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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: retro USO uniform... HELP! on: October 04, 2009 10:03:56 PM
I did this costume one year, but I didn't sew it.  I bought the whole thing, easy-peasy, at an Army Navy Surplus store.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: man-gagement ring? on: August 18, 2009 08:40:48 PM
My hubby and I wear matching Claddagh bands (traditional Irish wedding ring) that we started each wearing at engagement as you can wear the ring in different positions to show if you are single, dating, engaged or married.  It was very important to me that he should wear an 'engagement ring" as well because I do believe both sides should declare their commitment equally.  I had a different Claddagh ring that I wore before we were engaged which he got engraved with the Gaelic word for beloved on the inside and he now keeps that old ring on his key chain.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: My DIY 50's style Wedding Dress is done!!!! on: August 18, 2009 08:11:55 PM
This is stunning and I am JEALOUS!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Regency Maxi Dress (plenty o' pics) on: August 18, 2009 12:37:45 PM
man! I can't belive you handsew that! I'm deeply impressed!
And I just love your shape in the front, makes me wonder why I didn#t think of putting the seams like that!
Very well... next time perhaps...

It's really cute and classy, well done!

This (http://solitary-elegance.com/gimletblog/uploaded_images/petticoat-front&back.jpg) is the pic I saw that was the inspiration behind the front of this dress.  I liked the lines of it so much better than most of the Regency stuff I see floating around.  I would still love to make another one with my pattern in a lighter, more summery material like you did.  I think the pics in the link make me daydream of cloud watching in a field.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / High Waist Shorts (7 pics) on: August 17, 2009 10:42:12 PM
I hate low rise everything...so much.  I don't understand why it has remained the standard for so long now.  I was so happy when I heard high waists were coming back, but it sure took me forever to design/make something going along with that trend.  But here it is!  Can work them as vintage or as a modern trend.

Again, seeking clothing that would actually flatter (and be comfortable for) an hourglass figure, I made it fitted through the waist and comfortably loose through the hip and thigh.

Personal design.  100% hand sewn.  Fully lined.

Check out more of about this and of my other work on my blog! http://arsgratiaartis-shalyn.blogspot.com/







6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Regency Maxi Dress (plenty o' pics) on: August 16, 2009 05:58:42 PM
I can't believe you HAND stitched that whole dress. Well done. It looks great!!
Just curious: what does your tattoo say?

It's a Bible verse from the book of Romans (in the original Greek 'twas written in), that translates to "Who can separate us from the love of Christ?"
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Regency dress (shit, this whiteness makes me feel like I'm about to get married) on: August 16, 2009 03:42:37 PM
Hey!  I just wanted to say again how much I loved your dress, and that it inspired me to finally make the Regency-inspired dress I'd been meaning to for some time.  I posted my finished project over here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317466.0.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mad Men Style LBD (image rubenesque) on: August 16, 2009 03:30:12 PM
Wow, you hand sewed that!  I doubt I can accomplish it with a sewing machine.


And now a request.  I'd love to see a close up of your stitching.  And any tips for someone wishing to hand sew something.  Besides the patient part. 


Great job.

First off, thanks to everyone for the kind words.

Second, sorry for the delay in responding to this.  I realized that getting some pics of detail stitching for you on this would be too hard as it is black on black and hard to get at due to the full lining sewn in now.  So that gave me the extra push to get another one of my dresses photographed so that you could see the details.  I posted it here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=317466.0, and it has some shots of my back stitching, slip stitches, button holes, as well as some invisible hem work.

As for tips, here they are:
1- Enjoy the slow pace of it.  I'm actually a terribly impatient person, yet I seem to take up hobbies (like hand sewing and knitting) that force me to enjoy doing something slowly.  Upsides to this is that you can more easily sew while watching TV or chatting with friends.  And don't start on a hem as your first attempt at this or you will go mad.
2- Practice evening out your stitches.  That's something that has taken some work for me, as I'm not naturally gifted in the ways of estimating distances and such.  With work it does improve, though, so just keep focused for the first bit on equidistance.
3- Straight lines!  Any time I'm working on a seam that I don't have to worry about showing I will draw out my nice straight line as my guide.  Tailor's chalk or pencil is great for that; a Godsend!  If you are doing topstitching and worry a line would show, then it is more of that equidistant estimation skills to judge your distance from the edge.  But something that helps with eyeballing that is to line up your needle in a straight line with the backstitches you have already made as you make each new one.

I hope that helps.  While there are long seams and hems that sometimes have me thinking how much easier and faster that would be on a machine, I really do enjoy hand sewing.  It makes me feel so much more involved in the process and like the piece is even more of my own because of it.  I hope you have good luck in your efforts.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Regency Maxi Dress (plenty o' pics) on: August 16, 2009 03:15:26 PM
My design. 100% hand sewn, as always with me.

I saw a picture of a beautiful Regency bodiced petticoat that I loved even better than the ones I got to wear in a play, so I decided to design a dress off of it. This was my first time making an actual pattern without anything to even base it off of, but it was much easier than I expected. Im quite pleased with the fit as I designed it exactly to my measurements and I love how it sweeps the floor. The material I used is heavier than I would ideally use again for this dress, but I loved the color and I got it for $1/meter (1.5 meters wide) so I think I got a good deal out of it.

Check out more of about this and of my other work on my blog! http://arsgratiaartis-shalyn.blogspot.com/

Here as overview of it:



And some detail shots...







That's all.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Purple with a dash of yellow evening dress on: August 14, 2009 11:09:32 PM
Lovely!  I love that the contrast of dark and light makes it look like the fashion of one shoulder dresses that are in fashion again, but has the practicality of being able to wear a normal bra.  Nice work.
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