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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Frumpy cocktail dress to new end of semester party dress on: December 13, 2009 11:04:49 PM
I made a black sash/belt thing from a ribbon for this dress, and I want to know what people think.

Here's the dress with the sash I made.




Here's it without.



Let me know what you think is better.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Frumpy cocktail dress to new end of semester party dress on: December 03, 2009 11:34:26 AM
To aislynn: That's a great idea about the pleats.

To alwaysinmyroom: As far as the bow is concerned, I'm thinking I'll attach it to my imagined retro-y purse I still have to acquire before the party date rolls around. It's kind of a flat, squarish bow, if that makes any sense at all. And the hem hits about an inch below the knee.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Frumpy cocktail dress to new end of semester party dress on: December 01, 2009 02:09:50 PM
Thanks to all for your comments and suggestions.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frumpy cocktail dress to new end of semester party dress on: November 30, 2009 05:00:45 PM
So I found this dress at a resale shop for $5. It was great, and I thought it'd be perfect for my work's end of semester party... except for the huge bow in the front and the weird short sleeves that looked really frumpy. I got it anyway and took off the sleeves and bow. Here's the result. It actually does look better in person.



And here's a closer view of the top:



This is the original dress. I had already taken the bow off when I took this picture. It was right at the neckline.



This is a close-up of the fabric. The blue is slightly iridescent in real life.



I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts on this. I haven't gotten a reaction yet. Do you think the sleeves are still weird?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Quick strawberry dress recon from ugly dress recon on: November 18, 2009 05:54:48 PM
Once upon a time I made this dress: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281916.msg3193462#msg3193462. I made it for a party, so I was probably never going to wear it again as it was.

So I decided to make it into a strawberry dress. I know I've seen similar dresses on Craftster before, but I can't remember who I should give credit for the idea.

I took off the trim and halter strap on the dress, sewed on the leaf top for the strawberry and used double stick tape to put the seeds on (I may remake the dress again, so I didn't want to sew on 8 billion seeds and then decide I didn't want to keep them on). Easy peasy.



I hope you like it. I got some compliments when I wore it.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A new dress for every party on: May 18, 2009 01:10:12 AM
Thanks!

I was thinking of sewing the belt thing on as trim, but it wouldn't have worked because it wasn't stretch fabric. And now I realize I can wear the dress again and just make a new belt or tie or whatever so I don't get bored wearing it.

Of course I'll still make a new dress for the next end of semester party though...   Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly dress to cute summer top on: May 18, 2009 01:02:41 AM
Hello all.

I whipped this up today. I forgot to take a before picture of the dress, but it had a strange top that didn't work with any bra I owned and made my boobs look weird.

So I let it sit in my project bin for a year and finally decided to just cut the darn top off. What remains in purple is the shirt portion. It was super easy to just add a fabric tie in pink and then some straps.

Here it is. Please note I'm wearing leggings in the photo, you just can't see them very well.



I haven't sewn the straps on yet (or ironed it, as you may have guessed). I'm wondering if they seem to thick or if they're fine the way they are. Please let me know what you think, and any other comments you might have.

I'd really recommend projects like this for beginners virtually no sewing is required, and the hardest part is turning in the seams on the fabric tubes making the tie/straps.

Thanks for looking!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A new dress for every party on: May 17, 2009 11:33:02 AM
So as the end of semester rolls around, the college newspaper I work at has an end of semester bash, complete with semiformal wear, a private party at a bar, excessive drunkenness, etc.

And of course I couldn't wear last semester's dress again (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=281916.msg3193462#msg3193462). Everyone had seen it already... plus, it sort of fell apart.

The solution? New dress. I finally got a serger, and since my sewing machine is currently out of commission, this dress was constructed entirely on the serger. It's a brown jersey fabric (the color didn't come out so well in the pictures). I didn't use a pattern, nor did I hem the bottom. The blue/green tie was used to cover up my inexpert use of serger tension controls that resulted in a wavy seam on the dress.

Sorry for the awful webcam pictures. I also took those pictures before I cut the bottom straight, and I was too lazy to put on the right bra for the dress.

Here's the front:



And the back:



Comments/criticism appreciated.
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Advice on buying a serger on: March 15, 2009 04:48:30 PM
Hi all.

I've recently gotten back into sewing a lot more, and I'm realizing a serger would make my life a lot easier/better.

I don't have all that much to spend ($200 TOPS, though I'd really prefer no more than $100), but I do realize to get a good machine, I may have to spend a little more.

I would use this mainly for sewing knits, and I'm wondering what everyone would suggest I get. I'd prefer one with overstitching capabilities, but I'm not sure if I can get one with that within my price range. I've used sergers a little before, but I'm not too familiar with them. Ideally, I'd like one that is easy to figure out, durable and not finicky. Are somewhat older sergers (10-15 years old) more difficult to work with? Those are the ones I've mostly been seeing.

I guess I'd also like a little advice on where to look for machines. I've been on Craigslist and eBay, but I haven't been to a dealer yet to look at used machines.

What do you think are the best machines for someone in my situation?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prom dress with 188 feet of lace, yellow pleats and a petticoat--PROM PICS A on: January 03, 2009 02:32:57 PM
Stunning.

When I read the title, I was preparing for a monstrosity of a dress with frills and bows, but your creation is absolutely amazing.

You have quite the talent if you can make a dress like that with no patten!
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