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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Ombre Fringe Top on: July 31, 2013 02:24:25 PM
This is a Featured Project! Congrats!  Smiley

Wow! Thank you so much!! And thank you to everyone for your lovely comments  Smiley
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Subtle Infusion earrings - my version. (Tatted) on: July 04, 2013 09:14:37 AM
They're beautiful, well done!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Ombre Fringe Top on: July 04, 2013 08:29:13 AM
I designed and started making this top over two years ago! After carefully painting the fringe by hand I realised that there was no way that my sewing machine was going to tackle the chiffon bodice fabric that I had chosen. Now that I have a wonderful new machine I have been able to sew the chiffon and finally finish this top.

The fringe trim that I used was synthetic so I couldn't use the dip dye method that I had originally planned. Instead, I mixed different concentrations of blue fabric paint and carefully painted each strand of fringe! I then realised that my sewing machine was not going to sew the chiffon and so I had to leave this project for a while. I recently got a new machine and this top was still on my mind so I finally finished it. I drafted the pattern myself from my own custom sized block. After attaching the fringe to the neckline I covered the edge with bias binding and inserted a navy metal zip in the back. I used tiny french seams for the darts and side seams and a pin hem (tutorial here: http://www.katywarland.com/#!tutorials-pinhem/cbry).

Washing the fringe trim after painting


Pin hem

Finished Top

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: DIY Fashion Channel Advice on: June 28, 2013 02:32:26 PM
I completely agree with Alexus. Quality video and quality content is essential. You could also do some very very simple technique tutorials such as seam finishes or attaching bias binding.
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Pink&Orange Bellydancing Costume on: June 09, 2013 09:05:00 AM
Wow, awesome job! The embellishment must have taken ages! You look great in it too.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help with lining and inner corsets on: June 02, 2013 04:14:14 AM
Hi Staci,
I always create inner corsets for my strapless and more structured gowns. I'm pretty terrible at explaining but I shall have a go. I have learnt through research and trial and error to develop an inner corset method that I like to use so this may not be exactly how it 'should' be done but I find that it works really well. I've also worked in a couple of couture bridal shops where they use very similar techniques to this:

An inner corset is sandwiched between your self fabric and lining. They are typically made out of a twill weave fabric called coutil and have boning. I like to use spiral boning as it gives great support but is also flexible allowing the wearer to move. I create boning channels from the seam allowance and insert the boning. With strapless gowns I assemble the self fabric, lining and inner corset separately and then attach them at the neckline and zip. You can also tack the coutil onto your self fabric and then assemble the self fabric and coutil as one attaching the lining separately as you would if there was no inner corset involved.

With an inner corset you can either create the same structure as your self fabric or have a much more contoured structure incorporating underwires, cups, overwires etc. I don't use commercial patterns so I don't know of any to recommend but it should be relatively simple to draft an inner bodice pattern from a princess seamed commercial pattern using the first aforementioned method. This would involve tracing the bodice section of your pattern pieces down to the hip section and using this as your pattern for the inner corset.

I like to use inner corsets to enhance the figure so I also incorporate coutil panels with eyelets into the side back seams 9you could also use the side seams) so that they can be tightly laced up before the back fastening is closed. This will only really work if you are making a garment with a centre back fastening and side back or side seams (most commercial patterns will have these). I draft my lacing panels to be about 6cm lower than the back of a strapless gown and about half the width of the side back panels (approximately 4cm wide). I then sew these panels into the inner corset structure by sandwiching them between the side back and back panels and constructing the side back seam. The panels should be on the inside of the corset structure so that they can be laced up underneath the back fastening. This is how the structure would look with the panels before the lining and back fastening is inserted:

If you are incorporating lacing panels then the lining will need to allow the panels to come through to the inside of the garment. I do this by constructing the lining as normal until I come to the side back seams. For these seams I construct the seam above and below where the panel will come through leaving the length of the panel un-seamed. I then attach the lining to the inner corset and self fabric at the neckline so that when it is turned in the right way the coutil will be sandwiched between the self fabric and lining. I then pull the lacing panels through the gaps in the lining and hand stitch the lining around the panels to secure it. Finally I finish off the garment with the back fastening.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any questions or if you would like me to clarify anything.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Lunch with the Princess' on: June 01, 2013 03:48:19 PM
Wow! This is amazing, she's one lucky girl and she certainly looks pleased with it  Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Adorable Shirred Chiffon Summer Dresses​​ on: June 01, 2013 03:47:02 PM
This week I have been working on summer dresses for two adorable little girls aged 6 and turning 9 next month. The older girl loves purple and butterflies so when I found purple butterfly chiffon in my local fabric shop I just had to make something for her with it! I also bought some yellow chiffon for her younger sister and decided to make them each a cute summer dress. I shirred the bodices, over locked the seams, cover stitched the straps and hemmed the chiffon with a perfect tiny pin hem (pin hem tutorial: http://www.katywarland.com/tutorials-pinhem#!tutorials-pinhem/cbry )

Finished Products



Beautiful Pin Hems!

Almost Finished...

Coverstitched Straps

Thank you for looking!
I have posted my first tutorial of my new favourite technique on my website: Pin Hems

And there are even more pictures and details of the making process on my blog here:

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: June 01, 2013 03:28:47 PM
I am so impressed! I would love to make a wedding gown, but I get really frustrated with things that aren't quick!

Keep going with it! You are on the right track and your work is beautiful.

Thank you! I know what you mean, I still haven't taken on any particularly complicated projects since, I'm just enjoying simple things that I can complete in a few days.

Beautiful! I'd love to do a wedding gown one day...but I'll just stick with dress up clothes for toddlers for the moment!
Thank you! You should, it's so much fun and so rewarding. I've moved on to kiddie clothing for the moment too. Mini clothes are so cute!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Jersey Cowl ​Top on: June 01, 2013 03:23:39 PM
Thank you everyone for all of your lovely comments!

that looks fantastic.  It fits so well and drapes so nicely.  How do you find the stretch to be with cutting the front on the bias? 

Thank you! I was actually surprised at how badly it draped. When I was trying out ideas it draped pretty well but on the dress form it didn't work quite so well and on me I couldn't get it to look good with lots of drape so I settled for a design with less drape in the end.
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