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1  HELP PLEASE! PATTERN SEARCH in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by rl_ellis on: November 25, 2014 04:19:44 PM
Hi everybody,
I want to make the following dress and skirt

I'm looking for patterns to make this, or similar enough to adapt. Any ideas?

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2  Pattern help in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by rl_ellis on: June 30, 2010 04:40:57 AM

I have always been in love with the old Halston Grecian dresses, but like so many of us I don't have the money for one.

I love this style

but I like it a bit longer, this was what I was thinking

(VERY quick drawing, I usually do better)

So my question is, how do I pattern it? Mainly the long side, I don't really want to go half nekkid! Would it be doing two layers? Should I sew the side beneath the arm hole?  Undecided

Please advise!!!
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3  Winter Coat in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by rl_ellis on: November 04, 2009 02:01:47 AM
I'm planning on making my own winter coat this year, which is a bit ambitious as I've never done anything like that.

This is the drawing I made (please excuse quality, my software is crap)

My intention is to make it in a nice boucle in reds, with a contrasting lining, since the collar folds down and the sleeves are open and you can see the inside:


I need some advice regarding pattern drafting and also, I've never lined a coat. Any advice on that?
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4  Those days when you're feeling blue.... in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rl_ellis on: January 21, 2009 09:39:53 AM
So, you know how there are days when you feel oh-so-blue, and you need cheering up? that happened to me. I was having major money problems, love problems, etc, and i needed some cheering up... When i suddenly remembered! I have some butterfly fabric! it's a bit too cheesy to wear as is, specially in winter, as it's super thin fabric, so I made a crinoline!

It's so fun to wear! and it really cheered me up!
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5  Vogue 8146 Jacket in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rl_ellis on: December 17, 2008 06:51:13 AM
I wanted to make a short winter jacket, so i got my patterns out and found this: http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8146.htm.. I decided I didn't want the bow, but eveything else was fine, so I cut up some felted wool, sewed it all up and this is what came out
The front:

And the back:
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6  Winter cape in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by rl_ellis on: December 02, 2008 04:07:51 AM
Soooo, watching Threadbangers one day, I fel in love with Corrine's cape, which is from here: http://www.enderbydesigns.com/apparel.php... BUT, I wanted sleeves. I had an old checked skirt (way too small)

and I wanted to use that, but there was't enough fabric in it, so I pulled out my box of odds and ends and found some brown corduroy, and an idea appeared! I searched for a pattern that I could at least adapt some and foud this: http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/2669. So, I basically took of the collar and cuffs, made the front less wide and in two pieces, and started to sew them up. I drafted my own peter pan collar (came out a bit wonky), and when I was about to put it on, I realized it was too short, so I took the waistband from the skirt, which was also brown cord, and basted it on

I don't know what I did wrong, but in the end the collar was just fine  Huh
Anywho, it came out with I much wider neck than I wanted, but that's cool

and here it is:

(excuse my very messy sewing area)

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7  First from-scratch Witch costume in Halloween Costumes by rl_ellis on: November 03, 2008 04:51:34 AM
Ok, I almost always go as a Witch, using clothes I already have, but this year I wanted to do a complete costume, so I drew this:

And this is how it came out:

(Please forgive the weird face, I don't really like having my pic taken)
So, Basically I made the corset from scratch, following Roethke's tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122286.msg1177367#msg1177367. I also made the skirt with my new ruffler (BTW, does anybody else get massive headaches when using a ruffler?), then I got an old, pirate-type shirt and cut it down for the bolero, but it was too wide, so I ruffled the back, and then I made some spats as I couldn't find any boots I like. The hat is black felt, reinforced with thin cardbord and coverd is black fabric, it didn't really come out like I wanted, maybe next year.
please tell me what you think, I'll try to get some pics done of each part this week, as my photograper was lazy.
Just to add one thing. I wanted each part of the costume to be something I could later wear to go out partying any given day, I think I achieved that!
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8  Re: This year's project in Halloween Costumes by rl_ellis on: November 03, 2008 04:18:32 AM
And this is how it came out... (Please forgive the faces, I hate getting my picture taken)
Ironing the corset for the boning

Full body

And a closer pic of the corset and bolero
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9  This year's project in Halloween Costumes by rl_ellis on: October 08, 2008 03:49:39 AM

This year I'm going as a Witch (actually, I almost ALWAYS go as a witch), but I wanted to make it a really nice one this time, so there's my idea. The corset is one I'm making out of corduroy, following Roethke's tute (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=122286.0). The bolero i'm planning on reconstructing a mans black dress shrit, and for the skirt, i'm going to bye tons of flimsy black things from Salvation army, and use that. I'll be posting photos of my progress, I'd love any comments!
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