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11  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mick Jones' (from The Clash) Red Jumpsuit (MUCHO PIC HEFTY!!) on: February 17, 2011 09:01:12 AM
Hi all - first time in a while since I actually made a costume (or anything for that matter) for anyone...but boy! was this one a doozy!

A friend of mine who plays in a The Clash tribute band is a HUGE Mick Jones fan (she rocks his riffage on stage and all!!) and is trying to get some of his stagewear together. But her ultimate dream is have his red jumpsuit that he wore during The Clash's 1982 Oakland show.

I said, 'Yeah, sure...should be okay...', but deep down I was all, 'God, what did I get myself into?!' Luckily, I did a bit of research in it *as I have made jumpsuits for work before*, but to make something with a front zip, trouser pockes, epaulettes, breast pockets...*whew!* It was going to be tricky, that was for damn sure. SHe was specific that the belt loops, pockets, and epaulettes had be on it - a few things that I absolutely HATE doing on any kind of item of clothing. :|

So, two days, a gajillion cups of coffee, and some swear words later, I finally tackled something that I thought I would never be able to do. I have a small, smug sense of accomplishment, so bear with me. Cheesy The picture of it isn't the best - the flash wasn't having any of it and decided to make it look like satin.....argh.

It's made out of a lightweight polycotton material - which is perfect for those who tend to rock out on stage. Smiley I tried to get most of the seams all felled so it would be a bit sturdy - mainy on the sides of the top, sleeves, waist, and back seam of the trousers.

Pocket detail....

Epaulette detail....

Breast pocket/belt loop/pop buttons detail....

So hopefully, it should fit her okay - I made sure it was a few inches bigger for her so that she'll have loads of space to move around. Smiley BUT FINGERS CROSSED!! Now I got this bad boy finished, I feel like I can tackle pretty much anything...well, almost anythng. Anything except anything to do with chiffion. BLAH.


**UPDATE - She reeeeeeeeally liked the jumpsuit and it fits! Result.**
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / YAY!! Finally conquered my fear of armholes....(a bit pic heavy) on: February 07, 2011 03:55:20 AM
I have always steered clear of any pattern that requires making some sort of armhole. I always tend to make on bigger than the other...then there goes a good piece of fabric. :| Bummer.

Ever since working for this repro company, I have been 'force' to confront my fear and make dresses with armholes. And they have turned out all right. Tongue So I decided to give some a go for myself...and boy, howdy! I am a bit happy with the results. Cheesy

This one is made out of stretch cotton poplin and leopard print fabric bias binding. *which I have taken to making at home, instead of buying it from the shops...Smiley*

This one is my boyfriend's favourite - it was originally supposed to be dyed jet black...but it went horribly wrong, which resulted in that grey marbly effect. He suggested that it should be made into a 'goth dolly sort of thing'. :p

Thing is, they're a bit too big for me now. Gawddamnit - now I have to go back and take them in. I just never ends, does it?! Tongue

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Odiroko Dance Wiggle Dress....for the cousin. :) on: November 28, 2010 06:46:47 AM
I haven't been able to make any dresses recently as of late due to workies and lack of fundage. (I hate being a grown up and paying for bills....!!) But I did manage to knock out a few last week....well happy about it. Smiley My sewing withdrawl was cut short when I bought loads of fabric on the cheap and went to town. Tongue As soon as I finished this paticular dress, my cousin from the states wanted to buy it from me....like ASAP. Bless her. Smiley It's her X-mas frock. Cheesy

( Credit to the boyfriend for taking the pics... :x )

Since I'm such an Alexander Henry freak, I used his fabulous 'Odiroko Dance' fabric for the panelled bodice and some stretch cotton poplin for the skirt. The bodice fabric is so amazing - it even has some gold trim around the flowers!! LUSH. I would've kept it for myself...but that's just straight up selfish. Tongue

Now, I've got a few commissions for Christmas dresses coming in because of this - one including a guy wanting one made for his girlfriend. Smiley Awww....

