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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oasis and Fleur tops... on: July 24, 2006 10:40:44 PM
Those are just what I named them!

From these beauties:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/preoasis.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/prefleur.jpg

to these!

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/oasistopbow1.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/oasistopnobow.jpg
The bow is detachable.
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/oasisdetail.jpg
Some decorative stitches!

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/fleurtop.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/fleurdetail.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/fleurside.jpg

Any comments welcome!






2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Athena Dress form? on: July 17, 2006 02:24:30 PM
Hey! I am looking into buying a Athena adjustable dress form.  I was wondering if anyone has experience with one and what they think of it?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Tropical print babydoll dress! on: July 14, 2006 10:13:07 PM
Bonjour again! I made a dress out of a tee!  I got the top at Savers and it was brand new! I didn't exactly reconstruct it, just used it more like fabric.

From this:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/pretropic.jpg



...to this!
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/tropicsmall.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/tropicback.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/tropictop.jpg

Tell me what you think!
I finally made a successful bias strip!

I got the same exact shirt in pink so I might need to cut that up next!

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Victorian lace top recon... on: July 13, 2006 04:23:12 PM
I just made a new top out of an old top of mine.  Well I rarely wore it so it wasn't worn out or anything.  I haven't done a reconstruction in so long!

Here it is:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/daintytopsmall.jpg


Here was the top before, with an icky square neck.
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/predainty.jpg
I cut it up and added some pretty light blue lace and a ruffled collar then reattached the sleeves!

I kind of made this top similar to the one I designed awhile ago for a friend:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/creations_files/nicoleshirtfront.jpg

But added a sash and changed the sleeves...and of course had to add my favorite: fabric covered buttons!

Here are some more photos:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/daintytopback.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/daintytopdetail.jpg

Any comments welcome, thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Drapey flowered dress... on: June 15, 2006 09:52:31 PM
Bonjjjour!  Here is my newest design! I am so happy with how it turned out.

I altered my prom dress pattern I made last year to make a new dress!  Here is that dress:

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/creations_files/fulllength.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/creations_files/prom.jpg

Wow, I guess I did change quite a bit.  I changed the sleeves, raised the "V" seam at the hips, and shortened the skirt length.

Here is what I came up with!

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/hollanddress.jpg

Close up of the front:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/hollandfront.jpg
I gathered the shoulders a bit with a band...

Back full:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/hollandbackfull.jpg

Back close up:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/hollandback.jpg

I attempted a bias strip on the front, my first.  Oh gosh, that gave me so much trouble.  But I finally figured it out with the help of fellow craftsters.  It's not the best, but I guess I need to keep  doing them to learn how to do them well.

I think I might make a few more dresses of this sort with different variation so I can take all advantage of that pattern I toiled over last year!

Any comments welcome!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help! Bias Strip on V-Neck? on: June 14, 2006 07:57:24 PM
I was almost done with a dress and then I remembered I need to finish the neckline. I want to do this with a bias strip, but I am lost on how to place it on the neck and connect the two strips at the bottom of the v.  I can't find anything that describes this well (and simply) enough.  I know how to do a bias strip, I just need help with the V!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with flutter sleeves.. on: June 13, 2006 05:25:41 PM
I am designing a dress and I would like it to have flutter sleeves kind of like this:

and


However, I am kind of lost on how to cut the shape and how the lengths should be and everything (for the armhole etc).  Can anyone help?

Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yellow floral cropped jacket... on: June 09, 2006 11:42:04 PM
Hey everyone!

So I made this dress last summer with this really cute fabric that I love, but it doesn't really fit me anymore lol (freshman 15?)...
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/Dresses_files/babydollfront.jpg

Anyways, since I loved the print so much and I had lots of left over fabric (well it was big because it was a sheet) so I decided it would make quite a cute vest/cropped jacket! I used the same pattern that I made of the striped vest I posted a few days ago.  Except this time I used lace around the collar/neck and added wonderful puff sleeves (my fav!).  It ended up with quite a Victorian flair and I am really proud of it!

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/promenadecrop.jpg
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/promenadeback.jpg

Sunflower buttons I finally could put to use!
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/promenadefdetail.jpg
Puffed sleeves
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/promenadefsleeve.jpg

I would love any comments!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pinstripe summery vest... on: June 05, 2006 11:13:59 PM
Oh my craftsters, how I have missed thee!! With school and craziness I haven't even been able to read anything until today.  But I must say there are quite a number of really awesome creations here!

Here is my latest:

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/bateauvest.jpg

My summery little yachty/sailory vest!  I feel this is my strongest design yet.  I guess working in a costume shop all year helped me with construction techniques, as well as confidence!  I designed the pattern and everything on this one.  There is facing throughout the vest for extra stability along with serged edges.  Making pattern took probably just as long as sewing it--no scratch that, I am the slowest perfectionist sewer ever! But hopefully I can use it again.

I have had my machine for hmm probably over four years, and never tried out any of the tons of decorative stitches.  So I used a little scalloped one over the seams/buttons to give it a little something extra.  Umm, I am pretty obssessed with making fabric covered buttons.  I just love 'em! Choosing red made it very sailor:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/beateauvestdetail.jpg

Front:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/bateauvestfront.jpg

Back:
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/bateauvestback.jpg

I would love any comments!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / African print goddessy top... on: January 22, 2006 08:47:29 PM
Hey everyone! I'm back!  I can't believe I had time to make a design during school, but my schedule is a lot better than last semester!

I have had this awesome fabric laying around forever with a concept and finally got around to making it!  I have a shirt I modeled it after, but cut/made my own pattern and everything.  At first I was wary about it being too loud, but I think it turned out really well! The pattern works with the fabric.

This is pretty different than what I usually do; I often work with stretch fabrics but I went out on the limb with this!
  I was going for a goddessy feel (cause goodness knows I love goddess clothes) and here it is:

http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/tribal3.jpg

Kind of blurry, but looks cool!
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/tribal1.jpg
Top detail
http://www.queenbyquinn.com/tops_files/tribalfrontflat.jpg

I used the rolled hem stitch on my serger for the empire seams/arms/bust.  I took black thin elastic about half the size of seam (the pattern was double the size I wanted originally to leave room for gathering) and sewed it along the seam while stretching.  Et voila!

I would love any feedback you have!

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