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1  Skirt and Big-Collar Mini-Vest in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by audsnico on: September 15, 2008 11:18:11 AM
This could also be titled "A Cautionary Tale About Failing to Use Interfacing"

Made this outfit for a party. I used some vintage fabric I picked up at a thrift store. The skirt was from an old pattern with an elastic waist, which I modified to be a side zip. I also added four buttons on the front, sailor style. The buttons are these awesome lion things I pulled off the most ridiculous jacket and vest combo ever (from the 80s--remember those silk windbreaker things? yeah).

Grrr! I'm kind of in love with these!

Close up of the vest:

I really regret not interfacing the button placket and the collar. But I think it still looks ok! I made the vest by modifying the free Franzi vest pattern at burdastyle.com http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern/show/20 Below you can see my final muslin next to the pieces of the original pattern (already shortened a little bit)

Let me know what you think! Cheesy

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2  Re: Green Atonement Dress in Designer Clothing Homage by audsnico on: January 09, 2008 06:23:48 PM
Ok, this is gonna be a long post lol.

First, here are my sketches of what I think is going on in the Atonement Dress.

It's a blousy top, gathered (with big gathers) at the waist into a band, which is then covered by the belt. In this picture, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/graphics/2007/09/02/st_keiraknightley.jpg it is also looks cowled at the neck, meaning the it's cut wider than it looks, and it drapes like that when the shoulders are pulled in. I have no idea how it stays on her instead of just slipping off her shoulders. Maybe if the straps are tight enough down the back? Also, the shirt appears to "twist into" the spaghetti straps at the top, front. There is also a laser-cut out pattern around the neck and sides, with something resembling a bow at the V-neck point.

The skirt is fitted at the top, but very full at the bottom, yet has no visible seams (argh). Most likely it is a circle skirt. I can't even see side seams, but by looking at the pictures closely, it looks like they might be folded in under the wrap, so that they will fall within the vertical ruffled bits, and be hidden. Then, the back is split and there is more fabric inserted for added fullness. The dress is longer in the back than the front--it has a train. Probably the easiest way to do this is to make only the added bit get longer, though in the original, there is a gradual slope back from the front. (You can see this in the pictures, where the dress is off the ground in the front, you can see her shoes, but by the side, it is already sweeping the ground.

Edit to add: One article says there is a high slit up the front of the skirt, if that's the case, the front is probably 3 pieces, a top, and then two side bottom pieces (like in the Vogue pattern), the connection of which is hidden by the wrap.

The belt, unlike my drawings (just figured this out), comes around in back and is then tucked under the wrap. Hence, no seam, and the fluid, completely wrapped look of the back.

The wrapped part, I think, is a loop, wrapped through itself on the back, with the seam under the part where it crosses. The two "flat parts" of the loop are then gathered in the front by a separate tie. (The dress does not tie in front as in the replica). This "tie" appears to be a piece of the fabric that has been folded at least twice, so that it is very narrow where it passes over the wrapped fabric, and then widens significantly, as it unfolds down the dress. The entire wrapped piece would then be invisibly hand-sewn to the gown to keep it in place.

So...I guess my question now would be, how close of a replica are you interested in? Because that vogue pattern would need some serious changes! I think any attempt to do a close replica would need a lot of draping to get it down right.

I think for a quick, similar gown, I might start with the Vogue pattern, but eliminate the gathering detail on the back, to be replaced with the wrap. You might also need to move the seams in the front up, so they will be covered. And I would add much more fullness at the bottom (slash and spread the pattern). Add the belt and Wrap, and it would be pretty good, IMO.

As for the Emerald fabric, they had to dye their own for the movie Sad
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3  Kayla Ruffle Scarf in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by audsnico on: January 07, 2008 12:48:51 PM
I made this scarf for my friend Kayla.

It began life as a silk shirt...It was a shapeless monstrosity, but look at this fabric!

So I added ruffles and a button

As modeled by me:

What do y'all think?
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4  Re: 2008 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by audsnico on: January 07, 2008 12:20:21 PM
I made this before I knew about the craftalong, but it certainly fits! A rainbow scarf for one of my friend's birthdays, out of a thrifted silk shirt.

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