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11  Shiny, Iridescent Mermaid in Halloween Costumes by omgitsalisa on: October 31, 2011 10:01:13 PM

So my 4 year old niece wanted to be a mermaid this year and, being the good Auntie Lisa that I am, I made it happen. I used Simplicity 2384 for the top, but ended up having to change the fit, shape, and construction method because I added the ruffles and lined everything. The skirt was totally from scratch because I couldn't find a pattern that matched my vision. The bag is Simplicity 4043, no modifications.

It's made from satin, some stretchy metallic costume stuff, and lots of sheer iridescent something or other. Also tons of sequin trim, all hand stitched on. These pictures really don't do it justice, but they were the best I could do in the time I had. I'll see if my sister can return the costume to me for some detail shots in a day or two. I'm really more pleased with myself than I probably have any right to be, but it's only my second garment and I had almost no experience drafting patterns before starting this. It was worth it, though, to see her so happy on her first time trick-or-treating door to door. Anyway, I hope you like it!
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12  Need help sewing top - where does the hole to turn it go? in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by omgitsalisa on: September 29, 2011 04:33:21 PM
The fact that I have to ask this question probably means I have no business attempting what I am at this point, but it's too late to turn back now. I'm making a satin top that is lined with cotton. No sleeves, but there are straps. There is also a ruffle coming out of the bottom. I am attaching a sketch to hopefully explain better.

Okay, now my problem is that I have no background in sewing garments and for some reason just can't wrap my head around this. I don't know where to leave a gap in the seams to turn it right side out. I've tried it 3 different places and keep ending up with bizarre tubes that aren't even close to right. The closest idea I've come up with so far is to sew the satin and cotton into their respective tubes, then sew the tubes together at the bottom to sandwich the ruffle and then I'd have to leave the entire top open and...uh, I guess hand stitch it after that? Is that right?
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13  Purple Rainbow Unicorn in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by omgitsalisa on: April 11, 2011 08:01:51 PM
I finished the companion to the polka dot unicorn for my niece. It's a rainbow unicorn for her best friend's birthday. I wish I had any decent purple fabric, but I've had a little trouble finding prints that I liked that were also reasonable in price. I think this works, though. It's actually my favorite of all my fabrics and I need to go buy more.

Anyway, I used a pattern again - Simplicity 2921, but I think I want to modify it some, maybe make the head a little different. I don't know. It's made from flannel (my favorite stuffed animal fabric) and stuffed with polyfil and some poly pellets in the legs. The hair has shiny strands in it that I find particularly enchanting. Oh, and sorry for the photo quality. It was an overcast day and I haven't made a light box yet.

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14  Polka Dot Unicorn in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by omgitsalisa on: April 01, 2011 06:03:51 PM
I made this unicorn for my 4 year old niece's birthday. It's not the first unicorn I've made, but it's the first one that I wasn't too embarrassed to post here. I used a pattern - Simplicity 2921, but I'm slowly working on drafting my own patterns. It's made from flannel (my favorite stuffed animal fabric) and stuffed with polyfil and some poly pellets in the legs. I hope you like it!

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