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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

Stop being so damned positive. Staring at the sun only blinds some one. By only looking at the positive, you miss an entire beautiful world of shadows and colors. Don't be overly negative, be realistic. The world is so much more complex and beautiful that way.
Elphelba
« 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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Elphelba
« 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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