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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dumbo Corset on: August 04, 2013 11:48:51 PM
Hello!

I'm in love with corsets and thought it would be fun to start making stylized disney costume corsets. So far I've only made one, Dumbo. Corsets always make me think either renaissance or circus, so dumbo was perfect. I think I could also use this corset for a girl Flash costume or a Wonder Woman costume with very minor changes.

 This was my first attempt using this pattern, so it's not exactly the best, but for my first time making any sort of corset, i'm pleased. (It's also not sitting entirely straight on my dress form so it looks a bit more wonky than it is). I took pictures along the way and there's more detail in my blog; link in my signature.

I'm sure how to incorporate the grey of dumbos skin and the pink insides of his huge ears, but I'm planning to create some grey and pink high waisted shorts to wear along with this corset, to finish off the dumbo look. When worn with some cute black boots/heels, some stockings and a top hat it could definitely scream circus. A skirt would be cute too but I haven't thought of any style I would like. Any suggestions? 








Thanks for looking, C&C appreciated!  Cheesy
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Adjusting my sewing machine settings? on: July 21, 2013 06:47:40 PM
Hello!

I apologize if this post is in the wrong board. I've been having some issues with my sewing machine lately. I own a Singer that I picked up at a local thrift store a few years ago.


 I love it a lot, and for the most part it works fine, but my stitches have been seeming a bit odd lately. I've never taken a sewing class, I just taught myself using youtube, so I dont have a lot of knowledge about sewing machines. I figured there's something I need to adjust to fix my stitches, because every now and then I get a little loop in my stitches, like this:


Sometimes it looks like the bobbin stitches are either really tight, or kinda loose, while the top stitches look fine.
This time they looked pretty loose:


Here are all possible nobs that I could adjust
Stitch length:


Stitch Width and position:


and I have no idea what this is:

The display on this nob reads "Norm," "Max," and "Darn"

or what this is:


I was wondering if anyone knows what I should adjust in order to make my stitches look as nice and even as possible. Anything is appreciated. Thanks!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Grandma's moo-moo to adorable! on: March 06, 2013 04:22:05 PM
My boyfriend's grandma was getting rid of some old clothes, and I loved this pattern. I'm really proud of the way it turned out.



Thanks for looking, C&C appreciated Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Table cloth dress on: January 22, 2013 06:08:48 PM
Hello Craftsters!

A while ago my brother found a cool looking table cloth at a thrift store and gave it to me to do something with. A few days ago I woke up and realized winter break is almost over, and I haven't sewn a thing! So I decided to use that table cloth along with the pattern for cinderellas bodice from halloween and a simple gathered square for the skirt. I improvised the sleeves and am pretty satisfied with them. I'm also happy with the way the pattern turned out, I tried kinda hard to mirror the design, especially on the back and it turned out pretty decent.








5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Princess Belle! on: October 04, 2012 01:00:03 AM
Hello!
Update:
We agreed on 250$ for the dress. I uploaded more pictures of the finished dress, and her in the dress here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412503.msg4874207#msg4874207

So I've been commissioned to make Princess Belle's dress, from Beauty and the Beast for a friend of a coworker for halloween. She would like the dress by the third week of October, so I don't have much time to finish. It's coming together very well and I am very surprised with myself! The dress is still unfinished, but here is a picture:



The bodice and skirt are still not attached. I need to make the skirt lining, attach top and bottom, add a zipper, and it'll be finished. This picture was taken before I had finished hemming the gold ribbon at the bottom which is why it looks a bit wonky.

I know i'll be able to finish it in time, but I wanted to get some craftsters opinions about selling it. The materials cost about 60-70$ total. The dress will be fully lined with an invisible zipper and light weight for the size of the dress. The dress is being sold without the petticoat it's pictured in, the buyer is purchasing that separately from someone else on etsy I think.
With the project still being unfinished I've so far put in about 30 hours. I'm thinking, if I were to be paid only 8$/hr at any regular job, for 30 hrs I'd be paid about 240$ (forgetting about tax). So i'm thinking of charging 200 $ to possibly 250? I'll probably settle closer to 200 or 230$. Does that sound reasonable? Am I asking too much? This is the first time i'm making anything for money. Usually I just make projects for myself or simple dresses to barter with. So I honestly don't know how to charge.

I asked the buyer if she had a spending limit but she didn't really seem to care about price. When we started this project I told her the price will depend on how well the project turns out. If it were to suck, i'd have her only cover materials. If it were to be decent we could discuss what she thinks is fair. So far this dress has exceeded my expectations, so I don't know what to do. Right now she's working at disneyland in food service I think. So I know she has an income at least.

What do you craftsters think? Is 200 or more too much? Huh

C&C welcome!  Smiley

P.S.
I found this dress on esty for 700$. It's a much higher quality, as I'm just a college student beginner seamstress, and these people seem to be a company with access to things I can only imagine haha. Anyway, here's what 700$ gets you.
http://www.etsy.com/listing/98283762/adult-beauty-and-the-beast-yellow-gown
6  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Belle (Img heavy) on: August 07, 2012 12:30:26 PM
A friend from works cousin offered to pay me to make Belles gold dress from Beauty and the Beast for Disneylands Halloween Party this October. This is a picture of the unfinished bodice. I improvised the shoulder pieces and was happily surprised with the way they turned out.
 

