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21  Pink eyelet dress from vintage pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: May 27, 2006 10:04:20 AM
This is a dress I made from a vintage pattern I got off ebay. I'm VERY pleased with how it turned out, although the pattern was ~2 sizes too big, so I had to take it in some.

As you can see, the dress has little tiny holes

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22  Cherry red wool felt skirt with godets! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: February 01, 2006 12:31:42 PM
This is a maraschino-cherry red, not orange-y like it looks in the photo! This is a pattern of my own design made from an ancient, much beloved JCrew cotton skirt.  The skirt is made out a nice soft wool felt, which is great because I didn't need to zigzag any of the edges, and it was very easy to cut and work with! It also holds the structure very nicely. Red is one of my favorite winter colors, so i'm pretty excited about this skirt.

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23  Faux Leopard Fur Swingy Jacket from Hotpatterns pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: February 01, 2006 12:28:30 PM
This is the Hotpatterns 'artful dodger' swingy jacket pattern. I found thisamazingly plush faux leopard fur for 10.00/yard and just couldn't pass it up... then I remembered seeing this pattern!



the back is QUITE swingy

The jacket isn't quite done - I still need to face the sleeves and connect the lining there, and get some kind of closure. The pattern calls for snapse with decorative buttons, but i think i might look for some big hook-n-eyes like my old vintage fur chubbies use.

This is my first jacket, my first jacket lining, and my first time working with faux fur, so I'm quite proud of myself at seeing it through. Hotpatterns directions are kind of vague (at least seemed so to me), so the lining is totally ad hoc'ed in. Instead of a lining pleat I sort of gathered it around the yoke. The lining is a champagne-colored crepe-back satin


Thanks for looking!
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24  Denim skirt from my boyfriend's old jeans - my first recon in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Notamermaid on: January 02, 2006 09:46:03 AM
This is a denim skirt I made from an ancient pair of my boyfriend's levis. I have to say the major redeeming factor of this skirt besides its comfyness is that it ALWAYS makes me feel skinny to wear, even when I've just returned from a 4-day BBQ-eating visit to Tennessee (like now. I LOVE BBQ. And fried pickles are my new favorite food in the whole wide world.)

I didn't really use a tutorial- I just cut up the leg seams, folded over a bit in the front and back, and sewed it up. I also took in a little on the sides.

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25  Black satin foofy skirt and green-brown swishback pencil skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: January 02, 2006 09:42:10 AM
The first skirt, the black satin one, I made a few weeks ago from scraps leftover from my Yamamoto jacket. The fabric had a matte side and a shiny side, so I wanted to take advantage of that - there are eight matte panels, with eight large satin godets inserted in between (I invented the pattern). I;m quite pleased with how it turned out. It has a lot of volume even without a petticoat, thanks to the godets



This skirt I made just last week. The day after christmas I hit an amazing fabric sale with my mom and stocked up on lots of lovely fabric. I didn't have space in my suitcase to bring it all back, so I chose just this herringbone. Its a brown and peacook green fine herringbone, really lovely. I can't wait to get the rest of the fabric when my mom comes up to visit in two weeks!

This skirt is a pencil skirt with a bit of A SWISH to the back. I previously posted a skirt like this that was grey. Its a pattern of my own design and I plan to make more when I get the rest of my fabric up. If there's interest, I can take step-by-step photos for a tutorial then

skirt front


skirt back


Thanks for looking!
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26  Pencil skirt with bustle/mini train panel in back in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: October 24, 2005 04:27:35 AM
Another straight skirt with a neat back to wear to work. This one is a 4-panel straight skirt, except halfway down the back panel, I inserted a 1/4 circle of the same fabric. I was inspired by a Carolina Herrera skirt I saw in Vogue, but this turned out very different - instead of a kind of bias panel, like hers had, mine hangs more like a bustle or train, but I like how it turned out



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27  Swooshtail Skirt (inspired by J Crew Swishtail skirts) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: October 17, 2005 04:32:38 AM
Grey wool skirt  -straight in front, swish panel in back
boy do i have to clean that mirror!


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28  Re: Yohji Yamamoto Jacket from free pattern in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: September 30, 2005 04:24:07 AM
My jacket, done at last! Pin for closure- no button yet!

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29  Re: Black linen 8-panel 8-godet skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: July 16, 2005 06:09:22 PM


The whole outfit
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30  8 panel 8 godet trumpet skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Notamermaid on: July 07, 2005 05:36:05 PM
I made this pattern from an ancient J Crew summer skirt that I loved. It suddenly occurred to me that since I can sew, I can make copies of my favorite stuff in different colors and fabrics...  I think I need to use a stiffer fabric next time - this is a lightweight silk, and I think all the seams are too much for it, but I'm pretty happy with it. It was my first godet project as well!

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