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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jacket --> Knickers on: October 02, 2010 10:53:42 AM
I created these pants for the BurdaStyle/Project Runway Challenge.  I started with an old Forever 21 wool herringbone coat that I've had forever.  It was too small and falling apart.  I took all the seams apart until I only had flat pieces, and then used Simplicity 3850 as a rough guide to make the pattern pieces.  I made a side zip instead of a front fly and eliminated the pockets.  The side panels came from a pair of khakis that were also in my closet for way too long.  I tried to imitate the herringbone pattern on the wool by cutting panels and sewing them back together.  They're fully lined even though I forgot to take a picture and the lining and the notions are from my stash.  The buttons on the hems came from the original jacket.  I had a few moments of extreme frustration, but it was worth it.  I absolutely love the problem-solving aspect of sewing!



Thanks for looking!  If you're on BurdaStyle and IF I make it into the top 50, please vote for me!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / BurdaStyle Blouse on: September 14, 2010 12:22:54 PM
This blouse is BurdaStyle 119 from 8/2010.  I've never successfully worked with this kind of light material before.  It's 100% polyester, but it feels like chiffon. 

It was pretty easy and I really like it, but I did a couple things differently.  I did pintucks instead of bigger pleats like the directions said.  I suppose I could use a pintuck foot; they aren't perfect, but I think they work.  I also did the ruffle a little bit differently, by folding it so there were no raw edges showing and stitching it first right side of the ruffle to wrong side of the blouse, then folding it over and topstitching.  I'm not a fan of the raw unravelling edges look.  I used the selvage for the sleeve edges so I didn't have to hem them.  Finally, I used this tutorial: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4642/sheer-seams-and-edges over at Threads to finish the hem.  It's a couched edge, and I'm definitely going to use it on future projects!  It wasn't perfect this time and I actually did it backwards, but I think it works.

Thanks for looking!  Check out my blog at: http://maymademe.blogspot.com/
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Floral Skirt on: August 19, 2010 01:34:59 PM
Love it!  Looks like something I'd wear all the time.  Great job!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Photo procrastination...big 'ol post! on: August 08, 2010 06:06:48 PM
So it's been awhile.  I worked at a camp for the first half of summer and I kept sewing but stopped taking pictures altogether.  I need to learn to keep up with that so I don't drive my mom nuts when I decide I need to do a post!

First up, New Look 6864 View C+D+I+L in a mosaic-like print. Not the most flattering picture, but it's cute in person.

Next, linen shorts from Simplicity 3850 and a cotton version of the camisole top in "Alabama Studio Style."

Here's a jersey version of the camisole top with elastic thread ruching detail at the bust...it's a prototype for better ones to come soon!

And finally, 2 dresses from Butterick 4914.

Thanks so much for looking!  More details on my new blog! http://maymademe.blogspot.com/

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Two Toned Dress on: July 01, 2010 05:51:04 PM
cute!  i think you should put a band or ruffle around the bottom but reverse fabrics so on the blue side the patterned fabric is the band (or ruffle) and vice versa.  make sense? it'd just give it a little more contrast.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: nautical button-down recon on: June 23, 2010 03:17:23 PM

For shirring, you need to find elastic thread.  It comes in black and white and they have it at JoAnn's.  Hand-wind the elastic thread around the bobbin.  It shouldn't be loose but not stretched either, just snugly wound.  Wind it up until no more will fit...you'll probably wind it at least one more time before you're done.  Your thread should match your fabric unless you want a contrasting effect.  Obviously, for mine, I used white. 

You'll stitch on the right side of the garment so the elastic shows on the back.  Backstitch once or twice then stitch one row straight across and backstitch at the end.  Use your sewing machine to determine where the next row should start.  I think for mine I positioned the previous line at the right edge of the machine foot and went from there.  I stretched my fabric as I kept going but I think you can do it either way, as long as you're consistent. 

When you're done, flip your garment over to the back.  In pairs, tie the elastic threads together to keep them from coming undone.  Washing and wearing can pull the elastic out so you want to make sure you secure it.  Trim all your threads and you're done!

I hope that helps!  It's really easy once you get the hang of it.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New summer dress on: June 23, 2010 02:57:34 PM
Thanks everyone! 

Cellobear, the pockets are the perfect size for phone, keys, change purse, etc.  (Yay for music people!!)

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I made myself a summer dress. Simplicity 3823 on: June 23, 2010 02:52:29 PM
Very pretty!  I just bought this pattern...I can't wait to use it now!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My very first dress on: June 23, 2010 02:50:41 PM
Very pretty!  I love the color of the fabric!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Prom Dress to Wedding Gown on: June 20, 2010 10:26:43 AM
Beautiful!  I especially love the detailing on the yoke.  You look gorgeous!  Congratulations!
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