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1  Need some input on making this skirt. in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by l3ri on: June 25, 2014 11:42:24 AM
So, I've fallen in love with this skirt...

I would just buy the skirt because the website is selling them for $15 with free shipping, but sadly they only have a "free" size and I need about 3 extra inches than what it stretches to in order for it to be comfortable. So....I decided to make it. I've never worked with chiffon before so any tips there would be greatly appreciated. What I really need some help with is figuring out what kind of skirt this it. The waistband clearly looks like a simple gathered skirt, but would that give the fullness and shape I see at the bottom? That's the part I really like is the flowy sort of fullness, and the elastic waistband. If I made this skirt, with say, 4 times my waist measurement in fabric would that be enough to allow for this sort of flow at the bottom?

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2  a baby blanket for my cousin's first!!! in Crochet: Completed Projects by l3ri on: May 10, 2011 07:21:21 PM
So i saw the star afghan on here a while back and absolutely fell in love with it. I LOVE stars. A couple days later I get the invite to my cousin's baby shower. Her first, and the first great grandchild! Awesome! I immediately called my aunt to find out what colors they were doing the nursery in since they didn't want to know the sex of the baby. They are doing the nursery in turquoise/blue, orange, and cream.... nailed it. ^_^

First block of color

Second block of color

The finished product, probably could have done with another block of color after to make it bigger, but I didn't want it to be too big, besides, they live in florida. lol don't really need it, but every baby should have a baby blanket right?

BTW, this was back in Feb. A couple weeks ago my cousin gave birth to a beautiful and healthy little boy! They named him Eli!
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3  my first afghan, SUDOKU STYLE! in Crochet: Completed Projects by l3ri on: May 10, 2011 07:09:00 PM
I made this afghan a couple years ago. I wanted it big enough to cover my bed (california king ^_^) and as many different colors as I could get. I decided on your basic array of all colors, and then in trying to decide on the best color placement, decided the only way to evenly spread out the colors was to do them like a sudoku. That's right, I took my most recent sudoku, assigned each number a color and got to crocheting. I used your basic granny square cause I was new at this whole thing (didn't even know there were other types of squares, this of course was my pre-craftster days Tongue)

as you can see from the picture, not only was it 4:30 in the morning (tee hee, night owl) but it is large enough to cover my california king bed. and i loves it! ^_^

Wow! Thanks everyone! I've never had so many comments before! I'm glad you all love it as much as I do! ^_^
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4  I'm so delayed lol my silver and black bday corset ^_^ in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by l3ri on: May 10, 2011 07:01:52 PM
I don't know why I am always so delayed in posting these things, but apparently I have a hold period of atleast 2 months before I can post my projects. lol Any who. Here's the black and silver corset I slaved over for two weeks to make for my bday, along with a nice silver shrug, and that's a store bought bag, but it goes so well.

on the dummy a bit crooked. lol :p

and since I can't seem to ever get action shots, the best i can do

how i did my hair with....

this pinned in on the side,

a simple black mini, with a pair of footless tights, and these babies

which are THE MOST COMFORTABLE heels i've ever worn!  All in all it was a blast, and thanks to those of you who answered my questions in my "freaking out" post. lol ^_^
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5  I know I'm late, but here's my Halloween Costume! A dark fairy! IMG HEAVY in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by l3ri on: December 14, 2010 06:18:19 PM
Ok, I know it's almost Christmas, but I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to post let alone do any sort of crafting  Sad  So, here it is, my 2010 Halloween Costume, a dark fairy.

The costume consists of a corset (my first ever!), a tulle tutu (another first!), and a pair of evil wings (omg! another first!).

I made the neckline a sweetheart, and decorated it with glitter glue and lots of plastic gemstones (it looks kind of blah in the picture, it's much shinier and pretty in person.)

The wings, that I had the most trouble with, but took the least amount of time, are just a few wire hangers bent into shape and wrapped with red tulle, and hold up the black tulle for the "skin" part.

I made the back of the tutu a bustle for some more pizazz. You can really see it in this pic but even with measure twice cut once, i ended up with a corset that was entirely wayyyy to big in the boobs, so it kind of swooped out at the top in the back.

But there you have it. In all it took me about 3 days to make the corset, it's a LOT of cutting and pinning, a day to make the tutu, and about an hour to make the wings. lol I had so much fun prancing around in this. Oh, and I did my make up, which i'll have to find a picture of later, like from this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjEJSgi8Yvw only in black and red of course.
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6  AGH!!! OMG PLEASSSE HELP!!! Skittles Tube Sock Costume!!!! in Halloween Costumes by l3ri on: October 12, 2010 11:56:57 AM
Ok, my brother asked me to make him a Tube Sock costume from the skittles commercial, like this...

I bought the material, it's white knit t-shirt like material. It's stretchy, which is what I'm freaking about. I'm not what you'd call and accomplished sewer. I need as many tips and hints as I can possibly get for sewing this type of material. Also any ideas on how to make a pattern for this. I've already talked to my brother and he said it doesn't have to be padded like this one, whew!, so would I basically trace him and tranfer it to the material and sew it up. I was thinking velcro in the back to keep it shut. I'd really like to do the front in one piece so there aren't any seam lines.

I think I may have bit off more than i can chew. lol we'll see though! Thanks!

