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1  Dragon cake in Dessert by dusk on: June 15, 2008 04:44:15 PM
I shared my birthday party this year, meaning of course, being the competitive person that I am, my cake *had* to be best! This is therefore possibly the most ridiculous challenge I have hitherto taken on, as I quickly thought "Aha! A DRAGON!"

And it tasted tasty too Smiley

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2  New adventures of sewing machine: Pink floaty skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dusk on: September 23, 2005 06:20:46 AM
I loved chiffon. Really. I did. That was before I contemplated hemming it. Angry Fiddlyfiddlyfiddly.

But here is my skirt, tis from a veryvery simple pattern i drafted *pride* Tongue

The overlay is chiffon, the under is cotton poplin, the tie bit is sewn into one side, and it has a zip at the back  Wink

Happyhappy with it, cos I got tired of thinking "if only i had a pink skirt" every time i went out  Grin
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3  pleated kitty skirt :D TUTORIAL in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dusk on: August 05, 2005 06:40:32 AM
so i was casually wandering through the john lewis haberdashery... not looking to buy anything, honest... when i found kittycat fabric:  Cheesy

comme ci!

so homeward I bore a treasured bag of textilian fab-ness, and i made me this:

I had a look at a pleated skirt I already own, then made it without a pattern. I am reallyreally pleased with how it came out, because all the seams and pleats are neat, and the length is great... and it has kittycats all over! (prrrrrrr) It is pretty simple to make... I could write a tutorial if anyone wants...  Undecided

loving home to comments offered  Wink


This skirt is made from 1m of fabric, so the length is based on that, but adjust as you wish!


1)   Cut 45cm of fabric (this makes the length of the skirt). The width needs to be half your waist (or where you want the top of the skirt to sit on you, do not underestimate this measurement!), plus 80cm plus minimum 3cm for seam allowances.

2)   Hem the fabric (diagram 1)

   (I did this by folding the edge of the fabric under twice, ironing, and hand stitching it down with a diagonal stitch, making the skirt 43cm long, but hem how you wish really but its easier to do this before putting the pleats in.)


3)   Mark out the lines shown in diagram 2 for the pleats with tailors chalk.

    (Use measuring tape etc to make it neat and accurate (the numbers show the cm between each line) and measure from the centre so each side is equal.)

4)   Now fold the pleats along the lines. (See diagram 3) From the front, they should appear to lie AWAY from the centre. Pin them in place and IRON well.

5)   Now get the sewing machine out. Using a straight stitch, sew along the edge of each pleat from the top of the skirt to 12cm down (diagram 4)

6)   Cut 2 pieces of fabric 45cm long, and  your waist measurement, plus 56cm plus minimum 3cm seam allowances wide. Hem as before, making sure the lengths are equal to the front piece. These pieces make up the back of the skirt.

7)   Measure out the lines as shown in diagram 5 on the 2 pieces (one a mirror-image of the other measure away from the center back)

Cool   Fold, pin, iron and sew the pleats as before, with the pleats appearing to lie away from the centre back.

9)   Pin the two back pieces right side together along the center back. Sew these together (you have allowed for a minimum 1.5cm seam allowance), leaving 10cm at the top to insert a zip. Tack this 10cm gap closed.

10)    Lie the front piece and the back piece together right sides together. The top, bottom and pleats in the fabric should line up. Pin the pieces together. Now measure your waist measurement plus 1cm from the center on the top edge of the fabric, mark this.

11)   From this mark, measure a further 15cm on the bottom edge. (see diagram 6)

12)   Draw a straight diagonal line between these marks. Pin or tack along this line and check the fit of the skirt. Cut 1.5cm away from this line (for seam allowance), and sew along this diagonal line. (repeat on other edge of skirt)
   N.B. I finished my seams by folding the raw edge under itself and sewing it, but if your fabric does not fray easily, you can simply finish the edge with pinking shears.

13)    Cut a 10-14cm wide piece of fabric that is the length of your waist plus 3cm. This is for the waistband.
14)    Fold this piece in half wrong sides together (so it is 5-7cm wide), pin and iron.

15)    Cut a piece of firm interfacing that is the length of your waist, and the width of your folded waistband minus 1.5cm. Place inside the folded waistband, and sew along the top edge. (see diagram 7)

16)    Unfold the waistband, and pin one edge right sides together all round the top of the skirt. Sew 1.5cm from the edge, then fold the waistband up so the seam is on the INSIDE of the skirt and the waistband extends above the top of the skirt.
17)   Fold the other edge of the waistband 1.5cm under itself (it helps to iron the fold). Re-fold the waistband in half so that the un-sewn edge is on the INSIDE of the skirt.
You can fold the waistband over such that it covers the seam attaching the other edge to the skirt.

18)   Pin this edge on the inside of the skirt. Hand sew it down.

19)   You now need to insert a zip into the back. I did this by placing the front of the zip against the tacked-together gap at the back, pinning the sides of the zip to the skirt, and sewing through the zip and the skirt as close as possible to the teeth of the zip. I also sewed a hook and eye above the zip to completely close the gap.
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4  Re: Promalong - Making your own Prom dress? Join the club! in Clothing Sewalongs by dusk on: July 03, 2005 03:04:05 PM
it was our 6th form ball on friday... and i wore the corset i made and emboridered(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=37101.msg322900#msg322900), after adding some lace to soften the edges, and some beading for the pretty-prettiness, and i made a long skirt in duchesse satin to match the roses Smiley

i got several "I can't believe you made that!"'s, which was nice  Cheesy such fun to make! such fun to wear  Cheesy (tho i changed into pyjamas to drive home... when wearing a corset everything becomes multitasking - breathe AND dance.... drive AND breathe... Wink )

loving home for comments offered  Wink Cheesy

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5  rose-embroidered corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by dusk on: May 28, 2005 04:35:26 AM
This is my first corset, which I made in the "making your own corset?" thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=8999.0

It is heavy black satin with steel boning, and I embroidered the roses by hand onto cotton and sewed them on. *happyhappy* really qu chuffed with the result Cheesy twas a fun project  Cheesy

here's the embroidery  Grin

thanks for looking!
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6  Re: Using Manic Panic dye by Zombie Teeth! Tutorial. in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by dusk on: April 02, 2005 05:41:39 AM
fiddling with fun colour = much fun, though I do have to bleach it :S

One way of dyeing your hair to be appropriate for a job is to bleach thin strips of hair either side of your parting, then dye this. When you go into work, you just put your parting in on the other side Cheesy.

I did this last year, using Crazycolour (by renbow - www.renbow.co.uk), while burgandy was *not* the purple i was after, i liked the pink muchly  Cheesy crazycolour doesn't last v long, 3 washes befoire it started to look tired, but it took about 5 mins to dye it, so i just kept redyeing it. Dye was relatively cheap, and the bottle lasted me all summer. And cos it didn't show up on unbleached hair, i didn't have to keep putting it in as streaks, just in general location of bleached  bits  Grin

Using the parting method gives you easy-to-do streaks, and when the dye washes out, it's also easier to conceal/remedy/live with than bleaching the whole thing *recalls short orange hair style of 3 years ago* - purple jerome russell not last long in the sea!  Grin
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7  applique skirt to mini dress :) in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by dusk on: January 27, 2005 06:49:57 AM

a flash of inspiration after finding this site yesterday led me to wreak some kind of constructive destruction on this skirt, which was pretty, but just too long to be wearable, and the applique prohibited hemming it.

soo... it is now my 50s-ish strapless minidress Cheesy



(yay, have conquered the sewing machine that hates me... we now just have mutual dislike of the other)
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