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1  Alice in Wonderland American Girl Costume! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mystico_tala on: May 08, 2010 10:23:27 AM

I had this planned long before the movie came out when I first saw the set photos of the dress.  Unfortunately, it was only shown in the movie under a coat.  But I made it anyway Smiley
You can see some photos from the movie here.

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I made up all the patterns as I went along, except for the spats, which were from Samantha's patterns.  Sewing the ricrac was the worst part of it.  All the dips sewn to the peaks of the one below.  Very, very time consuming.
I like trying to get the details right, it's fun Smiley  I have some production notes and stories about my ridiculousness here if anyone is interested!


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2  Serger thread not catching?? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by mystico_tala on: March 28, 2010 11:43:08 AM

Any thoughts?  Just happened in the middle of sewing something.  I've rethreaded it multiple times and cleaned it out and messed with the tension a bit, but it doesn't seem to do anything.  It seems as thought the right needle isn't picking up the threads on the underside.

Anyone ever had this happen to them?
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3  Teal Victorian Bustle Doll Dress! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by mystico_tala on: March 19, 2010 01:55:25 PM

Finished my first doll costume!  Made for a 20" Madame Alexander Cissy Doll from the 50's that used to be my grandmothers.  I wanted the dress to be as historically accurate as I could make it, so there was quite a bit of internet searching and research involved.  All the materials are recycled or things I had before.  All the rosettes were hand made.

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The corset is based on a ribbon corset from the book Corsets: Historical Patterns and techniques.  It closed in the back with hook and eyes.  The chemise and the bustle pad were based on drawings in a Victorian Fashion Plate book that I have.

The bodice is from the pattern here.  A bodice pattern from 1875.  No instructions, so I guessed at the construction as best I could from the pictures.  Very, very confusing.  Closed with mini snaps in the front, gold is rickrack.

The skirt was based on a pattern from my Patterns of Fashion 2 book.  A late 1870's skirt.

The overskirt is completely made up.  I wanted it asymmetrical and a bit avant garde.  It was inspired by the dresses in The Secret of Moonacre.

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I'm quite proud of it and very happy with how it turned out!  I hope you enjoyed it Smiley

There are more construction notes on the Underclothes and the Dress on my blog.  The links go to the appropriate posts, no searching involved Smiley

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4  Holiday Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mystico_tala on: December 21, 2009 07:26:13 PM
I won't even bother trying to come up with a clever title.  I'm terrible at those.  Anyway, I haven't posted in ages, but thought I would put this dress up that I just finished last week.  I like making holiday dresses whenever I have a play or ballet or something to go to in December.  This year was Wicked!  The day before the snow storm hit.  What luck Smiley  Excuse the pics, it was the end of the night and I had just taken off my hat Tongue


It is hard to tell from the pictures, but the red was a gorgeous patterned velvet that I just loved.  The top is made out of a cream coloured silk.  The design and pattern was all my own!  It came out looking somewhat Edwardian, though, seeing as how it came out exactly as I planned, I probably should have seen it before Tongue  I love the way it turned out though!  The bottom is the light velvet with a godet in the back that you can't see very well in the pics, but it gives it a little mini-trane.  The top is 100% Silk (maybe dupioni?  It was somewhat stiff and textured) and has some fabulous buttons on the sleeves, purely for decoration.  The middle band was just some slightly sparkly sheer fabric from Joann's, tacked up to give it a random scrunchy/ruched look.

Anyway, I very rarely make my own designs and patterns, I usually just frankenstein them, so I'm really happy with how it turned out Smiley  And fits wonderfully, definitely a plus with making your own patterns!

Enjoy!  Happy Holidays everyone!

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5  50's Hawaiian Party Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mystico_tala on: August 04, 2009 07:14:53 PM
Wow, haven't posted any of my creations on Craftster in ages! 

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With and without a petticoat.  Made from Butterick 4919

Here is one that I started nearly a year ago, but for some reason or other, I just recently finished it on my latest 'finish started projects' kick.  It was so close to being done.  I guess I was either annoyed by the bizarre construction of the dress (seriously, you have to hook under the zipper, zip it up, then tie it around front?  There had to be an easier way.  Not that it was hard to make, just annoying to get into!), or found the thought of hand hemming the circle skirt daunting. 
If I ever made the dress again, there are some changes I would make to the pattern, I really thought it was absurd, but I still loved the way it turned out and I loved the fabric Smiley  It was a little too low cut, and I kept glancing down to make sure I wasn't falling out, but other than that, I'm very happy with it!

