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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / 18th Century Gown Muslin (Lots of pics!) on: December 09, 2011 10:50:37 PM

I'm currently taking an independent study costuming class and for the final project I have to drape an 18th century gown more specifically a robe la franaise!  At the beginning of the semester I asked my professor to teach me how to drape since all I knew how to do previously involved working with stretch so it didn't have to fit exactly! haha  I started the dress this past Sunday and have to finish it by next Friday, thankfully it's just the muslin though.  I hope to make the dress out of nice fabric at some point but I'm not sure since I will have no use for it and it won't even be my size  Undecided.  Anyway I'm super proud of what I've accomplished so far since this is really the first thing I've draped.  I would love some encouragement to help me get this done in time!  Enough talk, pictures now!  Sorry about the poor quality, they are from my phone.

TL;DR  My first draped project!  In-progress.

Panniers (the only part I didn't drape, made from a tute instead)!  And the initial draping for the bodice.

Completed bodice with a boned stomacher.

Back/side of the bodice.  Notice the side seams are moved back to allow the flowy back to be sewn in. Cheesy

Flowy Watteau back, you can also see the skirt which I draped later.

Detail of the pleats.  This thing eats fabric like crazy! Shocked

Skirt!  Please ignore all the excess fabric pinned to the bodice, that will disappear once I actually sew it all together. Roll Eyes  This was the hardest part to my surprise.  I had NO idea how difficult it would be to pleat all that fabric so it would lie nicely over the panniers.  At one point I actually broke down into tears of frustration after working on only one side for over an hour. Cry

Final picture with the excess fabric down so you can get a better idea of the silhouette so far.

Thanks for looking!
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mother's Day Watercolor Stencil Portrait on: July 02, 2011 03:38:17 AM
I made this watercolor portrait of my mom and I for my mom for Mother's Day using this awesome tutorial!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301135.0

The color is a bit washed out, it's a bit more vibrant in reality.

This is about as close to art as I can get, but I'm pretty proud of it.  Let me know what you think!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Period Dress - Final Project! on: May 23, 2011 09:42:14 AM
I'm a theatre major at school and just finished up my costume construction class.  For the final project we had to make a period piece.  Here is what I came up with using a McCall's pattern that I forgot the number of  Roll Eyes

Please ignore the wonky fit, it's meant for someone with a smaller chest than mine!

Oh and ignore the electric blue bra peeking out  Tongue

This was my first time making sleeves and using grommets so I'm quite pleased but I'm also glad it's over, I'm not a huge fan of patterns and I'd much rather be sewing stuff for me to wear! Cheesy

Let me know what ya think!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Black VBI Wristlet with Tute! (Tons of Pics!) on: September 06, 2010 04:57:35 PM
So I made a new version of my VBI Wristlet since my last one had seen the last of it's days. Cry  I took pics as I went along this time so I could share a tute with all of you.  If you decide to make this please post pics!

Now onto the tute!

As a quick note, make sure that every step you work on this check to make sure things are fitting properly!  Check the card slots, the cash pocket, if it will zip closed.  Everytime you stitch double check to make sure everything is still working. Wink

Ok so first you're going to gather your materials.  For this wallet I used a stronger black canvas fabric for the outside and a printed quilters cotton for the inside.  I recommend doing this because the outside will get a lot of wear and tear and the inside involves LOTS of folding and layers which doesn't work as well with a thicker material.  Beside the fabric you will also need two zippers, mine were 4" and 20", also you'll need a D-ring (for my first wallet I simply used a keyring but it would slowly work itself off the wallet as well as the edges kind of sawed into the fabric leading to it's ultimate destruction Angry) mine was 1", and lastly some swivel clasps that have a flat bottom attachment deal (the ones from my first wallet were salvaged from lanyards from my HS but they tended to get pulled open easily, this time I bought some in the jewelry section of Joann's and they seem to be much stronger.)  You will also need some clear vinyl, the smallest amount you can buy, as well as fusible fleece, I used some from a Pellon pack.

