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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Regency Costume for School Project on: March 27, 2012 11:51:34 AM
I recently finished a regency dress for my daughter for a project she was doing on Jane Austen.
I raised the bodice to make it more school friendly, I also ended up having to do some slight changes to the bodice for fit and until I was adding the skirt failed to realize I had to let out the skirt slightly too to match the seams. Luckily the trim and lacing help disguise the issue and isn't too obvious. It was my first dress that didn't have a gathered skirt.
I used Butterick 6630.

2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Costumes for Variety show 3 weeks, 3 dresses, 3 corsets on: February 23, 2012 01:11:43 PM
My 13 year old daughter was entering a Variety show at school and volunteered me to make costumes for her and her two friends. From the time we found out she'd be in it to the time of the show I had three weeks.

My daughter designed the outfits and I sewed. There is a layer of tulle between the top of the skirt and the lining to add body. I used my narrow hem sewing foot for the first time and boy was I glad. It made it so much quicker.

I created corsets from some ultra leather. The bonings were zip ties. I also had to make 3 cloaks. I actually finished with two days to spare.

She is doing a biography on Jane Austen next month and I let her know I'd make her a regency dress for the presentation.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Beaded reversible tree skirt on: December 29, 2011 09:24:27 AM
We changed trees and my old tree skirt no longer fit. I decided to make my own. The front with the snowmen has small pearl beads on each of the snowmen's hats and small star beads scattered here and there. I made it reversible because I was afraid our pet rabbit would eat the beads. She decided she liked the ruffled edge even better, so unfortunately the skirt didn't spend a lot of time around the tree.  Undecided
Sorry the picture isn't better, but I wanted to show both sides. I made my own bias tape from the ruffle fabric and hand stitched the other side so no seams are noticeable making it truly reversible.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Basic sweatshirt to Zipped jacket on: December 29, 2011 09:18:08 AM
I saw a book recently on embellishing sweatshirts and thought it was a great idea. I only used the basic idea and created by own embellishment.
I took a basic Hanes sweatshirt and split it up the middle. I then cut off all the ribbing. I added my own borders in quilting fabric and added a separating zipper.
There are a few things I would have done different in the collar area, but I think it turned out fairly well. It looks large on my dressform because I made it for my mom for Christmas. I gave it to her as shown, but she brought it back so I could add pockets to it and the matching sweat pants.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shirt from skirt first project on new dress form on: September 27, 2011 03:16:38 PM
I just got a dress form for my Birthday. I purchased a skirt at a garage sale for .50 that I loved for the fabric.
I left the buttons and used the bottom I cut off for the sleeves.



6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tankini finally done on: June 30, 2011 08:33:41 AM
I got a new machine and couldn't get it to sew lycra for nothing. It skipped stitches constantly. Tried new stretch needle, high quality thread, wooly nylon in the bobbin, and finally high tension. Finally when I added some sewers aid (thread lubricant) I was finally able to finish with only an occasional skipped stitch.  I really miss my old machine, it did everything...
 Now to the swimsuit. I actually sewed the bottoms last year with the old machine, but didn't like the top I had completed. This is the new one I finished yesterday.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tutu for daughter's friend on: March 14, 2011 07:37:43 AM
My daughter and her friend were going through my many patterns and friend says neat and daughter says "I'll make that for you." Needless to say 12 year old daughter wasn't ready to make a Vogue advanced pattern. (Bellville Sassoon 1605).
I ended up screwing up the pattern in several different spots, but liked how it turned out anyway. My daughter's friend loved it, but her dad put his foot down on her wearing it to school. Smiley
I'd love any comments, I've been sewing a long time, but I'm just really getting into clothes other than kids clothes.
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