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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Simplicity 4914: Arrrrrrgh, Matey Patterns on: November 01, 2005 06:02:38 PM
Here is my finished corset top.



Sure, it turned out well, but it was a complete pain to make. I worked on it for about a month, off and on. Interfacing, lining, grommet tape...it all adds up timewise. The finicky little details were the biggest hassles, like making sure the grommet tape was lined up or that the bias tape at the bottom was straight.

Also, make sure you get a SEPARATING ZIPPER. I got the wrong kind of zipper, spent an hour putting it in, and then realized I could not get into my corset.

Crushed velvet was a really annoying fabric to use because the edges rolled, making it really hard to hem.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Ridicuously Easy Box Makeover (img heavy) on: August 13, 2005 12:00:18 PM


How boring is this? Why not have some sticker fun...











Much better, don't you think?

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Rockin' Rodents on: August 03, 2005 05:15:22 PM
I used Simplicity 4591 to create these cuties. The bunny is a faithful make of the pattern.



The guinea pig is the same pattern but altered a bit.



I'm a bit sad that my guinea pig ended up looking more like a dog than a pig...The ears were tricky.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Dechipering These Directions! on: July 31, 2005 10:13:05 AM
Ok I bought this purse kit at Hancock's



And everything was fine up until step number 4.

DIRECTIONS: 1/2" seam allowance unless otherwise noted
1. Following manufacturer's directions, fuse interfacing to wrong sides of front/back, gusset and yoke pieces.
2. RST, stitch one 13" yoke piece to each 13" edge of front/back (purse) piece. Press seams.
3. RST, place top edge of one gusset piece 1/2" above yoke seam line and align long raw edge of gusset piece to
long edge of front/back piece. Pin. Start stitching line 1/2" from top of gusset piece, stopping 1/2" from opposite end. (See Diagram #1)
4. Turn bottom of gusset piece to match side edges of front/back. Pin. Clip to form comer as shown. Pin. Stitch to within 1/2" of edge. (See Diagram #2)
5. Turn side of gusset piece to match long side of front/back piece. Pin. Clip to form comer as shown. Stitch to
with in 1/2" of gusset top. (See Diagram #3) NOTE: You will have stitched around three sides of gusset piece
forming one side of purse.
6. Repeat steps 3 -4 for other side of purse. Turn purse to right side. Press.
7. Repeat steps 2 -4 for lining. Leave lining wrong side out.

I have no idea what I'm supposed to do in #4, and Diagram #2 just confuses me even more.



Help would be really appreciated.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Boring Old Polo Shirt on: July 30, 2005 09:22:19 AM
I have this ugly old burgundy polo shirt I have to wear at academic team tournaments, but I really want to snazz it up and make it hipper. Any ideas?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Bra + Skirt = Dress! on: July 29, 2005 10:53:12 PM
First post  Grin

I made this outfit as part of a summer program at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) a few weeks ago. I got both the skirt and bra from Goodwill.

It was quite simple to make; I just pinned the bra to the skirt and handstiched them together along the underwire seam.



If I did this design over again, I would definitely opt for a skirt* that zipped up in the back or a skirt with a side zipper that could be turned to the back. (This one could not because of the side slits.)  I just kind of ignored the side zipper and sewed around it. I then cut a slit down the back and made a nice little V to give the fabric ease. Problem solved. I also sewed leopard print ribbon to the hook and eye area of the bra to create a pretty little bow in the back when tied (and make the back look less bralike).

*Make sure the skirt's waist can stretch to the same width as the bra band. Otherwise, this won't work so well.



The jacket was a size 10 with three buttons, but I cut it down, tailored it, and added the same ribbon to the "pockets" to give it a nice decorative finish.

The jacket makes this ensemble look sexy yet sophisticated.

I would post pictures of me actually in the dress, but no one wants to see that much of my cleavage  Tongue
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