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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summertime = Time for Dresses! on: June 06, 2009 11:58:45 PM
I went shopping for summer dresses the other day, and couldn't find one that I liked for the right price.  So I decided to make my own. 
A trip to the fabric store, and about 7 hours later, I have a dress!  It took me so long, because I kept on making stupid mistakes (sewing pieces the wrong way etc...).  The sizing was perfect, and I didn't need to do any adjustments besides shortening the skirt.

Closeup of the fabric:

I used McCalls M5094 view D.

pfeffermint_ish gave a review of this pattern over on the pattern review board
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Colourblock skirt! on: May 24, 2009 02:54:45 PM
I really like the colourblock style that was showing up alot earlier in the spring, and I finally had a chance to make myself a skirt!  I used remnants of fabric from previous projects, so overall it didn't cost me anything!!!
Some changes I would make, would be cutting everything on a curve so it would flow better.  Since I used remnants, I was low on fabric so couldn't do that.  The bottom tier is made of 4 trapezoids, middle is 2 trapezoids, and the top is a long curved piece that was once the hem of a half-circle skirt.

and this was my inspiration: http://www.condenast.co.uk/imagelib/320x480/d_f/FFtopshop_4feb09_pr_b.jpg
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dress Alteration Suggestions on: April 08, 2009 08:05:01 PM
I went 'retail therapy-ing' at the thriftstore today, and fell in love with this dress.  It needs tweaking a bit though, and I'm not exactly sure how to go about doing this.  Here's the pictures:

What I love about it the most:
hem detail:

bodice detail:

I'm too impatient to ever try doing that Smiley

As you can see theres odd tugging across the chest.  Would increasing the armhole size fix this?  They are a tad snug.
Also, I would like an opinion of the skirt poofyness and length.  The skirt is 4 layers!  Should I suck it up and just shorten it?

Thanks for your opinions!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Keeping Strapless Dresses up! on: March 14, 2009 10:55:24 PM
how on earth do you keep them from sliding down?  I am unfortunately attracted to strapless dresses, but whenever I go out I'm always stuck doing the 'pull up the dress ever 5 mins or so' maneuver.  I notice that theres many small chested stars that wear strapless dresses unawkwardly, so I would like to know, how do they do it?  Or, how do you mitigate the danger of flashing everyone?

sorry about the rant-like nature of this.  just a bit frustrated!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Mafia-style clothes on: February 03, 2009 09:58:45 PM
Hi! and sorry for being slightly off topic.

I am attending a conference with a mafia theme, and would like to dress accordingly.  A few things though, I don't know what female mafia people (what are they called?) wear, and it still needs to look 'business casual', so not costume-y.  I've tried googling a bit, but keep on getting 'sexy' halloween costumes, which is totally not the look I'm going for. 

I'm really stumped, but I'll have a few free days to go visit the fabric store and sew, sew, sew before I go.

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fuschia 50's-esque dress (5 pics) on: January 05, 2009 02:53:23 PM
It's been a while since I've posted anything here!  So over winter break I was busy sewing, and came up with this dress in about 2 days.  The bodice is lined, there is a side zipper, and the skirt is fully hemmed (oh how I hated doing that!!!).  Its basically a fitted tank top attached to a circle skirt. I got the fabric from a brand new $3 tablecloth.  Its 100% cotton, loose weave, and heavy in weight. 

The inspiration dress:

The dress without the bow:

With the bow:  I actually made the bow for another dress, but it didn't look right.  So I'm happy that I get to use it for this dress!

And closeup of the front:

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / question about a dress :) on: December 13, 2008 02:22:40 AM

So I found a picture of this dress on a website.  And I love it!  And it doesn't look TOO difficult (I probably just jinxed myself).  Anyhow, here it is:

First, do you think this would be flattering on someone who has no boobs? 
The construction, is it just a circle skirt attached to a tanktop with darts?  Thats what it looks like to me, but I figured I'd double check with the pros  Smiley
And third (while I have your attention Cheesy), do you think it would look nice made from a table cloth?  I bought this $3 table cloth, in a lovely fuschia colour that is waiting for a use!  It is 100% cotton and medium-ish heavy with a loose weave.  Sorry about the terrible description!

Thanks for your opinions!!
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1 summer dress and 2 skirts [5 pics] on: May 08, 2008 03:22:17 PM
My goal this summer was to make 2 skirts and 2 summer dresses.  So far I've made 1 summer dress and 2 skirts Smiley  I took all the pics myself, with a tripod and felt quite stupid setting the timer, running, changing outfits etc... my neighbours must think i'm crazy :p  crazy for craftster, that is lol


it has double straps and a half circle skirt. 
I used this pattern for the bodice:

it required no alterations, except that i removed the dropped waist by just cutting the front so it was the same length as the back Smiley


half circle skirt, with brown trim, so i didn't have to hem it :p 

tiered brown skirt
action shot:

you can see the tiers better in this picture

I used dark fabric for both skirts, because I will be taking them travelling with me, and I figured dark colours would hide the dirt better :p 

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice for strapless dress that won't stay up on: April 12, 2008 05:19:38 PM
So I found this dress on the super clearance racks at Kohls for $10! 

It fits very well everywhere BUT when I wore it out, it would not stay up.  I did wear a strapless bra underneath too.  Its pretty, but really awkward to keep on adjusting. I tried adding ribbons as straps, but because of the shape of the front, it looked weird.   
It has an invisible zipper at the back as the opening.  My friend suggested converting it to a corset style, but I don't know how difficult it would be.

Any other advice on modifying it to stay up? 

30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Frolicking Dress on: April 05, 2008 01:33:53 PM
I sewed this dress over Easter break.  Sometimes I have urges to go put on a pretty summer dress, and frolic through fields of flowers Smiley  Yesterday was a goregous day (but cold, I could see my breath) but I managed to convince my roommate to go frolicking with me.  Unfortuneately the nearest field was a dog park, so we frolicked cautiously lol Cheesy  But we did also walk down to the beach, which was also excellent for frolicking!
I used a pattern I got at the thriftstore for $0.25.  I shortened the skirt significantly and drafted my own straps.  I really like the bodice pattern, because it pretty much fits perfectly!  The fabric is really cheap thin unknown fiber from Walmart's $2 bin.  I think I used around 2.5 meters. 

Dress front

Dress back

Trying to take a frolicking picture with the timer, inside the house

and for kicks, beach picture!  (I absolutely LOVE white tights!!)
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