The dress:


The bodice:



The Zipper (my nightmare):



The customer:



Belles dress was actually one of the only princess dresses I never wanted to attempt. The skirt was too intimidating and I could never find any patterns for it. Im using two old McCalls pattern ive had for a few years. The bodice in the pattern is intended to be laced up either the sides or the front and back depending on the one you choose. This is the same pattern I used for my Princess Tiana dress. The skirt is a basic big skirt to fit a petticoat. The patterns are sold separately but I imagine theyre intended to be bought together for a renaissance fair.

The girl Im making it for is slightly larger than I am so the patterns Ive used so many times have been cut for my size. I searched multiple stores with patterns and could not find the pattern in her size. So I measured the distance between the sizes that were there, the distance between size 12 and 14 etc, and did the math to add centimeters to the pattern I have, so far its fitting my dress form (adjusted to her measurements) perfectly!  I love this pattern. I use it all the time and its so easy!

We agreed on $250 for the dress. She was very pleased with the result, and so am I!
C&C appreciated!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Simple Purse First Tutorial! [Img heavy] on: July 21, 2012 01:46:54 AM
Hello, so my friend came over and had this really ratty purse that she loved. She wanted a new version of the same purse. So we bought some floral fabric and I used a technique I found on craftster of using masking tape to create a pattern of something without having to rip it apart. It was amazing. Her purse turned out so cute, I had to make one for myself. I used the left over floral fabric from her purse and some extra really old fabric I had laying around. I decided to take pictures along the way incase anyone is interested. Also If I ever find the time to figure out how to scan my pattern pieces into the computer, I'll add those to this.


So to begin there are 4 pieces to this pattern. The bottom, the sides, the pockets, and the straps. The straps can be whatever length. Also unfortunately I got a little lazy with the pictures toward the end after I realized I attached the straps in the wrong way and had to redo them. So there wont be much instruction on those.
 
After cutting the pieces, sew the two bottom pieces, right sides together.



Then find the middle of a "side piece" and pin it to to one side of the bottom peice, right sides together.


Continue pinning the entire piece, the corner should be a little difficult so as to form the curve on the bottom of the bag.


Repeat this with the other side piece, pinning and sewing to the other side of the bottom piece.
Don't forget to press and trim all seams, and to cut corners!


Once you turn it right-side out your corners should look like this


If you would like your bag to have a pocket I suggest attaching it now. I like to line my pockets, so with right sides together pin and sew the pocket pieces. Leave 1/4 or so of an inch unsewn at the top.

 Once you turn your pocket right side out you can tuck under this top section and top stitch the pocket pieces closed. You'll be sewing those pieces onto the side piece, by top stitching it closed you aren't closing the pocket. (No picture for this)

Next are the straps, I don't have any pictures for them, sorry. Cut them as long and as wide as you'd like leaving seam allowances and such. You should have 4 pieces if you're lining your bag. Two strips for the straps and two for the lining. Sew one end of the fabric, right sides together, to the side of the bottom piece. It should be obvious where to sew them. And one end of lining in the same place on the lining. Leave the ends for your shoulder open for ease of turning later.

With right sides together pin the bag (and the straps) together. Sew. Leave a space for turning.


After pressing and trimming seams, turn right side out. Fold edges of the straps for the shoulder seam inward, place one inside another and sew. You can invisible stitch the space you left for turning or just top stitch the whole bag to close it.

This is my first tutorial I hope it was understandable and I'm sorry for the lack of pictures for the straps, they can be kind of tricky. The picture of the whole purse was rotated properly when I uploaded, not sure what happened. C&C appreciated and I'm happy to elaborate on anything that's unclear.
 
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / 4th of July! on: July 04, 2012 01:06:06 PM
Happy birthday America!  Smiley

I'm not sure if I put this in the right place, but oh well.
This year I made a dress to celebrate America's birthday. It was a very rushed project as I started last week and only had about two or three days to actually devote to it. I'm satisfied with the way it turned out but not exactly pleased. I think I may just not be a fan of this pattern, but I wanted a halter top.

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Scrub a dub dub on: June 16, 2012 12:15:27 PM
My boyfriends mom is a nurse and her birthday was this month. I decided to make her some scrubs because nurses never seem to have enough scrubs. I made them size small but they still look a little big. I'm happy with how they turned out and she was really excited and touched that I made them for her.I even used a bit of scrap muslin and typed a tag for them on my typewriter.








10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Cinderelly cinderelly on: May 31, 2012 11:44:54 PM
I started my halloween costume about a month or two ago, just to be sure it would be finished in time. (I feel like i'm always starting topics for my halloween costumes, so I'm sorry I keep repeating myself, but...)
For our anniversary my boyfriend and I go to Mickey's Halloween Party at Disneyland. Last year we were Tiana and Naveen, this year we'll be Cinderella and Prince Charming. I just finished my dress, next will be Prince Charming!!





(It needs some ironing, but I was too excited to bother haha)

Any C&C would be appreciated! Thanks for looking!!
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