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Topic: Skirt, Bolero, and Tie (moderately pic heavy)  (Read 9997 times)
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Elphelba
« on: October 25, 2009 02:15:22 PM »

Hello good people of Craftster. I've been hanging out here for a few years now and have really enjoyed the opportunity to see what other crafty people have been creating. I've been sewing for about 4 years now and have made a bunch of projects but haven't had the chance to use a camera to get some pics of my work online. I made my entire outfit (skirt, cami, bolero, bra, and panties) and I made my partner's tie. I drafted all patterns myself. I finished the skirt about 2 years ago. It took about 100 hours of work to complete (it was one of the first times I used silk and I was very new to drafting so making the yoke part of the skirt was very difficult. The cami and bolero are more recent creations. The skirt is very heavily inspired by a Lipservice skirt (it's from their autumn line from a few years ago but I don't recall the details right now and I can't find pics of the original at the moment.) When I saw this skirt I fell in love but didn't have the money to buy it and thought drafting it would be a nice challenge. It is made out of acetate brocade and silk. The cami is a really nice soft jersey with stretch lace, and the bolero is cotton velvet with a crepe satin lining (The lace and lining were added by hand). The tie is made out of the same brocade as the skirt (it's silver and black instead of black on black) and has a satin lining. The skirt looks a little neater in real life, apparently the fabrics it is made out of don't photograph too nicely. Also, the white streaks on the cami aren't stains, that's just the way the light reflected off the spandex in the fabric. Anyways, now on to the pictures.

The both of us together:


The Skirt


Full Front View

Full Back View

Full Side View

Front Detail

Back Detail


The Bolero


Front View

Side View

Lining


Tie


Full Tie

Fabric Detail (this is the same as the patterned fabric on my skirt, except the fabric on the skirt is black on black)

Comments and Criticism are welcome, I've been looking forward to hearing how to improve my designs and sewing skills.

Fabric Information:
Thanks for the lovely comments Smiley. I got the fabric off ebay from Renaissance Fabrics. When I was looking for that store again I saw that Fabric Masterpieces is also selling it. Looks like Renaissance has it for slightly cheaper (and has a fairly large selection of different broccades) but both seem to have good feedback.

*Like most brocades this stuff can be a real PITA to work with, so if you're going to get it make sure you get enough to leave very large seam allowances, and if you're going to use it for something heavy duty with a lot of stress (like a corset) you'll want to back it with something stronger or the fabric will separate at the seams. I wouldn't recommend pre-washing this stuff, it will develop permanent creases and wrinkles. It did seem to tolerate really high heat on the iron very well (some wrinkles wouldn't come out otherwise) and that seemed to make pressing the seams easier than lower heat but make sure you try on a small piece of your own first. Sorry for the mini-novel there but figured some one might benefit from the heads up.

Thanks for being so patient with the multiple screw-ups involved with getting (and keeping) this posting up and running. I've definitely learned a lot from this process and hopefully next time I post something it will work the first time and stay working.
« Last Edit: October 28, 2009 10:35:38 AM by Elphelba - Reason: Re-posted pictures that work :) » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2009 02:26:30 PM »

Sorry, I've never posted images here so I'm working to get rid of the links and make them work properly now.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2009 02:50:02 PM »

Ok, sorry about that. I finally got the pics to work. Goooo me Smiley.
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2009 03:27:53 PM »

Where did you get that skull fabric? Beautiful.
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2009 03:48:59 PM »

The skirt is wonderful, it's very nice and elegant. I'm loving the tie too! Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2009 07:41:17 PM »

Beautiful!!! I especially love the print on the skirt and tie.
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« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2009 08:52:52 PM »

The skirt looks so professional!  Everything is lovely.  I'll chime in asking where on earth you got that kick ass skull fabric!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2009 07:03:09 AM »

Thanks for the lovely comments Smiley. I got the fabric off ebay from Renaissance Fabrics. When I was looking for that store again I saw that Fabric Masterpieces is also selling it. Looks like Renaissance has it for slightly cheaper (and has a fairly large selection of different broccades) but both seem to have good feedback.
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2009 11:09:27 AM »

That fabric is to die for! Thanks for the info! And you look Stunning baby! Wonderful job..us gals know how much of a bitch that was to make! Undecided
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2009 12:42:29 PM »

Gorgeous! I have seen that fabric before, at Renaissance, and you used it to excellent effect! I would have never thought to make a tie, but that pattern lends itself perfectly to one! Its wonderful in the skirt as well. 
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« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2009 02:06:28 PM »

Beautiful!  I'm really impressed with everything, but that skirt in particular...wow.  You did a fantastic job!  I especially like the lacing in the back, so nice and even.
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« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2009 05:29:21 PM »

nice touch with the tie.
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« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2009 05:29:43 PM »

Thanks Smiley. The original skirt had sort of a linear pattern like this fabric (I think it was flowers or something) so I thought this fabric would be perfect for the skirt. I wouldn't have thought to make the tie either, but when my partner saw the fabric he begged me to do it Smiley.
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« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2009 05:53:18 PM »

the skirt and the bolero are awesome! i think the skirt pattern would look really great as a more casual look in black denim also!
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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2009 08:32:38 PM »

