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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A Corset A Day Keeps The Recession Away!! on: July 01, 2009 01:25:29 PM
Hi all!!
Saw a gorgeous pinstripe underbust corset in the shops the other day, and after mooning over it for a while i realised that I couldnt afford it. (200euros eep!!) So instead I resolved to make my own, which cost about 10euros for materials and 10hours of slavelabour!!:) And got it finished that very day...without any unfortunate incidents this time, like me pinning it to myself, as happened with my previous corsetry attempt!

here it is worn over a top for decency!

And modelled by my pillow..

The lace at the top isnt supposed to stick out at the sides, i think i must have sewed it on a little oddly! Also It was originally just supposed to be a plain underbust but then i decided to add odd sort of half-cups... and the lace was a wacky idea i had at 2am, after more than 9 hours of sewing in one day!!

and the back..

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Little ''Dragon-Croset'' (TUTE NOW UP!!) on: June 29, 2009 04:44:59 PM
Okay, Ive finally gotten around to posting this. This is the first corset ive ever made, whose construction included 25 hours of sitting at my sewing machine, as well as countless sewing-related injuries! (including that one time I managed to pin the lining to my skin, owie!) It also turned out far shorter than id originally intended, although I had drafted the pattern to make it quite long. Am at a loss as to how I could have managed to do that, but am quite proud of the end result nevertheless! JJ

I found a gorgeous oriental material with dragons and phoenixes on it, which turned out to be a little too thin, and also frayed a good bit at the edges. I put in light plastic covered boning, so its not a proper waist-reducing corset, but more a fashion corset! If I tried tightlacing it would probably split its seams L

And the back

A picture of it in action, me and my friend out on a night on the town.

And finally my favourite pic of the back!J

Comments and advice greatly welcome, thanks for looking! Also, if any fellow craftsters are interested in a tutorial, please PM or comment, Id be happy to oblige!
*************************** EDIT *** TUTE!******

apologies if i explaint oo little or too much! and feel free to ask questions if you dont understand my mad ramblings! lol!

firstly you need to draft a pattern that would look something like this

Sorry i cant be of more help with drafting the pattern, what i did was use the help of an existing corset and just made the rest of it up, then fitted it to myself later! So dont worry if you feel the pattern you draft mite be slightly off.. U also need two materials, a outer pretty one and a thicker lining one. whatever you do dont use thin fashion materials or stretchy ones, it doesnt work with a corset!!

first you do the lining. Cut out the pieces of the above pattern twice, leaving seam allowance outside of the red lines, this is important to leave at least two inches in case you have to modify it a little. . Then sew the adjacent seams together, after which you should have something like this..

Note that in the photo I have already sew on the boning, but before you sew that in, make sure to fit it to urself and see if you need to modify any of the seams a little.

The boning I used was plastic covered in a material sleeve, which i sewed right onto four of the seams of the lining. (see above pics for placement!)

Then get your second material for the outer layer. Lay the pieces of the pattern out onto it then cut out twice

Sew all the pieces together in the same way that you did with the lining pieces. Once youve finished, lay the outer layer on top of the bottom layer, and turn under the top and bottom of the corset, then sew over the turned up bit.

Do the same with the back. I made loops from satin ribbon to hold th lacing at the back, and sewed them onto the lining at regular intervals..
and then i laced it up with satin ribbon.

And voila, we have a corset!:) hope all of that made sense to you!!!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / FROM BEDSHEET TO ''GRECIAN GODDESS'' DRESS on: June 16, 2009 06:57:42 AM

I decided to go as Gorgo from the movie '300' for Halloween last year.The problem was, I couldnt find the right colour of material, so armed with a bedsheet and lots of gold braid, I decided to make the best of it. I ended up with something that resembled a roman toga more than Gorgo's dress (see here)

 Everyone kept thinking I had dressed as a Grecian Goddess, and even though I had to keep explaining that it was supposed to be Queen Gorgo, I decided to just take it as an odd compliment! lol! Smiley


and the back:

thanks for looking! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / KIDDIE TROUSERS TO HAREM PANTS!! (Also 2 top alterations!!) on: June 16, 2009 06:38:09 AM
****edit****  i have been informed that these are not in fact harem pants but knickerboxers! now we all know!:)Smiley

this is the final result:


A few days ago I found these hideous capri trousers lurking in the back of my wardrobe, which i havent worn since I was about fourteen. Needless to say, theyre pretty unflattering, as well as making me look like a shortie!:P

So I cut off the bottom of each trouser leg and sewed it back on, except tighter, making my very own pair of harem pants..

the detail at the bottom:

I also altered the halter top. I have no before-photo but basically all I did was make it more fitted.

*****************************"SECOND TOP********************

yet again I forgot to take a 'before' photo, but it was made from my brothers old t-shirt that had vertical stripes goin all the way down..

