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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: navy wool crepe dress - mccall's 5971 on: August 18, 2010 09:56:02 PM
It looks well made...I especially love, love, love the perfect neckline...the bodice fits you wonderfully!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New summer dress on: June 22, 2010 10:22:16 PM
Well done! It looks beautiful! I made the same dress but I used contrasting fabric for the side panel Smiley
Your looks very sping-y Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Silk Dress - adapted for/ by me... on: June 22, 2010 10:20:29 PM
The shoes...oh, yes...I spent SO much time looking for a perfect pair and then, when I did, nobody!!! took a picture of them  Huh I chose bronze color as the complimentary color to red and may I just say: It looked awesome.
I can only recommend going bronz-ish with red, it looks more classy (in my opinion) than silver, black or gold (I don't like yellow gold at all, though, I might be biased).

Thank you all for the comments!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Vogue 1042 - Anyone made this? on: May 18, 2010 12:13:05 AM
I will be making this dress and was wondering if anybody here on the forum has used this pattern?
My main question is: does the boob bust area look strange/ unnatural/ pointy etc. due to the 2-part cup?


5  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Dairy-free camping food/s on: May 07, 2010 11:23:06 PM
I have recently developed dairy intolerance (even butter) and am sort of at a loss for ideas for food to eat while camping.
It seems that all (or majority, at least) the dehydrated packaged meals have cheese in it.
I would appreciate any ideas so that I don't have to be bloated all my hiking trip  Undecided

P.S. I do not mind spending hours pre-preparing those meals before setting off into the Rockies in June ...yippee!

Thanks for help!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red Silk Dress - adapted for/ by me... on: May 04, 2010 03:51:57 PM
Thank you for the comments, I appreciate them  Smiley

The keyhole is actually quite simple...I pretty much cut out the 1/2 tear-drop shape out of the bodice fabric (the same for lining) so that there was a point (the piece is on fold) but I cut on the line of the fold in the area of the tips (so that you can turn them inside out).
Then I sewed it up together with the lining, turned it inside out and sewed hook and eye on the inside - so that the 2 tips come together but don't overlap.
(my practice dress tips overlapped and had a snap (and it's fine but I like the hook & eye solution more elegant)

Is this a clear enough description? I will attempt to draw the steps but it's progress reports time, so I need to do that first...that job does, after all, pay for my sewing obsession Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Red Silk Dress - adapted for/ by me... on: May 03, 2010 08:09:33 PM
About a month ago I posted my practice dress for this "auction dress".
I used 2 or 3 commercial patterns and changed them around to achieve the design I wanted:

After a month, on the eve of the auction I finally made myself cut into the 100% silk fabric I bought at Hancock's, in the decorator's section. After that it was one f#$# up after another. I sure learned a LOT about silk: frays like crazy unless serged very densely, has no stretch at all (unlike my cotton mock up  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes  )
BUT,now that it's finished.... I love my dress  Kiss

May I introduce you to "the ultimate red dress"...

in action:

The skirt does not poof out because I decided I had no time for the underskirt, but people loved the dress anyway!

I also made this fabric flower "Kanzashi flower" - the Japanese art of fabric folding and glued it on a hair-clip and put it in my hair. I felt a little bit silly but got tons of compliments on that, too.

It was a great night, I felt great wearing the dress, even though it was a bit snug - very fitted  Wink  
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My new school auction dress on: April 06, 2010 06:18:51 PM
I decided to wear a red dress for my our school's annual auction. I bought a lovely red dress but then realized that I actually wanted to make one Smiley And a little more modest so that parents don't think their kids' teacher is inappropriate  Wink
So, I bought this awesome decorator's silk fabric:

and started messing around with patterns to get the look I wanted. This red dress was my inspiration (what I want mine to look like):

While adapting the pattern pieces I made a mock-up, that actually ended up wearable Smiley

I want to move the pleats a little more towards the center of the skirt, and not rip the fabric when pulling it through the shoulder straps (will make them wider next time). But all in all, I am pretty happy about the final (or, rather, semi-final  Wink  product).

It was a lot of fun adapting the bodice piece from standard neckline to this oval shaped cut-out (there is a clear snap sewn onto the lining). I did it all on paper first and then cut the fabric. The drawing (and re-drawing and re-drawing), to get the exact shape of the oval, was fun.

9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP!! Trying to choose a new sewing machine on: March 30, 2010 08:38:38 PM
My recommendation is to, no matter what, NOT get a mini-sew anything. I never used one but from what I heard you outgrow them very quickly...and usually they're not built sturdily enough.
Go as expensive as you can, and simple but sturdy makes for better sewing. You only really need straight stitch with length regulator, 1 or 2 zig zag stitches and a buttonhole to make pretty much everything. Both Singer and Brother are easy to find accessories for, never heard of Mishley or what's it called.

Good luck, best wishes and congrats on baby and wedding Smiley
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Square-neck dress or tunic? need help deciding. on: March 27, 2010 02:44:32 PM
# 3 looks the best!
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