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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses: Chic & Simple Sewing on: April 04, 2011 02:44:39 PM
Hello! I'm slowly sharing projects I made early this year in January.

These 2 dresses I made using the patterns that came with Christine Haynes Chic & Simple Sewing. It's an interesting book, great for experienced beginners. Although the instructions aren't very detailed, the projects are simple, quick, and don't require zippers!

I made this dress for my 23rd birthday. I fell out of love with the material (I think it might be best used as lining), but I love polka dots Smiley

This is my version of the "You're So Shifty" shift dress. I loved the neckline, but as a straight shift dress, I didn't think it was very flattering on me. So I inserted a casing for elastic at the waistline.

If you have any questions about the book, feel free to ask me Smiley

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dress Form Cover on: March 14, 2011 09:36:41 PM
Hello everyone!

I hope that this qualifies for this board, even though it's not technically clothing for a person but rather my for dress form, Lil.

Here is a picture of Lil wearing one of the first dresses I ever made:

And for reference, Lil is naturally a maroon/dark red color as shown here:

The cover is made from $8/yard spandex material. I wanted something really stretchy because I didn't want to deal with fitting issues too much.

Originally I wasn't sure how to go about the pattern. I even started draping and making darts, etc. In the end, I just made a tube using the waist circumference. I sewed up the side, put the tube on the mannequin and marked where to sew the neck and shoulder seams, sewed those up, and sewed the top piece.

The main reason why I made a cover was because I didn't like how the red photographed and because the original cover tended to snag clingy fabrics. The cover is like butter and there is no more problems with snagging!

Comments and criticism always appreciated Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pink Dot Tank Dress on: March 11, 2011 01:06:50 AM
This is my most recent sewing project! I hadn't made anything for about a week and a half, and I was starting to feel anxious about it Tongue

It's made with a simple tank pattern with bust darts, a gathered A-line skirt, and fabric tie-belt, and it has an elastic-casing waist. The neckline and armholes are finished with bias tape.

The only improvement I would make would be to line it! The fabric is very sheer in the sunlight!

If you want to see how I wore it and more ramblings about this dress, you can see more pictures and information at http://lovemakesthegirl.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-me-blush.html!
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Tie Dress on: March 02, 2011 03:08:05 AM
I guess I have a thing for florals...

I made this during my last finals week in college. No pattern, just winged it!

Thoughts and comments always appreciated!

(pics are from my blog, http://lovemakesthegirl.blogspot.com/2011/03/brights.html)
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / How to make a sloper/block pattern? on: February 24, 2011 03:46:36 PM
Hello everyone,

I've been doing some random reading around, and it seems that it would be extremely helpful to use a sloper when drafting patterns and fitting garments. I'm really interested in making or obtaining one.

I'd really appreciate any tips or suggestions!
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Floral Dress with Lace Trimmed Collar on: February 23, 2011 10:48:06 PM
Here is something I made today because I would not let myself go to sleep unless I worked on something on my day off Smiley

I used Cal Patch's Design It Yourself Clothes for some guidance (I used the chapter on making a basic shirt) to draft a sleeveless top pattern, but I mostly made it up as I went. I actually had to make several adjustment to the initial pattern, but I think the final product turned out pretty well. It's far from perfect, but I hope to make other dresses based on this design.

The collar was kind of an afterthought and is only one-layer thick because I ran out of fabric, and the lace trim is from my mom's old sewing supplies. I was feeling lazy today and didn't want to bother with a zipper or perfect fit, so the dress has an elastic waist. Fortunately, the fabric is so busy that it's difficult to tell.

Comments are much appreciated!
17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / A Stego Duo on: February 23, 2011 11:58:20 AM
Someone commented on my stuffed stegosaurus in one of my previous posts, so I thought I'd share them here.

Meet brother and sister stegos, Stanley (big) and Eru (small).

They are made of white fleece-like material, black/white gingham, and colored/white flannel. I made the pattern myself.

Hope you like them!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Dresses: Design It Yourself (by Cal Patch) on: February 16, 2011 08:00:04 PM
Hello Craftsters!

I am not new to Craftster, but I'm back under a new name for the first time in about 4 years!

My main craft is clothing-making, so I hope to share my projects to get some feedback and learn something from all of you.

So here are two dresses I completed recently. They are made from patterns I drafted, as directed in Cal Patch's Design It Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified. This is a really nice book if you're interested in learning how to make your own basic sewing patterns! If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask Smiley

My Valentine's Day Dress

How I wore it:

Floral Dress

My drafting tools (so you can see the book I used as well)

The dresses are very similar (because I followed the same directions to design the patterns), but they have some key differences. The pink and white striped dress, which I made second, has a higher waistline and a slightly A-line gathered skirt, whereas the floral dress has a lower waistline and the skirt is a long, gathered rectangle.

Please let me know what you think! Smiley

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