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91  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Wings! (pic heavy) on: March 20, 2008 08:30:55 PM
Yay!  So, I think I have actually found the place on Craftster which would be most appropriate for these.  Wingmaking was my first love of crafting, and it gave me an awesome creative outlet through school.  So, I wanted to share some of the work I've done!  I hope you enjoy.

These were for a charity auction.

I just like how the light reflects in this picture.

This is a friend of mine, who wanted to be a Fairy Princess Pirate for Halloween.

These were my attempt at being conceptual, with fire and water themes.

And yeah, these are my babies.  Or at least some of them.  Tres fun in the making.  I hope you like them!
92  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pillowcase shirt! on: March 18, 2008 08:23:41 PM
Hi!  This is my first attempt at a picture post (I hope it works!).  This is a tank I made a while back out of two pillowcases.  It has four panels, the front and back are both gathered a bit at the top, the side ones are not.  It is insanely comfy and big (I have big girl hips, so the side panels are actually A-line, plus gathers, so the hem is substantial).  This was the first piece of clothing made on my sewing machine, and my first reconstructed anything, so it was a learning experience.  Alright, enough yapping, here's a picture! (that's mostly background...sorry about that):
93  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Advice on twirly skirt, please? on: March 12, 2008 04:48:39 PM
Okay, so a little background:  this skirt is to serve the dual purpose of being a bellydance class/performance skirt, and also a regular, wear everyday skirt.  The BIG floofy belly dance skirts that you see are 25-yard hems, and the one I'm planning is 10 yards.  It will be tiered at least 4 times, and I've got those calculations figured out.  The problem is that I am very much gifted in the hip and, erm, rear departments, and I don't want a lot of floof right in that area.  So, the way I'm looking at it, I can either do a waistband (wide enough to fit my hips, with elastic, most likely) and then start my first tier at 1.5x that length.  Or, I can make my first tier a short circle skirt, and then gather the rectangular bits for the rest of the tiers to that.  Either way, I think I'll end up with a ruffly skirt (I'm using a thin, silky peachskin, if anyone's interested), I just don't know which one would hang better.  The circle option would still be very lightly gathered at the top, again to accommodate the hips, but not as much as the 1.5x tier.  So...what do you lovely craftsters think?  Or am I missing an option?
94  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Collars? on: December 10, 2007 08:14:31 PM
Hello!  I would like to make a robe, and while I get the body and the sleeves of it, fine (no patterns, just based off of other clothes that I've made in the past), I'm a little iffy on the collar.  I don't need a shawl collar, but I would like to put something around the neck, both to reinforce the shape, and also to finish the edge (I figure I can fold over a length of fabric, fold in the raw edges, and top stitch it around.  My question is this:  can that piece of fabric be a straight rectangle, the length of my front edges and neck, or does it need to curve?
95  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making a ragged edge? on: November 03, 2007 02:36:21 PM
What's the best way to make a distinctly ragged edge?

My husband wants a cowl for a "Ghost of Christmas Future" outfit for a Christmas costume party we're having, and he wants it to have a ragged, ghostly edge.  The fabric, though, is that faux suede.  Not butter-suede, rather the knit one that has a satin-y back.  In the past, when I've tried to make that material look ragged, it's come out with a very Peter Pan type look, and that's not what we're going for.

Any advice?
96  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Built in bra? on: October 25, 2007 05:26:38 PM
Hello, there!  I'm relatively new to sewing, but I'm catching on.  I want to make a strapless dress for a Christmas party, and I was thinking about sewing it to a strapless bra.  Is this a bad idea?  What would be the best way to fasten the dress in the back?  I haven't put in a zipper yet, mostly because I don't want to try and change the foot on my machine, but I'm willing to try it.  This is the dress I'm basing my pattern on:

...with a few changes.
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