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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cinderella SYndrome - I have nothing to wear to the ball! on: July 30, 2007 05:36:22 PM
So I thought I wasn't going to my uni faculty ball this year due to a, uh... shortage of funds; but my dad out of the blue offered to buy my ticket!
So now I have a ball in ten days, and absolutely no dress to wear.
Given that I couldn't afford the ticket, you can imagine what my dress budget is looking like... maybe $40?
I also have pretty much one day to sew something if that's the route I go.
While I want to look nice, fancy finishings and whatnot aren't really necessary. I can cut corners Wink As long as it lasts till midnight...

So - suggestions! What can I whip up in a day that will make me the belle of the ball? Is there a tute here you can suggest? Is there a really nice, very easy pattern you've used to make a formal gown? Any 'cheat' ideas (like, uh... I don't know - dye and embroider a full-length satin slip...)?
I'm going to check out the local vintage clothes store tomorrow (in the hope of just finding some hilarious 70s lurex number that I can just wear outright, but I think everything may be beyond budget).

My only requirement is that it be tea-length or floor-length.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Burdastyle Marie skirt on: July 07, 2007 08:25:33 PM

As part of my week-long Sophia Coppola themed sewing binge I printed out and stuck together and cut out the Marie skirt pattern from www.burdastyle.com, and it is much love.
The skirt is sooooo easy. The 4 hour time estimation is genuinely how long it took me (which never happens with me and patterns). Actually, it did take a day, because I made my size according to the measurements first, and that was too big, so I decided to start again and make my proper size (my ready to wear number - one size smaller than what the measurements indicated) and it looks muuuuuch better.

I'd recommend against using interfacing on the waistband like the direction say. I used quite a heavy fabric (upholstery fabric...) and the band was narrow that with the interfacing as well I had trouble folding/ ironing it down.

Also just be aware that the space for your legs to come out is not very big. It's like a hobble skirt. Wearing it out last night I was taking two little steps for everyone else's one. I can't pull the skirt up past about my mid-thighs. Any super-curvy gals thinking of making it, I'd recommend a little re-draft of the pattern to make the lower circumference bigger.

But I do really, really like it. Cost $15 all up (fabric was remnanted).

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / pattern for a yoked top? on: May 18, 2007 04:05:19 AM
I'm after a pattern for a women's top that can be made in cotton and has a yoke (I hope that's the word I want).

I've found this:
but an even bigger/ deeper yoke would be better.

Any suggestions?
I know there's BBW top pattern with a weird shaped yoke in, but I think I'd prefer a regular kind of curved one/ bib-shaped one.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / cloud skein wonder on: May 12, 2007 06:32:16 PM
I wanted to make Ysolda's Cloud Bolero, but didn't have enough yarn. So I figured out how to smush the feather and fan lace pattern onto a One Skein Wonder.
And here's how it turned out:

It's knit in MCY yarn, but I had some rather largeish problems with the yarn (see the blog), and wouldn't recommend it.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / 140 yards of yarn? something lacy? on: April 28, 2007 06:22:04 AM
another of those 'what shall i make?' threads.
i really am stuck! i have about 140 yards of handdyed wool/ silk in a beautiful ocean-like colourway. blues, greens, and a bit of seaweedy brown. it's aran/ worsted weight.

i'd love to make the cloud bolero, but the gauge is so wrong.
i guess i could make a one skein wonder, but i'd like something a little lacier. perhaps i could knit the osw in a feather and fan pattern? do you think that'd work?

any other suggestions for what i could make? i'd like to make a scarf/ bolero/ capelet/ shrug type thing.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / which layer do i iron the interfacing to? on: April 12, 2007 07:20:22 PM
i'm making an easy peasy tote bag - two rectangles sewn together. normally i'd iron the interfacing to the external fabric, but i'm patchworking that together. the lining is solid.

should i:
a) iron interfacing to each exterior square, then stitch them all together (i run the risk of bulky seams?)
b) make the patchwork piece, then iron interfacing to that (seems somehow like not a great idea)
c) iron the interfacing to the lining (also somehow seems wrong...)

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / invaders... invaders... grey dress (from the future?) on: April 11, 2007 12:42:06 AM

it's another BBW dress, but i modified the neckline. much pleased with how it looks.
i think i'm done with simplicity 3835 now. three dresses out of one distinctive pattern is enough for any girl. though when i went shopping today i kept being drawn to dresses that i realised were essentially 3835 reworked (narrower facing, wider facing, different sleeve shape, etc).

for much nicer pictures of the neckline, and instructions on how to make your own funnel-neck sack-dress, do visit http://lupinbunny.blogspot.com/2007/04/other-wendydress-space-invaders.html
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / built by wendy, sewn by me, looks like curtain on: April 08, 2007 06:50:05 PM

this is my third go at simplicity 3835 (i haven't photographed the second, andthe first is floating about here somewhere). i'm not sure if i like it, or if i look like i'm wearing a curtain. also, the neck facing at the back is such a mess! i need some hooks and eyes to fix it up, and i ended up handsewing quite a bit.

the ties and the neck facing are lined in purple, which looks absolutely awesome, if i say so myself. there's a pic of that on my blog.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / nashua creative focus - how soft is it? on: March 24, 2007 01:51:02 AM
i was thinking of buying some in that big sale that's on, for a particular project.

but i've never seen it in real life and am leery over how soft/ not soft it is.

can anyone tell me?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / built by wendy/ simplicity 3835 on: March 05, 2007 09:52:07 PM

i made this out of some cotton i got on clearance, and the red poly/ cotton print was the first fabric i ever bought to sew with as an adult (i don't want to think about the dinosaur print and terrifying psychadelic polyster i thought was totally cool when i was 14).

despite the dim picture and the unironed hem, this is actually a very cool dress. it's super comfy, and got me lots of compliments.

and i put a zip in okay, all by myself! First zip unaccompanied, second zip ever. though good ol' mum gave me some tips for next time.

for close ups of the sleeve lining and a bit more on the making process (and tips if youre thinking of making it), see here.
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