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1  Business in the front, party in the back shirt. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 30, 2014 10:35:48 PM
Anybody else go through periods where it seems like no projects ever go right?? I was ready to gouge my eyeballs out with the seam ripper on this one. The leopard is a lightweight chiffon type fabric that will fray apart if you look at it wrong. Had to go back and reinforce all the seams, the armholes ended up larger than the sleeves, and the bias binding which I took from the original shirt and used to measure the neck hole ended up short. So then I had to make a small section of bias binding and patch it all together. The whole thing ended up pretty jimmy-rigged. I was going for a drapey loose shirt anyway so it didn't feel like it would matter much. It's pretty wonky. And I'm pretty mad about the whole fiasco.

And I'll shut up and move on to pictures:

never done a bias neckline before, probably should've done an easier fabric for a first try.


Shirred ruffle shirt thing

Big thrift store dress
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2  70's high waisted shorts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: June 14, 2013 08:08:27 PM
I've never made shorts before and didn't use a pattern, I don't recommend doing that.... I sort of used a pair of existing shorts to draw out a pattern, which somehow backfired horribly and I ended up with shorts that were very saggy and large in the crotch. And I have no idea why! It was quite the headache to fix.... this is how much i had to take them in.

So after that disaster I think they turned out quite well!
Also my first time doing pockets!


Also to make them fit right, I had to put darts in the back... I hate making darts... glad they didn't end up pointy!

And action.....

I was very relieved that the fabric was stretchy enough that it didn't need a zipper. I was pretty cross eyed after it was all done!
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3  Summery Pencil Skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 08, 2013 04:01:45 PM
I'm in love with this fabric and knew it needed to be a skirt!

The fabric was a little see-through so I lined the inside

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4  High neck to v-neck dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: April 03, 2013 11:09:19 AM
I loved the shape and fabric of this dress but felt like there was too much fabric going on up top but was nervous to ruin it! So after a little research on how to reconstruct it with hemming and interfacing I went for it.
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5  Mumu to vintage style dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: April 03, 2013 10:57:50 AM
I've been away for a long time so I'll try to post what I've been up to!
Had an event to go to and had nothing to wear so I decided to sew something up, using this big red jersey dress from a thrift store

And turned it into this!
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6  Re: Proooom dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 20, 2009 06:42:45 PM
Wow, it's gorgeous! Very retro. How on earth did you come up with the pattern?
I was going off inspiration from two dresses:

So it took careful observation of those, taking every single possible measurement of myself and dividing that into how many pieces I wanted with seam allowance around everything.... bit of fudging and adjustment and somehow it worked. As for the bustline, I kinda tried to trace this top I have which was hard because it's three pieces. Tried to hem it which was impossibly hard because it's curvy, forgot seam allowance on the back piece....etc. So after the hemming looked like crap I added black hem tape and it gave the desired effect.
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7  Black Mermaid style Prom dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: May 09, 2009 10:40:25 AM
Made all by myself, no pattern or anything. Just a vision that came to life! I started this the month before prom and finished the week before. Unfortunately I have no good detail shots.
Here's a pattern shot, just because I was so amused at how architectural it was.

It was cool because I had the hardest time finding a red diamondy necklace, and I know someone who makes jewelry for a living and she whipped something up for me. So I was pretty much the coolest chick at the dance  Cool
I'm bummed though, I wanted to enter the Joann Fabrics prom dress contest, but I cannot for the life of me find my receipts.

Whatcha think?
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8  I'm making a PROM dress and I really need guidance..... 40s-ish fishtail style in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: April 03, 2009 01:08:08 AM
Okay brace yourself for my deluge of questions. Prom is in one month, and I really don't want to spend too much on fabric to have to buy a dress in the end anyways.
First, I shall start with the inspirations and then my sorry attempt at sketching the thing.
I apologize ahead of time if there's threads answering any of my questions, and that these pictures are probably large. In my mind, I picture a fusion of these two dresses:
Top of this:

and Bottom of this:

^This is a project from here, ages ago... if you are this person or know where to find this thread, HOOK ME UP!!
Okay, now my sketch. Sorry bout the boobs ha

1. Where would I put boning, it goes below the bust right? Does it keep going until the end of the dress, or stop somewhere at the hip area? Does the back need boning too?
2. OR... is there, somewhere out there, a pattern very much similar to this kind of dress?
3. I don't know how I would configure the ruffle at the bottom in the middle without looking funny, as they would probably start at the knee area..... unless the middle ruffle was a smaller pleat than the rest going either inward or outward? Inward or outard, which would be.. un-funny looking?
4. What kind of fabric would be most suitable? I don't want something that's impossible to sew or too expensive, and I know nothing about textiles.

I think that's all the questions I have ...... for now. HELP!
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9  marie antoinette costume in Halloween Costumes by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: March 21, 2008 11:44:38 AM
halloween was ages ago but i never posted my crap. always get lazy.
so anyways, i wasn't really sure of how i wanted my dress or what to make it from, so i got this hideous dress and dyed it blue. too ridiculously blue.

so i took the lacy part and put a rag in between it, and sprayed the lace with this all purpose cleaner with bleach in it. i sorta had a design idea by that point, so took the bottom ruffly bit and soaked that in the cleaner too.

found a gold silk sheet which went perfectly well...

...and slapped it together.

here you can see what a cheeze-job i did, pen marks, frayed edges, clashing black thread... very last minute!
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10  jaaaacket recon!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by ca_ca_im_a_seagull14 on: December 18, 2007 11:17:23 AM
the fact that i was able to do this has led to me with a big ego!  Tongue

ok ok. so i took this monstrosity (discussion forum?)

and thanks to some helpful suggestions and my magical touch (ha) it became

the sucky part is that its kinda small... like i can barely move, which is kinda a problem... oh well! ooooh and my sweet handstitched button holes

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