So to recap your supplies are:

-Sturdy canvas fabric for the outside
-Quilters cotton for the inside
-1 packet of Pellon fusible fleece
- yard (or smallest cut allowed) of clear vinyl
-1 D-ring, 1" (pictured as a keyring, scroll down to see what I used.)
-2 swivel hooks (wrong ones pictured, scroll down to the last step to see what I used.)
-1 4" zipper
-1 20" zipper

I recommend cutting out your fabric as you go and double checking it is correct for your wallet, there are lots of minor differences that can be made by folding slightly differently, etc.  These however are the measurements I started out with:

Outside canvas fabric:
-Outside main panel - 5"x8" - 2
-Back pocket - 5"x10" - 1
-Spine - 6.5" x 2" - 1
-ID holder - 3.5"x4.5" - 1
-Strap - 4"x14"
-D-Ring tab - 4"x4"

Inside cotton fabric:
-Inside main panel - 5"x8" - 2
-Coin pocket - 4.5"x7.5" - 1
-Card slots front - 32.25"x4.5" - 1
-Card slots back - TBD
-Spine - 6.5"x2"
-ID holder - 3.5"x4.5" - 1
-OPTIONAL extra card slots - 8.5"x29.25" - 2

Fusible fleece:
-Main panel - 5"x8" - 2
-Outside pocket - 5"x5" - 1

Clear vinyl:
-ID holder - 2.5"x3.75"

You are going to start off making both of the ID holders cut a template out of paper that is 2.5" by 3.75", place this template in the center of the inside ID holder fabric and iron the fabric down around it to fold it in.

Remove the template and top stitch an ⅛ of an inch away from the edge.  Measure and mark inch from all four sides.  Cut a rectangle in the center another inch from your markings.  Then cut diagonally from each corner of the cut rectangle to each respective corner of the marked rectangle.

Fold under and iron flat.  Top stitch again an ⅛ inch from the edge.

Set the ID holder aside and grab your vinyl, and cut a finger slot into it with an exacto knife.  As you can see I have a template I drew up.  Mine are about an inch long.  PAY ATTENTION to which direction you cut the slots in because that will be how the card slides out.  (I didn't pay attention this go around so the card slides out a different way than I originally intended, however, I found that I liked this way better anyway.)

This part can be a bit tricky but you can do it!  Now you'll need to sew the vinyl to the fabric without using any pins, any holes you put in vinyl do not come out!  So just go slowly on the machine and make sure the vinyl stays put and centered.  You are going to stitch over your previous stitches on the smaller rectangle.  Once it is stitched down, turn it over and trim the vinyl close to the stitching.

Repeat for outside ID holder!  BE CAREFUL from now on that you never iron the ID holders directly!  They will melt!!

Stitch your outside ID holder to one of your outside main panels.  Be sure to center it and pay attention to the direction of the finger slot!  Stitch three sides, leaving one open for the card to slide in and out.  You are going to again be stitching over your previous stitches, only this time it will be the outside rectangle.  Also make sure you don't forget to go back and forth over the ends since they will get a lot of abuse with the card being slid in and out.

Now take your outside pocket fabric and iron your fusible fleece to one half of it.

Fold the fabric over to sandwich the fleece and top stitch a inch from the folded edge.

Baste stitch the fabric to your other outside main panel about a quarter an inch from the edge, again only stitching three sides so the pocket remains functional!

Iron your fusible fleece to the back sides of both outside main panels, again being careful of the vinyl.

Go take a break, rest your eyes and get away for awhile because the next step is going to be super tedious and easy to screw up, fair warning!
Ok, so you're ready now?  Starting at one of the long ends mark the following measurements on either side of your fabric (measure from the last mark you made):

1.5", 3.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5",

Next you will iron these marks down, be sure to constantly check the accuracy of these, make sure cards will fit in the slots etc.  The measurements above are still a work in progress, so make any adjustments you see fit as you work.  The first crease will be wrong sides together, the second will also be wrong sides together, after that you will alternate back and forth to form the card slots, the last measurement will again be wrong sides together.  (I ended up omitting the first and last crease and just stitched it down.  If you want a xylophone type opening for the cash pocket like with my green one, leave them there).  When you are satisfied with the slots, top stitch along the top of each ⅛" away from the crease, don't forget to unfold it before you stitch, you should only be stitching through TWO layers of fabric!

