I just finished this last week. I bought two yards of this fabric when I was in California earlier this year, but I was never sure what I could do with it since it's not a whole lot. I figured if I made the skirt tiered I could still get a full skirt out of it. I had just enough left over to make a headband (which I forgot to photograph, oops!) and a few small scraps.
To make this I took the top half of an empire waisted princess seam pattern, added the lace up detail, and made the skirt with rectangular tiers. It's hard to tell in the pics, I couldn't get a good close up, but the tiers are folded over on the top to make a narrow ruffle, and the seams are covered up with trim.
I'm working on making a dress without a pattern. It's empire waisted with princess seams on top and a tiered skirt. I'm most of the way through it, but I'm not sure what order I should do the remaining steps.
Here's what I still need to do:
Sew the side seam that will have the zipper Install the zipper Put braid trim on the skirt tier seams Topstitch the bodice and handsew the lining to the waist seam Add a patch pocket Hem, and if it's shorter than I want, add lace
I'm thinking the pocket will be easier to apply while the skirt is flat, so I'll probably do that first. I'm not sure if it's better to add the braid trim before or after I sew the side seam. If I do it after, I'll have to fold it over and that way is hard to get it to look neat. If I do it before, they probably won't line up perfectly, and I think it might make the skirt hang oddly.
I got this mostly finished some time ago, but I struggled with getting the sleeves the same length. I was finally able to finish it recently. I made it without a pattern, just tracing off a raglan shirt I had. It's two layers, black stretch lace lined with red cotton jersey.
This was made for the Fruits Basket Swap Round 2.http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285036.0#axzz2Sdh3dOo4 In the Fruits basket manga, all the characters have mascot images that represent them, and the main character is represented by an onigiri. She talks about how people can't always see their own good qualities, they have to be told about them by others, as if they were onigiri and couldn't see the plums on their own backs.
I made this with white fleece for the main body, and felt for the details. All of the details were sewn on by hand. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the plum on the back is stuffed to make it a little raised. This is actually the second one of these I made for a swap, the other being for one of the anime swaps. I've meant to make myself one, but never got around to it. Hopefullybringing it up for this craft challenge will motivate me to do it!
I just finished the skirt of the Lolita outfit I want to wear to the upcoming local anime convention in two weeks. I'm happy with how it came out, plus I got to use up the "several yards of pink doily," as my husband called it, that I've had for quite some time. I still need to finish up on the blouse to wear with it, I bought it thrift, but the sleeves were too tight. After a lot of fussing with it I realized I had to redo the sleeves entirely. I'm about 3/4 of the way through that process, I'll add pics of it all together once I get there, and hopefully some action shots from the convention!
Update: The blouse is now done, the sleeves have been entirely replaced with puff sleeves that actually fit! Complete outfit pic:
I've been working on this for a couple of months, and I'm finally done! I think it came out alright, I made a few mistakes, but they're not too noticeable. I think if I do this again I'm going to make the next size up, because the repeat is in multiples of 12 the sleeves on the medium are the same as the sleeves on the XS, and are a little tight on me. I'll try to post a shot of me modeling it once I get buttons.
I'm rather new to having to enlarge things. I've always been tiny in the past, but some long term medical issues have caused me to gain about 20 lbs, meaning that the majority of the many, many patterns I've aquired over the years are now too small. However, I am not one to give up easily, and I know that patterns are far more maleable than finished clothes, and I am attempting to make things that fit with patterns I already have. This is the pattern I started with:
Here are the adjustments I made. Some I did by simply cutting the piece bigger, others I had to add more paper to.
I still had to shorten it like I always have, sadly getting bigger hasn't made me any taller!
Close up shot:
And finshed! I decided to omit the sleeves. I was worried that since the sleeves were already poofy, enlarging them to fit the armhole would make them overwhelmingly huge. I decided that since I wanted to make some vests anyway to cover that obnoxious bra line I always get with stretchy shirts, I would just wear it over my long sleeved t-shirts this fall and winter.
Hope you like it! Sorry I'm making a weird face in that pic.
My sister-in-law and I had planned on going to the Wisconsin Dells earlier this year, and I determined that I needed a new swimsuit. Unfortunately (fortunately?) because we'd planned to go in April it was a little early in the season for buying swimwear, and what little I found in stores was hideous. I decided to make one myself, and then discovered the lack of even decent swimwear patterns. Undaunted, I pondered how I could make it work. I dug through my own patterns looking for something to alter, and found a halter dress pattern http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin/patterns/sewingpatterns.pl?patternid=9965 that I could use for the top. For the bottom, I decided the best thing to do was trace off a pair of underwear, since it's basically the same thing and I knew it would fit. This is what I ended up with!
I've been working on this for several weeks, and it's finally done! I had a lot of black scraps left over from other projects and decided to put them to good use. It's a tiered skirt with every other row of squares gathered to the one above. I used bigger pieces than I have on previous patchwotrk skirts, so this one is only 84 pieces.