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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Bodycon dress pattern? on: March 15, 2009 03:08:31 AM
Hi there,
I am madly in love with bodycon dresses like these:
Except that they're both kind of expensive.

So does anyone know of any commercial dress patterns that look similar? Cheesy

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Plaid pirate shirt, with pics :D 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
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / too-big vintage pattern? on: December 21, 2008 06:25:36 PM
So the other day i bought a really nice 60's dress pattern at the thrift store, but it's one size too big (and now i have realised the joy in multi size patterns).

I'm not sure if I should make the seam allowance from the actual pattern, disregarding the included seam allowance, if that will make it proportionally smaller (if you get what I mean)... what do you guys do when the sizing's too big?

Help appreciated thanks Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / fur hat??? on: September 25, 2008 03:53:21 AM
hello guys~
lately i've been obsessed with fur... like the vests and the hats and the stoles....
and then i saw this hat and i knew i had to make it

and here's another one like it

problem is i've never made a human-size hat, much less from fake fur (wouldn't use real fur..)
... would a cylindrical box type of thing as big as my head work? or does it need some segmenty things?
also how do you line fake fur? since the backing is rather scratchy .

any tips on this hats construction would be great!!!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / skirt shapes (I'm obsessed, I know) and fabric on: August 26, 2008 08:39:17 PM
so i just found a cute-as kind of skirt that i would really like to make:
*the skirt in the outfit

they look very 80s  Smiley
problem is i'm not too sure what sort of fabric to use to get the right amount of "poof"...
and what sort of pattern shape i'd have to cut the fabric in... like a square or a trapezium...

p.s. when prewashing fabrics, how do you guys do it?  Smiley

any help would be extremely appreciated~
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / low rise-ish shorts pattern help on: August 15, 2008 09:59:34 AM
i've been looking round for a nice low-rise-ish shorts pattern with a real fly. mccalls has nice ones but they have mock flies. i like my zippers =]

anyone got any suggestions? or something they've used which is good?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Purple Frilly Dress! (with pics) 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
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / skirt shapes for a frilly dress on: June 30, 2008 11:41:12 PM
I've got almost 3m of purple poplin (haha just saying that makes me lol) to burn... and so I am making a frilly dress, because everyone needs a frilly dress.  Smiley

Something a little like this:

but with an extra ruffle on the skirt, so it's 2 layers, instead of 1, so like this:

Any tips on how to draft the skirt pattern like that would be really appreciated, cause I'm not too sure about it~ also would a rectangular ruffle suffice and not a longer version of the skirt shape? and what d'you guys reckon the gathering ratio'd have to be around?

Thanks guys!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mini Gothic-Lolita Top Hat *a few pics + gloomy bear!* 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
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Questions about pattern ease! on: March 06, 2008 11:41:22 PM
I have been bitten by the sewing bug and now I'm wanting to make some pretty new things. Like a shirt-dress. Kind of like this:
http://img.halfclub.com/images_Ogage/Product/Contents01/200709/P070917000923.jpg (WARNING: it's super big)
As far as I can tell it's a blouse with an empire front, princess seam back and a gathered front and back kind of thing. I was going to draw up a blouse from this pattern:
...and take it from there.
But the pattern looks sort of big. The bust-line adds up to about 100cm to fit an 88cm chest like mine. 12 cm (4in) seems like an awful lot of ease... is it?
Or, would it be better to use the bodice pattern for a coat/jacket, or would it be too tight for one of those?

What do you guys think?
(By the way, have any of you guys sewed anything from Gosurori, and what was your experience with the patterns?)
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