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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Health Pack here! on: October 09, 2011 04:20:33 PM
I made this back in June for my ex-boyfriend's birthday. The pictures were taken on webcam for tumblr (harharhar) so sorry there are not an real quality ones.



(The picture also mirrors it... I swear, the font is actually written properly)

It fits up to 5 dvds/video games, or 4 and a controller... also, the zippers on the front is an actual pocket, but the strap can also be tucked in the middle of an xbox controller and the controller can be carried that way.

I'm pretty proud of it. I want one myself  Smiley
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Little Red Riding Hood on: October 26, 2010 07:39:39 PM
So, before I show the pictures, I posted three years ago a Little Red Riding Hood costume that I made for halloween my senior year of highschool: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=203110.msg2164726#msg2164726. It's been a LONG time since I've posted, and while at college, I don't have a huge time to devote to sewing, I managed to finish this costume so my boyfriend and I could be Lil' Red and the Big Bad Wolf:]


It's really the only good photo of the costume I could get, but hopefully this weekend I'll get some better ones. The hood was a pattern I made myself, and I actually attached it to the bodice. The bodice was made from Simplicity 3677 and the skirt is GREATLY shortened, but drafted from McCall's 4090. The apron was a child's apron I used as a child,  and the tank top, pantyhose, etc, are all else store bought (meaning: previously owned).

I want to get more detail shots later, of the bodice fabric (it's so cute! it's little birds!)
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black Lace Classic Prom Dress on: May 14, 2009 09:37:26 AM
You look great! AND WE RODE A SHORT BUS TO PROM TOO! It was free Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: brown patterned corset, topped with lace and handmade detail on: July 10, 2008 02:48:52 PM
Thanks for all your advice, it will definetly help when I try this pattern again :]

As for the stretch - yeah, it sucks. I grabbed the material on a whim and didn't realise HOW stretchy the cotton till I actually began to sew it together.

Do you have any other corset patterns that might be better than that one? I stopped following the intructions because they wanted me to sew everything together except one side, then put all the intricate boning sections in and it just seem overcomplicated.

I've gotten into the habit of thoroughly testing the stretchiness of fabric before buying, as stretchy fabrics are a big no no for historical clothing. Haha. I also check the label to make sure there isn't any spandex in it either.

I'm not sure on the patterns. I drafted my own pattern for my Elizabethan stays because really even the most historically accurate stays from that time period are pretty easy to draft, whereas commercial renaissance patterns of any kind pretty much stink in my opinion. And the other corset I've made I used a tutorial from this site. However, I have heard that Simplicity 9769 is easier to make than the one you made (Simplicity 7215). I have both of these patterns but haven't had the time to try either of them myself. (And now my sewing machine isn't working!)



Yeah, the thing is... the corset was a draft for the real corset that I plan to make for a halloween costume - Poison Ivy. So I originally wanted to buy or use some simple green cotton fabric that I have and PAINT it to match the rest of the costume... seeing as I don't want and feel comfortable enough wearing a leotard type thing. :/
Essentially, I'm just trying to find a simple, easy corset pattern that will flatten my tummy, hahaha.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: brown patterned corset, topped with lace and handmade detail on: July 10, 2008 08:52:54 AM
2. It doesn't look like you put any stays (or whatever you're using) near the grommets--that could be causing a lot of the wrinkling. Generally you want to sandwich your grommets between two rows of stays--like this:

 |:|

That will prevent the corset from buckling when you have it laced up.

Thanks for the tip!




Typically I use some kind of canvas for my corsets. If you live in the US the "interior decorating" fabrics are often good for that purpose. If you want to use something more delicate, you can, but you have to use at least one layer of heavy-duty non-stretch fabric to support it along with your "pretty" layer.

Yes. I used to work at Jo'Anns and a lot of people who were serious about their corset/period costume making used the interior decorating fabrics.

I think next time I'll follow the pattern more... but alter it slightly. I just HATE patterns, I've dealt with so many that sucked :/

thanks for all your advice!!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: brown patterned corset, topped with lace and handmade detail on: July 09, 2008 01:21:16 PM
Lovely corset; the fabric and lace make it sooo pretty. I want to dig out my Simplicity corset patterns and make one myself, since I haven't used them before.

