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1  Victorian Corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: February 04, 2010 01:04:26 AM
Just thought I'd share, I made this for another forum member- AmysSculpturalBeading using the TV110 pattern. It's 100% cotton with a mid-weight black broadcloth as the outer layer and lining, with heavy weight cotton canvas as a strengthening inner layer. The boning is made from cable ties, as we weren't going for a huge waist reduction. Wide Satin ribbon for the lacing and some wide black lace for a bit of pretty. It's meant to be more functional undergarment wear as opposed to a decorative fashion corset.

Anyway just thought I'd share


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2  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Avalon_Princes27 on: December 07, 2009 11:55:23 PM
Yay! Pictures

So firstly the crafted items, there were three pairs of earrings, a cross pendent, a bangle, a bracelet, a bobby pin, a pretty tree ornament, and the coolest beaded succulent.

The earrings, one pair isn't here because I couldn't bear to take them off LOL, I have anickel allergy and my collection of earrings was all of three pairs and I now ahve Cross Earrings! I'm so happy LOL, the missing pair are shiny black.

The Cross Pendant that uses the same beads as the earrings

A really cool rainbow bangle that my mother keeps taking

My Absolute favourite, a blue wire bracelet  maybe crocheted? with beads strung along it. The best bit though is hidden inside in silver wire are the Christian fish.

A really pretty tree ornament

And an absolutely stunning succulent all done in beads, it looks sooo awesome and will be perfect for uni and prevent me killing plants LOL

Then the supplies, there's more surgical steel earring hooks, some black and red ribbon, some really vibrant cobalt ribbon, another butterfly, silver wire, pink, purpole and turquoise beads with a link to instructions to make the butterflies, some thread, some absolutely crazy yarn that I cant wait to knit and a pretty little angle, I'm afraid the loop on the angel broke off during transport however it still looks great as a table ornament. Oh and warheads as well.

Thank you so much Amy!!! I love it all!!!
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3  Re: Christ-Centered Christmas Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Avalon_Princes27 on: November 29, 2009 02:30:46 AM
Oooh interesting! and I have to wait more then a week to open it awwwww.

Here's a sneak peak for you, sorry about the monotone Christmas wrapping, my family doesn't typically wrap presents so there wasn't much choice...

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4  Having fun with Ball Gown plans, advice/comments please! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Avalon_Princes27 on: October 29, 2009 02:04:18 AM
So starting next friday I have three months of holidays. It's actually going to be a first for me, I've finished high school and won't find out until late January if I got into university, so no homework, no assignments etc. I'm going to be bored rigid. So I've begun gathering projects, most are simple things that have been waiting till I had spare time, and I'm making two nice shirts for my mother. Although she's an expert sewer she's afraid to make clothes, so these are kind of a thankyou gift, she was the one who taught me to sew. However thats just two weeks filled up, so to fill the rest of the space I decided I wanted to make a really nice gown with a foofy skirt. I'd been playing around with the idea of making a historical pattern. Then in the end settled on a two part ball gown with a corset top and an over the top skirt. Just to make it more over the top, the entire thing is going to be made of black velvet. I've always wanted a corset made out of a really nice quality velvet. Then Mum mentioned she had a roll of black velvet she couldn't use, as she'd bought it to discharge, but turns out it was 100% polyester. The fabrics not a high enough quality for a corset but it would do a skirt just fine. It's also 8.4 m long but only 90 cm wide. So I'm going to cut it into panels and sew it back together joining the selvedges to create a 6.3m length 110 cm wide to make the skirt.

As to the skirt I've been looking at ideas and I'm going to go with cartridge pleating (also known as gauging) to create the skirt. I'm going to use black broadcloth strengthened with an inner layer of canvas as the waistband. I'll probably make it 4" wide with lots of buttons for the closure. At the closure I'll also leave a split in the velvet to make it easy to get on and off.

As for the corset I'll be using TV110 but adding a sweetheart neckline to make it very modest.

This is the final design I ended up with

Not the best sketch I've ever done but you get the idea. The corset will also be embroidered with a vine and flower design on either side of the busk and flossing over the bones. This will all be done in black with black beads. I'll use a quality black velvet as the fahsion fabric, then probably cotton twill as the lining unless I can find herringbone and maybe canvas as centre strength, it'll depend on the fabrics I get.

I think I'll also probably make an underskirt out of tulle (lots of it) to give the velvet a bit more oomph. As well as a second petticoat to keep the tulle/velvet off my legs. I'm not sure if the weight of the velvet is just going to pull it straight down, or if the stiffness will make it stand out. Either way it's gonna be one mega skirt.

Inspiration came mainly from thse two sites.

I've been drooling over this corset on etsy for such a long time, I love it so much

And near the bottom of this page is cartridge pleated black velvet, it's so pretty

So if anyone has any advice on how to do this, opinions on the design, opinions on TV110 I'd love to hear them!

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5  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:58:15 PM
Then once thats done youre on the downhill run, you just need to attach the side piece. So the first step is of course to sew the zipper right sides together to the top of the bag making sure its centred-

Then once the zippers attached to the side pieces you need to pin the front on right sides together, making sure you leave part of the zipper open. Then sew around the outside, and turn it all right way out and your done!

