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nicegirl512
« on: January 29, 2007 08:44:19 PM »

I didn't see Down With Love until recently I just adored it!  It's a great parody of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies, but also funny in its own right.  And the early sixties wardrobe is to.die.for.  Perfect inspiration for this challenge!  I made two outfits.  One is a fantasy outfit that it's unlikely I'll ever wear out of the house (well, I'll wear the coat, but prob not the dress).  The other is a more practical outfit that I can actually wear to work.

I love the exaggerated collar and boxy fit here.



Here's my exaggerated collar; I did a swing coat instead of a boxy one but the roominess is the same concept.



The decadence of having a fancy wrap for each evening dress you own!  And the decadence of having evening dresses! 



So here is my matching dress and evening wrap.



This is all about the contrast bodice and just-below-empire line.



The bodice is the same as the coat lining (I also bound the back slit in the sparkly fabric).



In bed with Ewan McGregor.



Alas, I'm in bed alone.



Here's the practical outfit...with Barbara Novak's Best Selling Novel.  (Um, yeah, about the book cover?  I'm not an artist.)



There are about a thousand more pics on my yahoo photos, including photos of the process.  I drafted the pattern for the top of the bodice of the evening dress.  I'm trying to learn how to draft patterns.  I have a lot to learn.

I enjoyed this challenge!  And now have three new outfits (did a muslin for the evening dress that will be a cute summer dress--pics on the yahoo page).


**Edit** I tried resizing the pics to be smaller but they just became all pixilated.  Sorry for the gigantic images.  I wish photobucket still had the resize by percentage (instead of to fixed size) feature.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2007 08:47:39 PM »

wow, that is awesome! Everything looks so nicely done, great job!!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2007 04:52:11 AM »

Awesome! but I bet that purple stuff was a pain in the butt to work with! How did you get through it with out pulling your hair out!
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« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2007 06:40:35 AM »

I think I like the fantasy one more.  What kind of fabric is the purple.  Is it that fuzzy fleece type?
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2007 08:37:05 AM »

Pixeegrl:  Bernina, baby!  My 1008 buzzed right through it without whining at all, even seams that were many layers.  It was pretty amazing.  I can't even imagine the horror this project would have been on my Crappy New Home (tm).  Why did I live with that thing for almost a decade?!?!?!

Muzzymom80:  The purple stuff is bubble faux fur with a fairly deep pile.  I fell in love with the bubble faux fur style when I was in NYC but it was *cough* $40/yard.  Found this online for $5/yard--not my first choice color but definitely my first choice price.  It's very soft and plush, but bulky for a (semi) fitted dress--no way to part darts in, for instance, which is how I got the back of the muslin to fit.
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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2007 08:54:17 AM »

Well, if you ever feel like parting with it you can send it my way.  Great job. 
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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2007 10:18:33 AM »

I love that Faux fur, the coat especially, perfect fit with the exagerated collar!!!
(5$ a yard, you got a great deal) But how on earth did you manage to sew a dress (or wrap) out of it and make it look so good?? I'm amazed!

I sewn faux fur before (in deep blue and Pink! so I love the purple too!) and it was not that hard to sew, but difficult to cut and clean up after that Smiley I imagine the bubbles giving even more of a headache, since the fabric is not the same depth all over...

Amazing skills! and so inspired! You should win this one!
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« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2007 01:25:40 PM »

I sewn faux fur before (in deep blue and Pink! so I love the purple too!) and it was not that hard to sew, but difficult to cut and clean up after that Smiley

Thank you for the compliment.  *blushes*

To cut with minimal fur flying, use a craft knife (or box cutter) to cut one layer at a time from the back.  It only cuts the backing and leaves the pile intact.  It actually is not that much worse than cutting with scissors (and I don't think you could cut doubled fur with scissors anyway, you'd still have to cut out one layer at a time) and any extra effort is toooootttallly worth it.  For instance, I hand sewed the inside collar on the coat and since the pile goes downward and hides the raw edge I didn't have to turn under or finish the edge.  Made the hand sewing a lot easier.  The dress does not have finished hem because the pile hides the raw edge and a finished hem would be really bulky and stiff.
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« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2007 02:05:45 PM »

Thanks for the tips! It's going to be a while until I'll sew faux fur again (I'm living in Florida now Sad ) but I'll remember this for sure!

I did cut one layer at a time and placed the scissors between the hairs of the fur...but a cutter clearly seems easier Smiley Thanks!

i can't wait to vote for you!
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« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2007 04:42:17 PM »

agreed - a very good movie indeed and with fabulous clothes! Grin

i just love this sooo much! its so cute! you say that you made the pattenr, and that in itself might even be even more astonishing based on how nice it looks!!!! I love it a ton

haha i have a bernina too, and when i made a monster purse out of the pink fun fur i have (which i love on the jacket btw) it worked out fine (although very messy and i broke a needle by acident..)
P.S. i love your shoes in the second pic - peeptoe zebra pumps = hot
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