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1  My First Lolita Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by sarah-the-strange on: February 09, 2009 04:46:24 PM
So after abandoning sewing for about 3 weeks due to the evil gr12 provincials that dominated my first semester, you can imagine how happy I was to clean up the basement and get my machine going again. "oh I missed you so much! ;_____; " The sound of the gears was simple music to my ears! X3

The top thing on my list was finally finishing a protoype dress for my lolita sewing circle to showcase at a Lolita Fashion Show we've been invited speak at during a local convention in the summer. We needed to estimate how much materials were going to cost to make our models suitable outfits, quality control and figure out just how much time this little pet project would eat up.
This one in particular though is for my little sister; she's one of the mini models at the show along with a few other of my friends who've I have invited in.

The result:

And a nice close up of the bust+straps:

You may not be able to see it, but at the ends of the skirt where the pattern meet the black are black bows; 2 on the front and 2 on the back (I have a thing for symmetry) I was a but disappointed that I didn't have enough scrap black fabric (this was a prototype after all) to make the ruffle on teh bottom...well, more ruffled but I guess that couldn't be helped. I also wished I had more fabric for the gathering at the waist to make it more poofy, but oh well.

ps: is there some trick to figuring out how much fabric is needed to create the perfect bottom ruffle without just cutting out a huge long strip of fabric and cutting excess of that? I've been trying to find the best equation.

I don't know all the particular rules for posting "prices" or anything here *still reading through everything* but perhaps ppl can PM me with what they believe would be a suitable price? (or if this is totally the wrong place, MOD plz go ahead and move) We're currently trying to promote the art work of students at my school (both visual and textile) at this convention, so any suggestions/opinions would be greatly appreciated! I'm not trying to advertise (especially when this is for a special one-time event that I doubt people will be driving all the way up North for), I just desperately want an honest opinion for once.
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2  Sweet Lolita Hand Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sarah-the-strange on: January 23, 2009 06:38:40 PM
A comp of pics of one of my latest projects for this year (made just before exams thank god) I made one Gothic lolita one, and one Sweet lolita one.

I just wish i had slightly thicker cotton, so it could be a bit more durable, but really its supposed to be a summer bag, so its not really meant to be carrying all your stuff =_=;;;

I'll edit this post later once I resize all the pics of the Gothic lolita bag so they can be hosted. ^^;;;

Main print is something i picked up in japan when my mother, her bf (whose fluent in japanese), and my best friend and I were visiting my aunt in Tokyo. SO MUCH FUN XD they're all plotting to ship me off there for a few years of school once i grad. D: i already want to go back and pick up more pretty fabric! TT_TT

These bags seem to eat up a large amount of time, but i was really happy with how it turned out, so it was worth it in the end! Cheesy
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3  Choco Cake Jewelery Box *EDIT: LINK TO TUT!* in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by sarah-the-strange on: January 04, 2009 05:36:30 PM
here are some pics of the first felt cake jewelery box that I made with this neat little kit that mother picked up for me on one of her many trips into Richmond ( we are currently living in BC) for good chinese food.
My basement is currently under renovation as mother dear decided to re-org. everything over the holidays, so I was feeling a bit creatively repressed not being able to sew anything with my workspace deconstructed. I decided to crack open the kit and locked myself in my room with my laptop and sewing box. Wink

I made a template of all the parts that it came with for future use, as well as adjusting it, b/c the pieces that they give you need seem to have a need to be trimmed to fit each other as you go, which was somewhat annoying but crucial in the end.

time: 10 hours (handstitching....so time consuming! D: ) made on a night when I should have been studying. >_>  

ALL of the parts of the tutorial is now posted on my DA page--->
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Pattern (just print and cut!): Pattern here
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