***Update 10-18-10***
I went to Joann's this weekend and found the right type of fabric. A little bit thicker than t-shirt material and a bit more stretchy. I was so worried it was going to be impossible to work with. I cut off a little square and figured out what stitch and settings would work best and then got started. The first thing I discovered, the material was already in a tube! I got lucky that my brother is skinny and could fit in the tube so I didn't have to cut it open and work it that way. So I layed if flat sewed in some arm seams, and a crotch/leg seams. Since it was a tube after doing all that sewing, it was a big pocket with no way in. So I cut up the back, slapped in some velcro to close it, and called it a day. This is where I was at...

It's bunchy because he had a t-shirt and some cargo shorts on. The fabric turned out to be pretty see through Sad good thing he'll be wearing his white under armor under it. lol He said it was too hot to use any padding so that's how it's gonna stay. I'm going to make some little hand covers that are attached so he can take them off and use his hands or put them on for the full effect. Just gotta do that, adjust the leg length, and add the stripes and this bad boy will be ready to go! Cheesy
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7  My Second Recon! An old lady dress to a cute summer dress! Tute? Dunno! img hev. in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by l3ri on: October 05, 2010 01:34:22 PM
Ok, Like I mentioned in my first post from today, I've opened pandora's box. I'm quickly becoming more and more addicted to these recons! My favorite crafts are always taking something and turning it into something else, so I'm not surprised! lol

I don't really know if this constitutes a tutorial, so you decide.

This is the wonderfully patterned, horribly designed dress I found at the thrift store for about a buck. Smiley

I got really lucky and the skirt of the dress was EXACTLY the size i needed for it to fit right under my bust!
Unfortunately that meant the waist which became the bust, was too small. I'll get into that in a minute though.

I measured the how tall I wanted the bust area to be and put some pins to mark my spot.

Next I found the difference between my bust and the dress, divided it by two and added an inch for seams. This is how wide my inserts needed to be to make the dress fit my chest.

At this point I needed to get to the side seams, so I cut the excess of the top.

I then cut off the extra sleeve following the hem line to keep the curve.

I opened the side seams and pinned in my inserts I made using the sleeves I cut off.

And then sewed them in.

I made some straps using more the cut off fabric. And pinned them into place.

**This is about the time that my plastic reverse lever finally gave in and snapped. To back stitch I had to make sure the needle was down, lift my foot, turn the fabric around, replace the foot stitch, and repeat to get going back the right way. Sad  I immediately ordered a replacement Smiley**

This is what I had after I sewed in my straps as the same time I hemmed the top. Next step: tailor!

This was a longer shot to show the length, I ended up shortening it to make ties for the back and even though the ties make the dress, I regret having to shorten it. I rather like the long length.

After adding a dart to the boobs to make it fit better, adding the ties to the side and hemming the bottom, and sewing the button part shut so it doesn't billow open on me, I have one cute summer dress that I can't wait to wear! (Even though summer is over, I'll find a way to wear it, don't doubt me! lol)


I completely forgot that I made some bows too. I still had some of this fabric left and I thought a little bow would just be perfect for it. I ended up getting some scraps out from other projects and made some from those too. I even got lucky to have my little brother model them for me! lol he was playing a video game and i think he was only vaguely aware of what I was actually doing. Cheesy tee hee

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8  Oh Noes! I've opened Pandora's box! A Blazer Recon! Kind of a Tute? IMG HEAVY in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by l3ri on: October 05, 2010 01:05:09 PM
I've got myself in trouble here, I can feel it starting to work it's magic on my brain. lol I found this awesome vest the other day at the thrift store, of course it was too big. I bought it anyway and told myself I'd find a way to make it work. Well I did! I was so excited, and I found out I look damn good in a vest. That being the only one that was anywhere near stylish, and my size I was depressed. That of course was until I realized that I have tons of blazers (from my days at work when I didn't have to wear scrubs) that are collecting dust. I brought one out and turned it into a stylish vest! yay!

I started off by cutting the sleeves off (a couple inches from the seam) to save myself the hassle of them being in the way. lol

Next I figured out how I wanted the neck line to be. I decided on a halter style and put pins in along for when I cut.

Next I marked where to cut making sure to even it out on both sides.

Pin in the hem Cheesy

I tried to get the entire length in to show the curve I added. The bottom of the vest that I got lucky with from the thrift store had two points in the front, I wanted to recreate this so I simply folded more up in the back and brought it around to the front to form the points.

Close up of the points.

I put it back on my duct tape dummy to make sure it was even and looked good. The Back

And the front. And sewed all my new hems. Smiley Almost there!

After, I still had some poof going on so I turned it inside out and followed (what I call) the nipple seam. You know that seam that runs from the bottom straight up to your nipples then curves out towards your arm? Well I followed that and pinned in a dart. It looks fab and I can't wait to wear it out!
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9  My first post, and my first piece of clothing! A flirty Skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by l3ri on: September 14, 2010 01:13:32 PM
I finally gave up and just went to for it. I scoured the internet for a pattern or how-to but didn't find one I liked. I ended up combining a few all into one! Lol

I tried to take a pic showin that they are two different layers, it didn't work so well. lol

A close up of the fabulous trim on the bottom!

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