A few things that may help (I have a lot of extra time, and have done a lot of research. haha):

1. Getting in is easier with a busk. I haven't used one myself since my only big corset project was for Elizabethan stays and they didn't have busks back then like the ones developed in the 1800s. Expect to pay around $15-20 and you'll probably have to get it online. You could also cut way way more lacing than you would think you need, then with the corset off loosely lace it up, slip it on, and tighten.
2. Cable ties also work great as boning. Just buy ones a little longer than you need and cut off the ends. I boned my entire Elizabethan with cable ties.
3. The lacing method you used causes a lot of friction between the ribbons when you try to tighten it. Try this method next time: http://www.waspcreations.com/howtol.htm
4. Never, ever, use stretchy fabric for a corset. It can't shape you very well with stretch/knits (and it's not at all period, if you're interested in that). And it's a pain to work with. Good corset patterns probably aren't going to ask for interfacing, but for lighter fabrics you may want to have a supporting layer of canvas or something strong like that behind your "fashion" fabric (which would be interlining).

Hope this helps some. =)

Thanks for all your advice, it will definetly help when I try this pattern again :]

As for the stretch - yeah, it sucks. I grabbed the material on a whim and didn't realise HOW stretchy the cotton till I actually began to sew it together.

Do you have any other corset patterns that might be better than that one? I stopped following the intructions because they wanted me to sew everything together except one side, then put all the intricate boning sections in and it just seem overcomplicated.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: brown patterned corset, topped with lace and handmade detail on: July 09, 2008 12:26:42 PM
thank you for all the nice comments :]

packaging strips are those 1.5 cm strips of kinda-hard plastic that hold boxes together that are used for like... refrigerators and stuff..


and yeah, the cotton stretched on the outside fabric so there are wrinkles and such :[ and actually, the pattern did not require any interfacing, which i thought was wierd. i definetly will try with a stiffer fabric though.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / brown patterned corset, topped with lace and handmade detail on: July 09, 2008 08:55:46 AM
Hello everyone!
It's been a looooonnngg time since I've posted. Senior year in general, on top of the lead and the costume mistress in the spring musical, ontop of finals and graduation rehearsals, prom, and then the ACTUAL graduation AND a new job...


whew. It's nice to finally have some time to sew and get back in the nitch :]

So, this corset is drafted from Simplicity 7215, but I'm a sewer who takes the pattern pieces, cuts them, then goes whatever she wants. So, that's what this was. I followed up until it came to really stitching everything together and setting in the boning. Oh, did I mention I didn't use actualy BONING, but packaging strips? AND the material was 2 a yard at Walmart and the inside were fragments from Jo-Anns that I got even cheaper cuz I used to work there?

Did I mention that the outside fabric was stretchy cotton? That was really bothersome because the more I worked with it, the more it stretched, uhhhhgggg.

Anyway, this is a trial run for a corset I'm planning on making for halloween - I'm going as Poison Ivy, and when you're making your own costume and going to college as a freshman - gotta plan ahead!

Most of the corset was done by hand - you can see all my Xs and random thread lines, but I kinda like the affect.

Sorry the pictures are wierd, I had to lace and get the corset on all by myself. As well as take the pictures...  Undecided


Bust detail: the hips were similiar - I used the really pretty border of the fabric to accent:


PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE - GIVE ME ANY COMMENTS/FEEDBACK/SUGGESTIONS/CRITIQUES!
I'd really appreciate it ;]


-k
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / handsewn coin purse on: April 26, 2008 10:52:42 PM
Well, firstly - this entire bag was hand sewn. All the sequins, emrboidery, stitches, heming, zipper... so on and lame forth.

Secondly - was inspired by http://www.freepeople.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/products.detail/productID/46d8d4a3-ee3b-4c01-a82e-f47bb8bc2a9e/categoryID/6f416d27-7521-4d57-9b23-29c869b8ac1b from freepeople.com . I saw this and thought it was cute, but totally thought, "Hey, I could probably make one, and make it cuter".

Well, as the night turned into morning, my sewing got worse and worse, haha. I usually don't handsew.. I think the last time I ever really handsewed outside buttons and putting trim on was when I was seven and attempting to make doll clothes. Also, this is pretty much a rough draft for what I might do if I decide to make some more... it was made from scrap bits, so yeah...

I think I'd go machine next time, then add finer details later, lol.

Anyway, here it is, horribly colored due to light and camera and sleepyness of me::

front:

back:

side:

action?




comments? suggestions? critiques?

<3k

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A little black dress that came to no use... on: February 17, 2008 02:59:13 PM
Thanks so much for the compliments, and I agree - I think it's sexy enough :]


very cute!! did you use a pattern or did you just kinda wing it and make it up as you went along. i love it and i would love to make one similar to it.


I winged it... I took the  sequined dress I made and just altered the collar... actually, the collar and ties was the most frustrating thing EVER, some of it isn't actually sewed to the collar of the dress because it was late and I got annoyed, lol.
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