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1  Plaid pirate shirt, with pics :D in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tartan-doll on: January 19, 2009 09:31:46 PM
more frills and letter p's! when will the madness end?

so i've been promising my sister a tartan frilled shirt for at least a year, like the one worn by some guy from the j-rock band ayabie. and today i finished it after about 16 hours.
it looks like a mashup of austin powers and vivienne westwood, strangely enough, but it's soft and warm, probably flannel, and seriously frilly.

and now i want to make myself a copy of it but minidress length, though i can't bring myself to go through hell sewing plaid (gave up matching the lines after 5 minutes) and ruffles (there are 6 huge ones on this baby) and more buttons (there are like 16 on this, handsewn) for at least another year.
the pattern is a basic burda shirt-dress (most useful pattern on planet earth), shortened and frilled to within an inch of its life.

somehow the frills make your torso look narrower... and your stomach look bigger.
but such is life.

thanks for looking! Smiley
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2  Purple Frilly Dress! (with pics) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tartan-doll on: July 20, 2008 05:59:46 AM
Well... I got a lot of purple poplin lying around from a sale, originally to make a shirt-dress, but I never got round to it. Instead, I made this random frilly dress, inspired by Japanese punk. It's really frilly and I kind of love it.

Pattern is a basic blouse taken from Gosurori 5 and modified. In hindsight I should've added some waist darts to make it fit better, but a big belt is fine by me.  Smiley

Massive piratey ruffle at the front. I'm a buttonhole noob.

From the side, a pouffy ruffled skirt, cupcakey and SHORT. I kind of have to wear something under it to keep it decent.

The sleeves were kind of tight.  Tongue Can't really lift my arms! Which is a small problem. Short length + tight sleeves = standing like a doll all day and sitting like a lady. No soccer for me Tongue

On the plus side, the set in sleeves didn't fit properly to the armhole, which led to some cute pleats in the sleeve.

The poplin is crinkly. Woo Cheesy

Lessons learned:
#1: sewing 15 buttons by hand leads to intense boredom
#2: topstitching at 3 in the morning is not a good idea
#3: buttonholes and hand-rolling ruffles are a pain in the bum

PS: Does anyone know a better way to sew ruffles to a shirt without getting the actual shirt pleaty-folded into the stitching, while you're sewing it, and then have to unpick it? Or do you just say a prayer and hope for the best?  Smiley

I had heaps of fun though, might try another one in the distant future Grin
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3  Re: Mini Top Hats & Crowns w/ Tute! ( VERY VERY pic heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tartan-doll on: March 30, 2008 01:17:20 AM
Thank you for your kind words.

I love making the lacy hats for my DD, although she has a habit of bending and breaking the headbands i attach them to... Roll Eyes Undecided (she is only 2 and doesn't understand that things only bend so far before breaking)

Good luck with you future hats and please feel free to post pictures in this thread if you like or post a link to a different hat thread! Good luck!

here we go!

it's a little bashed and wonky, but yeah~ sewing small things on a machine is fiddly! Tongue ah well practise will make perfect Smiley
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4  Mini Gothic-Lolita Top Hat *a few pics + gloomy bear!* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by tartan-doll on: March 29, 2008 04:38:29 AM
My sister was going to a party where she wanted a miniature top hat. So I took a pattern from Gosu Rori and used that. She was pretty happy so I am too  Cheesy
Made from some scrap broadcloth, interfacing, and those hair combs that aren't for combing. Forgive the bad quality images, I don't have a camera on me~ =w=; click on thumbnails for bigger picture.

The hat.

The comb thingy (it looks wonkitated here, but it folds out so the hat sits nicely on your head when you put the comb in).

On Gloomy Bear, it's giant. But the hat's meant for humans.


Ah the joys of gloomy bear.

Thanks for looking and enjoy~ Smiley
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