Hello, my name is Katana, and I am an assasin!! http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/1951/1311060418ek6.jpg Sorry about the major cleavage shot, but I am definately drawing attention there instead of (why would i tell you what I don't want you to notice?)!! ha ha. But really if you want to know the hard part about sewing this dress, it's all right there. The straps are cut from an old tank top, but instead of using the little plasic thing to connect the adjustable strap to the other ribbon bit, I used an O-ring on both sides. And the dress is basically two tubes with minimal shaping. (by minimal, i think they're sortof an a-line shape) hemmed top and bottom. the cleavage gathers are easy- it's just the extra fabric gathered and stitched to the center of the solid dress. then it draped down and I turned the whole deal inside out and stitched the backs together. so basically it's two tubes of fabric, sewn around the top excepting the part from the armpit to cleavage. This was a UFO for a long time, so I don't know how long it took me. and it was for my birthday, and i keep editing it because apparently i can't do pictures right anymore!!
well, i still haven't any pictures, but this is a detail from a picture a friend took where I happened to be wearing or putting them on or something. so you can seem the purple is a little bit dark and you can't see how long they are, but- ya.
i used rit dye- wine red, which turned out great, except the light colored lace obviously didn't dye, but with the red it was pink, and that was like granny curtains, so i dyed it black and got this lovely purple. (RIT black dye has a bluish cast)
hey. I'm so happy you like my pictures. sometimes I have no inspiration. I have been using thumbnails for my photos, so I can't figure out how to get you a closeup, lexis. I could send you the whole file, but I think that's a bit much! But here are 2 new ones! They're kindof inspired by you craftsters who said you liked the colors!
ya, I don't know why my right hand is posed like it is. I was like, what am I doing? So if you're wondering- I have no idea. A couple of notes on the above. The grommeted edges are hemmed with blue lace seam binding. I don't actually know if I did this right, but it seems to work. Everything else is edged in black ribbon, which has an annoying habit of flipping down the wrong way, as you can see in some of the pictures. Any suggestions for the next go-round? (or even ones for this one. I think it needs some decoration, maybe) There's no back side picture; I couldn't reach around.
hmm, I made a corset top, with doubled up cable tie boning on the seams, out of black denim. it was my 3rd attempt at the particular pattern. version 1 is just plain ugly, made out of blue cotton and seam binding for the channels (it was Supposed to be a Demo) version 2, which is unboned, wearable, and generally I like it, looks like this:
in version 3, there are no buttons on the front, and there are inch sized grommets on the back (8 of them per side.) all laced up, it looks fine, but.... 1. the boning under my armpit bows out. nothing serious, but I can't figure out if this is a layer of fat/breast or something making it do this. and how can i fix it? 2. i did some size-adjusting based on vr. 2, except now the chest buckles, too. it falls forward, but it wont stay up. it's wierd, because this version is smaller, and it worked fine in vr. 2.
the pattern I used had more corset detailing that looked retarded, and there's supposd to be boning, but I don't want to put it in. I got the pretty buttons off this long dress that had them all the way up the front, so I made it into this top. I really like it i want to wear it all the time. I hope you can see the details, I had some pix trouble.
materials: Book, "Tom Swift in the Caves of Nuclear Fire" given as a present from friend's mom who was curious to see what kind of purse the book would turn into! It was being sold at a garage sale. Hankerchief, from the Dollar store fabric scraps.
and this is what it looks like!!
the 'jordy' part of it is sewed by machine to the book.
it's sneaky! no self-respecting purse snatcher would grab this innocent looking book!
Matching purse, which is why I bought the pink and black stuff in the first place...
Side... please, the yellow straps aren't there in real life, That's your Imagination.. And the top. There are cable ties in the front darts. They just slid right in the already existing seam.... Basically, I cut off the front part of an unflattering dress, (wide straps, too much of an albeit awesome pattern) the back part of another unflattering dress (too short, sleeveless, turtleneck) trimmed, hemmed, sewed together. Amazingly, the curves matched, so this was so easy. but I don't think I'd find the stuff again, esp. since from Thrift shop.