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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Simplicity Pattern 4059 on: June 12, 2011 04:07:05 AM


I used to say this outfit made me look like a conquistador (not the time or place I was going for...) but once I cut my head off for internet-privacy-friendly sharing... it doesn't look so bad!

Anyway, I used to do a lot of reenactment before graduate school started devouring my life, but I still do some of the sewing. I made this shortly before starting graduate school out of inherited wool and leftover linen for the linen. The only thing I bought was the lacing, braided leather cord. I do machine sew, but I had sew the eyelets rather than use grommets (just my preference). It came out AMAZINGLY well. Now, if only it fit me. I generally have good luck with patterns and with wearing men's clothes, but for this pattern is became clear that I need to raise the waistline. I have subsequently made the coat from this pattern with a raised waistline but at the moment I don't have any pictures.

Action-free shots:




P.S. yes I also made the pants and the shirt. The pants are from one of Simplicity's many pajama patterns. If I saw the cover I would recognize it but I don't see it on the website so possibly it is now discontinued. The shirt is just a basic chemise, short, no pattern.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bodice Re-make Mock-up: Americana on: June 12, 2011 03:55:54 AM
Once, I inherited something like 6 yards of this stiff cotton that just screams "Americana" to me. It seems like it could have been originally intended for kitchen curtains, apple pie, ice cream socials at the town park... mmmm. Anyway, I don't particularly like flower prints that much so I just keep it around for good mock-up fabric or to try things out. This is a fully wearably mock-up for something that still hasn't worked out quite right.

I was trying to remake one of my most favorite tops:

I love everything about this top: I love the lacking, I love the sweetheart neckline, I love the cap sleeves, and I love the back that zips all the way up. Although it's made out of stretch knits, I thought it would be awesome remade in denim. I like stiff slightly constraining materials. And, a friend of mine knew I reconned and gave me a pair of jeans he'd outgrown (so nice of him!). But first, I needed to figure out the pattern, and that is what you see above.

"Sleeve" details - some lace I had lying around.

Lacing details.

As you can see in the first picture, the chest ended up bunching a little bit. I thought I knew what I could do to fix it and so I tried that on the denim... it's still a nightmare and I think I'm going to unpick it and try again... Unfortunately, I can't say it's likely I'll be posting it anytime soon because it's a real embarassment.

However, I wear this mock-up pretty frequently so at least some good came out of this venture Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / T-Shirt Undies on: June 12, 2011 03:46:40 AM
I got this t-shirt donating blood and knew what I had to do with it - UNDIES. I had recently found this pattern from this post (which tells you how delayed THIS post is), and now, I AM IN LOVE WITH IT. Never again shall I make bikini style t-shirt undies, this pattern is THE BOMB. I know the pattern says boxers but they fit snugly like boy shorts (no action shots of me in my undies, sorry).

Rear: Starve a Vampire, Donate Blood

Front: Note the gusset (I think one would call it). The pattern has lines to accomodate both external and internal body parts, and this is cut for internal (i.e. "lady parts").

And in closing I just want to say: I seriously love this pattern so much and everyone should try it.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Underbust Corset on: October 28, 2009 08:36:01 PM
Here's an underbust I made a really long time ago that never cinched in quite right, refashioned and now having a much better fit!  It laces in the back, and I have it laced with two ribbons that tie in the center. Unfortunately I don't have a picture of the back and the corset itself is resting at my parents' house for the time being...

A few different angles:





5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Work Shirt Recon Ideas? on: October 28, 2009 08:04:46 PM
I just started work as a waitress and have a ton of cheap white button-down shirts that are going to get stained. That are already getting stained. That are just going to have a rough time.

I could just routinely bleach the living daylights out of them, I suppose, but if I don't want to do that, I'm thinking I'm going to start having a collection of shirts not clean enough for work, but that maybe some bits and pieces could be salvaged from.

Does anyone have any ideas for ways to recon these shirts? So far the only thing I know of is using the yoke in a different shirt, which seems cool. Also, I was thinking maybe using the collar and cuffs on a sweater to make a faux layered look.  This is assuming that the part of the shirt that goes first isn't the collar, however.