Next you will be sewing on the ID pocket.  Use the same method you did with the outside again being careful of which end you leave open, depending on how you cut your slot out.  If it will slide out along the short end leave the right side open (top in photo), and if it will slide out along the long end leave the top open (left in photo).  BEFORE you stitch unfold your fabric, you should only be sewing through ONE layer of fabric.

So apparently I missed a step or two with the photos, next you are going to measure the fabric WHILE FOLDED this will give you the measurement for the back of the card slots.  Put the two right sides together and stitch with a " seam allowance around three sides (be careful not to sew over your ID slot, at best it will look really bad and at worst you'll sew the hole right up!), leaving one of the short ends open.  Turn this inside out and fold the open end inside the tube.  Now sew this piece in the center of one of your inside main panels, sew the top, left and bottom edges using a quarter inch seam allowance on either end and a inch seam allowance on the long end (this time you will stitch over your ID pocket, but only as far in as the outside rectangle). If you want the xylophone effect, fold under the top and bottom folds mentioned previously, and then stitch.

Okay, now you are going to work on your other main inside panel.  You are going to put in the four inch zipper to make a coin pocket.  If you don't already know how to do this follow this tute:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=11808.0

OPTIONAL EXTRA CARD SLOTS - If you want the extra card slots, go ahead and follow the next few steps if not, skip ahead.  The pockets aren't that great, they are functional but they add a lot of bulk and the technique is not nearly as fleshed out as everything else.  Fair warning.  Now if that hasn't scared you off we can continue.  

Take your two pieces of extra card slot fabric and you are going to follow the same steps as you did with the main card slots except you will use the following measurements:

3.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2", 2.5", 2"

Top stitch the tops of the card slots if you haven't already and then sew a vertical line directly up the center, make sure this line is perpendicular to your card slots or they will come out wonky.  

Fold it in half along the line you stitched with right sides together.  Stitch along the top and bottom leaving the side opposite the folded edge open.  Turn right side out.  (Ignore the erroneous stitching, as I said it was a learning process).

Look carefully at the following pics before proceeding.  You are going to now stitch all the inside parts together.  First iron down each skinny end of the spine about a inch, wrong sides together.  Sew the zippered main pocket to the spine using a " seam (with the extra card slots smashed between if you are including those, toward the top around a " from the top of the spine.  This will be ridiculously thick, go slowly and make sure you get all layers.)  Next sew the opposite side of the spine to the card slot main panel (with the extra card slots toward the bottom this time.  If you don't stagger them, the wallet will never close.)

Repeat this with the outside pieces, omitting the extra card slots.  Make sure the openings of both the pocket and card slot are on one end.

Next take your D-ring tab fabric and folded it in half then open it up and fold the raw edges in to meet at the crease and fold it in half again so you have no raw edges.  Stitch on either side around an ⅛" from the fold and again down the center (this makes it much stronger).  Next fold it lengthwise over the D-ring and use your zipper foot to sew close to the D-ring so it can't move too much.

Sew the tab to the top of the outside spine, using a box and an X again for strength, I wen't over the box and X twice.

Ok, so here comes the zipper, I'm not going to lie to you it's a pain but it can be done you just have to use TONS of pins, take it really slowly, and have a lot of patience.  Unzip your long zipper and start pinning it to the outside as shown below.  Let the extra on either end of the zipper go under the spine.

Sew this on CAREFULLY AND SLOWLY using a basting stitch.  Check to make sure it zips!

Next lay the inside of the wallet on it, right sides together.  Again use TONS of pins.  Stitch leaving one of the long sides OPEN so you can turn it inside out, my hole was only around 3" big but I was still able to turn it.  This time you should be using a regular stitch rather than a basting stitch, again make sure you are grabbing all three layers.

Turn your wallet inside out and feel a deep sense of accomplishment! Grin  Until you realize you still have to stitch that pesky hole closed. Roll Eyes  Double check it zips again!  I close the hole by hand stitching it, if you don't know how there are a few tutes online to show you how or nicely ask someone who does know how. Wink

One last step!  I didn't photograph this either.  For the wristlet strap follow the exact same steps as the D-ring tab except instead of folding it in half to stitch the D-ring on, fold over either end over the swivel clasps around ".  Use a zig-zag stitch, with a super short stitch length, go back and forth so the raw edge is completely covered.  I have swivel hooks on either end of my strap so I can take it off and replace it with a lanyard if I like, also I have my car keys on one of the swivel hooks so I can unhook that one end so when I drive the wallet can sit in my center console rather than having all that weight on my ignition.

