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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where to find stretchy lace trim in-store? on: December 09, 2012 07:52:04 PM
I want to try and find stretchy lace trim in-store and not online. Any chain-type stores that might have some? I'm not sure on any particular colors, just want to see what my options are.

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Who's been painting my roses red?? on: November 07, 2012 09:10:14 AM
This year for Halloween I wanted to be a character from Alice in Wonderland. I initially didn't have any particular character in mind, but my love for hearts and a black, white, and red color scheme made my decision pretty obvious. Rather than being the Queen of Hearts though, I decided to create a new character, The Princess of Hearts.

Since I was creating a new character I didn't have a set plan for what the finished costume was going to look like. I decided I was just going to sort of wing it as I went along  Tongue

I had some striped fabric laying around so I used that to start my costume with a basic corset. Then I added some red fabric for a skirt. At that point I wasn't sure what to do next, but then I stumbled upon this post: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407658.0

It made me laugh a bit when I noticed she started with a black and white striped corset like I had already started for my costume :p  Maraleopard's dress inspired me for what to add to my costume. I didn't want to go as scrappy with my costume though. I decided to use bigger pieces of fabric to sew onto my costume base to keep it more simple.

After adding the pleated bottom of a dress I had never really worn, I added the final touches on my costume... the hearts! After those were on I went a little nuts with accessories for my costume. I made a small crown from stiffened lace, some white felt cuffs, painted converse, and a heart shaped shrug!

Okay, okay. Less chat, more pictures! Tongue

The front of the dress

The heart shrug

The back of the dress without the shrug

My shoes, cuffs, and crown

The heart shrug

Sadly this is the only picture of me in my costume that didn't turn out extremely blurry and since I don't have someone to take pictures of me in it right now this is all I have Sad  I really need to get myself a personal photographer Tongue

And since a friend of mine told me, "Never wear shorts under dresses, just wear cute underwear" I made some matching underpants! Cheesy

Thanks for looking! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where in the world can I find black cotton sateen? on: February 11, 2012 08:18:59 PM
Thank you so much! I never thought to check out Hancock Fabrics! We don't have one in Fargo so it never even crossed my mind! Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Where in the world can I find black cotton sateen? on: February 11, 2012 03:40:34 PM
There is a Beaux Arts Gala coming up in two months and the dress code is black and white formal. I am hoping to make my own black dress and I want it to be out of cotton sateen, but I have no idea where I could find any. Anyone have any suggestions on where to find it?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pinup-Style Dress on: January 25, 2012 09:57:34 PM
Thank you everyone for the wonderful comments!

How easy was the tute to follow?

frankeknitter: It was really easy to follow. You basically take your measurements and then divide them by four to find the dimensions for four identical panels that make up the dress. I adjusted mine a bit though to make it fit better in the front, but I don't think its necessary to do so. There are a few replies to her tutorial of people who had success with it as well so you could also ask them how it worked for them.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: What you guys have all been waiting for- - - A CLASSIC GOTHIC LOLITA DRESS on: January 24, 2012 09:15:31 AM
I used your tutorial to make a dress and I finally got around to posting it. Here is a link to the post if you would like to see it:

Your tutorial was so easy to follow and it was exactly what I needed to make the dress I was trying to figure out. Thank you so much for posting this!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pinup-Style Dress on: January 24, 2012 09:11:16 AM
So I came across this image when drooling over pinup dresses that I wanted:


I had recently gotten some red polka dot fabric from the thrift store so I decided to make my own version of it. To get the basic shape I used Lamby's dress tutorial found here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=77268.0

I modified the pattern to remove the back zipper and put snaps in one of the front seams instead.

Now for some pictures!

The snaps in the front seam

To disguise the snaps I actually sewed bottons over them on the front of the dress:

I forgot to take a picture of the back, but the straps actually cross in the back. I also didn't get any action shots, but I did get a picture of my attempt at styling my hair to go with my dress:

Hope you like it! Smiley
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: ♦ ♠ ♥ ♣ punk rock alice ♦ ♠ ♥ ♣ on: November 02, 2011 12:09:36 PM
Hi Heather, I didn't use a pattern, I don't know how to read one yet! what I did was looked at a tube top  with the bra (darts added in) added 1 1/2 inches around for the casing to add the elastic. then added sleeves with the elastic at the top and bottom of the sleeve. I hope this make sense.

yes it does make more sense now. i wasn't sure how the bunching around the collar was accomplished. i am going to have to try out the elastic neckline thing sometime now
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: ♦ ♠ ♥ ♣ punk rock alice ♦ ♠ ♥ ♣ on: November 01, 2011 08:22:04 PM
did you use any sort of pattern for the dress? I want to try and make a top with that kind of neckline, but I have no idea how to go about it
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Peachy Peach! on: November 01, 2011 07:00:40 AM
For Halloween this year I really wanted to be princess peach so I decided to make my own costume for the first time ever. I'm not a fan of full length dresses for costumes and I wasn't going to wear any skimpy dress that would practically show my butt either. I made my dress knee-length which is my favorite length for dresses.

I normally don't like to wear pink, but I absolutely love this dress! I based the bodice off of another dress I had and the skirt portion is an (almost) full circle skirt. I actually made two versions of the dress, a light pink one and a dark pink one. The dark pink one became the lining of the dress. I made the dark pink layer longer than the light pink layer so that I could create the look of Peach's skirt, but with two separate layers instead of sewing a dark pink band onto the bottom of the light pink skirt.

The petticoat I based off of the tutorial found here:
I changed the length and the puffiness so I could get the fullness I wanted for my costume.

Here are some close-ups of my crown, bracelet, ring, and petticoat:

I'm really happy with how my costume turned out seeing as it's my first time making my own costume.
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