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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 'up in the clouds' peekaboo cut-out and open-back dress! pics + short vid :) on: November 23, 2011 02:22:00 PM

Not sure if this should go into the designer thread but anywhoo! I kind of merged two dresses I'm in love with at the moment - this Sretsis dress and this Alice Mccall dress, because I just can't get enough of cut out details and backless dresses Smiley I dunno, I just think they're really cheeky and fun!

It was pretty simple, just your regular bodice (lined) with bust darts, added short sleeves, pleated skirt (which I'm a bit iffy on, I think the pleats on the back should go the other way, cos in that photo it kinda makes my butt look flat/wide *sigh* perfectionist), and it does up with a button & loop at the back of the neck and a zip at the skirt. The only tricky thing was maybe getting the size of the front cut out right - the first bodice I made, I cut out a 'small' triangle which turned out to expose things that it shouldn't have! haha and also added in some darts at the back of the bodice - otherwise it would have been gaping! Here is a lame video of me twirling in it.

Thanks for taking a look! Smiley

x Amie
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / the "paper doll" dress, inspired by alexa chung! on: June 19, 2010 03:46:29 PM
Not sure if this should go under "Designer Clothing Homage" but I suppose I'll see how it goes here first Tongue

I fell in love with this dress Alexa Chung wore on her "It's On with Alexa Chung" show, by Opening Ceremony and thought it was easy enough! Bought some floral brocade type material that my Mum was like "You can't use that it's curtain fabric!" haha and just used the same bodice pattern I drafted for my Anita dress and added more darts and a pleated skirt and sleeves and voila!

I think hers was made from a heavy knit fabric but since my fabric wasn't stretch I had to put in a zip. I really wanted a cream coloured zip with gold hardware but my local Lincraft didn't have any in the length I needed and wasn't keen on running around town to find a store that did so I settled for a black one. Still not sure whether I ruined it with the black zip Huh Thoughts?

Also made another "making of" video for my blog  Cheesy I have wayyy too much fun sewing you guys

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flared sleeved, Scalloped hemmed, 70s inspired frock! "Making of" video incl on: January 16, 2010 01:21:43 PM
I think the dress looks lovely! If you are concerned about the shortness you could add another layer of scalops with the sleeve matterial around the bottom hem. It looks great regardless.


thats a great idea! i didn't think of that Cheesy thanks so much!

thanks everyone for the lovely comments, i was really proud of what i came up with, its my first fully drafted piece!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Flared sleeved, Scalloped hemmed, 70s inspired frock! "Making of" video included on: January 10, 2010 04:51:44 AM

I had a load of this toasty coloured crochet fabric lying around and envisioned them as wings at first. Then it kind of evolved into a dress. I was inspired by Chloe, Lover, the 70s and Anita Pallenberg. It's an a-line tent shaped frock with a scalloped hem, fitted bust darts, flared crochet-lace sleeves and a kind of key-hole back. It took several hours spread across 4 days to complete. Unfortunately I mismeasured the length of the dress so as you can tell, it's a little bit short! I think I'll wear leggings underneath it or maybe flared jeans if I can op-shop a pair.

here's a link to a "making of" video i shot while i was ... well, making the dress haha


I followed this tutorial by Vain&Vapid on how to sew scallopped hems, it was my first time and I'm so glad they turned out half-decent!

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bodycon Zipper Skirt on: May 10, 2009 02:54:16 AM
this turned out really awesome! its amazing how you got around the side-seam issue
what kind of fabric did you use? is it a heavy interlock?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "you will only break my heart" dress with open heart back! on: January 12, 2009 02:46:22 PM
oh *sigh* how i love stars. where are you, where they were in town?
also you're dress is super cute. i've never attempted the peekaboo back, but it seems awfully complex. good job!  Wink

i'm in melbourne, australia! they were here at the start of jan, touring around aus i think
i can't wait for their next tour - they were awesome
7  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Miu Miu RTW S/S 08 dress - my version! on: January 07, 2009 08:15:43 PM
Fabulous recon job!  I'm loving the texture of the skirt.

Where is the new fabric shop in Melb?  I'm in western vic and we don't have much choice here...  I like to be able to check out new places when I do get down to the big city!

thanks! its called Fabricado on Bond St in South Yarra - it's just on one of those side lanes on Chapel St - its prices range from $19.95-$99.95
hope that helps!
8  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Miu Miu RTW S/S 08 dress - my version! on: January 07, 2009 02:47:54 PM

I went to check out a new fabric store that opened up in Melbourne and came back with this gorgeous mocha/taupeish floral embroidered tulle not knowing at all what to do with it, then I found an old peter pan collar shirt that I picked up from Salvo's and it all just clicked and a couple hours later:

I just hacked off the sleeves from the shirt and hemmed the sleeve openings, then shortened the bodice to about half its original length and attached the gathered tulle as the skirt! I decided against sewing an underskirt/petticoat because I might experiment with different coloured slips  Wink

Haven't got a photo of me in it yet as I've yet to find a slip to wear underneath Tongue



9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: the "you will only break my heart" dress with open heart back! on: January 03, 2009 12:30:43 AM
thanks everyone for the lovely comments Cheesy
i'll definitely be making some more soon!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "You Will Only Break my Heart" Peekaboo Dress (edited w/ second batch!) img hvy! on: January 02, 2009 01:04:42 PM
Last night me and a couple of friends went to see Stars live! For my friends it was their first time at a gig and for me it was my first time seeing Stars live, so all in all it was an amaaaazing experience! Amy and Torquil have the best on-stage chemistry and connection. And thus for this grand occasion I made this dress to wear that night. I added tights and a black cardi cos it was pretty cold!

It's made from this pink cotton with sunflower/butterfly prints that I got for $4.99 p/metre at Lincraft. I really like the idea of peephole shapes and because I love loveheart detailing on clothes, I made an open heart at the back of the bodice, which has bias binding and interfacing around the edge. I probably should have bought a matching colour zip (its actually baby blue) or a black one, and i think it would have been better if the skirt was a bit higher up on the waist but apart from that I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It kept me cool during the show since we were about a metre from the stage and everyone was super packed up against each other, but in hindsight backless dress + other sweaty concertgoers = an awkward time for all. lol Tongue


I had a retry and altered the pattern a little, making the skirt fuller with more fabric and adding (princess?) seams to the back and front and using real bias binding that curves unlike my homemade bias tape that wasn't cut properly  Grin this time it's in a more Spring-y floral print that Antipodium used in their latest collection

and obligatory lame action shot!

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