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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Formal Gown with Back Tiered Train on: February 26, 2009 06:08:12 AM
I actually feel like the tiers might be a separate piece out of the same fabric which is attached to the skirt.  If you're not an experienced sewer, it would probably be easier to buy a used wedding dress from a second hand shop and then add in a tiered train to it.  For example, let's say you find a white lacey wedding dress.  Get a buttload of white lacey fabric to match.  I think the easiest way to make the train would be to also get a piece of plain white fabric and sew this into a tube to make a center support for the tiers.  This should be sewn to the back of the waist very firmly, since the finished piece will likely be quite heavy.  Then sew a bunch of long gathered pieces in your white lacey fabric and attach them to your support piece in progressive layers, all the way down to the bottom.  Remember that the tiers don't actually have to go all the way around your support, since part of the support will be against the dress and not visible.  When you're done, just go through and tack the support onto the back of the dress so it will appear to be part of the skirt and not flap around weirdly.  The ruffles should work to hide any gaps.  If the dress is going to get a lot of use, I'd sew along the whole edge instead of just tacking, because that will make it more sturdy.

If you just want the volume at the back, I would add in a bustle, or just do a very short tiered piece with a few ruffles that goes over the butt.  Historical costume websites would probably be the best resource for creating something like this.
22  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Simple problem, simple question? Cutting a perfect rectangle? on: February 26, 2009 05:48:14 AM
I would use the long side of the fabric as the "straight" side, since the short end is where it has been cut off and therefore may be slightly diagonal.  I usually use a right angle tool for projects like this, but you could probably fudge it.  Find something you can use as a right angle - a notepad with cardboard backing, a book, a box, etc.  Put your right angle up against the long side of the fabric, making sure it is as flush as you can manage, and draw a line along it to mark where to cut.  Then go across to the other side and do the same thing.  Connect the lines with a ruler (if you don't have one, your right angle will probably work as a straight edge).  Then cut along your line!  Voila!  A perfect rectangle!

The important thing is to not let the right angle or the ruler move at all while you are tracing along the edge, otherwise your line will be wobbly.  If you've having trouble holding it and tracing (as often happens to me), just get a helper to hold it for you while you draw.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making Tights Into Thigh-Highs on: February 26, 2009 05:41:15 AM
You can find already-made belts for holding up stockings, but I think nowadays they're mostly used in sexy lingerie.  A store or website that has a lot of sexy outfits might have them, I think that's where I got mine from.  You could probably make one yourself, but I think the difficult thing would be to find the suspenders for holding up the stockings themselves.  They have special clips at the end, so I feel like you might have to special order them.  One solution, if you don't want any type of sexy number, would be to buy a cheap sexy garter belt and cut off the suspenders for making your own.
24  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage 'dos and make-up (Come share your secrets!) on: February 25, 2009 07:08:20 PM
Hey guys!  I just noticed that some photos from this thread (I think one of me and one of MissKerouac) were featured in the new article about Craftster vintage style.  Boy, was I shocked to scroll down and see my face there!  Long live retro hair obsession!
25  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: BFF "Ron" Socks on: February 25, 2009 07:00:57 PM
I checked the line, but I was a little shocked that they had neglected to add Hermione, especially since she always seems to be knitting in the books.  Do they have something against her?

I agree with you about the prince - wow!  I guess these will have to be saved for a special treat...I covet your socks, striker923!
26  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Wee Owlets on: February 25, 2009 06:48:47 PM
yay, I love screech owls!  they're my favourites because of their beautiful plumage and faces.  the best part by far of these guys is their wee owl eyes - I love that you've made them half open, so they look kind of sleepy.  adorable!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Prom Dress- Remade from Ugly Corset on: February 25, 2009 06:45:38 PM
I reconned a dress for my high school dance, and I was so pleased to have something different than the usual outfits people wear.  mine wasn't nearly as nice as yours, though - it really looks professional!  I think it's great that you and your friend/date went DIY, I love it when people craft together.  you guys must have been so chuffed to have the best looking outfits in the place!  those other losers obviously didn't know what they were missing...!!!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Monster mittens! (& a scarf!) on: February 25, 2009 06:40:57 PM
awwwww!  I second the desire to see the monster bum...somehow, that sounds wrong, but I want it!

the first picture reminds me of a much cuter version of the scary monster in pan's labyrinth!  it would be pretty neat to have mittens with one eye on each hand (cyclops mittens?) to be able to make a little monster mask for yourself.
29  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: If this doesn't tell her how I feel, nothing will on: February 23, 2009 07:29:41 PM
so sweet! I love nerdy valentines.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dress up clothes on: February 23, 2009 07:26:53 PM
When I was a child I remember having a rather simple loose gown with a elasticized neck and wrist gathers made in a fancy-looking shiny fabric.  That would be quite simple to make, and can be used for all kinds of dressing up (princess, fairy, gypsy, etc.).  Maybe also include some "urchin" clothes (patched apron, ragged dress, etc.) for pretending to be Cinderella before the ball.  I also remember loving bonnets (for being a maid) and other hats.

Another idea is to get cheap or used clothes and decorate them to be more costume-y.  For example: slippers decorated with ribbons for ballet shoes, a skirt trimmed with lace and fake jewels for being a fancy lady, and so forth.  The princess look was popular in the 80s, and the 70s has tons of prairie-style clothing.  It would be easy to buy things and convert them to fit a child and/or decorate them.  Going with my hats idea above, you could get a second hand hat and put on feathers or jewels to make it more dramatic.
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