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black Wiggle Dress....with cherry buttons!! :D on: November 13, 2010 09:52:53 AM
I was at a loose end (like you are) in between projects and I managed to find some stretch poplin in one of my drawers! JAAAAAM. Besides doing the usual sundress thing, I thought I'd challenge myself with a frock that had....ARMHOLES. {gasp!!} I modified a Laura Ashley pattern that called for a rounded collar and pleated sleeves. My boyfriend took the picture - thought the dress deserved a proper pic. Tongue

I intended to make it for me, but I made it a bit too big...and the skirt grazes my knees. (I prefer calf-length skirts...heehee.) Sadly, I forgot to get some detailed shots - on top of the cherry buttons, there's pintucking on the front and back of the bodice and I put some contrasting decorative red stitching along all the seams....just for an extra punch of cool. Smiley

I've been so busy with work and trying to catch up with my consignments that I almost forgot all about my bloody operation! Tongue So hopefully, this will give me the boost I need to get my arse into gear! Tongue

15  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Best fabric for steampunk outfit? on: November 06, 2010 11:15:11 AM
Hey all!

I'm about to undertake a great project - a full steampunk outfit for the boyfriend. He's recently gotten into the whole aesthetic of the genre and is pining for a full blown costume. The boy was about to shell out over four figures for one, but stopped him and said I could make one for him. Of course he's dead chuffed about it - but  finding the fabric is going to be the only issue.

He quite likes the bronze/rust colours and the whole paisley thing. Anyone know of any decent websites that does this kind of fabric for a decent price? (other than Ebay.) Cheers! Smiley -x-
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Ugly Big Jumpers Into Super Cute Girlie Cardigans!! (PIC HEAVY AVEC TUTORIAL!) on: October 30, 2010 01:48:25 AM
I've gone recon mad recently - ever since I finished up a consignment of dresses for work, I've been at a loose end!! :S I bought a few huge jumpers from a charity shop the other day and thought it would be fun to have a go at making some cardigans. I love cardis so much, but I'm not about to spend 20+ on one!

I managed to make two of them in a day.  Total cost for the two = 7. WIN.


A huge men's jumper. Not flattering at all.



A slim-fitting cardigan that I can wear.


But here's one I did that has a patch on it, using the smallest zigzag stitch on the machine. I'm well proud of my stitching prowess. Smiley


My boyfriend saw the pink one and thought I bought it in a shop. Wink I think I might get onto making more of these - can neve have too many pieces of knitwear in your wardrobe. Cheesy


I was asked kindly for a tutorial for the recon - luckliy, I managed to take photos of the process...so here we go! Smiley

1) Take a shapeless jumper - could be any size, any style that you wish. I chose a guy's round neck jumper. That way, I know I can always take it into my measurements. Smiley


2) Cut out the slevees OUTSIDE the seam - the armhole will be a bit big afterward. But that's okay - you'll be taking the jumper in a second.

.....so you should have something looking like this:


3) Sweet. Now turn the jumper inside out and mark from the armhole where you want to stitch. What I would suggest is to to measure the jumper first, then your chest so you know how many inches need to come off the jumper.


EXAMPLE - the jumper had a 40" chest and I have a 38" chest...so I marked half an inch off each side. (but that's my personal preference.)

4) Stitch the sides of the jumper and cut off the remaining fabric.

5) Measure the chest area of the jumper lying flat to find the centre.


Mark a staggered line down the middle and cut.


6) At this time, I took up the bottom hem of the jumper because it would have ended up being too long. Smiley

7) INTERFACING - At this point, if you wish to use some kind of fabric bias binding/interfacing, you may. But I found it a bit time consuming, so I opted for the easy option. Tongue I used a zigzag stitch along the centre to keep it from fraying. Turn the centre inside the jumper about 3/4 of an inch, pin, and stitch (VERY SLOWLY!!) along the zigzaged hem. Repeat on the other side.


Cool SLEEVES - Since the sleeves are going to be slightly bigger since you have taken in the jumper, mark the armpit of the sleeve roughly to the new armhole of the jumper.


Sew and taper slightly along the hem. Repeat with the other sleeve. If you taper the sleeve too much, you won't be able to fit your arm through!!

9) Attatch the newly stitched sleeve to the armhole with pins - make sure that they match. If one is too big or too small, go back and take in the seams so that they match. (This has happened to me so many times, you have no idea! lol)


Stitch them together and repeat for the other armhole.

