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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 18th c. corset on: June 11, 2010 07:20:20 PM
I took a corset crash-course last semester (man, was it intense; we learned a ton and did a huge amount of work in only four weeks). I made a 1785 corset from a pattern in our textbook, "Corsets and Crinolines" by Norah Waugh. Wonderful book! Perfect for those who want to learn about the history, construction, wearing, and every other minute aspect of corsets.

The corset is made of beige coutil, 49 hand-cut and tipped flat steel bones, metal grommets, white Prussian tape for the bone channels, and binding cut of some fuchsia fabric I found at the last minute.

The outside:

The inside:

Close-up of the craptastic binding on the tabs. I haaaate tabs. No wonder corsetiers got rid of tabs in the 19th c. Tongue

More inside close-ups:

Sorry, no action-photos: the corset now belongs to the theater department of my college. Tongue And even though it's not the loveliest of corsets, who cares? It's underwear, after all. Smiley And it's sturdily made and won't fall apart for a long time. Huzzah! I'm proud of it.
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Woe! on: March 10, 2010 08:51:04 PM
Once I rant, I'll feel better, and the world will be brighter.

I had some free time (first free time in months!), so I pulled out some cranberry red fabric I've had lying around for a long time. I made a McCalls pattern I've neglected for ages, a top with poofy bubble sleeves and a pleated neckline. It came together very nicely.

Then I decided to finish the neckline by sewing a small lining and turning it inside. And when I trimmed the seam allowance...I chopped a jagged, highly visible hole in the pleats. Dead center, too.


My solution (definitely not the most logical): Start cutting the top into strips lengthwise, sew them back together, make new pleats to try to disguise the Hideous Front-and-Center Hole, and eat a freaking ton of chocolate. No kidding, folks. I wish I'd taken photos of the carnage.

The top looks rather strange and I've nearly made myself sick with chocolate. I'm going to blame this fiasco on PMS.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / lace shrug!!! on: October 19, 2009 01:18:14 PM
I should have bought more of this lace. I've worn this jacket/shrug thing almost every day since I made it in September. I think I need to make another...exactly like it...just for some variation. Tongue

(The neckline isn't actually uneven, just got caught on my shirts.)

I am crazy in love with this. What think y'all? Should I make ten more of these? Cheesy
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / little neo-victorian scarf -- a bit img heavy on: September 25, 2009 12:58:52 PM
Since I'm away at college now and own no sewing machine...I've been giving hand-sewing a try! It's a total pain, but I've persevered and now I have a tiny neck-piece thing to show for it.

This was a project full of "let's cut here and see what happens" moments. For once, that didn't lead to disaster.

The front:

The back:

The fabric!!! I used some rose-patterned black fabric for the front. The back and ruffles are lightweight plum jersey. And the black lace is the selvage of some nice thick lace I used to make a shrug jacket (which I'll post pretty soon, as I looove it). The burgundy ribbon was in my stash.

Next time I make one of these, I want to make it just a little shorter and narrower so that it has a tighter fit. And I think I'll use some interfacing so it's not as floppy. Still, I'm pleased with the result. What do you guys think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vogue 7733 top = getting rid of yellow fabric on: May 14, 2009 02:27:40 PM
A while back I made a skirt (McCall's 5110) out of yellow fabric: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=280679.msg3178389#msg3178389

But I still had a lot of the fabric left. Finally I've done something with it! Vogue 7733. Attractive, fairly simple, lots of possibilities for modification (which I did). Devilishly difficult to wear, since it keeps slipping off my shoulders!

I'm going to finish it with ribbon and frills (to help hide uneven edges and my bra -- it's SO low cut).

Ooohh, a super sneaky hidden zipper! I don't have grommet tools, so I couldn't do the lacing like the pattern instructed.

V7733 and M5110, together at last! Here you can see how this top is so low-cut that my bra and camisole aren't hidden at all. (Even without the camisole, my bra still shows, both straps and cups.) Might have to go bra-less. :3 Maybe it'll be easier to wear when I add trim.

Have any of y'all made this pattern before? Any suggestions regarding the shoulder issue and the low-cut neckline?

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Full, short velour overskirt with long slit on: November 30, 2008 07:14:28 PM
I walked out of the thrift store with an XL straight tea-length velour skirt. It was so inexpensive, I felt like I had just bought fabric with some elastic. Smiley So I chopped it up and came up with a high-waist, moderately full skirt. Instead of trying to cut apart the elastic so the waist would fit me, I made a big pleat on each side of the yoke. The pleats aren't very visible when I'm wearing the skirt, but it makes it a little more interesting to look at.

The original skirt had a side slit about 12 inches long, which I kept. The length of the skirt part is also 12 inches...and the result is a short skirt that absolutely cannot be worn alone, lest I be arrested for public indecency. However, the skirt looks absolutely adorable worn over other full skirts!!

I sewed the skirt by hand, since I don't have a sewing machine with me here at college. Some of the seams pucker a bit, but it's not noticeable when worn.

Sorry, the slit isn't visible... And those white spots are on the mirror I used to take this photo, not the skirt. Tongue You can see the result of the pleat on the yoke.

Thanks for taking a look~! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skirt - yellow with rose print on: November 30, 2008 06:46:34 PM
I used McCall's 5110 to make this skirt. The pattern's sizing runs small...which I figured out when the skirt was 60% finished. So I shrank the seam allowance and sewed carefully - and voila, a high waist skirt that fits me quite well. There's a zipper on the side, and the yoke is lined. The skirt part is rather see-through, so I wore another skirt underneath.

What do y'all think?

Bed modeling the skirt:

And me wearing the skirt. I tucked in my shirt to show the yoke, but I don't think I'll do that when wearing the skirt out and about:

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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