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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pin-up-y dress on: June 23, 2008 06:29:51 PM
So...When in Honduras, I found this BEAUTIFUL, soft, silky fabric (that I still don't know exactly what it is...) and I HAD to have it. It breathes like a dream...but the price, not so much. I spent something like $25 per yard on it, and, everything being cheaper in Honduras, I wonder how much it's really worth. ANYWAYS, it has just been sitting around for a while, and I finally picked it up today and did something with it.


It really isn't as short as it looks in the picture. When I stand up strait, my fingertips reach the hem.

If anyone could give me an idea of what kind of fabric it is, I will love you FOREVER!

(right side)

(wrong side)

42  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Cute summer dress:3 (NOW WITH TUT!!!) on: June 19, 2008 07:23:27 PM
So...I was bored. And I found some elastic and this fabric in my mum's closet. And this is what I came up with:

ANNND a puppy pic

K...so she's not really a puppy anymore

Its a full circle skirt, and the flounce measures 6.5 yards!


Because of all the requests I FINALLY got around to making a tut for this simple project! Have fun!

*****TUT ADDED*****

What you'll need:

Some thin elastic
2.5 yrds of cotton fabric (I used 2, but I'm reallllly small. Some people might want to use 3 yrds)


This is SOOO simple and easy to make, that there is no real need for pictures =D But I provided a couple to be nice


Decide how long you want your bodice to be. Measure, and add 1/2 inch for seam allowance. Mark it on the fabric. For the width, take the largest bodice measurement (whatever will be part of the bodice), whether it is the bust or the lower waist, and ADD 6 INCHES. You need to do this to give the dress the 'ruffled' effect. Mark that on the fabric as well. You should now have a rectangle drawn on your fabric. CUT.
Yes, this is one, continuous piece.


I used this wonderful circle skirt tut ( http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm )
Make sure to use the make the 'opening' of the skirt the SAME width as your bodice, minus seam allowance.


After you cutting the circle skirt, measure the outer edge of it. Multiply that by 2; that's your LENGTH. Mine ended up being 6.5 yrds long! My flounce was 1.5 inches long, but yours can be shorter or longer. Whatever floats your boat. Because it's so long, you will probably have to sew strips together.


Take the elastic and wrap it around the widest part of your body (that's part of the bodice). Make sure you stretch it out, but not so much that it digs into your skin. Be comfortable with how tight it is. That is how long you will cut your elastic. Decide how many 'strands' you want (I used 11 strands of elastic). But them all at the same length.


I put in the elastic in the bodice first, but you can really put it together in any order you want, as long as you understand how it goes. It's really simple =]

First, roll a hem on the TOP of the fabric. Then mark evenly spaced lines of where you wanted to place the elastic. From there, pin down the ends of the elastic to the ends of the bodice. Make sure you're doing this on the WRONG SIDE of the fabric. Sew in place, stretching the elastic as you do, as so keep the fabric flat. Leave extra room at the bottom of the bodice.


After you finish sewing on the elastic, sew your bodice shut, edges with edges.

Attach the skirt to the bottom of the bodice, stretching the bodice as you do so. I left this seem exposed, but you can hide it if you like.

Now, hem (optional...I didn't) and GATHER the flounce, so that it would fit the bottom of the skirt perfectly. This is the MOST TIME CONSUMING part of this project. Sew the edges together, an Pin it onto the bottom of the skirt and sew it on.



Upload your pics here, for me to see!
43  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Design and Textiles on: June 10, 2008 10:31:23 PM
I really don't understand what the difference is between studying design and studying textiles. Can anyone shed a little light on this for me?
44  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with Bolero that I love on: May 27, 2008 07:15:26 PM

I am absolutely obsessed with this bolero... But it is too pricey for something that I'll possibly only wear a couple of times. It does look simple, but I must admit, sleeves are Satan to me.

Any tips on how to make it?
45  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First bubble :3 on: May 19, 2008 08:27:59 AM

BEFORE = bolt of some kind of satin sitting in my room...

AFTER = cute bubble that i would never wear out in public



46  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / invisible zipper on: April 28, 2008 10:17:28 PM
Hi, I'm making my prom dress and can't figure out how to put in an invisible zipper. >.>
I went to Joannes to look for an invisible zipper foot and all they gave me was this:

Anyone know how to use that?
47  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Working on my prom dress... FINISHED DRESS! PICS ON PG 3 on: April 11, 2008 10:46:05 PM
Prom is May 3rd and I am making my own dress... I'm not 100% done with it, but I'm so close that I couldn't stop myself from posting, lol. Tell me what y'all think.

48  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pretty sleeves? on: February 13, 2008 11:37:34 PM
Well, since I tested out of HS early, I never got to go to prom ;-; but my bf, who is a senior this year, asked me to go with him. It's in a couple of months, but I like to think ahead. Both he and I are mormons and I need to be able to find a dress that will look cute with sleeves..

Can anyone help me find a pattern similar to one of these so that i can get the sleeves right?
49  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / First re-con on: December 18, 2007 11:09:41 PM
Yeah, so my sister helped design a 'red ribbon week' shirt in her hs art class, and when she finally got it back, she wasn't really happy with it. So *enter super-sis* I took up the task of making it something that she would be happy with.



50  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first petticoat on: December 17, 2007 11:20:58 PM
Well, so I've been really wanting to make a lolita dress...((this one: http://www.babyssb.co.jp/shopping/onepiece/129312/129312-s.JPG )) but I realized that I didn't have a petticoat. Now, I basically knew how to make one, and I did read up on the tuts...but making it was -so- different. It was like working with a crazy poofy monster!! Not to mention the fact that it needed to be super-fluffy.

It took me 3 days of obsessing. Yes, three days. Pathetic, but true nonetheless. I kept re-cutting...re-measuring...re-doing everything. Until I got it just the way I wanted it. It has 4 layers, plus a 'mini' layer on top (mainly for decor, but it made it a bit fluffier), and a 'petal waistband.' The hemline measure 116" around.

Now...I bet you're bored of all this talk so...I present the petticoat!!

Modeled by my chair.

Modeled by my floor.

No pictures of me wearing it yet...;--; I'll get around to it, though. ^.^
Thanks for looking. =3
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