The straps simply knot onto the D rings so you can easily adjust them...
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6  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:56:42 PM
So all your pieces are ready for assembly, now Id recommend lighting some incense sticks for the gods of sewing machines, doing some prayerful bowing before your sewing machine, a rethreading of the top thread and bobbin and a new needle. Also promising your sewing machine a service if it makes it through wouldnt go astray.

First you have the simple bits, with right sides together attach the base to the sides-

Then begin making the fabric sandwich. Lay the back down, with inside up, then lay the laptop pocket over this, with just the shorter sides lined up with the back; the longer sides are not to be sewn. Add a few pins to hold everything down-

Flip this over and attach the long side piece right sides together, you will need a lot of pins and make sure the base lines up and everything is sitting right.

When pinning make sure you start from the base and work up, making sure the side piece ends meet at the centre mark of the back, once your certain its centred, sew the pieces right sides together-

Dont forget to trim excess. Now place your straps in and pin them, they need to sit between the two outer denim layers with just the rough edge pointing out the rest sandwiched between denim. I placed the base straps at the very bottom of the sides and the long straps quite near the top.

Now you need to sew around the outside, best advice I can give, go slow, change your needle often and swearing doesnt help. Its hard work on your machine and may take a few goes, but it is soooo worthwhile.

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7  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:53:34 PM
Now we begin to get into the tricky things, where you begin praying to the sewing machine gods.

You need to sew the 45cm zipper onto your curved front pocket; this generally means a lot of pins-

Hey I actually did it!

Brief interlude while I play around with my machines automatic stitches in celebration

Then using heaps of pins again, attach the pocket and zipper to the front panel, making sure its all centred and all the edges are turned under-

Using a zipper foot go carefully around the pocket and zipper, its best to do this slow and make sure the edges all turned under and neat, then you have a nice little zipper pocket!

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8  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:43:29 PM
Next grab your second piece of fur, the laptop pocket back and your quilted back panel. This time you just want to run a line of sewing up either side as this creates a great place for documents/magazines that need to be kept flat behind this panel.

So now were onto straps, just a warning if youre using heavy duty fabric like I did, prepare to seriously chip your nail polish. So take two of your strap pieces, place them right sides together, and sew around them leaving the 5cm end open, it helps to hide a safety pin at the narrow end to make it easier to turn inside out. -

Then once sewn begin turning it inside out, I kind of just rolled it back in on itself and kept working at it until I got the small end where I just grabbed the pin and pulled.

Then sew down either side to make sure its all good-

Once thats done sew two more lines evenly spaced in the centre to strengthen the strap. Then repeat with the other two pieces so you should end up with two finished straps-

Next collect the pieces for the base straps, take two pieces place them right sides together and sew up the long edges. Turn inside out. Then fold one end in and sew along it-

Then Sew down the edges and sew two lines in the middle as you did with the long straps-

Then grab one of the 2 D Rings and fold the sewn end over about an inch, then sew this down, I did three lines of sewing just to be sure. However this is a lot of layers for your machine, so go slow and make sure you use the appropriate needle.-

 Repeat for the second base strap-
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9  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:37:33 PM
Then the very first step after everything has been cut out is to tame the faux fur. I used bias binding to bind all the edges of both pieces, I need about 3.2m all up and it worked amazing well.-

Next you need to quilt the base and the back piece. Sandwich the batting between the inner and outer fabric with right sides facing out and run whatever quilting stitch you want along it with your machine. I did basic diagonals lines out of multicoloured thread.-

Next collect the two laptop pocket pieces. The faux fur should have the edges bound and its quite simple to attack the inner lining. Simply fold the top and bottom edges in on the inner lining and sew in a straight line to attach this to the binding. Leaving the 35cm side ends open.-

Next you need to quilt the inner fabric and the faux fur together, the easiest way is to run diagonal lines along it, so you end up with this-

Obviously not the best for a precious easily scratched laptop, so this next bits a bit time consuming but well worth it. Grab a blunt pin and slowly pick the fur out of the stitching, it doesnt take too long and the stitching should disappear, until you have something like this-

Now remember those five cm spots you marked on the pattern? This is where they come in, you need to run a few lines of stitching along these to give the pocket a bit more shape, I did three lines in total-

Then you need to grab your trusty pin and fish all the fur back out of these new lines of stitching.
Yay youre done-

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10  Re: Backpack with Laptop Compartment + Detailed Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Avalon_Princes27 on: September 05, 2009 10:31:33 PM
So If you are still following along, the next bit is to actually begin to cut it all out. So lots of pins later you should have the first set of outer fabric pieces pinned and cut out, I used heavy weight indigo denim, I used a piece about 1.5m x 1.5m-

Next is the inner fabric, which luckily has a lot less pieces, I used a multi coloured check with the skull and crossbones printed over it, I used a piece 1.1m x 0.5m-

And finally the really fun bit, the faux fur be prepared to vacuum after this, the fur I used was a black shot with gold and had a fairly short pile, it was also super soft which is always an advantage since it will be protecting a laptop. However I used a fat quarter and the pieces didnt fit quite right so I just threw all the normal rules out the window and in my bag have the pile of the two pieces running perpendicular, one vertical and one horizontal.-
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