10) Hopefully, your cardi up to this point should look like this:


Now is the time to try it on and see how it fits...and sort out any other sizing issues. Smiley

11) Now, to sort out the buttons and buttonholes. I used about 10 buttons for this cardi and measured 2.5" between each button space.  


Sew on the buttons.


12) The most time-consuming bit - buttonholes. My sewing machine did not want to know about buttonholes, so I decided to do them by hand. :| Lay the cardigan flat to measure where you want the holes to go in accordance to the buttons. Snip tiny holes (the knit fabric will stretch to make a slightly bigger hole) and make sure the buttons will fit through. Then start hand stitching - use whatever style stitch you wish.

13) Clean up random thread and cut any excess fabric that may be on the cardigan....et voila!! You got yourself a brand new cardigan that you can wear right away!!


Add patches, applique, badges...ect. to customise. Smiley

It's not as daunting as it may sound - it took me a couple of hours to do one. But as with most (all) crafty things, it's all about trial and error. Smiley I messed up my first ever jumper/cardi recon....but decided to give it a go yesterday and am very happy with the results.  If anyone has questions, please don't hesitate to ask!! Knowing me, I'm sure I probably left something out. heehee...

Good luck and happy crafting!! Cheesy -x-

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Oversized shirts into something goofy for me!! :D on: October 30, 2010 01:23:00 AM
I bought these shirts a few weeks ago - I had to have them! Who doesn't love 'Saved By The Bell' and 'Back To The Future'?! I like things that I can remember. Smiley But they were, like, a million sizes too big for me. (why do the men's section tend to have the cooler t-shirts?!)

I wanted to make them into similar styled tops, but thought better of it. Smiley The sleeves on both shirts and hood on the 'Back To The Future' shirt were made out of a super soft and stretchy jersey material that I had leftover from a previous project.


'You're telling me you built a time machine.....out of a DeLorean?!'


I'm going on holiday next week and I plan to take these with me. Smiley

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Shiny New Black Turtleneck For The Boyfriend <3 on: October 27, 2010 05:29:08 AM
My boyfriend (a.k.a the love of my life) is a photographer and has made it his mission in life to dress the part. Tongue He's been showing up to shoots in black jeans and button-down shirts. Slick. But he was after a black turtleneck...for the longest time. So we went on a mad search in all the shops for something like it...but to no avail. Being the doting wifey creature that I am, I offered to make him one. But I had soooo many things I had to do for work - my project inbox was piling up, which meant his top had to be put off for about a few weeks.

When I finally had time, I took one of the tops that he liked the fit of and used it as a pattern. Adding a roll neck and an hour later, volia!! He's really pleased with it and he loves the fit. I think he might be after a few more once he wears this one out.

Ready just in time for a two-day event he'll be attending by providing photographic coverage. Smiley All the kid needs now is a beret.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Taking in jeans from the waist? on: October 20, 2010 10:53:22 AM
Hey all! Got a bit of a problemo.

I recently bought a pair of super cool dark blue high-waisted ankle skimming jeans from a charity shop the other day - they're in my size and everything! Cheesy Thing is, there is a heck of a lot of elastine in the jeans, which means with every wear, they stretch out...especially around the waist area. It's not a flattering look when I sit down and they kind of 'balloon' out at the tummy area. They fit okay everywhere else - it's just the waist that's the problem!!

How do I go about taking them in - start at the waist, then go down? Please help! Smiley Cheers!! -x-
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Scabby shirt + free time + fabric scraps = clingy halter tunic dress thing. on: October 09, 2010 08:38:43 AM
I had this Roxy Music shirt for years - it was uber-large, so I ended up cutting off the neck and sleeves, then stitching it in a bit for a more flattering fit. Um, not really. I only wore it few times before I left in the wardrobe for ages. It was too short to wear with anything and I don't like showing my tummy. Blarf. But this was when I didn't know better about reconning shirts. Tongue


It wasn't until a few days ago I started scanning through loads of other Craftsters recons and thought, 'hrm, I should do something with that shirt...' I had some super stretchy lycra and vamped up my old shirt. Smiley I am soooo happy with the result. Cheesy


It's stretchy, long, and, form-fitting....and I can wear some jeans/leggings with it without thinking about showing my tum. Methinks my t-shirt collection will get a bit of a facelift in the next few days. Smiley

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