Congrats your done! Grin Grin Grin  Now don't forget to post pictures of your fabulous new wristlet!  Also if you have any improvements to the tut just let me know.

Any questions or comments are welcome!  Enjoy! Cheesy
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vera Bradley Inspired Wristlet now with link to tute! on: August 10, 2010 07:13:47 AM
This is a rather verbose post so feel free to skip ahead to pics if you like!

Ok, so after years of lurking I've finally mounted my courage and I'm posting my first completed project.  I made this wristlet last January the week before I went back to school, so please excuse its worn loved look.  

I based the design on Vera Bradley's All in One Wristlet:  http://www.verabradley.com/product/Category/Accessories/All-in-One-Wristlet/154832/defaultColor/Make%20Me%20Blush/pc/638/p/154832/sc/645/c/0.uts  
I'm going to college in Connecticut where Vera Bradley's a rather huge phenomenon (not so much in California where I'm from).  Being someone who carries tons of things and needs a huge wallet I loved the idea of a wristlet that could hold all my cards, cash, receipts, and ID as well as a handy pocket to hold my cell phone.  I love being able to just grab it and go on days I stumble out of bed to the caf don't feel like carrying a purse.  On the other hand, I'm not huge on the paisley fabrics that Vera uses or of the quilted look, not to mention I'd rather spend $5 making it to my own preferences, rather than $30 for the original.  I made a few alterations to the original design, notably I made it larger, so it would hold a bill while still unfolded and so it would hold more cards (the original only held 3!).  I also added a clear card slot on the inside as well as the outside, and put finger slots in both so the card could easily slide out (immensely convenient with college ID's - you have to swipe them everywhere!)  

If you made it this far thank you and onto the photos!

Front outside view of the card slot with a finger slot, this is where I keep my college ID for easy access Cheesy

Detail Shot of the Finger Slot

The back with a pocket for a phone/ipod/gum etc.

And finally the inside.  It has a zippered pocket on the left side and the right has a cash pocket with 7 card slots with a clear ID pocket.

Cash Pocket

I have to thank a few fellow craftsters since I used bits of their tutorials to make this.
I used that-darn-kat's quilted wallet tutorial for the card slot measurements:  http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/
and I used Vanyel's tutorial for the licence holder:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=237259.0

Let me know what you all think, comments and criticism welcome!  Thanks for looking! Grin

EDIT:  Link to Tute - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=358767.0
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Skirt advice on: August 02, 2010 01:29:12 AM
Hey all, I'm currently making a circle skirt and after I got it sewn together I thought it might look good high waisted.  Not really sure it that would be a good or bad thing for my body shape though.  I have an hourglass figure so I was thinking it might accentuate my small waist Huh  Anyway it's a work in progress, I'm probably gonna add a contrast band on the bottom, cause it's a little short for my taste, and definitely will if I make it high waisted.  Anyway onto the pictures, sorry about the crappy camera phone mirror shot, I didn't feel like looking for my camera. Roll Eyes

First sitting how it is now
Front view

Side view

Now pinned so it's high waisted
Front view

Side view

Ok, so honest opinion, which way does it look better?
Thanks in advance!
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing by hand on: February 20, 2010 01:15:16 PM
Hey all,
I've always an avid machine sewer, but now that I'm in college my machine's across the country.  Cry  My question is, is it okay to sew clothing by hand?  Should I use a certain stitch or thread?  Any advice would be much appreciated.  I can't wait to get back to sewing again!
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for sewing project for some household item??? on: November 18, 2008 11:37:54 PM
As the holidays are coming up I want to make something for my brother-in-law (whom I don't know very much about), he and my sister just moved into their first apartment and I was thinking I could make something for it, I'm pretty handy with a sewing machine so any ideas would be much appreciated!  (by the by, I've thought about throw pillows, table runners, and place mats, but I'm not very fond of those ideas).

Thanks for all your ideas!
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