Any other ideas/things you've done/things you've seen?

Also, button-down shirts never fit me so if you know of a good customizable pattern or tutorial for sewing nice looking basic business-y shirts for busty ladies, I'm also kind of looking for suggestions in that department.

Thanks!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Fluffy Kittens on: July 14, 2008 05:01:45 PM
One of my roommates (the one pictured) bought this fleece to make a bean-bag cover (whatever) but one of our other roommates caught me in a tired and gullible mood and convinced me it was for a dress.  After the fog cleared from my brain I announced that if she didn't end up using it for the bean bag (she tends to leave projects uncompleted) I WOULD make it a dress, just to spite them.  This is the hilarity than ensued.  I used a basic tunic pattern, then the boy helped me fit it, because I can sew but not tailor, and he can tailor but not sew (best relationship ever)

Being tailored:

Handstitched tag, because I'm adorable and obnoxious at the same time:

Aaaaaand another picture of the boy fitting the shoulders, just because I like to look at him:

You can sort of see how cool the neck is.  I stitched it at an eighth of an inch and a quarter inch so it's very tough.

Sorry I don't have any pictures of it right-side out and full length.  I couldn't get her to pose for me, probably owing to the fact that it's a long-sleeved full length fleece dress in summer.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Scrapbox tunic on: July 14, 2008 11:55:05 AM
I made this tunic "for my medieval combat group."  Mostly, my motivation was to get rid of some of my scraps.  I STILL have way too many left, but I got ride of the grey (wool), off-white (linen) and one of the greens (washable suede).  I do wear it to fight in, but it's completely not period.  The pattern is, but the velveteen?  Hmmm.
Mirror:

Front:

Side Panel: (Just a strip of blue linen.  Side panels, by the way, best idea ever.  They give a fantastic fit, and in tunics with sleeves, also fulfill a gusset role.  Same blue used on the hems).

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / My most ridiculous outfit ever on: June 30, 2008 06:54:16 PM
Guess what school I go to!  Some old oversized t-shirts became two entirely separate pieces which should never, NEVER be worn together as they are here.  I really like the shirt, but the skirt didn't turn out a nice as I'd like.  I wasn't comfortable with words on my butt, so I'm wearing the logos on my hips.  I don't know what I'll do with it, but it's very comfy.  I'm thinking wear with the bathing suit?  At the pool, I'm probably okay with words on my butt.

Whole thing:

Shirt:

Skirt:

Strap detail:

The black is gauze, so I reinforced the straps with strips of t-shirt, and I wanted to show all the stitching I did.  It looks really cool in person and I got a number of complements.
Sideviews and close-ups in my gallery, if you're interested.
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Elizabethan Corset - now with lame action shot on: June 04, 2008 09:24:21 PM
I made this corset using the pattern generator found here: http://www.elizabethancostume.net/custompat/index.html

This is the side view which shows pretty much exactly what the pattern looked like

Here's the back. It's currently laced to tie in the middle because I've found that to be a really effective way of tying a corset or waist cincher, although it's not the most period way to lace this particular style of corset.

It's made out of trigger, bias tape, and grommet tape.  The trigger and bias tape were leftovers from a tabard I made.

I didn't like the fit at all. I'm a bit too curvy for the flattening conical shape it's supposed to create.

I didn't have anyone to help  me dress or photograph me, but I took some actions shots before I got rid of the thing (sold it as I didn't like the fit).  Here's the best one:

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pant Hems on: February 20, 2008 09:03:33 AM
I'm sitting here (at work, heh...) and noticing the sad state of the hem of my pants.  They were too long, so we pinned them on me so they looked good and my grandmother (who bought them for me) hemmed them.  Now I'm sitting and I think they are too short - at any rate, I can see a good deal of my socks on the ankle, which doesn't seem right... so this is largely a fashion question, but how do you measure to place a hem?  Do you measure standing or sitting?  Where should the hem lie in each of those positions?

The hem is thick enough I think I can let it down and save myself from fashion faux pas once I know how. ^_^
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