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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Making coat that's too small into something awesome - help!! on: April 21, 2013 02:19:11 AM
Hi all!

Haven't been on here for yonks - just busy with life in general!

Right - I have a dilemma. I bought this amazing leopard print coat off of ebay, thinking it'll fit me, but nope : literally a few inches too small around the chest and arms!! Sad

I really love it - I checked the seam allowance on the sleeves and chest area, not enough to let out. I don't want to get rid of it, as I love it waaaaaay too much.

I was thinking turning it into a cape or something - if anyone has any suggestions what I can do, that would be brilliant!! Mucho thanks!! xxx
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / An homage to Freddie's glam poncho wings....pleats? on: December 24, 2011 05:56:02 AM
Hey all - I recently posted a thread about this top I did (which you can find in the Costumes : Completed section) My query is this : I was trying to get some 'permanent' pleats/creases going down the sleeves and ironing doesn't seem to do the trick. The woman who I did it for took it to a dry cleaners to see if she good get it professionally pressed, but it still wouldn't hold.

So I honestly don't what to do - she's getting a bit upset with me about it....but no cool, as I spent a lot of time and effort on the top. I'm not superwoman, for crying out loud! Any tips/advice will be soooo grateful right now. Thanks!! -x-
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / An homage to Freddie's glam poncho wings....(a bit pic hefty!) on: December 22, 2011 06:08:34 AM
I was approached by my boss's sister to make her a top in the style of Zhandra Rhodes' poncho thing she made for Freddie Mercury back in the day. But not quite - she wanted her own spin on it. The big winged sleeves were a MUST. She sings in a covers band - they do all sorts of glam rock tracks - so she wanted something a bit flamboyant, but comfortable to wear on stage. Here was my reference pic - pretty neat, right?!

So we met up a few times over the course of the month for brainstorming, fittings, and more brainstorming. Smiley I have never in my life dealt with so many meters of white satin....ever!! It was insane and a bit annoying to keep it still on the machine....the damn stuff kept slipping around!! ARGH!

After many long days and nights (and yet another fitting of the finished product!!), my boss's sister went away a happy bunny. Cheesy But managed to stick around for some action shots of her in it. Wink I think the bit of the top I was super proud of were the pleated sleeves. Cheesy (and add some elastic wrist bands to keep the sleeves from slipping down whilst she pranced around on stage)

Although I did tell her she would have to take the top to a dry cleaner to get the pleats properly pressed all along the sleeves, as I just had a meager iron that just about did the job!!

The bodicey bit of the top is all fully lined with white polycotton, so it'll be comfy to wear without having a vest top underneath. Smiley *Don't mind all the crap in the background - I didn't have time to sort out my work area! Tongue Tongue

Aww, starting to get all 'empty nest' syndrome that that the top has gone! Tongue But that should do me for the rest of the year. Going to kick it with some coffee and sleep until Xmas.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Samba drumming jacket - first time for everything, right?! on: December 02, 2011 02:42:21 AM
I hate making anything with sleeves and armholes. Everyone knows that.

But a friend of mine told a friend of HERS that I make stuff....and dabbled in costumey things.

So his wife contacted me and asked if I was interested in making a 'little jacket' to go with her samba drumming outfit. So I said, 'Sure, what do you have in mind?' When I was asked if I can make the bottom hem wavy to go with the waviness of the skirt, then have the same detailing on the collar and cuffs, and fleece lining (she was going to wear it when her troupe have outdoor shows during the colder months) - I was almost beside myself with panic. But I sketched out a rough idea of what she was after and went to town on the fabric with chalk, creating all sorts of sqwiggley wavy lines. Tongue

After a few fittings, alterations, and stitching gawdawful slippery swirly fabric that kept moving around....this is what happened. Smiley

It looks a bit bulky and weird because the mannequin wasn't having any of it...it also needed a press to keep it lying flat. But the woman said she'd be more than happy to sort that out herself. :p

I am bit chuffed because I have never, ever done anything like this before - and the end result came out better than I expected. Cheesy SQUEEEE!! After a bit of a success, I think I might takle another jacket-related project.

To be determined at a later date. Smiley

5  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Glamtastic glittery platforms = numnumnum :9 on: November 13, 2011 02:22:43 AM
I am a freak for anything glam. You know, 1970's glam - the music, the glitter, the gawdiness, the fashion....geez, I think I was born in the wrong era! Tongue

I've always wanted a pair of glitter platforms since, like, forever - but they were either too expensive (not paying 75 for a pair of shoes, ta) or not in my size (I have rather big feet for a lady...booo!) All was lost until I discovered this tutorial by the amazing LunarPowered - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388327.0 - I could make my own!! Cheesy SQUEEEEE!!

I had a pair of red TUK platforms that has had their day - all scuffed up and chewed up like bubble gum. Sad

Eww eww eww.

Then after tons of glitter, glue, and laquer (and watching my trashy chat shows) - I present the end product. I will get around to dusting off the excess glitter from inside the shoe later. Smiley

I can't wait to wear them out and have people ask me where I got them from. Tongue Tongue The only problem I see with me having this knowledge of vamping up old heels = 95% of my shoes will now be glitterfied to within an inch of their lives. Tongue 
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Moz-tastic tote :D <3 on: October 23, 2011 06:19:26 AM
As a lot of my friends know, I'm a huge fangirl of The Smiths and Morrissey. I get random clippings in the post from friends that relate to the man himself Tongue

Anyhoos, I was HUGELY inspired by this post by totalindividual - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=359722.msg4659451#msg4659451 - which involved taking a shirt and making it into a snazzy bag. Smiley I had a Morrissey shirt that didn't fit right, so I cut it up and stitched onto some faux fur red leo print that was lying about...and voila!!

