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1  Satin Bows and Pinstripes in Shoes: Completed Projects by thali on: November 26, 2010 12:48:11 AM
I can't resist putting pinstripes on everything I do, I swear ... Even in my shoes! Also, this is a super easy alteration. And super quick C:


I found a tired pair of Diana Ferrari shoes in the thrift shop and thought they had potential as cute Lolita style footwear. They were in good condition, with no scuffs, and only a few minor chips around the bottom edge. Also, they were a size 7, and Im a 6 6 , but I thought I could fix that.


First I polished them, and coloured in those chips with a black sharpie Grin

Then I tore the insoles out of a pair of shoes that I have only worn once. They have the comfiest soles, but unfortunately pinched my heels and gave me the most scarring blisters I have ever had D: Tearing them apart gave me a whole lot of vindictive pleasure  >D

The sacrifice:

I covered the insoles with pink pinstripes, because I love contrasting inner colours in shoes.

Then I made some satin bows and sewed them to the front. Easy!

And, I added a cute ankle ribbon after I took the above photo. They fit perfectly now, and are super comfy ♥

These shoes are the first finished item from my holiday project ... to sew a collection of Lolita, Visual Kei and Japanese Street Fashion inspired clothing, mostly from thrifted/ reconned clothing. The progress is being documented on my blog

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2  Re: all things sweet ♥ (image heavy) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thali on: August 22, 2010 12:48:42 AM
Right, so here is the tutorial! I hope it make sense in some way ^_^;;

Firstly, I use a metre of material to make these skirts, but you might need more or less depending on your waistsize. The more fabric you have to ruffle, the more poofy your skirt will be ... usually 2.5 - 3 times your waistsize is a good amount.
(Also, this tutorial doesn't cover inserting zips or using interfacing D:)

Step One
- Dividing your fabric.:

You will need:

2 x waistband pieces
1 x piece of interfacing of the same size as waistband pieces
2 x skirt pieces to sew together

How I divide a metre of fabric for a skirt: (I usually use a contrast fabric for the inner waistband).

The height of the waistband is up to personal preference. I usually like 2-3". The length of the waistband pieces should be your waist length plus a little seam allowance on all sides.

The skirt pieces should be 2.5-3 times your waist size by the length you would like your skirt to be (+ seam allowances, of course!)

Step Two - making the waistband

As above, fold up the seam allowance on your two fabric waistband pieces. Press.

Place the piece of interfacing inside the fold on the inner waistband piece. If it is iron on interfacing, iron it now.

Place right sides together, and sew along the long edge opposite to your folded edges.

Turn right sides out and press. ♥

Step Three - The skirt!

Take your skirt pieces and sew the sides up to form a huge tube of fabric. Finish the seams however you would like. I used french seams here because the fabric was prone to fraying and I don't have an overlocker Cheesy Remeber to leave a gap on one side; you will need to insert your zipper there!

Also hem the bottom of your skirt at this point.

Gather along the unhemmed edge of the tube. You will want to gather the fabric enough that it will fit around your waistband.

Sandwich the gathered edge of the skirt between the waistband pieces and pin down.

Sew along the edge, making sure to catch the skirt inside the waistband.

Now, I didn't get a photo of this bit, but this is the point at which you insert your zipper at the side. If you are unsure about zippers, then there are some very good tutorials out on the web about how to insert them!

Topstitch, press, and wear!

I'm sure this was unclear in many ways, so please feel free to ask if you are confused! ♥
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3  all things sweet ♥ (image heavy) now with TUTORIAL! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thali on: August 17, 2010 11:21:21 PM
EDIT// skirt tutorial on page four, near the bottom. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=356910.30

...  I thought I'd finally post some things I sewed this winter. I lurk too much.. I love all things Victorian, military and lolita-esque, hehe. So I had fun making these!

Sorry for the low quality photos.  ♥

♥ iMi skirt

... I had a little less than a meter of this fabric. I love grey, I love plaid. I love high-waist skirts. Finally seem to be getting of hang of invisible zips ; ^; This has a built in black petticoat edged in lace, side zip and black bias around the top.

♥ sugarcream underskirt

... this was made to go underneath a lolita costume. Argh, so much ruffle. I can't wait for my ruffle foot to arrive T^T I followed a tutorial which you can find here http://community.livejournal.com/egl/7929257.html. I omitted the pintucks, though.

♥ black pinafore

... a little pinafore. I adore military buttons ... I have such a stash I need to work through :'D Has contrasting stripes inside the waistband and an invisble zip. I'm wearing it over the cream underskirt here, though it can be worn casually without a petticoat (I've worn it to uni like that).

♥ blouse

... an old dress that I stuffed up while sewing, so I made it a blouse. I'm going to redo the invisible zip (now I know how to do them xD). Has a corset back with ribbon, and pintucks at the front, too. Love the buttons on this too (more military~!)

classic rose lolita

... made this for fun and practice with the tutorial I linked to above, but this time included the pintucks. It is made out of an old bedsheet Grin  

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4  Skirt + Skirt = First Actual Clothing! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by thali on: August 14, 2009 02:00:45 AM
Well, this week I decided to confront my fears. I sewed clothing for myself for the first time. I'm a beginner sewer (this is perhaps my third project), so I chose skirts. Figured they're relatively easy Grin

I used no patterns, just sort of made it up as I went along. I learnt a lot. And man, those buttons were soooo much fun to pick out! ♥

♣ Grey skirt with wide waistband and pleat-thingys. Loved this fabric, and at $10, this is the cheapest skirt I've got  Cheesy  

Closeup of the fabric, with more accurate colours:

♣ This second skirt I made out of some fabric I found in the garage. I think it was some sort of garment once upon a time. It was too cut up for me to figure out what, though. Oooh, a mystery! There were chunks missing, so I patched them with grey and hid them in the vague pleats. Has a zipper and button closure at the back!

Again, close up of bottom with slightly more honest colours:

Hehe, can you tell I adore scarves?  Tongue
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