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1  Help please! I need to figure out how to make a dress like this! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by MadameScarletPhantom on: October 22, 2013 08:14:45 AM
Hello everyone, and please help if you can! I love this style of dress, but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to make the peek-hole style (I don't even know what to call it!) on the chest. I have tried multiple times to make something similar, but I just can't seem to get it. Does anyone have any suggestions?


(The original dress is called "Big Band Singer" from ModCloth)
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2  One Tutorial, Two Dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by MadameScarletPhantom on: October 12, 2013 06:15:09 AM
Hello everyone! I wanted to share the two dresses I made from one (very old) tutorial I found online. Here's the dresses I made:




...from this old 1930's dress tutorial I found online:


The tutorial is great! It's basic, so you can add a lot to the dresses you make from it. I plan on making at least one more dress from this tutorial.

(This is also why I need a dress form. Ugh, they look so terrible just hanging out on my bed and I can't take a proper picture of myself in one of them... ugh.)
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3  Upcycle: Turn old Jeans or Pants into a Vest!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by MadameScarletPhantom on: October 11, 2013 06:04:27 AM
Hello everyone. I'm here again with my second tutorial! This one is for turning an old pair of jeans/pants into a cool looking, backless vest. Please excuse my terrible MSPaint skills. If you have any questions about the diagram below, please let me know!

Okay, here's what you'll need:

--A Sewing Machine (unless you want to do this all by hand)
--Matching Thread (or not, if you want it to look funky and unique)
--Scissors
--Grommets/Eyelets or buttons--your choice!
--A pair of old pants
--Pattern (see below to draft your own!)

Okay, here's how we are going to draft the pattern:
http://imageshack.us/a/img820/6741/jbi9.jpg

You'll need to measure your bust, your waist, your hips, your neck width, and the length between each of these, as well as the full length of the vest.

When finished, my drafted pattern looks like this:
http://imageshack.us/a/img43/7686/eqqi.jpg
(You'll notice that I have a dart cut out. That's because when I held the pattern up to me, I fitted it to my body a little bit in the bust area. I needed that dart to shape the garment. To do this, hold the pattern up to your body and fold wherever there is extra paper. Later, cut it out to form the dart.)

Next, you'll want to take your old pants:
http://imageshack.us/a/img191/2442/czs3.jpg
...And cut them up!

Start by removing the legs right below the crotch, and then remove the seams on one side. This will give you two pieces of fabric for the front, and what was the top of the jeans for the back. It should look like this:



Now, cut out the front pattern x2 we made using the two larger pieces of denim/fabric. This will give you the front of the vest. For the back of the vest, cut the tops of the jeans in half by cutting away the zipper and button portion. This should give you enough room to cut out x2 of the back pattern.

Sew all of the pieces together, leaving the two front pieces open. Now you can either add lining from an old t-shirt or fabric, or just use bias tape to finish the edges.

Add grommets/buttons, and you're done! Your vest should look something like this **NOTE: I haven't added the grommets yet. I want a sort of corset-ish look for the front**: [img width=500 http://imageshack.us/a/img716/1183/w2np.jpg
...and the back:http://imageshack.us/a/img28/1676/6xd3.jpg


Sorry this wasn't such a picture heavy tutorial. My phone didn't save most of the pictures while I was making this! If I make another one, I'll be sure to update the tute.

Happy vest making everyone!




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