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1  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/







2  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.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Mustaches & Co on: August 13, 2009 02:08:57 AM
I'm having a mustache themed party for my 25th.  Despite my absolutely empty bank account, I really wanted to have some sort of party favor for my guests.  Then I recalled a ridiculously fun little shop nearby me that sells little things that would otherwise just be thrown out (including wallpaper samples, cardstock samples, etc.) so I took a trek down there.  For $1.40 I got the supplies with which I made 38 of these mustaches and other magnets.  I made one set of mustache 'masks' by backing them (for strength) with some cardboard from my recycle bin and some bamboo cooking skewers I found in my kitchen.  The rest became magnets.  I enjoyed it so much that I made an "I" and a heart to mimic a pic I'd used for my invitations.  Then I got even more carried away and made a set of classic tattoo themed magnets out of a couple pain color samples I got at Home Depot Wink  Then I just used a sharpie to give it that tattoo outline detail.

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




4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mad Men Style LBD (image rubenesque) on: August 13, 2009 01:23:38 AM
This is one of the many peices I've made this summer, but one of the few to get photos taken of.  I'll catch up, slowly.

Personal design.  100% sewn by hand (look mom, no machine). Fully lined in fun contrast color of teal, just to make me smile. Similar to the early 60s style in Mad Men, though I didn't start watching the show until after I made the dress (because I'm crazy).

Check out more of about this and of my other work on my blog! http://arsgratiaartis-shalyn.blogspot.com/2009/09/catching-up.html







5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral blouse on: August 07, 2009 01:35:30 AM
Here is a top I made a couple of years ago out of used material from an old dress that fit no more.

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

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6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Family Crest Shirt - plenty o' images on: August 05, 2009 02:43:40 PM
I looked up my husband's family crest and designed some embellishments on it, then printed it, traced it onto the wrong side of fusible interfacing and ironed that onto the back of the material I wanted to use.  Then I had a perfect stencil on the backside that I could follow.

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





7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Going Away Dress on: June 29, 2009 03:21:20 PM
I designed and hand-sewed this as intended as a 'going away' dress for my wedding, before I figured out that I wouldn't have a chance to change into and use it that day.  I still love it, though I intend to fix the back of the skirt as I'm not a fan of that at all.

The lace and the arrangement thereof were taken from an old slip.

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




8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Lace Wedding Blouse on: June 29, 2009 01:16:07 PM
This lace blouse I designed as a separate removable part of my wedding ensemble to be worn over my strapless gown. As with many of my designs, it shows my obsession with low / V backs. Now I just have to find other occasions as an excuse to wear it.

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





9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Maxi Dress - with a touch of Regency in the back on: June 28, 2009 10:16:50 AM
I was window shopping with friends, and pining over their ability to actually pay money to buy clothes when I saw all of the pretty maxi dresses in the shops these days.  I thought they reminded me a little of the Regency costumes I got to wear when I was in a play version of Pride & Prejudice.  I had a bit of material floating around and a shawl / sarong type thing that my SIL was going to throw away before I snagged it for material use in the future.  A little bit of pleating in the back later....

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



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