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6  Skirts, skirts, skirts! Indian inspired + others in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mystico_tala on: March 13, 2009 08:33:44 PM
Hey!  Haven't posted my projects on Craftster in AGES.  Finished a couple skirts since my last post on skirts (other Indian inspired ones), most were finished MONTHS ago.  But since I'm a slacker, they unfortunately all get piled together in one post...

A teal Indian inspired skirt.  Probably my favourite.  I took the border print from the side not on the bottom (obviously) and used it for the waistband.  A couple darts on the sides and the one in the front above the pleats, both to have it curve around me (since I was dealing with a straight piece of fabric) and because I wanted the front to mimic a sari.  I like the way it turned out Smiley

(Sorry for the stomach baring pic!  Only ones I had!)
Another Indian inspired one, well, at least the fabric.  I had very little fabric to work with so I made my own pattern.  After a few incarnations, this is what was produced.  It is a straight skirt, unlike any of my others.  But hey, it is at least interesting, right?  The orange fabric underneath is attached to a lining (the orange fabric doesn't go all the way up, didn't have enough) and the top is, well, just on top of it, at an angle, and free on the point where the skirt is slit so I can walk.  The darts in the back had the interesting effect of giving the skirt a little mini bustle effect.  It ended up draping mostly the way I wanted, so it'll be a success if I ever bring myself to wear it out Tongue
A few more pics to give you a better idea of the design


Red tiered skirt out of peachskin fabric (fantastic stuff!)  The plaid skirt is a wrap around from this POA skirt tut.  Next is just a basic 6 paneled skirt. And last is a tulip skirt from one a Burda magazine, closeup to show the folding detail.  I had trouble with this one, getting it to lay right and not bubble out on me.  Could be because I never liked tulip skirts, I don't really know what possessed me to make it, but I like the way it turned out!

That's it for now!~

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7  Tan striped vintage shirtdress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by mystico_tala on: October 12, 2008 09:05:09 AM
Just finished a new dress!  I'm always happier with the way my vintage patterns turn out, maybe because the styles are just more flattering. 

And got this product Smiley

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I used this pattern

On the paper pattern the bodice looked to long...turned out it wasn't, so now it is a bit short, hardly noticeable though.  I also shortened the length of the shoulder, which was definitely a good move.  Added a lining to the skirt...thats about it.  So, just close your eyes and pretend that the belt is brown Smiley  I still have to go shopping for a belt to wear with it, I ran out of fabric to make my own.
I like the placement of the buttons on the pattern.  My only thing is that on the actual dress, the collar covers up the top button...oh well!  And it has pockets, nothing better than dresses with pockets.

Anyway, I'm happy with how it turned out Smiley  Now I just have to wait for it to get cool enough to be able to wear something with sleeves.
That's all.  Actually fairly quick construction, I just stalled a bit on it because I'm always afraid of button holes, they just seem so permanent.  A permanent mess if you screw up the placement!  They were all in the right place though Smiley

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8  Re: Sleeve Chaos! Someone Help! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mystico_tala on: October 11, 2008 07:38:15 AM
It is a little hard to tell the design of the shirt, but would putting elastic or a drawstring in work?  Kind of peasant shirt style?
I love the first shirt that htgerman posted, I think that would be a very flattering sleeve style!
Also, I know that a lot of Indian blouses have drawstrings on the back, if you think that might work with the style of your blouse.
Like this:
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9  Hemming pre-pleated fabric?? [Edit w/ pic] in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by mystico_tala on: September 29, 2008 01:40:23 PM
Hey!  I'm working on a dress that I have some pre-pleated fabric for.  Any ideas on how to hem the thing?  The pleats are very, very small so any stitch I use, straight or zig-zag or otherwise) would pull them out and ruin the look of it.  I'm really at a loss.  I can't use an iron on it either.
Should I just leave a raw edge with some fraycheck on it?  Thats the only thought I've had so far. 

Any other suggestions??

Here is a picture of the fabric if anyone has any suggestions.

I'm using variation A on B5029

Maybe since it is gathered on the top of the skirt the pleats will stay in and then I can zigzag over the hem not caring if it straightens it a little?
Man, I wanted to finish this dress and now it looks like it might be one of those I just stare at for a few weeks.
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10  Re: New fashion drawing in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by mystico_tala on: September 20, 2008 12:20:37 PM
I think you have an intrinsic sense of fashion, this reminded me instantly of this dress

Or I just spend too much time looking at runway pictures...
In any case, you did a great job!  Just an idea though, if you were going to try and make a stock figure for fashion drawings, I would have at least one arm visible in case you decide to draw on some sleeves or something...
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