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1  Vintage Thrift Store Dress Refashion! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by purringcat on: July 18, 2012 04:36:54 PM
A couple of months ago, I picked up this vintage dress from a thrift store for $1. $1! How could I say no? It's 100% silk, and such a pretty colour. It was designed by Nora Noh, who was apparently Korea's first female fashion designer!

The dress had a few problems, as far as I could see. Firstly, it was completely shapeless. The only reason it has any shape at all in this photo is because I have my hands on my hips. Dropped waists are so unflattering (at least on me!) Secondly, the shoulder pads. So not a fan. Thirdly, the arms were really tight on me. And lastly, it was a really awkward, long length on me. Please excuse the mess and lank hair in this photo, I was really keen to get started and it was dark outside and I was already in my pajamas Tongue

So, I snipped out the shoulder pads, carefully unpicked and removed the sleeves, and restitched the armholes, and unpicked the whole drawstring waist thingy. I was worried that I would have to cut the dress in half at the drawstring point, but it turns out the whole thing could be completely unpicked and removed without any damage to the dress, except one tiny hole where the drawstring ties went through. I put the dress on inside-out and marked my waist, then sewed a length of elastic on the inside of the dress to match the marks. Finally, I cut off a good 5 inches of fabric from the bottom of the dress and sewed a new hem. I got a lot of conflicting info when I tried to research what kind of hem I should use (blind? hand-rolled?) so I ended up just doing a normal narrow hem and it looked fine to me.

I love the end result - it's light and flowy, flattering to my shape and perfect for summer!
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2  Colette Parfait Dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by purringcat on: July 03, 2012 09:24:50 PM

I recently completed my first ever Colette pattern, the Parfait dress! I made it from a bedsheet I found at Goodwill, because I didn't want to use a wonderful fabric for my first attempt in case all didn't go to plan.

I made a 10 in the bust, and graded up to a 14 in the hips, but I ended up having to take it in at the waist a little more even after that. I didn't bother putting buttonholes on the pockets, because I knew having them buttoned would only annoy me later.

I have to say that I love the pattern, I think it's flattering for my body type and I'll definitely be making more Parfaits and buying more Colette patterns in future! In fact, I'm working on a Pastille right now Smiley

PS: I do, in fact, have two legs. I was trying to be fashionable and strike a pose, but my darling husband didn't tell me that I looked like an ibis!
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3  Black summery jersey dress with hearts! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by purringcat on: April 29, 2012 07:35:28 PM
I got bored this afternoon, and I have a rather severe lack of summery clothes, so I decided to whip up a quick dress Smiley

I've had the fabric for ages - it's a jersey cotton knit, black, with pink scribble hearts on it. The dress was really easy to make - just two rectangles, with a casing at the top for the sash. The sash is black cotton voile, leftover from lining another dress a while ago. It was super easy, and turned out looking way better than I expected!
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4  Mens XXL shirt to cute tunic! in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by purringcat on: March 04, 2012 06:30:13 PM
A month or two ago, I was browsing a local thrift store and found this XXL mens shirt. It was $7, but it was in fantastic condition, and I loved the colours, so I bought it (I wish I'd taken a before picture, but just imagine your usual mens shirt, button-down, huge). Originally I was hoping to make it into a dress, but I thought that might have been a bit too much of a challenge, so I made it into a tunic instead. I used Simplicity 2942 as a guide, but I had to freestyle some of it because the pattern pieces and the fabric didn't match up. The front of the shirt became the back of the tunic, and the back of the shirt became the front of the tunic. I used black cotton for the front yoke thingy and the cuffs, because I just couldn't squeeze enough fabric out of the shirt. The shirt had awesome gold buttons, which I used for the cuffs (first time doing buttonholes omg, I was so nervous), and I'm tossing up whether or not to sew a couple down the front of the black yoke. What do you think?

