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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Simple Flowery Summer Skirt on: May 21, 2011 03:44:44 PM
This is one of the prettiest skirts I own, and I love the fact that I made it.

I wanted this skirt to be as swishy as possible. I realize that sounds kind of silly, but I really like the fabric, it's gauzy material meaning that it's perfect for summer, and it's gorgeous. So, I don't want a pencil skirt, or anything even moderately close to a pencil skirt.

Then I just stitched a lining that was almost identical, but just a couple inches shorter in length. I attached the lining and the flowery fabric together at the top, but not sides, to prevent the skirt from becoming restrictive. I then attached the skirt to the belt I created, turning the skirt inside out.  Finally, I had left some extra room in the belt to add buttons! I had to create a little bit of a slit to allow for the flap in the belt to work the way it did. Here's how it turned out!



For a more detailed description you can go to: http://venturingintodiy.blogspot.com/2011/05/simple-flowery-summer-skirt.html

Go take a look! Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Decorating a Boring Gray Skirt on: May 21, 2011 03:41:52 PM
I decorated a skirt! I went to JoAnn Fabrics and I got stick-on rhinestones for around $3.00, which isn't bad considering that sticking them on is probably much easier than gluing them all on. Plus then I would have had to buy glue, which I might not necessarily need. I also bought a spool of black ribbon, which is always pretty inexpensive. 


It was pretty easy to stick on the rhinestones, and they seem to adhere well to the cotton fabric. Hopefully they don't fall off after a few months, but we'll see. As for the ribbon, I just cut out eight inch pieces and tied them into a bow, then used a needle and black thread to sew it onto the hemline.  I started by inserting the needle and thread into the hemline, then just sewed the bottom of the knot to the hemline firmly enough so it won't come off.

Here's the finished skirt!



For a more detailed description you can go to: http://venturingintodiy.blogspot.com/2011/04/what-i-do-on-rainy-days.html
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Just a Yellow Flowery Summer Dress on: May 21, 2011 03:38:08 PM
The other day I was going through my closet at home and found this yellow summer dress I made. This was actually my first sewing project! I made it two years ago when I was annoyed about not being able to find summer dresses I liked in stores, and I guess it sparked my interest in sewing and crafts in general, I guess. I used to avoid them when I was in middle school to be "one of the cool kids" but it turns out I really enjoy making things.

Anyway, the dress had gone through a bit of shrinkage, and somehow the hem was shorter than that of the lining underneath. Not sure how that happened, but it was fixable.  Last night I just hand-stitched the lining to be shorter than the hem while watching Across the Universe. 

Here's a picture of me wearing it!



For a more detailed description you can go to: http://venturingintodiy.blogspot.com/2011/04/dress-fixing-adventure.html
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Denim wallet! on: May 10, 2011 08:09:35 PM
A friend of mine's birthday is on Sunday and so I thought I'd make her a present. I have been wanting to try out a wallet, and I saw a couple online but since I had limited supplies I ended up coming up with my own design which wouldn't be too difficult to recreate if any of you readers wanted to. I used some denim that I had at home, and cut out two pieces.

I sewed the two largest pieces together by turning them inside out, then turning it rightside out to sew the last edge together, and did the same for the smaller piece.  I then attached the smaller piece to the large piece, and the part that isn't in that pocket I created is now the fold-over flap! If anyone wants to know, the dimensions for the small piece were about 4.5 x 5" and for the large piece they were about 4.5 x 8. Though, obviously, you could vary those however you wanted. That pocket is more than large enough to hold dollar bills and change.

Here's how that turned out:



It seemed like the wallet needed something more, to be a little less plain. The fun part about being at home is that I can always find random stuff for embellishment. I ran across a large gold ribbon and a pearl button with gold outlining, which went perfectly together Smiley

This is how it turned out!



For a slightly more detailed description you can go to : http://venturingintodiy.blogspot.com/2011/05/wallet-card-and-birthday.html
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Lady Gaga Inspired Dress? on: March 27, 2011 09:39:52 PM
So, I am a HUGE Lady Gaga fan  Grin

I really love the Bad Romance video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrO4YZeyl0I  I think one of the most inspiring outfits, to me, is the red lace outfit.  I'm not saying I want something as skimpy as that, but what really inspires me is the passion she displays in her singing and dancing when wearing that outfit.

So, I kind of want to make a red lace dress inspired by that outfit, maybe with some rhinestone/crystal embellishments and definitely a black belt of some type.  I don't really know how to design it though.  I don't want something scandalous, but I do want a sexy neckline.  Not something too short though, I'm kind of tall.  Any thoughts?? I would really appreciate it!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Classy Spring Dress I Made on: March 27, 2011 07:46:10 PM
So  I made a classy spring dress a few weeks ago and would love some comments/suggestions!! It would be a huge help, I really want to make my sewing skills better.

Here's the picture of the dress:



I based it off a Lilly Pulitzer dress I really like the design of:


Basically, my strategy was to use my own measurements to make the dress relatively fitted and follow the same shape, with a few inches added for sewing.  I cut out the entire dress in one piece minus the sleeves.  For the sleeves I measured the width of the arm-hole, doubled it, and then cut out a rectangle, and cut one end into a curve to fit the arm hole.  I then turned it inside out to sew on the sleeves, and the rest was relatively simple.

Here's a link to my original blog post for some more details about how I got around to making this dress: http://venturingintodiy.blogspot.com/2011/03/one-of-my-recent-projects.html?showComment=1301417854539#c601160425311036077


Thanks!!
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