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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Rosette bubble top on: May 28, 2010 03:34:32 PM
A project I've had sitting around for a month or so..still needs about half the rosettes sewed on (pinned on currently). Self-drafted upper bodice pattern with a simple gathered bubble-skirt-type bottom.

Rosettes made by cutting strips of jersey into varying thicknesses and lengths, sewing a gathering stitch up the middle, ruffling, and then spinning into a circular flower shape and sewing together.

The upper bodice portion was sewn like a "bag" with a total of 4 pieces (2 front, 2 back pieces), turned inside out and sewed up with a whipstitch and pressed so no raw edges or hems would be visible. Adds a nice thickness to the fabric and lets me wear it without a bra!

Interlock knit in cream for the bottom part and rosettes, jet set knit in teal used for the upper bodice. I messed up when cutting the waistband though and it stretches vertically instead of horizontally....so I'm going to have to lose a bit more weight before I can wear this comfortably, lol. Yay, incentives. Also, I have since tweaked my pattern to make the back a bit higher and the shoulder straps a bit thicker and plan on making a top using the modified version soonishly.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ruffles and Flowers dress :) on: May 28, 2010 03:28:52 PM
Here's my first completed dress of the summer! Cotton jacquard for the skirt, embroidered cotton for the bodice, ruffle and sash. I used a McCall's pattern as a base, but it wasn't long enough in the bust and I wanted other tweaks too, so I re-drafted it. Pretty much all I kept were the princess seams...lol. Replaced the suggested zipper with elastic shirring on the back two panels. I decided not to bone it, although the bodice is lined and the skirt is not. The sash ties in the back and has the cute little triangle-ed ends. Ruffle also a personal addition that I *love*....umm what else..oh, the skirt is gathered. Yeah, that's about it lol.

Only one pic right now because I'm sicky Sad Sorry for the seriously crappy pictures, I was just so excited to share! More and better ones to come in the next couple days (once I can get my bf to take pics instead of having to stand in a mirror lol).

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Prom Dress Help Please on: May 27, 2010 03:08:17 PM

I would use that pattern with the strapless bodice, shirred midriff and gathered skirt. Make it in the pink color out of satin or cotton, boned, fully lined. Then, just add your organza layers on top. Although I have personally used this pattern and it is great, I would maybe suggest making the midriff that's actually part of the dress flat, then adding the organza layers, THEN sewing a shirred sash on top. I think it would look cleaner that way.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: puckering jersey HELP!? on: May 23, 2010 08:42:28 AM
Also, stretch the jersey taut every so slightly while you are sewing, that should help too.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wedding Dress on: May 21, 2010 04:52:19 PM

Maybe that will help? The edge on the dress looks more dramatic, but maybe with a little practice you can get it just right Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Wedding Dress on: May 20, 2010 04:09:58 PM
Hm...well it looks like a basic long boned bodice with a basic skirt you can find in almost any wedding dress pattern. Then, just a chiffon overlay for the bodice and couple layers of chiffon draping on the skirt. Besides the beadwork, it doesn't look to hard.

The only thing you'd really need to alter about a pattern is the unique neckline. It looks like it comes up higher than most and has a very slight scoop/sweetheart to it.

here's a decent base pattern (one you edit the neckline..not hard as long as you are willing to do a muslin or two until you get it right.:


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Fun with/shaping satin? on: May 17, 2010 08:16:32 PM
Thanks everybody. I have been working with some draping on my duct tape dress form and it's been going so so. I actually much prefer to fit garments on myself...but that's another story. I had hoped to use a pre-made pattern for basic construction and stability and then add pleats, etc, over it. Don't really have time to take any classes as I am a full time pharmacy student and sewing is just a hobby, but I am giving myself 8 months for the whole project, so I hope I can at least get something to show for it! I'm going to be doing some sketches in the next few days and will probably post those up too.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Fun with/shaping satin? on: May 15, 2010 06:33:38 PM
So, I'm looking to make a ballgown for this winter's "Yule Ball" at my college, and I want to have it look really cool and have some fun construction details. My inspirations come from a lot of designer wedding dresses like these:

Obviously I don't want to copy these designs exactly, but want I was wondering is if anybody can provide any tutorials or insight on getting satin/taffeta to be shaped into pleats, layers, ruching etc. In other words, how to make it look INTERESTING. Especially on the bodice portion. I can pleat cotton and do ruching on knits, but satin is a whole other beast, I'm sure. Would it be best to have the thing constructed basically underneath and then add another layer on top for the fun parts?
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Puckering princess seams! HELP! on: May 12, 2010 01:50:21 PM
So, I did a mock up of a cute dress with a princess seamed bodice and found that while it fit perfectly around, I needed to extend the length of the upper bodice about 2.5" in order for it to hit where I wanted to (just below the boobs instead of ON the boobs). Anyway, I was very careful in adding the length to each of the pattern pieces and then made another mock up and....well...the princess seams look kind of "gappy" and pointy right over the apex(es?). I clipped the tiny v's in the seams and pressed them, but it didn't help at all. I didn't change the position of the apex (it's marked on the pattern) at all, just lengthened downward, so I'm really stumped.

Anybody know how to fix/prevent pointy nips in a princess seam?
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Pattern saving/transfer tutorial on: April 18, 2010 12:40:58 PM
Okay, so I find myself having to make serious full bust adjustments to every pattern I use, so I figured I would post this easy tutorial on how to avoid cutting up your patterns to alter them. Also, I despise that light fluffy tissue that patterns come in.

So, here goes Smiley

What you will need: Pattern to trace, scissors used for cutting plastic, 1-2 white plastic garbage bags (I use the Walmart brand 13 gallon ones), a yardstick/ruler, cans/bottles to use as weights, a medium or fine point sharpie pen (multiple colors if you want).

Unfold the plastic bag, but don't OPEN it. Lay it flat.

The bag should have two lengthwise "seams". Cut these off so you can open the bag.

What it looks like after cutting off the seams. Open it up so it's a long piece.

I am going to be tracing pieces 1-6 in a size 18 to make Top A from this pattern.

Lay out the paper pattern that you want to trace. Here, I need pieces 1 and 2.

Place the plastic bag over the pattern pieces you want. Smooth everything out so you can see through to the paper pattern markings.

Begin tracing with your sharpie, careful not to smudge wet lines. I used a can and a jar to hold everything in place. A ruler or other straight edge can help trace longer portions.

Make sure to transfer ALL pattern markings and labels, including the # of the piece and notches, folds, etc. Repeat the steps above until you have all your needed pieces traced. I was able to get all but 1 (very long) piece on 1 garbage bag.

Finished (uncut) pattern pieces laying on my kitchen floor. I much prefer the plastic to the paper, and like that it isn't opaque like regular paper. When going to cut these, I suggest using a rotary cutter, it works wonders!

Thanks for reading. Hope this helps you, even if it is kind of a "duh" tutorial, and I hope I posted this in the right section. Not sure where ELSE it would go ^_^;

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