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1  little(ish) black (and blue) dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: June 07, 2009 03:24:08 PM
Hey folks,

Here's today's creation: a black and blue dress from a butterick pattern.  Overall, I'm still not happy with it but it turned out okay.  I need to figure out how to get the darts on the front to lie flatter--it makes me look pregnant from the side (any ideas on that?)

Isn't hemmed yet, btw.



Thanks for looking, and let me know what you think!  I think I should have left it all black, but that seemed so dark.  I'm wondering if a red band would have looked better...and if I have enough fabric left to make another Smiley

Have a great day!
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2  "grecian" 1-shoulder (w/tute) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: June 06, 2009 04:56:35 PM
Hey folks!  I just whipped up this fun top to recover from the dress I attempted to make earlier this afternoon.  It was very easy and simple to make, just a two-piece tube top with a draped sash.  I'll add a tute if anyone likes, but it is probably self-explanatory.  I think I'll tweak the design and spend more time on later versions--this one is a little messy but a good start.

I don't think I like the back strap like this but it does add support.  I think I'll twist it next time:

I'm thinking an evening dress would look good with a front something like this...what do you think?

Here's a quick tute:

Hope you can use it!
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3  this dress's days are numbered in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: June 06, 2009 03:02:07 PM

I just spent my Saturday afternoon working on this dress.  I knew it would be a challenge because I had to alter my pattern down two sizes.  But the result is incredibly irksome--it turned out to be one of those projects that can be summed up as "Almost".  The gathers spaced almost evenly.  The skirt and bodice connected almost straight. The collar is almost symmetrical.  The bust is almost long enough to fit me.  At a glance, the dress is decent but filled with all of these little problems.  I think I would rather it have just failed entirely, because now I don't know what to do with it.  I'm thinking about just shortening it into a summer shirt--somehow I would worry less about its issues that way. Let me know if you can think of anything especially creative I could turn it into. 

The back:

The front (you can't see all the issues, but they are there):

Sorry for the whining, folks.  I'm trying to put this one behind me.  Which should I make next?

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4  I feel like Belle! Blue dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: June 02, 2009 06:05:23 PM
Hey folks!  First of all, let me say that I really like this pattern.  This was my first time to try Vogue 8379 and it came together perfectly in one afternoon with no alterations or confusion.  For me, that is nothing short of extraordinary! 

Anyhow, here is my new royal blue wrap dress:



back/spin potential-

It only gets dangerous when I spin, which I probably won't do too much of in it. Let me know what you think, and have a great day!
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5  seagreen mini in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 27, 2009 05:48:40 PM
Here is a mini skirt from a vogue pattern.  It looks quite simple, but for some reason I am really, really proud of it. I did my first fly zipper (with two snaps and two false buttons) and my first edgestitching on this skirt, and I was amazed at how neat the seams turned out.  Vogue patterns are great! I had to omit the waistband because when I added it I didn't know what 'ease' was and skipped it, and it turned out to be rather important.  Oh well, and so we learn. Anyhow I'm still happy with the skirt because it seems like the least obviously-amateurish thing I've made so far. I'm looking forwards to wearing it somewhere sunny.  It is short but not offensively so.  Let me know what you think (and as always, I know I need to iron)!




Thanks for looking and have a great day!  I'm on to the next project...
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6  boring skirt --no more! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 20, 2009 09:01:59 PM

Thanks for the advice, folks!  I took the quickest, simplest method--lace at the bottom and a ribbon belt. I later added tiny loops for the belt.  I had wanted to do buttons, but they didn't work with the lace.  And finally:


side (gah, will the need to iron never cease!):

Thanks for all the help!  I'm going to use some of the ideas for a couple of other skirts I'm working on.  Hope you like it!

here is a 'business' skirt I made today-- I wanted it for those rare occasions when I need to really act like a grown up, but now that it is finished it just seems too plain to bear:


Any ideas on how to dress this up?  It is a finished project as is, but I could go to sleep looking at it.  Belt? Bow? Colors?  Somebody save my skirt!

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7  flowery sheath dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 19, 2009 05:20:15 PM
This is my attempt at Butterick 5314.  I only altered the collar. It was a very easy pattern and the whole process took just part of my afternoon. What am I supposed to do now? Smiley  Here 'tis:

back (I know, I know, I must iron that seam):

Comments are welcome- have a great day!
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8  black lace and silver dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 18, 2009 09:36:24 PM
Hello all-

Here's a dress I just finished, based very loosely on McCall's 5804.  It is silver with a black lace overlay.  I used the nifty taping technique I've read about for the zipper and it worked surprisingly well.  I do have a dilemma now though--I've done all but the hem and it is pretty uneven, shorter in the back.  Come to think of it, I've never done a dress hem before.  What is the best way to straighten up a hemline if I can't use a dress form?  I tried just doing it from a hanger and it came out terribly.  Also, after hemming I'm afraid the dress will end up too short.  If I add a piece to the bottom, should it be black, silver, just lace, or silver and lace?  I can't decide.  Thanks for looking!

close-up of front:

side view:

front (note the hem-help!):


Please let me know what you think.  Have a great day!
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9  green summer dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 13, 2009 10:17:48 PM
Hello again-- here is a project I just completed based on McCall's M5880.  I used a waistband instead of elastic and took a chunk of fabric out of the back.  Turns out that with all but the thinnest fabrics, this can become a very thick dress quickly.  I used a pretty lightweight jersey but even so it was just too bulky.  The twisted collar was also an ad-lib; it could look better but I didn't like the pattern's plainer, thicker version.  Please let me know what you think! (but be gentle, I'm learning!)

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10  duct tape dress form--awesome project! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by redbricks on: May 13, 2009 10:08:56 PM
Hey y'all-- I know this isn't exactly clothing, but I really wanted to share it because it has skyrocketed my sewing abilities.  I hope this picture came through all right:

I made it with help over a weekend.  The arms were too long; I ended up cutting them off later so that I could get a tight dress onto it. Overall, though, I would highly recommend this idea for anyone who wants a good dress form.  It was cheap and matches all of my measurements almost perfectly.  I stuffed it with cotton (almost 6 bags!) and the nice people at Home Depot gave me a handy electrical wire spool that just happens to look like a giant spool of thread to form the base.  It has wheels on the bottom and is detachable from the base. If you have a handy friend (heck, if you are handy yourself) this can be a lot of fun.  I'm planning to paint the base with some sort of crazy mural soon.  I love it and as a beginner this has proven amazingly helpful.  I hope this will inspire someone else to try it!
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