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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mod sweater mini-dress with long cozy sleeves! on: November 03, 2006 09:42:35 AM
I am madly in love with mini-dresses.  There's nothing more satisfying for me than throwing on a mini-dress with tights, boots and a cozy coat in the fall.  Ahhhh.

My latest creation is this super short sweater mini-dress.  Here it is on a hanger - this is a good accurate shot of the color.  
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/sweaterdress.JPG.

Some other fun features - a tight scoop neck and empire waist:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/sweaterdresstorso.JPG.

I also tried my hand at making slightly puffed sleeves for the first time.  And they came out pretty well, which made me jump with joy:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/sweaterdressneck.JPG.

And of course, super long sleeves to keep my paws warm in the cold weather:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/sweaterdresssleeve.JPG.

And finally, here I am wearing it.  It's not a great picture, but you can get a sense of the overall shape and how very short it is.  
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/sweaterdress2.JPG.

Thanks for checking it out!  Feedback, comments and criticism are always appreciated!
 Grin
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black diamond-inset skirt - a bit gothy, a bit zexy! on: November 03, 2006 09:35:23 AM
Hi all!

I'm not sure exactly what these types of skirts are called, but it's basically a tight pencil skirt that I made 6 vertical 3'' slights into and inserted diamond shapes there.  Does that make any sense?  this first pic should clarify what the heck I'm talking about:

http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/diamondbed.JPG
Sorry for the crazy wrinkles - I just threw it down on the bed for a quick photo.  

It's made of a 4-way stretch black fabric, which is great because it's a bit more flattering on me than cotton or wool.  

I gave it little dips on the sides of the waistband.  Not sure why I did this, but it made me feel fancy. Also, please note that I have no bum.  Yes, the left side is my bum and the right is my belly.  
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/diamondside.JPG[/img].

And here are two regular shots.  Nothing too exciting, but you can get a sense of how it falls.  Also, I'd like to formally introduce you to my belly button.  
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/diamond.JPG

http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/diamond3.JPG

I should've gotten an action shot - it swishes nicely when I walk, which is big fun.  
Thanks for checking out my creations!  Feedback, critiques, comments are always much appreciated.   Cheesy
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Redhead rocking a black sheer tunic sweater on: November 03, 2006 09:26:53 AM
Hi all!  It's been a while since I've posted because I've been a busy travelling bee.  Here's a simple black tunic-length sweater I made.  The neckline is gathered all the way around, which you can really only see in the back-view pic.  The fabric is a sheer knit, which I love because you can really dress it up or down.  And I gave it extra-long sleeves because I loooove warm hands.

Back view (which captures the color/sheerness of the fabric and neckline gathering most accurately):
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/black sweater 003.jpg

Front view:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Black sw 1.jpg

Neckline close-up:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/black sweater 002.jpg

Thanks for looking!  As always, comments, feedback and critiques are much appreciated.
 Smiley



4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro summer dress - Drop-waisted, princess-seamed and curvalicious! on: August 14, 2006 02:51:16 PM
I made my first dress since the ill-fated "Eyelet dress that took a turn towards Skimpyville" - http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=95961.0.  And I'm so happy with the way this one turned out!   Cheesy

It's a drop-waisted dress with a deep-V back.  I gave it princess seams (is that what they're called?) in the front basically two darts that run right below each boob down to the waist seam they nip in the waist to make it nice and fitted.  The drop waist dips to a V in both front and back.  The skirt is just an attached regular circle skirt that hits right below the knee.

These pics kind of stink I'll try to take a better one tonight and get it up tomorrow morning.

Feedback, comments and critiques are always appreciated!  Thanks for looking.  Grin

Front, unbelted:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Dropwaist.JPG

Front, belted: (Are my hips lopsided??)
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Dropwaist3.JPG

Back:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Dropwaist2.JPG

Upclose (to see the v-dip at the waistline and the darts/princess seams):
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Dropwaist4.JPG
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 50's pinup-inspired halter top. Fun fabric with fans. TUTORIAL ADDED on page 3! on: August 01, 2006 07:34:48 AM
I'm hourglass-shaped, and I really like retro fashion that plays up those types of figures.  Soooo, inspired by 50's pinup-type clothing, I made this top last night.  I luuurve the fabric - reddish cotton with fans printed on it (that I got on sale!) Grin

Front:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/50's sweetheart halter 001.jpg

Back:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/50's sweetheart halter 002.jpg

Here's the problem - I made a matching belt for it, for when I want to cinch the waist in for an even more curvy look.  However, since the fabric is the same as the top, the belt completely blends in.  You can't even tell it's there, see?:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/50's sweetheart halter belted.jpg

I promise there's a belt there!  Any tips for what I can do to make the belt not camouflage itself in like that?

