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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Graduation dress on: May 25, 2009 02:30:20 PM
I graduated from college last Saturday (well, technically I graduated last december but the ceremony didn't take place until Saturday) and I made this dress to wear under my gown and for my grad party.  The fabric is rust colored swiss dot that has silver metallic pin-striping. The pictures don't show the striping too well but the fabric is really pretty.
The pattern was Butterick 5181.

here's one of me and the boy. this one shows the striping a little better. his parents bought me the camp chair - that is why it's set up in the house - we don't use camp chairs for real furniture Smiley

thanks for looking Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Tie Dye time! on: May 18, 2009 02:31:56 PM
I made this dress to wear to my friend's wedding.   I mixed and matched patterns to get the look I wanted.
The bodice is Butterick 5181 but instead of plain straps, I braided straps and criss-crossed them in the back
The skirt is McCalls 5014.
The wedding colors are purple and chartreuse-ish green. Originally I bought ivory with the intention to dye it the shade of green that is the wedding color (I used Dylon Amazon Green). Unfortunately when it dried there wasn't enough contrast and I didn't like it. I decided to re-dye with a darker green (Dylon Olive). It came out a little brownish but I really like it.

here's a close-up of the tie dye

the strap, which you can't really tell it's braided in this pic

and the back":

that's it Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / flowery-stripey-bubbley-dress... <3 <3 <3 on: March 15, 2007 12:30:07 PM
This is my absolute new favorite dress. I HIGHLY recommend this pattern (Simplicity 3882). It's a stretch-knit bubble dress! Smiley Can you tell I <3 it? The actual sewing was only in 6 steps so it was SUPER easy and fast. the hardest part was finding tricot. apparently Joann's no longer carries it so I had to settle for a tricot-esque fabric at Hancocks. I am sure I could have found it online but I am impatient. And how!
anyway, here's the dress:

the close-up-red-tinged-mirror-shot

boob close-up

outside with the sky-chair:

and the JcPenney catalog model pose (for my mom...it's a joke we share)

sew this pattern!! seriously. it's fantasmic. AND I have gangly arms Smiley

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two floral tops: "I match my grandma's kitchen!" and "yet to be hemmed" on: March 10, 2007 11:15:49 AM
So this first top I made from Simplicity 4111. I have worn it about 3 or 4 times and I just realized today when getting it out for these pictues that I haven't hemmed it. haha. oh well. enjoy.

detail close-up:

My grandma made a bunch of appliance covers, potholders and a valance for her kitchen. I got the extra fabric and made this:

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 70s Western Wear Inspiration! on: March 10, 2007 10:58:14 AM
I got this black and red skull fabric on sale at Joann's. I usually would have made a dress but the design of this fabric just called for something different. Born from my mom's 1970's Western Shirt Pattern came this:

a crappy picture of me wearing it:

the front on the floor:

black & red are my favorite colors. hence the black cuff w/red button

close up of the westerny-goodness

and the whole reason behind making THIS pattern out of THIS fabric:
the back
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Merry Christmas: a belated dress on: March 10, 2007 10:52:22 AM
Okay. Here's the dress I made to wear to the Nutcracker, and various Christmas-time events. Yeah, long time ago, I know.

The front:

The Back:

me wearing at x-mas eve party.

close up of the $2/yd plaid taffeta I made it with:
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Turtle Power! on: March 10, 2007 10:48:47 AM
So I haven't posted anything since about last September and I was bored this morning so here is the dress I made day before yesterday. Sorry about the picture quality. I have a good camera but I am a terrible photographer. McCalls 4444, I think.

The front:

The Back:

The Mikey button:

The front:

fabric close-up

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / for the love of ALICE COOPER! on: August 12, 2006 08:10:27 PM
so I went to go see Alice Cooper in reno, NV for my birthday. I pretty much worship him as you can see by my avatar. I decided that I needed to make a special skirt for the show (I was going to make lace elbow length gloves too but my serger broke Sad  )
Anyway. Here is a pic of me in the skirt at the Reno Hilton

oh, I made the necklace too. Ironically the total for the materials for the necklace was $6.66!
here are a couple more

okay. So the skirt only cost a couple bucks cause I got the leopard denim on sale. I dont know if you can tell in the pics but there are laced eyelets up both sides in front.
Now the truth comes out. The point of this thread is not only to show the skirt but to brag that I MET ALICE! (and his bass and guitar players) He was just walking around the hotel and I ran into him and got a pic. Then he ran in to me later and I got an autograph. If you're not interesed in my bragging, don't look at the next pics. I was in 5th row so I also caught a "dirty diamond" necklace he threw out. alice fans you know what I am talking about Smiley

woooooo. go alice!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Skulls & Roses dress that scares everyone on: July 11, 2006 02:16:15 PM
i really like this dress I made. I made it for my best friends going away party. Every time I wear it I get a lot of "that's a really cute dress" and a lot of "that's a scary dress". It wasn't meant to be scary but oh well. I think it's cool. I dont have any good real-life shots because i haven't gotten my film developed yet, but I'll post them when I have them.

here it is on the floor

the top:

in the mirror:

the top again:

it's kinda lop-sided in this pic but it just needs to be pulled to the side. It's not sewn lop-sided, I swear.

the back:

I didn;t have time to put the button on it before the party since i sewed the whole thing in one day. It's safety pinned in the pic.

a closeup of the fabric.

tada! Scary or cute? I'll post the real life pictures when I get them. These dont really do it justice Smiley

edited to add the picture of the button I put on today. I made it Smiley It's a rose in case you can't tell. the button hole kind of snagged the fabric, which is my fault, and the interfacing shows through a little, which I could probably trim up. I just think it's a pretty button Smiley

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / B&W Toile Dress :) on: July 11, 2006 02:04:37 PM
I made this dress to wear to my cousins wedding. However, being the person that I am I usually don't draw a line between formal and casual so I'll wear the dress on an everyday basis as well. It's only slighty dressy anyway Smiley

on the floor:

on me:

the top:

real life shot at the wedding with the boyfriend making a weird face

close up of the fabric

and a funny picture from the wedding just to amuse everyone Smiley My BF is a weird-o

edited to add the shot of the back I forgot to put on here!

It looks messed up but it's not that bad. The dress is a little big on me but that picture accentuates the weirdness...

that's it! comments appreciated!

edited to add: I forgot to mention that while I was writing this thread, i won a radio contest. haha. high five to me!

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