Feel free to comment Smiley
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / JEANDRESS NUMBER TWO!!!(with link to TUTE) on: June 15, 2009 02:25:06 PM
Ive finally had time to upload photos of a dress I made a few months ago, using the same technique as in Jeandress Number One.

t was made from an Extra-Small sized pair of stretch jeans that i found in a bargain-bin for 2euro, because the zip was broken. The fabric was lovely to work with, but what I didnt realise when I started sewing was how LITTLE material there actually was!! I am certainly NOT sized X-S, so it basically took every last scrap of the jeans to make a semi-decent dress! Lol and it still turned out a little bit too short for my liking!

heres the back:

And a close-up of the front:

I loved the embroidery on the front pockets Smiley

********************* LINK TO TUTORIAL************************


************************JOIN MY JEAN-A-LONG!!!**********************


Feel free to comment Smiley
6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Lonely Dolly on: July 04, 2008 03:42:30 PM
I havent used the Photoshop in a while, so I decided to try and make a pretty picture for my best friend!:)

I was looking through my camera after a hilarious 'photo shoot' at said friends house (dont ask! Tongue) and found the perfect picture to photoshop the hell out of!!

I was aiming to make my friend look like a doll, but not  sure if it worked too well..any ideas on anything else that could be done to help?
And does anyone think that the picture is just a little too dark/ has too many shadows; would brightening it be better?

thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / *CLOVER CORSET* made from clover flowers LITERALLY!!!! on: May 25, 2008 06:06:12 AM

Heres my latest creation, a corset out of clovers. And yes its made out of INDIVIDUAL CLOVER FLOWERS!:)
Ive no idea why or how i got the idea to do this, but i found myself out in my garden yesterday, picking flowers like a lunatic!!
When i had a huge heap, i started plaiting them into a braid..

yeah there was a LOT of braid!

and heres the back

and a closeup of the plaiting of the corset itself!

what do you all think?i was going to make a matching skirt/or make it into a dress, but then my dad cut the lawn, destroying all the clover flowers...awwwwww Sad

oh and also the corset kinda wilted and died, but the memories and photographs remain!:P
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / JEANDRESS number one!! **NOW WITH ADDED TUTE!!******* on: May 25, 2008 05:51:20 AM
I recently got a HUGE bag of random clothes, including like 5 pairs of jeans, so i thought I'd make something from them! so heres what i call 'Jean-Dress Number One'' Smiley

It started out life as a large stretch pair of jeans, and took all of a few hours to recon!I was just messing and randomly decided to cut the legs in half, and sewed them together to make a sort of imitation corset, then added the skirt!and the best thing is that it doesnt need a zip as the fabrics stretch!yay!

 Without the belt>> cant decided whether to wear it with the belt or without it?

the back of the skirt turned out to be a little wonky but im hoping no-one will be looking there too much to notice!loL!:P

and finally a side view!

ps. is anyone interested in taking part in my Jean-A-Long??

okay its finally here!!!ive actually gotten around to posting a tute. Its my first one so sorry if i explain too much or too little, and im really hoping the following actually makes sense lol!
 *************  NB    ********
MAKE SURE THAT THE JEANS YOU'RE USING ARE AT LEAST A FEW SIZES TOO BIG!!if not then you will have to leave the zip in the skirt of the jean-dress.

okay firstly you start with an ordinary pair of jeans and cut off the legs as shown below:

(btw i drew a green line beside the inside seam, and a red line along the outside one, hope that helps!god knows, i got confused enough times when making the dress!or maybe thats just me!lol!)

Next you turn the jean legs so that the outside seam faces you. this will be the front of the jean-dress. i liked the outside seam far better than the inside one, it was folded nicely.

(again, the red line marks the outside seam)

Now you cut along the thick black line.

Open up the jean legs, and sew together (for some reason, in this pic i turned the jean legs the other way around...it shows the back of the material)

Now turn it around the right way up, and put two darts into the front (marked by black lines) to make a sweetheart neckline.

Then hem the top. The back of the 'corset' doesnt need a zipper if you're using stretch material, so just sew it together at the back to make a tube.

And on to the skirt part...cut out the zip and sew the two parts together.

make adjustments to the back (marked by safety pins)

Now hem the bottom. I didnt like the waistband of the jeans, so I unpicked the stitching and took it off, then just sewed the corset top to the skirt. Finally i sewed on the little hoops for the belt.

thanks for looking, and plz do tell me if you think of a way to make this tute better.

ps. also post the creations inspired by this here!i really wana see what everyone comes up with!!:)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / got an old pair of jeans you're just ITCHING to recon? JEAN-A-LONG ANYONE?? on: May 20, 2008 07:13:07 PM
Hi everyone!

I just recently got a huge bag of random unwanted clothes from a friend's mother, including at least 5 pairs of ordinary stretch jeans in good enough condition....and i thought , hey I can make anything from them!!:)

So does anyone want to take part in a jean-a-long with me?simply get a pair of unwanted jeans(or two or three if needs be!:) )..and make something from them!! a dress, a halter top, a corset, a double-strapped pinafore...ANYTHING!!

JEAN-A-LONG anyone?

also, if anyones interested, heres a link to my first jean-dress creation, along with tute!!:P

*** edit*** also have new jeandress, except in black!

10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Zombie Friend..YAAAAAAY!!!:) on: May 15, 2008 05:36:00 PM
I randomly decided to make my friend into a zombie, using photoshop...(I asked her if i could first)

Heres what i call...er...''Not-So-Happy Eilis''

This is the original photo..(i had to paint myself out...what a terrible pic of me!!)

and heres another slightly altered one, where shes smiling...''Happy Eilis''

lol my friends have said that they dont know which one is creepier, the original zombie one or the one in which shes smiling!!
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