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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mimi's Dress in the movie version of RENT during "Out Tonight" and "Another Day" on: August 21, 2009 08:56:54 PM
So, I love this dress and I want to make it and I'm looking for a pattern  to start off. Help? I couldn't find a good picture so here's a video where she's wearing it most of the time.

I'm pretty sure it's sleeveless but I'd like to make it with sleeves. It's high-necked with a cute little keyhole thing going on and pretty short. super cute.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TOQxSvA_zs
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: My Star Trek dress! Hoorah! on: July 30, 2009 08:50:33 PM
What is that fabric? And if you have time, there's a company that sells the insignias for about $6 a piece...Intergalatic Trading Company, I think...I could be wrong....
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Female Star Trek Uniform on: July 30, 2009 08:43:40 PM
Hooray! You all have reminded me (along with others) why I love Star Trek fans. All of them. Even non-hardcore people.

I just went to a brand new thing here in Portland called Trek in the Park where they performed Amok Time live (from TOS, the one where Spock is supposed to get married). K, so the guys doing it remembered me from the first week they performed, were SUPER excited and offered to help in any way possible/attend opening night.

You, the lovely Alexandra, were excited about helping me out with a tutorial (you'd be amazed at how many people are irritated by tutorial requests)

And everyone here is super supportive/excited. About EVERYTHING.

This makes me smile Smiley)))))))

BIG

-Carolyn
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Female Star Trek Uniform on: June 12, 2009 01:17:28 PM
Also, what kind of fabric did you use and where did you find it? The originals were either velour or a diamond weave double knit. Both are hard to find in the right colours nowadays.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Female Star Trek Uniform on: June 12, 2009 01:14:17 PM
Hey,
So I'm putting on the Trouble with Tribbles as a one-act at my school. I really don't want it to be too campy and I've heard the pattern you can buy from roddenberry.com is ungodly difficult. Not to mention that it you try to just buy the costume straight out from a costume vendor, they cost around $60. My freshmen won't want to pay $60 for their costumes. Any chance of a detailed tutorial for a beginning seamstress like me?

And, I've got yo ask, where did you get the tribble? Smiley

Awesome job, I'm impressed!

-Carolyn
6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Green Atonement Dress on: February 12, 2009 07:34:08 PM
http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat2964&PRODID=prd7205

This fabric in Emerald (I have my own piece here with me) is soooo close to the original color. I am giving up some drape for durability (and cost, only $5 a yard!) but it really is beautiful and quite close to the original. Thought I'd share with y'all!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with my prom dress--the green one from "Atonement" on: December 06, 2008 07:56:56 PM
K, so I've read multiple books on bias-cut dressmaking and sewing in general. Over the Thanksgiving break I started to learn patience with the sewing machine. Unfortunately, I've been using a friends. I'm hoping to get my own for Christmas.

I've discovered some new things about the original dress, however. The elaborate draping is held with buttons and snaps like in this photo

http://www.costumersguide.com/atonement/rebecca.jpg

I'm guessing the wide center piece comes around and makes the knot in the front. Or if it doesn't, it certainly could.

After reading all those books, all the sewing jargon makes sense now, which also means that the thread on the Designer Clothing board is helpful to me now. Yey!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! on: November 08, 2008 11:51:54 PM
I started in August, but that's because I literally have next to no sewing skills. I can embroider and cross stitch. Not so helpful. Anyone know a good place for vintage reproduction shoes or jewelry?
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with my prom dress--the green one from "Atonement" on: October 14, 2008 07:21:57 PM
I have a lot of help. My friend's mom makes kilts for a living and knows her way around textiles. She completely fixed and modified a dress I tore up (by accident!) and it's so awesome. I'm planning on some practice stuff and even buying extra charmeuse on which to practice. I've found it for fairly inexpensive.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Need help with my prom dress--the green one from "Atonement" on: October 13, 2008 06:30:51 PM
This has been super helpful for me.
Regarding steiconi, I have been looking at silk charmeuse. I really like the drape and how it's shiny without being tacky.
Cinderwench, I am a c-cup, so I'm definitely tightening the bodice. I do not have Keira's body at all. SHe can pull off the fluttering plunge, I most definitely can not. Smiley
Thesingingllamas, I definitely can't go to prom with that train, you're right. I think skimming the floor is the perfect length. I hadn't decided how long it was actually going to be yet but I can see that being very pretty.
The dress is actually a dress, not a pantsuit type thing. The bodice and the skirt are two different pieces. In fact, they had like 10 extra bodices and 12 skirts on set for if Keira's broke. That is helpful for me.
I have two super-stitcher moms on my side and I'm definitely going to go get some books from the library (thanks Cinderwench!) and like I've said, I have a lot of time before prom. I'm going to tackle some practice starting Thanksgiving break.
Thanks for all the advice! I'll keep plugging away.
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