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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / McCall's 6800 on: February 18, 2014 08:03:41 AM
At the begin of the Winter, I was looking for a new wool coat but couldn't find any in my budget. So, I had the crazy idea of look at pattern and fell in love with the high/low hem of McCall 6800 view B

I bought some wool blend and a really cool satin for the lining. I had no problem with the pattern. The instructions were pretty clear and the result is really close to the pattern picture.

The lining was a challenge, satin is evil and I had a hard time cutting it so the fit isn't perfect but close enough. (must buy a big cutting mat and rotary cuter) I don't really like the way the sleeves are made and next time I'm doing this, I might try to do it in one piece instead of 2. I would also had something to the back, a simple tab with 2 buttons or maybe a corset style lacing. Other than that, it's an awesome pattern.

Here's some pictures

The front


The back


the side view


and the lining


I'm planning to sew that pattern again but as a trench coat for Spring, I already bought black twill and need to find the right colorful satin.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Looking for guidance on a dress on: October 17, 2012 07:41:29 AM
I saw this dress while browsing on Modcloth

http://www.modcloth.com/shop/dresses/looking-to-tomorrow-dress#

It's pretty but too much of "Annie" like to my taste. So, yesterday, I went to my Fabricville (Quebec version of Fabricland) and fell for a berriesque Ponte de Roma knit. I also bought a black Fall fashion suiting fabric to make kind of a Wednesday Addams version Wink

Now, I need all of your sewing skills to see if I could use that fabric with Cynthia Rowley pattern #1873 from Simplicity? I would do view A but with the shorter skirt and a peter pan collar added. I've read that Ponte are stable enough to be use as you would a woven but with a ball point needle. I also have a serger that I could use to make this.

Any help is more than welcome before I cut and make a huge mistake.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1 pattern, 2 dresses on: July 02, 2012 02:18:19 PM
Hi everyone,

With the beginning of the summer, I started to sew some more dresses to wear since I don't like the fashion you can find in stores right now. Last time that McCalls patterns came in sale at my fabricville, I bought the 5094 and gave it a try. After making a muslin with old sheets I bought at the second hand store for that purpose, I ended up making this one with some fabric I bought last year.

on a hanger


the back zipper


and an ugly action shot Wink



I was not happy with the zip in the back, so I decided to make another one with a side zip. I'm pretty proud of it. I made alot of modifications : I made the neckline a bit lower in the front, I added a contrasting band to the skirt and I had to use a different kind a skirt because of the pattern on the fabric, I use to rectangle that I pleated to the top. Here's the result :

on a hanger


the side zip


and an action shot


C&C are welcome Smiley
4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / a shawl for Christmas on: November 26, 2011 12:47:37 PM
I just finished my 1st shawl. The pattern is The Sidewalk Shawl from Stitch Nation. I love the result and hope my grannie is gonna be happy with it Smiley

Being blocked, showing the right color


All done,


closed up

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lace swing dress on: November 10, 2011 02:11:51 PM
Hi everyone!

I need some help! I'm planning on sewing another sweetie dress, like I did before http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390076.msg4617977#msg4617977, but this time I want to make it dressier than plain and simple cotton. I was thinking black lace with a contrasting fabric underneath. Now I need suggestions for the type of fabric. Fabricland has a huge sale on satin, it's like 2 bucks/meter so that's a option but I've never worked with it. Any ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / a ruffly behind :) on: October 16, 2011 03:19:22 PM
I made a new skirt. An a-line in black twill. I drafted the pattern all by myself.



 It has a surprise in the back.




close up of the ruffles




and some action shots Wink



7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / some more piranha plants jewelry :) on: September 30, 2011 01:51:07 PM
Weeks ago, I post some piranha earring I made out of polymer clay. My friend asked for a pair, so since it's her birthday Sunday, I made her one. They're not as good as I wanted them to be and I don't have the patience to make more, I'm a sewing person, sculpting is a bit out of my league!!!  Undecided Anyway, I'm going to give her those for the moment and make some more in the future. I also made her a necklace pendant, which I'm proud of  Cheesy and I made myself another pair of earrings  Wink
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / piranha plants earring on: September 05, 2011 02:22:44 PM
Back in the beginning of August, one of my friends posted something like this on facebook http://www.geeksaresexy.net/2011/08/05/super-mario-piranha-plant-earrings/ . I fell in love with it but they were back order till September. I didn't want to wait so I decided to try to make some. I went to the arts and crafts store to buy some polymer clay but I couldn't find the earring studs  Embarrassed I bought some of Etsy and waited for them to arrived. I didn't had time to make them till today.





It is my first time playing with polymer clay. It's a little sloppy, I know, I'm planning to do better next time  Wink
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / sweetie dresses :) on: September 05, 2011 10:10:41 AM
2 years ago, I bought this exact dress for a wedding http://heartbreakerfashion.com/dresses/sweetie-dress/sweetie-dress-classic-cherry.html . I love this dress and it is one of my favorite to wear, but it's a little bit pricey for what it is, a simple cotton dress. So, when I heard we had a wedding to attend the Labor day weekend, I decided to try to replicate the sweetie dress I love.

I started by trying the masking tape method.



not really a success because it came apart when I removed it from the dress. So I used tissue paper and trace around each of the 7 panels of the dress. I transferred it on a easel pad with grid lines and added the seam allowance all around. Then, I made a quick old sheet version of the dress to see if my pattern was alright.



It was a success  Cheesy

So, I made this one


It's a Robert Kauffman fabric with lovely gold outline butterflies. I line a whole dress with red broadcloth to which I added a ruffly trim to make it a little bit more dressy (I might cut the lining in the future) and I made regular straps instead of the halter ones (much more comfortable to wear all day). I even made a purse to go with it http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=390075.0

I am so in love with that dress and how quick it is to make (it's basically a 7 gore dress) that I made another one the weekend after.



Sorry, I don't have a picture of me wearing it.  Undecided
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / simple buttercup bag. on: September 05, 2011 10:08:25 AM
I had a wedding on Saturday. I made my dress and couldn't find a purse like I wanted. So, while looking around here, I saw a lot of those buttercup bag and decided to try to make one. Here are the result.


It's my first bag I ever made. It is a bit flimsy, I should have put interfacing on the lining of the purse, but it did its job of holding my wallet and cell Wink
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