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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Jersey Cowl ​Top on: May 27, 2013 06:00:32 AM
I have been wanting to make a cowl neck top for a while and finally found the time to make it yesterday morning. I created the pattern from my custom sized block and then altered it slightly to get the front to drape nicely.


I used a viscose jersey knit fabric because it drapes well and therefore is ideal for creating a cowl neck. I cut out the back and waistband on the grain first and then draped the cowl on the bias. I finished the back neckline and armholes by overlocking the raw edges, pressing under and then stitching with a single coverstitch.

Thank you for looking!
If you'd like to see more pictures and details of the making process head over to my website http://www.katywarland.com/#!blog---jersey-cowl-top/c1kpw
12  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Funny Puppy Birthday Card on: April 10, 2013 09:19:07 AM
It was my cousin's birthday yesterday and I had such a good idea for her birthday card. She loves it when our dog sits on the chair like a person so I took a photo of him and used it to create a card using Adobe Illustrator. I added some 'Happy Birthday!' text and put a little thumbnail on the back. My printer is kind of crazy and decided that it needed a huge green stripe down the side (all of the inks are full and it prints perfectly on the testing thing so I don't know what's up with that  Sad Angry Huh ). Eventually I ran out of patience and paper so the green stripe prevails. I picked out a pair of the largest googley eyes that I could find and stuck them onto the card and tada!


13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: drafting a bodice with the breast circle on: March 27, 2013 05:08:28 PM
Yes, ease should be very very minimal at the most. If you're making a garment where the cups are separate then the darts are moved to converge at the bust point like this:

I hope this helps Smiley
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: drafting a bodice with the breast circle on: March 24, 2013 07:14:11 AM
I've seen a lot of pictures of bodice slopper on pinterest with this breast circle. How do you draft it? My logic is telling me that u need the high breast measurement and low breast measurement for the radius and do a circle using the apex as the center. Am-I right?

The radius of the circle around the bust point on the sloper is the bust diameter. It is the measurement from the bust point to the under bust and is usually around 8cm.

The bust circle is used on slopers that are prepared for fitted and contoured garments such as strapless evening bodices, bustiers or bikini tops. The fitted sloper is adapted from a princess draft by adding the bust circle, increasing bust suppression, removing excess tolerances and contouring darts.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 24, 2013 06:36:29 AM
I will be making my own wedding dress from scratch in a couple of months. Any suggestions? Pattern books to read, sewing books to read? Any tips? This dress is stunning! I want something with that kind of reaction. I have some pattern drafting experience and a lot of sewing experience. In my family, making your wedding dress is kind of a tradition.

If you are drafting your own sloper pattern I'd really recommend incorporating an inner bodice to give the bodice a more sturdy structure especially on strapless designs. I make the inner bodice up out of a fabric called coutil and use spiral boning. I also like to make panels on the inside so that the dress can be laced up under the zip taking the strain off of the zip and pulling the waist in by a couple of inches. Before the zip or back fastening is done up the inside will look like this:

My favourite pattern drafting book is 'Pattern Cutting and Making Up' by Martin Shoben and Janet Ward.

I hope this helps. Good luck with the dress!  Smiley
16  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Another collection of things I've been making on: March 09, 2013 05:14:16 AM
They look so realistic, great job!
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 09, 2013 03:39:32 AM
I don't even know how to compliment you properly. Your work is so professional and amazing! I do have a couple questions. I don't plan on getting married for a couple years, but when I do, I plan on making absolutely as much as possible...including the dress. Where do you buy nice bridal fabric? Did you have a non-chain fabric store near you? And how much does that quality fabric run? Judging by the one you made here, I'm assuming that one was somewhere between $50-100 a yard. How much do you think you have to spend minimum for something decent? Now, I totally understand this would depend highly on location as well as our possibly-different ideas of what "decent" means. But in a rough estimate for bridal gown fabric, what would you say?

Thank you!

I source my fabrics from a fabric market in London, UK. I love to work with silk especially for evening and bridal wear and they have an astounding selection of the highest quality silks there. I usually pay around 13-20 per metre for the self fabric depending on the fabric width, weave, colour etc. The silk lining is around 10-14 per metre. Lace similar to the one that I used could cost anything between 75 to 140 per metre. I find that chain stores don't have anywhere near as much choice and come with a much bigger price tag so I'd agree that non-chain stores or a high quality market would be your best option if you can find one. Good luck with the dress! Cheesy
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 08, 2013 04:25:05 AM
Thank you so much for your comments everyone! I love hearing from you Smiley

Does the fabric have a pinkish iridescence to it? Some of the photos look as if it might, but lighting can do some odd things.

My photography/lighting is to blame. I would say that the lace is ivory and the silk dupion is a very very minutely more cream coloured shade of ivory. I do like the sound of that pink iridescence though. I need to find more brides to make dresses for and have a go at that!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 07, 2013 01:51:54 PM
Katy, this is lovely! You are so talented. I looked at this post and thought, "Wow! Amazing dress. She looks just like...no, she IS Katy." 

Ps. This is Christine... your cousin  Cheesy

Hahaha wow, small world! Thank you Smiley
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Making My First Bridal Gown on: March 05, 2013 03:16:11 PM
I loved the beading and the detailed work...what I hated was the fittings...and fittings...and fittings! Cheesy

Both of my brides lost and gained weight every week, it seemed! Cheesy  After I hemmed four layers of the skirt, the bride changed shoes and needed it all to be longer! NEVER AGAIN! Cheesy

Yikes, well done for coping with all of that! I'm glad I had such a lovely bride  Smiley
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