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11  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Peasant dress made from thrifted material! on: January 31, 2011 02:56:27 PM
Greetings Craftsters!
   I was able to persuade my college to let me create a course this semester called Recycled Fashions, and for the course I will be creating 10-15 garments that are either made from recycled fabric or reconstructed from an item I already own or something bought second hand. This is my first completed project. I adapted a tutorial from http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/07/peasant-blouse.html. The dress took about 3 hours to make, the fabric cost $3.99 for about 3 yards @ Savers, the thread cost $1.79 @ Jo Anns Fabric and the elastic $1.29 @ Jo Anns Fabric. Total cost for this dress, including tax (about): $7.50.

I also styled it a few different ways that you can see @ http://bearlyonearth.com/2011/01/26/ootd-muu-muu-part-3/

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 31, 2011 02:46:12 PM
Thanks everyone for the nice feedback!
@Phantome: I actually just use the width the fabric comes in, I dont trim it. So usually fabric is 44 inches, and since my widest measurement at my hips is about 60 inches, I know its wide enough with 88 inches minus the seam allowance. This is the same method I've used for all the other skirts I've made. And the fabric does poof out a little from the elastic, but I actually want it that way so the skirt is full and doesnt feel snug. Does that help?
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 12, 2011 10:19:15 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words and encouragement! You'll be seeing a lot more of me (hopefully) because I've convinced my college to let me make up a course on recycled fashions (using thrifted fabric to make clothing, or reconstructing old clothing)!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Anda dress and simple skirt tute. on: January 11, 2011 01:29:18 PM
Downloaded, printed and edited a pattern from Burda Style on line, this dress http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/anda. Im a size 26/28 in most stores, so I needed to add 2 inches to the waist of the dress.
and styled:

Making a basic, gathered, A-line skirt.

Materials: Fabric, thread, elastic, sewing scissors.

Step 1: After you wash your fabric, measure how long youd like your skirt, and add a half an inch at the bottom for finishing, and a full inch on the top to create a channel for the elastic (please note I did NOT follow my own directions with the seam allowances, I used fabric that was already in my moms stock pile, and it was about 3 or 4 inches too short, so I improvised by making them much smaller than usual).  Lay your fabric flat and cut it along the top. You should have two equal rectangles of fabric.

Step 2: Lay your two pieces of fabric together so the print is on the inside. Sew up each short end of your rectangle, a quarter-inch from the edge. Iron your seam flat.

Step 3: Finishing the hem. Fold over fabric a quarter-inch, so the wrong sides (inside) of the fabric are together and iron all the way around. Fold over again and iron all the way around. The straighter your edge is while you iron, the easier it is to finish the bottom straight. Sew the hem towards the top of the fold so that you have a nice finish from the outside.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 to finish the waist band. How far you fold and iron your fabric depends on the width of your elastic. Since I used fabric that was too short to begin with, I used quarter-inch elastic. Usually, I use 3/4 inch non-roll elastic. Start sewing around the channel for the elastic at a side seam, and towards the bottom of the fold. When you begin, back-stitch a few stitches, go almost all the way around, back stitch a few stitches again leaving a gap big enough for a safety-pin to go through.

Step 5: Measure your elastic, cut to size, attach to safety-pin, string through the channel. Make sure the elastic is flat the whole way around, lay one end over the other and sew. Sew up the channel if you want, I usually leave mine open in case I think I need to shorten the elastic. You are done like a bun! Wear it!!!


This has been x-posted on fatshionista livejournal
15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: Red Leopard Taffeta NYE Dress on: January 02, 2011 08:53:36 PM
This dress is *so* amazing!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: An awesome recon and 2 skirts on: December 26, 2010 01:17:42 PM
Thanks everyone for the awesome feedback!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / An awesome recon and 2 skirts on: December 22, 2010 11:53:52 AM
Greetings Craftsters!

My best friend graduated college a few days ago, and she had a grad party. Back story is she loves the color orange with such a passion that her entire life looks like orange exploded everywhere. As an ode to the Queen of the Party, I had to find some new orange to wear. I found this interesting thing for $10 at Savers. Its polyester, it has shoulder pads, and its orange!



Two handmade skirts. After I made the yellow and purple skirt I posted on here recently, I realized that I could make a few more to add some color into my wardrobe. I think they've turned out great! The first one was for a Holiday party and the second just for fun.

18  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Skirt on: December 07, 2010 11:55:07 AM
Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!
19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: The Owl from "The Owl and the Pussycat" *img heavy* on: December 04, 2010 08:21:24 PM
Amazing work!
20  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Victorian Zombie for Zombie Walk LB on: December 04, 2010 08:19:16 PM
Great Costumes! I love the shot of everyone mobbing the bus!
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