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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / White pinstripe mini vest on: October 12, 2014 06:47:36 PM
Hey, everyone! Been forever and a day since I've posted, but here's the latest creation:

I am so, so, so proud! I got my pinstripes all perfectly lined up (shoulders, points, and inner front seams), and I think it looks really professional. I really wanted smaller buttons, but I couldn't find any I liked in a smaller size. It's fully lined with some cheap, white satin lining.

This is one of Burda's online patterns, by the way. The Franzi vest, #9302. It's my first experience with a printed pdf pattern, and I have to admit I'm not too impressed. I'm still learning the most efficient way to lay my pattern pieces out on the fabric to cut them, and it didn't come with a mini layout. And while this doesn't have to do so much with the fact that it's printed, the instructions were pretty tough to understand at some points. Luckily, I've been sewing for years, so I was able to figure it out. But had I been really new to sewing, I think I might have given up. Had to figure the shoulder seams out on my own.

At any rate, what I really love about this is that I can wear a racer-back or regular bra with it, and the straps don't show. The whole idea is that this expands my wardrobe, because now I can effectively wear tank tops and camisoles to work. And they'll be none the wiser. Mwahahaha.

Thanks for looking!
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: The Poor Man's Dress Form... on: April 29, 2014 04:04:55 PM
Oh man. I helped my mom do one of these years ago. I was taping her up and just going to town when all of a sudden she moved and I realized that there was a lot of extra tape in these "bubbles". It turns out that she was slouching the whole time and didn't realize it until we were almost done! So her form turned out... lumpier than we expected, but it was still fun. I think yours turned out a lot better than ours did.

That is an awesome story...I'm sure you shared some laughs!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: PIN UP LINGERIE SET on: March 14, 2014 10:34:07 AM
Incredible work. I could only dream of making something that amazing.
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Let's Go Dancing - the super sexy date night top on: March 14, 2014 10:32:21 AM
Wowza! Love, love, love it! Smart design and talented work.
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Latin-style knit and lace skirt on: March 14, 2014 10:28:03 AM
You guys are the best. Thank you! Haha, looking at these pictures again I was reminiscing about my long braid being a whip the guys were totally scared of every time I did a spin.
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Latin-style knit and lace skirt on: March 13, 2014 08:17:06 PM
I am SUPER proud of my latest creation! My boyfriend and I have been taking ballroom dancing lessons for a few weeks (we are THE WORST, but we have fun), so I finally have a reason to wear some of clothing I make. I was looking for some inspiration pattern-wise when I saw this one (it's V8908), and I fell in love. The best part is that it turned out exactly how I imagined!

I was really brave with this one. I've previously had bad experiences working with knit, but I just took my time, and that made all the difference. The Chantilly lace and knit are also separate fabrics that I basted together, so that added a lot of time and little bit of worry to the project. It ended up turning out just fine, though. The last step is to French tack the lining, but I actually love the look of the satin peeking out. What do you guys think? Does it look like it's meant to be that way, or should I tack it?

A friend of mine is dancing the Cha Cha in a showcase dance, and she wants me to make her one in red (I think I'll recommend black lace). I'm a little nervous, because I've never had to extrapolate a pattern before. But I think I know where to start. Wish me luck!
17  UNITED STATES / Tennessee / Re: Chattanooga, anyone? on: February 19, 2014 04:48:48 PM
It's obviously been really long since anyone has posted on this thread, but I'd love to know if anyone else is willing to meet up in the Chattanooga area. I moved here recently and have no friends here except my boyfriend (who came with me), and I'd love to craft with someone.
18  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Doggies! on: February 13, 2014 05:11:07 PM
Beautiful, beautiful work!
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: January 08, 2014 03:42:54 PM
Such true words about the experience I've gained. Thank you!!!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: A very discouraging project...don't underestimate curtains (img heavy) on: January 07, 2014 03:18:19 PM
Heh, thank you so much! It really was tough not to give up and just buy pre-made ones.
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