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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / help on sewing this dress on: February 13, 2012 06:25:25 AM
my friend got me for a bridesmaid for her wedding this may. she was originally going to have a seamstress make us our dresses. but she had an accident over the holidays and had to undergo a minor surgery. unfortunately her insurance doesn't cover it so she had to use the budget for the dresses.

so now we'll have to pay for our own dresses. the seamstress was kind enough to sell her the fabric she was originally going to use at a discounted price. so she was able to give us 3 yards of chiffon and 3 yards of star satin for the lining.

unfortunately, i could not find a seamstress that charges within my budget. so i was thinking of diy-ing it. i have made a diy dress before (a floor length convertible dress which i also wore for a wedding and whose tutorial i got from another thread in here) but that was a very simple pattern. i have never made a dress with lining and the works. so if anyone here is kind enough to help me out with tutorials and stuff, i would very much appreciate it.

the design of the dress is like this:

but the neckline and sleeves will be like this:

hope someone can help!
2  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What weird meals have you made while totally broke? on: August 01, 2011 11:17:11 AM
i did the rice and margarine too when i was a kid. then eventually it evolved to rice with cheese whiz spread and a little butter. then nuke it in the microwave until the cheese bubbles.
3  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: What weird meals have you made while totally broke? on: July 14, 2011 08:52:50 AM
not really when i was broke but when my dad got sick. he was put on a super strict and limited diet (basically freshwater fish, white chicken meat, leafy veggies, almost no spices, and anything that is tasteless). we had to purge the pantry of anything he might sneak into eating. since i like brown bagging my lunch, i was subtly forced to take care of the purging. so i had to be creative with all the canned stuff in the pantry.

my favorites:

-corn corned beef: canned corned beef cooked with a can of tomato sauce and corn kernels. mix in some cooked rice.
-cheesy corn: corn kernels, some shredded cheese, a little butter, and a little dash of chili for a kick. put in the microwave just enough to melt the cheese and enjoy
-cheesy tuna tots: mix canned tuna flakes (minus the liquid) with some shredded cheese. prep some of those mashed potato box mixes. get some of the tuna and cheese and cover it wish some mashed potato. fry.

this one my aunt made when i was a kid. we call it ketchup rice. it basically leftover rice sauteed with some cubed ham or sausage or whatever cured meat there is. add some frozen peas, carrot, corn mix, shredded omelet (scrambled egg cooked like a very thin crepe then shredded). then add some of those ketchup packets from fast foods.

i didn't really like it much but my other cousins did.
4  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: alcoholic drink inspired cakes without using alcohol? on: July 07, 2011 12:58:59 AM
thanks for the links. unfortunately i'm not in the US. so it would be impractical to purchase from those sites. either the shipping fees would cost me more than the actual product or if i opt for cheaper shipping options, my friend's baby would be long born by then. lol!
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: alcoholic drink inspired cakes without using alcohol? on: July 06, 2011 12:57:46 AM
i believe there are but i think glass would have a better effect. i can make layered cupcakes and they would look like layered shots.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: July 05, 2011 10:19:22 AM
here are some pics of my dress! Cheesy i wore it to a wedding yesterday. no one wanted to believe me when i told them that i made it from scratch. Cheesy

like i said in my last post, i did mine with a detachable strap and waistband. here's how the strap looks like:

the straps aren't really as thin in reality. the edges curled up in this pic, making them look thin.
i used a strip of zipper (like the ones used in jackets) at the ends. i wanted to make the waistband very snug to make sure the skirt/tube does not slip down. so i needed to add the zipper because closing it shut would make it difficult to slip into.

here's the skirt part of the dress, worn as a tube with a gold belt:

here's the detachable straps worn as a top:

i think the detachable straps made it so much more versatile. i'm going to make another waistband with longer straps so i can have more wrapping options next time.

my next project is to attempt a bikini top with the detachable straps concept. but i'll probably have to use a sewing machine for that one instead of hand sewing to make sure it's sturdy enough to endure the added weight when it gets wet.

ps. sorry about the photo orientation. i tried to rotate them but it doesn't seem to work. i also tried to rotate the photos before uploading. they work in my computer when i preview them. but they end up horizontal again when i upload.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: July 03, 2011 10:05:12 AM
i finally finished mine. i still couldn't figure out the waistband and the straps so i did mine a little differently. i tried to follow the original instructions but, for the life of me, i just couldn't figure it out. there was a point when it finally became clear in my head. i was so excited to go home and do it but when i was already sewing it, i got all confused again. i had to sew, rip, and restich several times. and i was doing it all by hand! it basically took me 3 weeks to finish. since i stopped when i was tired, frustrated, or just plain confused. but nevertheless, i still finished it. but i did it quite differently.

i made mine using a half circle skirt because it was a floor length dress. i realized later on that i could've made it a 1/4 circle or an a-line pattern to save me more fabric but i realized that too late. though i still love how flowy it turned out with the half circle.
my straps were shorter than perscribed because i used up most of the fabric on the skirt. i'll probably redo these and buy additional fabric so i can play around with the straps more. and the straps tapered in the ends instead of being rectangular. this is mainly because of my fabric shortage problem.
the biggest change i made were the straps and waistband. mine were detachable! i attached the straps to the waistband and put a zipper on the ends of the waistband so i can wear this over the skirt.

here's a diagram i made:

i don't need to wear a boob tube since the top of my skirt is meant to be worn over the boobs and the waistband is worn just under the bustline.

i'm wearing this to a wedding this week so i'll post the actual pictures of the dress after the wedding.

on another note, with the detachable strap idea, it makes the dress more infinite. i tried the straps on without the skirt and it looked like a sexy top. just throw on some jeans and i'm good to go!

i'm also planning to make a swimsuit top using the detachable straps concept.
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: alcoholic drink inspired cakes without using alcohol? on: July 03, 2011 09:19:47 AM
thanks for the suggestions!

my friend who's coming with me to the shower suggested that i bake the cupcakes in shot glasses. so i can make whatever flavor and it would still be alcoholic inspired. i think it's a cool idea. i just need to find shot glasses that are thick enough to survive the oven.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Your favorite tip/trick/ingredient? on: June 14, 2011 04:09:15 AM
we buy whole chicken, cut up the different parts and debone what needs to be deboned. freeze the parts that will be used for later. all the "scraps", we boil it in water to make chicken stock. if we're making a recipe that requires chicken to be boiled first (my mom has a recipe for chicken and corn soup that needs boiled chicken meat, shredded), we add it to the stock too.

saves money and makes real chicken stock.

if skin and some fats were added to the stock, stick it in the fridge. when it's cold, scrape off any fatty stuff that hardens on the surface. this also works for any soupy dishes if you'd want to reduce the fats in the soup.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: quickie dress that anybody can make - Infinity Dress and link to tutorial on: June 14, 2011 02:11:10 AM
i bought my fabric. i went to this fabric market. imagine a wet market kind of set up but instead of meats, it's all sewing related stuff. there were about 3 kinds of stretchy fabrics there. i got a spandex mix (that's what the guy who sold it to me called it). they had a satin kind of stretch fabric which i really wanted but it was too expensive. so i settled with the spandex.

the fabric looked good enough. the ends don't seem to fray so that's good for me since i wouldn't have to hem. though they do curl a little but i have no problem with that. it might be a little thin though. a possible concern for flash photography. but this is my first attempt at sewing a dress so i don't really want to tackle lining it. i'll probably just wear one of those skirt undergarment things (what is that called anyway?)

the thing is, i was only able to get 3.5 yards because i didn't have extra money and they didn't accept cards. do you think this is enough for a floor length dress? (i'm short and medium built)
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