That skirt looks amazing, and I think I recognize it from the Lip Service one you were modelling it on... hm. Great use of that (also amazing) skull brocade!
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2009 08:48:04 PM »

that's absolutely gorgeous, i am impressed! wow!
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2009 08:56:08 PM »

That is the prettiest skirt I have ever seen!  Great job!   Cheesy
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2009 11:03:41 PM »

Thanks guys, I'm feeling a little more confident with my skills now. I always get good feedback from my partner, but he's supposed to be nice to me (and he doesn't actually sew himself) so it's nice to hear these things from other people. I do like the idea of doing a version of this in a more casual fabric, and perhaps shortening it to knee length Smiley that's something to tack on to the never-ending list of things I'd love to make.
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« Reply #18 on: October 27, 2009 07:32:50 AM »

wonderful ensemble, I'll add here that RenaissanceFabrics is great to buy from, have bought from her many times in the past Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: October 27, 2009 09:25:58 AM »

Really gorgeous!
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« Reply #20 on: October 27, 2009 11:42:51 AM »

That skirt looks amazing, and I think I recognize it from the Lip Service one you were modelling it on... hm. Great use of that (also amazing) skull brocade!
Yeah, I think it's from the "Petals from the Torture Garden" line, but I lost the original pics and info I'd saved on it and since it's from a few years ago I can't seem to find a really good picture of what it looked like. But it's nice to know that some one not me could tell the resemblance Smiley
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« Reply #21 on: October 27, 2009 11:46:40 AM »

Yeah, Renaissance Fabrics is pretty great. I don't usually get the chance to spend that much cash on fabric at once so I've only worked with them once but they were pretty great when I did. I received my fabrics in just a few days and when I needed to contact them about a mistake I'd made on my order they were really cool about it, fixed it for me. They also answered some questions I had before placing my actual order. It's nice to see a place that sells good fabrics for those that like the more gothic/renaissance style.
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« Reply #22 on: October 27, 2009 05:48:52 PM »

are some of the pictures working properly?
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« Reply #23 on: October 28, 2009 09:43:49 AM »

Ah drat, looks like they aren't. I guess I'll have to see what I can do to get them hosted somewhere else so they'll work again. I'm not really sure why they went down, they were working just fine yesterday.
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« Reply #24 on: October 28, 2009 10:01:34 AM »

Ah drat, looks like they aren't. I guess I'll have to see what I can do to get them hosted somewhere else so they'll work again. I'm not really sure why they went down, they were working just fine yesterday.

Photobucket is very strict with how many people look at your pictures.  Tongue

Maybe try uploading them to the craftster photo hosting? I really want to see!  Cheesy
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« Reply #25 on: October 28, 2009 10:36:53 AM »

Ah drat, looks like they aren't. I guess I'll have to see what I can do to get them hosted somewhere else so they'll work again. I'm not really sure why they went down, they were working just fine yesterday.

Photobucket is very strict with how many people look at your pictures.  Tongue

Maybe try uploading them to the craftster photo hosting? I really want to see!  Cheesy
Yeah, I've never really used photobucket for something like this before so I didn't know they'd do this. I've now fixed the images with craftster hosting and now that I know how to do this I'll be doing that with all posts from now on Smiley
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« Reply #26 on: October 29, 2009 12:58:03 AM »

i like your skirt!! it rocks!!
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« Reply #27 on: October 30, 2009 10:12:20 AM »

The skirt is stunning.
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« Reply #28 on: October 30, 2009 03:35:48 PM »

Thanks Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: November 01, 2009 12:15:26 PM »

Oh wow, that is absolutely gorgeous!  That is a really beautiful design for the skirt, and the fabric complements the design perfectly!
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« Reply #30 on: November 01, 2009 12:42:10 PM »

Love the lace on the bolero. Stunner.
And the matching tie SmileySmiley
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« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2009 03:23:23 PM »

Thanks Smiley. I love that lace too. I think I found it at one of our small local fabric stores and bought it several years ago. I remembered it again when I was making the bolero. I had to sew it all on by hand which was a pain but I'm happy with how it turned out. I only had an 8 inch remnant when  I was finished and I'm thinking about turning that into a chocker.
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« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2009 12:18:33 AM »

Ah drat, looks like they aren't. I guess I'll have to see what I can do to get them hosted somewhere else so they'll work again. I'm not really sure why they went down, they were working just fine yesterday.

yeah, i know. it was on my browser before i refreshed the screen (which halfway through i realised the pictures might go, and then it did! mind reading skills?). thanks for fixing them. and i forgot to mention that i love your stuff, definitely my style.
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« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2009 10:39:46 PM »

Go you and your mind-reading skills Smiley Thanks for the compliment. Now that I've figured out the mystery that is properly posting on Craftster perhaps I can avoid photo mishaps in the future.
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