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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Literally, last minute prom dress. on: June 05, 2007 09:45:32 AM
That's gorgeous, I love it! The fit and the way its shaped are just perfect on you. I really like that you chose a print for the dress, too. I think a lot of girls fall into the mindset that "formal = solid colour" when yours shows how well prints do work in formal situations.

That, and I bet you'll get a lot more wear out of your dress than anyone else who was there!
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glastonbury meets IKEA on: June 05, 2007 09:24:33 AM
The pattern is really cool, it's a pity I can't get that magazine here in Holland.
Yes you can!! They even print it in Dutch - I know because I was over in The Netherlands back in February and picked up the March issue of Burda  while I was there (and a bunch of KnipMode magazines, too!).

I'll try and remember to check the masthead of my Dutch copy when I get home and tell you the distributor if you can't find it in newsagents near you.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Glastonbury meets IKEA on: June 04, 2007 09:53:53 AM
Thanks for all the compliments, everyone! I think I'm going to cheat and wear it this weekend since I'm going to be at an outdoor garden event and it seems quite fitting (though I'm still definitely wearing it to Glastonbury!).

wow, I've never ever thought of using a shower curtain but I really like the idea. I guess it was kind of strange to sew, wasn't it ?
Nah, it was 100% polyester so it wasn't any stranger than any other poly woven, really. It's not like it was the plasticky, PVC-type shower curtain or anything!  Tongue
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Glastonbury meets IKEA on: June 04, 2007 04:36:59 AM
Back when I got the pillowcases for my famous IKEA skirt, I also bought a Tanja shower curtain that caught my eye from across the store and was conveniently marked down to a fiver. It's stayed in my fabric stash ever since, just waiting for the perfect project, which presented itself in the form of this Burda WOF 60s dress from the May 2007 issue. It turned out to be the perfect fabric for this dress, considering that Glastonbury is coming up in a few weeks and I've been wanting something special to wear (and let's face it, if the famous downpours happen again this year, this dress is ready for them!!), and because the pink piping matches my hot pink wellies perfectly.

(more photos on fehrtrade.com)

I chose to line the bust portion with a white cotton bedsheet from our hotel linen stash, and I interlined the rest of the dress since the shower curtain is 100% poyester and I figured soft cotton would be nicer on the skin. I've never attempted pipng before, either inserting store-bought let alone making my own piping, so there was definitely a learning curve involved! I made my own piping with some string from the hardware store and bias strips cut from the pink jersey I used in the Pucci tunic. Curse Burda to make the very first seam on the entire dress a piped princess-line bust curve though!!

Overall, I am deliriously happy with the way this dress fits, moves, and looks. The IKEA shower curtain proved to be the perfect fabric to give this dress a bit of body without resorting to a crinoline, and the print is perfect for hot summery days (like today!). I'll definitely be taking this to Glastonbury (a nice bonus is that it doesn't wrinkle!!) and updating my site with photos afterwards.

Edit: And here I am wearing it on the Saturday at Glastonbury (I think this was during Lily Allen!). It stood up really well - the rain beaded on the fabric and I only got a few spots of mud around the hemline, which all came out in the wash!

25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My zebra galaxy dress!! *pic obese* on: May 22, 2007 03:13:39 AM
It looks fab!!! I love that pattern, though flipping the instruction sheet back and forth every two steps will drive you MAD!
26  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: I made a zine! on: May 15, 2007 04:30:51 AM
How funny, I can see Tatty Devine from where I'm sitting RIGHT NOW! I'll have to go over and grab a copy at lunchtime. Smiley
27  U.K. AND IRELAND / ENGLAND / Re: Fashion fabrics, London or Midlands! on: May 15, 2007 04:29:44 AM
The shops on Berwick Street in Soho stock pretty much everything, but you'll pay through the nose for them (it'd probably be cheaper to buy from America, even with the shipping costs). Walthamstow Market is my #1 for fabric shopping, but you never know what's going to be there so you have to go with an open mind... Totallyfabrics.co.uk and efabrics.co.uk stock knits but I've never seen skulls at either.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Free Patterns for Clothing on: May 09, 2007 07:30:42 AM
I've found more! These are all downloadable pdfs, and are very EASY (most tell you to take a rectangle of certain dimensions and complete a few steps):

List page (incl a few home dec patterns)

Floral Tank
Sarong Wrap Pants
Tiered Peasant Skirt
Striped Off the Shoulder Top

none of the links worked for me, did they change the address of the patterns?
Err, no. I just re-clicked all of them and they're still fine.  Huh
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Striped 70s Chloe-esque smock top on: May 09, 2007 04:17:37 AM
Thanks for all the compliments! I still love it with the collar that way, it just bugs me, you know. It's definitely not stopping me wearing it!

And I'm curious as to why your last two posts have you in the tops on a boat? A boat on...the English Channel?
River Thames. Wink It's because my boyfriend and I bought a 103 foot long Dutch barge (that used to be a hotel) and are now living on it right by Tower Bridge. I'm just excited I've got new places to take photos, though I'm sure the allure will wear off eventually. We're keeping a blog if anyone's interested in the ins and outs of boat life. Smiley
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Striped 70s Chloe-esque smock top on: May 08, 2007 05:48:12 AM
I picked up a few vintage patterns at a stall on Broadway Market last year, and the moment I saw this one, Butterick 4126, I instantly "oh, how very Chloe!".

Smocks have been in for the last few seasons now, but I finally got around to sewing this one up last week. I very happily used up some fabrics from my stash, a stripey polyester-rayon with a nice fluid drape, and the remains of an emerald raw silk that's also been in a top for my housemate and the lining of my Yamamoto jacket. The pattern was actually for a 34 inch bust (I'm 38"), but after deliberating whether to grade up the pattern or make a muslin, I did a very un-me thing and opted to throw all caution to the wind and just make it up as-is since it probably had a ton of ease in it anyway. And I'm glad I did, because my gamble paid off - I love the way it fits, and the only time it seems too small is squeezing my big head through the neck opening!

I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, except for one trivial thing that will bug me each time I wear it - I meant for the stripes on the collar to run parallel to the side edges of the collar, running from neck to shoulder, not horizontally. But by the time I figured out I'd aligned the grain with the wrong edge of the collar, it was already too late. C'est la vie!
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