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241  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hideous 50s dress -> what exactly (boning questions)? on: March 17, 2005 06:20:29 AM
I think that's a great idea for recycling an old dress - and a fun way to restructure (dress into corset).  I've never done that, but I think it would work pretty well.  My two cents on how to proceed:
- you will probably need to just make the corset end where the waist of the dress is, especially if you don't want to add boning.  i'm picturing what it might look like and am willing to guess that the waist is at the natural waist (i.e. not a drop-waist).  So you'll have a corset that ends at the natural waist.  That could be cute!  If you really want it longer, just cut it off at the hips, and then hem into a cute l'il peplum.
- If you want to make a corset, then you can easily take it in those two sizes.  Just chop out the zipper (hopefully it's up the back?) and insert grommets or sew buttonholes up both sides of the back.  Then lace shut with ribbon - you can pull it as snug-fitting as you like.
- Of course, save the rest of the fabric and make something cute and matching - I always do that!  Good luck & I'd love to see pictures of how it turns out.
242  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! on: March 17, 2005 06:15:01 AM
I'm so happy to hear that others are willing to take on this crazy project too!

Cathou, I'm glad you can translate the French Smiley because I tried but couldn't get anywhere with such specific tailoring terms.   I think that's a great idea to do a second, detachable sleeve - I had been concerned about the usefulness of a one-armed jacket, but I hadn't thought of just making a second sleeve.  Hopefully we could simply reverse all the pieces for the left sleeve, but I guess we'll have to see the pieces printed at full-size.

And that brings up the issue of even printing out the darn pattern - I'm in Philadelphia, and I also can't figure out where I could print such a large sheet (without it costing about a hundred dollars).  I tried to print it on regular 8.5x11 paper, in order to tape all the sheets together (as the directions state would be possible), but only 3 pages come out...very odd.  I wonder if there's a website where you can send large files, and they'll print it and send it to you for lower prices than copy stores.  I'll update if I figure out a solution.
243  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free pattern downloads!! Alexander McQueen, Galliano and Yamamoto on: March 16, 2005 09:22:16 AM
hey there... i'm going to try the pirate jacket in about a week (or whenever I can find a place to print it). I'll keep you posted!!
Great - another brave soul!   Wink   I just made a general post in the "Discussions and Questions" area to see if others are interested in sewing/deciphering the jacket.  Check it out at: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=28780.0.
244  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! on: March 16, 2005 09:19:30 AM
May 19 UPDATE:
If you're looking for the link to the pattern, the website has been rearranged.  The pattern is currently at http://www.showstudio.com/projects/unf/unf_start.html.

May 24 Update:  COMPLETED!!!
Take a look below, and be sure to check out pages 19 & 20 of this thread for two more beautiful jackets by IndividualFrog and cathou!



I am hopelessly in love with the Galliano Pirate Jacket that you can theoretically sew from a free-to-download pattern at http://www.showstudio.com/play.html (scroll down just a bit and click on "Design Download - John Galliano."  I say "theoretically," because this jacket has about 60 pattern pieces and no instructions.
Here is the finished jacket - isn't is fantastic?

So...anybody want to join me in a Sew-Along in pursuit of our own Pirate Jackets?  All together now..."shiver me timbers!"
245  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re:free patterns online??? on: March 16, 2005 07:42:20 AM
and if you want to challenge yourself, try the Yamamoto and Galliano patterns here:


With all of these, you'll have to grade them to fit.

Monkeyrocker, do you understand those 55 or 60 Galliano pattern pieces?  Because I'm desperately loving that Galliano pirate jacket, but without an instruction sheet, I can't even begin to guess where I would start...
246  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Free pattern downloads!! Alexander McQueen, Galliano and Yamamoto on: March 16, 2005 07:28:42 AM
Has anyone tried to sew the Galliano pirate jacket?  Does anyone even understand all of those pieces?  There are apparently no instructions (the McQueen jacket at least has detailed instructions), just 60 incomprehensible pattern shapes.  Grrr...I am desperately in love with this jacket, but am not quite crazy enough to jump into such a complex project with no instructions.

Does anybody understand how these pieces go together?  Or want to try to decipher the pattern together over email/ICQ?
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