Big enough for books and stuff, but not unwieldy and cumbersome. Smiley

Inside of the bag - little mobile phone pocket, as my phone tends to get lost in my bag most of the time. Smiley

I might do more of these with random shirts I find on my travels - yay!!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ahoy sailor!! I'm such a nice friend..... :) on: June 18, 2011 08:31:01 AM
Howdy evurybody!

Been a very busy few days : found out I'm going to be on a t.v. programme called Come Dine With Me (filming starts next week), so I have been running around like chicken with it's head cut off to try an organise myself!! I've also been trying to work on some new music with the band (three new songs....whoo!!!) and also trying to work on some new frocks - a buyer from a shop I went to the other day is interested in my dresses!! WHEW!!

But I still managed to find some time to work on my greatest achievement yet - sailor trousers. JAAAAAAM. I've always wanted to make them.

My best friend wanted a pair of these from Vivien Of Holloway for her birthday. But like me, she has a small waist and big hips...so trying to get ones that fit her properly was going to be mental. And I wasn't about to pick apart seams either.

So I met her in town, had a few drinks, and wandered to the fabric shop. She chose the fabric, buttons, and anchor motif...and said, 'Here, make them for me, please!!' so I did - with an altered vintage trouser pattern from the 1970's. Smiley

Wee pocket and anchor detail - she wanted a small one to keep her house key when she goes out to her party:

I'm actually quite glad that they are a bit different to the VOH ones - she pretty much put her own stamp on them, so these are essentially one of a kind bespoke trousers....made to fit her. (and me - we wear the same trouser size Tongue)

I would keep them and not say a word, but she'd probably come to my house and kick my ass. Tongue


UPDATE - My friend picked them up the other day and they fit her to a T!!! Home skillet was jumping around my living room all happy. Cheesy No, really - she was. Tongue
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Frumpy floral mess to a fab vintagey frock. Well chuffed. :D on: June 14, 2011 12:43:46 PM
YAY!! Another post in a few days - man, I must have been bitten by the crafty bug!! Tongue

Anyhoos, I found this HEEEEEDEOUS tea party frumptastic floral dress in a charity shop for, like, a fiver and thought 'Yep, this needs to be turned into something...' I mean, look at it!! UGH! A bit sad....

But you know how you see something on the rack and immediately know what you you're going to do with it? Fate and all that. Smiley So, like a little kid with a bag of candy, I ran home with it (after paying for it, of course....) and started cutting it up using pattern Butterick 5033 - along with some rescued pink bedsheets for the lining and collar......aaaaaaand.....here is the result!!

I kept the original skirt bit - it seems to work okay with it. Smiley It's pretty much two squares sewn together, so I pleated them at the top and stiched it to the bodice. And guess what? The frock fits perfectly! A little too perfect.....a bit suspect....Tongue

This is probably the best thing I have ever done....ever.  The fact that all the lines match, the waistline is even and the collar is even at the front and the back - cause for celebration. Now I can't wait to wear it out. Cheesy!!!!

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / TO THE BAT DRESS!!!! (a bit pic heavy...) on: June 12, 2011 01:35:35 PM
Oh yes - it's that long awaited time that has been waaaay overdue....WORK HOLIDAY!!! Cheesy So what do I spend my time away from sewing? Do more sewing. It never bloody stops!! Tongue

I have a pile of projects that have been aching to be put together - but I haven't made anything for ME in a long, long time. So I decided to nip that in the bud today. Weather was foul, the boyfriend was going mental at the Xbox....so I thought I'd get on with my Batman dress. *Clark Kent has got NOTHING on Bruce Wayne, FACT.*

I am dead impressed with how it turned out. Smiley I never used this paticular pattern before (it's a New Look one, but I don't remember the number) and have always wanted to....but the thought of a gathered 'sweetheart' bodice/neckline scared the crap out of me. :|

The close up of the bodice does make it seem like the neckline is a bit wonky, but my dressform wasn't having any of it.....but it turned out perfectly fine. Smiley

Most importantly, it fits like a dream!!! All I need is a big ol' red petticoat and I am set. Smiley Since I'm not too ample up on top, it does give me a bit of 'ample-age' and the halter neck doesn't irritate the back of my neck like other halter ties. Put some red stitching along the seams to give it a bit of a punch - as I do like my contrasting colours for stitching. Cheesy

Yes, I am wearing tracksuit bottoms underneath - it's freaking cold at the moment....regardless it's nearly summer. :| Rubbish.

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Why you should always take your boyfriend to a haberdashery..... on: May 25, 2011 09:22:20 AM
First off, I am very happy to finally be posting something after a long, long ass time. Work has kicked off immensely - so I haven't been able to do any of my stuff! :|

But now that I had a few days to spare (and a growing pile of cut-up fabric that needs to be out together!!), I thought I should crack on with a frock that has been sitting on the shelf for a few months. I had loads of plans for my blue cotton - halter with a gathered bust, contrasting bodice with a full navy blue skirt, something with red in it....gah! In the end, I settled for a basic strapless circle dress with a red trim. Smiley Then I thought, 'Yeah...looks a bit naked...' so it went back on the shelf until I could think of something else.

Work went mental - there went another few weeks.

Then my boyfriend took me into town to the local haberdashery shop to get something - forgot what it was now - when he spotted some cute red and white anchor/life saver patches. 'You know that dress you were working on? These would look really cute on the front....' So I bought them, slapped them on the front of the bodice.....et voila!!

The finished product. I am happy how it turned out - I think it looks lush. Cheesy Very summery - just begging to be worn on the sea front. Smiley

Only problem is that it's a tiny bit too big - so I'll have to see if any of my friends want it. Tongue

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