Thanks for looking!  I love comments, feedback and critiques!   Grin
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tropical Tube top - this fabric is HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!! (if you like bright colors) on: July 25, 2006 08:58:05 AM
So I found this AWESOME fabric this past weekend - these pics don't do it any justice (especially since they're blurry - I'll get better pics up soon).  Anyway, it's this fab super-colorful fabric with a slight two-way stretch.

I just made the pattern up as I went along - it was very easy and quick.  The back is a simple hourglass shape and the front is the same - but twice as long as the back, which I then rouched up to the correct length.  Does that make sense?  Since the fabric has a little stretch, I didn't need to worry about a zipper or buttons - I just squeeze on in!

Front:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Tropical tube top 001.JPG

Back:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Tropical tube top 002.JPG

What do you think?  I always love feedback, positive or negative!   Thanks for looking Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silky Asian Kimono-esque tunic top!!!!! on: July 25, 2006 08:48:36 AM
I finished up this cute kimono-inspired top this morning.  It wasn't too difficult to make and it's super comfortable (I'm wearing it to work today).  I used Rostitchery's tutorial found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83348.0 - the same tute I used to make this leopard top I posted yesterday: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=109424.0

The only difference between the leopard top from yesterday and this one is the type of fabric and length of the top.

This pic is blurry, but it gives you a good sense of the shape/length:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian tabard 2.JPG

Back:  (I know it looks like there are horns coming out of my rump - they're actually my jean pockets):
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian tabard.JPG

Another random shot - btw, taking pics of yourself is hard:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian tabard 5.JPG

What do you think?  Any suggestions for future ones?  Critiques? Nice compliments?   Grin
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Doctor's operating-room scrub cap on: July 24, 2006 08:39:43 AM
My boyfriend keeps asking me to make something for him, but he's a doctor so he lives in scrubs pretty much all day.  Since they have to wear the scrubs the hospital provides, that only left me to make him a scrub cap for the OR.

I used some remnants left over from this project http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=107301.msg1020826#msg1020826 and came up with this:

Front:  (Don't let my big un-makeuped eyes scare you):
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Scrub cap 1.jpg
Back:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Scrub cap 2.jpg

I made it to fit his head, so it's a bit big on my wee noggin - that's why I cuffed it up once.  I'll try to get a pic of him wearing it and post it soon.  

He wondered if the fabric was "girly," but decided it wasn't and is going to wear it in surgery today.  Fingers crossed that no one makes fun of it, because then both of us will be sad  Cry

If anyone wants a tute, just let me know.  There are only 4 pieces to the cap - a teardrop-shaped top, the rectangular band and two little ties for the back.  This took about 30 minutes to make.

Feedback is always appreciated!  Cheesy
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leopard-print tabard top - Everyone needs a little leopard on a Monday morning! on: July 24, 2006 08:24:07 AM
A while back there was a thread in Designer Homage about Geren Ford tabard-style tops.  I love tops like that - they're easy to make, super cute and have an always-flattering empire waist. 

I used Rostitchery's tute from that thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83348.0 to make this top and it came out perfect.

I wore this out to dinner last night and it was a huge success!  AND, after my big meal I just loosened the drawstring a bit and the top felt great.  Don't you love clothes that have leeway for big meals?

Front:  (the tank top underneath is separate)
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Leopard top 3.JPG

Another front shot (blurry, but gives you a better sense of the length):
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Leopard top 1.JPG

Back:
http://www.sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Leopard top 2.JPG

I highly recommend the tute linked above - it was easy to follow and quick - from cutting to wearing, this top took about an hour.  And with some extra length in the front (I made mine a bit shorter than I would've liked) this is a great style for pregnant bellies!

Comments, critiques and feedback always appreciated!   Grin
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Asian skirt w/ black satin ruffles -& a schweet waistband!!! (1st skirt) on: July 14, 2006 07:28:37 AM
I found this FABULOUS fabric at Jo-Ann's and it was on sale - whee!  I just started sewing and all I've made are shirts (and a yoga bag), so I thought it was high time to try making something for the below-the-waist region.  That sounds weirdly dirty, doesn't it?

Anyway, here's my little skirty poo.  It's just a simple A-line skirt, but to make it a bit more fun I added black satin ruffles at the bottom.  I also used a sweatshirty material for an stretchy waistband, rather than attempt a scary zipper.  The result?  A fun new skirt that has a little leeway for when you eat too big of a meal.

The skirt on me:
http://sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian skirt 004.jpg

Schweet waistband:
http://sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian skirt 003.jpg


Close-up of the fabric:
http://sorority-recruitment-consulting.com/Asian skirt 005.jpg

Thanks for looking!  Any comments/critiques are appreciated!   Grin
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