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5  My first ever dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by purringcat on: February 12, 2012 06:23:12 PM

I started sewing about 2 years ago now, but I only really just started sewing clothes in the last few months. I recently made a top, which ended up being too big, and, well, not that great. But I recently scored a bunch of patterns for $2 each, and my birthday is coming up, so I decided to make myself a dress. I chose Butterick B4443, which is a fairly simple dress, and some polka-dot fabric I bought on sale ages ago.

Although it's apparently an easy pattern, I had some difficulties with. First of all, I cut out the size that matched my measurements (20) and the bodice was WAY too big. I ended up going with a 16 in the end, and it still could have been smaller at my waist. There are no darts in the pattern, which means the dress gapes slightly at my armpits, which I hate. Unfortunately, being a newbie sewer, I didn't realise the lack of darts would be a problem until it was too late. I just assumed the dress didn't need them. I also found hemming the skirt to be difficult, and as for comprehending Butterick's instructions on zip insertion...I ended up just doing the zip the best way I knew how. But I learned how to understitch lining, and let me tell you, I am so proud of the inside of the bodice I could just burst!

So yes, it's not perfect, but it's definitely suitable to wear out on my birthday. I originally planned not to do the sash the pattern includes, but after feedback from my husband I think I will add it in.

Now I need to sew more things!
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6  Re: Portal & Friends Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by purringcat on: August 23, 2011 11:42:43 PM
Prepare to be amazed, fellow Portal-swappers, at what the amazing queenofmarigold has sent me!

Check out the cute wrapping...and each parcel had a little tag on it, with things like "Wear Me!" and "Hang Me!" on them. So cute!

A lemon grenade cross-stich hoop to add to my tiny (but fast-growing) hoop collection! I love it!

My very own weighted companion cube! I know these are a bitch to make, because I made one for my brother, so thank you so much for making me one! It's so adorable!

The best thing of all...a knitted Portal hat! It's so soft and warm, and I LOVE IT! I love the pale pink and grey, and I love the little braided flats. I can't wait to be somewhere cold so I can wear it.

And, even though I have a coldsore and am slobbing on my day off work, here is a (terrible) action shot of me in the hat Smiley

Thank you so, so much queenofmarigold Smiley

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7  Re: Aussie Only Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by purringcat on: August 18, 2011 02:41:01 PM
Sorry for the delay in posting a better photo of the bag Kate made me, things have gotten pretty insane around my place at the moment!

One side is a funky yellow and white print, and the other is a really soft black. Cute and casual, and I've been using it ever since she gave it to me Smiley
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8  Re: Aussie Only Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by purringcat on: August 15, 2011 03:54:18 AM

Here's a better picture of the bag I made Kate, taken before I gave it to her...although the pocket looks wonky here because the bag slumped as I took the picture. Maybe Kate has a better picture. I will get a pic of both sides of the bag Kate made me tomorrow morning before work Smiley
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9  Re: Aussie Only Wish Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by purringcat on: August 15, 2011 03:22:05 AM
Ok! So the lovely Kate and I had our meetup yesterday. Here's Kate with her goodies:

Here's a blurry photo of me with my stuff from Kate (she spoiled me sooo much!)

My goodies! She made me a gorgeous reversible bag, a little zipper purse and a wonderful button tree embroidery (I love button trees!) Plus she added Peanut M&Ms for good measure!

Button tree!

Thanks again Kate!

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10  Re: Pass the parcel *Aussie only* Gallery in The Swap Gallery by purringcat on: July 27, 2011 11:38:26 PM
I received the parcel and have sent it on today to Silvermoon. I didn't take much from it, because I didn't think I'd use a lot of it and wanted to leave it for someone else who could. I put as much as I could in it, but it ended up being 650g and the post office wouldn't send it, so I had to take a few more things out.

This is what I ended up with:

Some pretty yarn with shiny discs on it, a bag of buttons (I loooove buttons!), some small pieces of fabric and an I Love Alpacas sticket. Because I do love alpacas Smiley

Hope Silvermoon receives the parcel soon!
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