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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My NEW Victorian inspired Ensemble! "Le Chocolat" on: November 26, 2010 02:13:33 PM
This is my new Victorian inspired ensemble to wear to the 2011 Steampunks World Fair, and wherever I wish Smiley.  I drafted the pattern for the fishtail skirt and bolero jacket myself Smiley  The skirt is surprisingly easy to make, but I had to take it in about 3 times since 1)my dress dummy is broken and has no hips lol and 2)I had no one to help me mark the dress while it was on.

I am VERY proud on how this turned out! <3

my favorite part is the back! I love my bow and ruffles

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My 50's style wrap dress on: November 05, 2010 06:17:29 PM
Hello all! It has been quite a while since I posted, but I have been busy with sewing.  Halloween is over, and I had costumes out the wazoo!  Anywho, I wanted to post my dress that I finished today to commemorate my 110 lb weight loss over the past year.  I am so in love with this dress, and the best part, it is still a bit big! I have to take it in a bit more.  So here it is Smiley  (forgive the messy living room)


I am SO in love with how my ruffled collar turned out.

The dress is made from plum colored taffeta, from 800fabricsclub.com Smiley Hope you like!
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pretty Pirate Hat! on: June 06, 2010 02:13:40 PM
I attend renaissance fairs all throughout the summer, and love going as a pirate. Hey, pirates have more fun. This year, I wanted a pirate hat-tricorn, but everything was sooo expensive. So I decided to take my hand at making my own.

I took a regular black straw sunhat, flipped up the sides and back, and sewed them in place, thus making the tricorn shape.  Then I added the ruffled trim, braided trim, flower, pearls, etc.  It looks girly, but goes perfectly with my girly pirate outfit Smiley

Up next is to attempt to make an Elizabethan tall hat, for my Elizabethan gown that I have yet to make! I'm currently trying to find some sort of base to start with. Either a felt/cardboard top hat, but with a shorter crown and smaller brim.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Men's Doublet Ensemble on: September 12, 2009 11:48:00 PM
howdy all! it has been forever since i have posted anything in here. but i would like to share with you a renaissance ensemble i was working on and is now completed. it is a mens doublet with pants.  made with help from simplicity pattern 4059. i absolutely hate using patterns! but i think i did well with this. hope you enjoy!

here is the matching pouch i made with it

and here is my friend in it!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My (not so) Swing Dress on: June 12, 2009 12:34:47 AM
hola-here are two pictures of me in my dress that i just finished!

i didn't use a pattern.  i more so copied the pieces off of my black and white polka dot dress.  i wish that i could somehow get the waist a little more fitted-the solid red area, but woe is me.  i think it came out really good Smiley  it is comfty, and cute!

it doesn't really twirl because the red and white polka dot fabric is not really cotton, kinda feels like a plastic/cotton table cloth?  hey, the fabric was 39 cents a yard, i couldn't pass it up

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Funky print Circle skirt ( cant wait till spring!) on: February 15, 2009 10:42:35 PM
i got this awesome, AWESOME fabric, and couldn't help but resist in making a circle skirt. they are my favorite type of skirt, and i personally think they look great on ALL figures. check it out

The skirt was super easy to make. Once I drafted out the pattern on paper, basically a 1/3 panel, cut the pieces out, pin, and sew. I believe it took my about an hour, maybe even less. I'd be glad to post a tutorial if you like.

Please let me know what you think, as the only skirts I have ever made have been Renaissance fair dresses

Was asked for a tutorial so here it is (to the best of my ability)

1) Get a large piece of drafting paper or tape some newspapers/paper bags together, needs to be large enough to draw the 1/4 pattern

2)  measure your waist, and divide by 3 (for a 3 panel skirt) or 4 (for a 4 panel skirt). Once you have your waist measurement, measure the semi circle for that number from the top corner, from one edge to another, and add 1/2" for seam allowance. Make sure it curves similar to a circle, almost like a pizza slice?

3)  from there, measure how long you want the skirt to be, and starting at the first edge from the bottom of the line you did from your waist, measure down length, and mark off. and then keep moving in a circle, marking off, every couple of inches, making radial marks, from edge to edge.  this will be a bigger crescent moon/pizza shape.

4) draw the lines in along the bottom, and then cut out.  this piece will be 1/3 of a panel or 1/4 (if you divided by 4)

5) pin right sides together of two pieces and sew seam lengthwise.  pin the last piece (right side) to the rest of the skirt  (right side) and sew the seam.

6) pin your hem all the way around the skirt, and sew

7) flip the waist band for wrong sides together, pin and sew

Cool so now that you have all the hems, seams, and waistbands, just close the skirt (right sides together) pin and hem.

walla! you have a skirt

if there is anything you don't understand, feel free to ask me

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Mini Clutch on: February 11, 2009 03:26:45 PM
I made this mini clutch earlier.  I never intended it to be soooo small, but I forgot to add seam allowance and whatnot, but I still love it. it's about 8" by 3". long but small in height

it is fully lined, with a button front closure, and a matching wrist ring.

What do you all think?
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Feathered Hair Clip w/Beads on: February 11, 2009 03:19:36 PM
This is my first attempt at making something like this with the materials I have on hand

Made with brown/black and white/black feathers, and rock beads in browns and greens. it is about 6" tall and 6" across the widest point at the top,

What do ya think?  I can never wear it in my hair, because it just wotn look good. BUt I thin its still cute
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Retro Pleated Handbag on: February 10, 2009 01:06:46 PM
This is my first bag I actually took my time on.  The material is a canvas like material for the bag, and cotton remnant for the handle.

The bag itself is made from a table placemat I got from goodwill for 25 cents.

Tell me what ya think.

Basically all I did was fold the bag in half, wrong sides facing together, and then press.  I then did two pleats on each side, pin and press.  I turned the bag inside out to sew the side seams, and then sewed the black and white top to it.  I think used safety pins to pin the straps, because I liked the way the pins looked. And that was it. BAM! cute bag.

Now Im waiting for my husband to come home so we can go to lunch and I can show the bag off.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Cat Tail and Ears on: February 09, 2009 12:13:28 PM
Hi there. I made a cat tail and ears to wear for AnthronCon this year. But once my young neices sew it, they decided they wanted to be cats also. These are fairly simple to make, doesn't even require a pattern. Tell me what ya think!

The tail and ears are made out of hot pink black tiger striped fabric from Joanns, 12.99 a yard. I only purchased one yard.  The tail and ears are stuffed with poly fill, and the tail itself has a metal hanger inside of it so I can shape it to how I want Smiley

Attached to the tail is a elastic waistband with the same fabric so I can just slip it on easily

The tail is about 40inches long, and the ears are made from a regular headband, and triangular cut ears stuffed with poly fill
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