose was quite heavy and resistant to the iron. It's a really dark blue, since its hard to tell. In the background you can kind of see the reddish fabric draped around a dress form as I tried to decide what color combo and placement I liked best. I think the original was like that burnt orange color..



Here's a detail of the front. Yes, those buttons each have real buttonholes and the middle thing is insert. So you can change up your looks without buying a whole new dress yo. There are 17 buttons on each side!
unfortunately, no one I knew would actually fit into the dress as it was made to the size of whatever woman received way back when. And boy was she tiny! This is how short she would be next to me supposing she was missing her head. Im around 5'6"

The squishy foam mannequin luckily fit into the dress (barely), showing the real shape.

And here it is on display in the theater, where it remains until they switch it out.

I sure respect the old dressmakers after this.

Thanks for looking! If you have done any similar such projects, I'd love to hear what you found a struggle and what you learned.
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4  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by TansysMaySigh on: January 25, 2017 10:12:34 AM



Here's a petticoat/skirt thing I just finished (besides needing to trim threads). I wanted to try different kinds with just cotton since I dont have the recommended tulle or crinoline. the top one (shown over another petticoat thing but its still pretty poofy on its own) is a circle skirt with tier-layers of ruffles. Its much lighter than I expected!

The bottom started out as a madoka skirt (from Madoka Magica) just because it looked fun to make with poof capabilties but I didnt have tulle to stuff it with so I sewed an extra line through the middle so the middle bump bit wouldnt just be saggy. i didnt connect the ends and it is on elastic so I can slide it open to be a sort of bustle. havent tried it with a normal skirt yet but it seems to work well as a petticoat although it looks more like bloomers if it wasnt a skirt.

Then some arm warmer things with that now-popular inside out sweatery look. I made one of those sweater coat/dresses in this fashion as well but havent quite finished it yet tho its wearable. wish I had an actual serger!
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5  Winged Fox Painting on a stool in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TansysMaySigh on: January 20, 2017 09:57:13 AM
Havent been active on Craftster since before college but Im back so I have a few things to post!

I worked as an assistant costumer at the college and the head costumer likes to have the students who work under her leave something behind in the form of their personalized stool. I did this in a session or maybe 2, idr, as it was the last days before I graduated. So it could use a lot more like shadows and stuff but I got done enough to be satisfied to leave it there.
Virtual cookies to anyone who can figure out the title word which is on there somewhere ;} And its not the type on the burning feathers
It's fun to paint in mostly whites and realize all the tints you can use.



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6  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by TansysMaySigh on: August 29, 2014 07:29:37 PM
I dont think i ever posted this but i meant to. I hope this thread comes back to life sometime Smiley
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7  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by TansysMaySigh on: August 12, 2011 04:23:22 PM
Finally made this skirt from a tutorial on youtube ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PXiJJhzhZc but mostly used loukr's corner sewing strategy
started with a pile of scraps (rectangles mostly) from old clothes and other fabric(some left over from my prom dress)

layer one

and a bad picture of the almost finished skirt. I'll try to get an action shot, it'll look so much better!

and a really easy cuff to go with it

It was fun! I stayed up till 3 or 4 making it, but Id had a nap that day :} Just need to add a button hole and i've forgotten how to use that foot so i'll have to look that up. (i've only used it once before lol)
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8  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by TansysMaySigh on: May 11, 2011 07:02:45 PM
Thanks for all the feedback so far! I forgot to add a pic of the back with nothing:
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9  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by TansysMaySigh on: May 11, 2011 06:24:01 PM
So I need opinions. Like asap b/c prom is this friday. =)
I wanted to have gibbous on this dress I'm altering and I think it needs some kind of bustle. After all, I have a mini top hat to go with it. But so far my mom and sister dont like my bustle. Supposesdly it looks ike toilet paper XD sooo..

Dress^ w/out gibbous


I think this is where "toilet paper" comes in ^

I also added black at the bottom to blend it better

Opinions? be harsh if you have to. I'll end up doing what I think is best, I just need help deciding Wink
I do like the bustle. Should I add, take away, start over? Braid the 'toilet paper'? Do away w/it?
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10  Whimsical? Surreal? Painting after Nicoletta Ciccoli and some drawings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by TansysMaySigh on: December 31, 2010 08:59:08 PM

Feel free to post what it means to you or any other comment, critique or question!

This is painted on wood (not very fun) in the likeness of Nicoletta Ciccoli's work. Her prints are really awesome. If you have time, look her up! She has some very alice in wonderlandy stuff.
Mostly this was inspired by these three pictures:




Here are some petty drawings I did, all after pictures I took, but am too lazy to post beside them =D

Actually unfinished and sorry for the horizontalness! Someone said the fur trimmed hood looks like the horse's hair. I agree. What an awesome picture Idea!




Dyre, my homing pigeon and the rest have my horse in them, but I was changed, mostly because I cant draw myself Wink

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