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11  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / this Black Magick dress by Lover? EDIT: I made it!!! yay!!! =) on: June 10, 2007 04:35:11 AM
Hi craftsters!
I have my school formal coming up around August and would love to save a little and make my own dress. This is the one that I'd really love to (come as close to) or model it on. It's by Sydney based label Lover from the collection Black Magick. I've given up hope on buying it myself since the collection is about 6 years old and the dress retailed originally at $400 AUD something  Grin

I'm sure it's just the gathering and sleeves part messing me up, anybody got ideas? ;-)

Thanks sooo much to Melli's really awesome tutorial! I made a few changes to the back bodice part but all in all its quite close to what I'd originally hoped for! This is just a mock up at the moment, it's made out of this cobalt bluey fabric with sheer polka dots, I'll make the good version when I find the lace that I like.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my new dress for winter! BBW 4111 on: March 20, 2007 12:59:15 AM
It's nearing the end of summer in Australia and we're starting to feel a bit of a chill coming round and I'd been shopping around and knew I didn't like the shapeless smock type dresses hitting the stores so of course I turned to sewing!

So off I trotted to Lincraft and bought the BBW pattern ($16.75), 2 metres of woven/linen fabric ($19.98), 3 buttons ($1.38 each) and interfacing (80c) and set to work! Even though I know I should have been studying Maths or Psych or English (I've got one exam for each next week, I'm such a good procrastinator). :-P I decided to make the pattern longer to make it a dress  Grin


I finished it in about 4 hours all up (spread over two days). Had a hissy fit with my overlocker because I didn't realise I converted it to roll-hem and couldn't be bothered changing it back to overlocking, over-worked my eyes trying to unpick hems and pricked my self a few times trying to find the button holes. And even though I may have jeopardised my academic future by sewing while I should have been studying, it's all worth it because now I have a gorgeous dress for winter, thanks to our pal Wendy :-D

C'est moi - after I finished. I found the neckline a little bit too low! But I'll probably wear a shirt underneath or something  Wink

<3 Amie
13  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / printing/inkjet transfer paper? Melbourne on: August 15, 2006 05:39:57 AM
Where can you find paper that you can print out like iron on transfers on for tshirts and stuff?
do you need a special printer or special ink for these kinds of projects?

14  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / LOOKING FOR: LARGE Heart Shaped Buttons on: July 31, 2006 05:20:30 AM
Hi everyone!
I'm looking for llllarrrrge heart shaped buttons in any colours in Australia (preferrably Melbourne)
or anyplace that I can order online from

like the ones used in teh "tricks are for cats" collection on goldieclothing.com
see - hoodie, chophop skirt, bustier, or shakeheartbreak skirt

I've looked in lincraft and spotlight but they only seem to have small ones and i'm holding out to buy like semi-oversized ones :-D

let me know if you've seen any around!

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / The "Mum, I'm running away to join the Circus" Semi-Pencil Jersey Skirt W/Bow! on: July 24, 2006 02:29:21 AM
Well, it doesn't have all the pizazz and theatrics of a circus performer, but I feel slightly acrobatic wearing it! I think cos it's made out of super nice stretchy t-shirting material. :-D

http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j160/loveisa-drug/sewing/KW-skirt-002.jpg craftster resized it a little funny

anyway, I finally made a dent in the larggge lump of Karen Walker fabric I bought yonks ago, and got the courage to make something out of it. It was originally going to become a strapless romper/playsuit thing, (if I added shorts on the bottom) but I decided against it and left it as a skirt :-)

It is a little bit gathered at the front, has a yoke and is unhemmed at the bottom AND I found out how to get an overlocking stitch on my regular sewing machine (except it doesn't do the super handy cutting off of excess material thing that overlockers do)

And I added a cute bow tie thing at the front because I thought it needed a little something extra!


16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / regular jeans to skinny jeans (W/OUT the funny foldy thing) on: July 02, 2006 02:56:22 AM
hey y'all

i have a pair of wide-ish leg jeans that i want to turn into skinny jeans
but the last time i did that, at the point where i started sewing them in - there was like a funny fold thing
i'm not sure how to explain  Huh
like if you were making a t shirt slimmer, and you didn't sew around the sleeves to make them skinnier too, there'd be a gap ..kind of..

has anyone experienced this when pegglegging their jeans?

i don't want to take them apart at the seams - because my machine doesn't really handle thick fabrics well Cheesy

17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "i've got a brandnew pair of rollerskates" heart print pinafore! **TUTE page 1** on: June 03, 2006 09:02:22 PM
This dress reminds me of Janis Joplin's song rollerskates  Grin
and it makes me want to get over my fear of falling and pull out my old barbie skates and roll around the place like in Xanadu!

anyway! I'd been droooling over the incredibly cute pinafores all the aussie designers had been featuring in their S/S campaigns (check out the mercedes australian fashion week on www.vogue.com.au) and had been dying to make one myself. Last weekend I found the perfect material!

It's made of burnt orange heart print jacquard material - fully equipped with oversized teal buttons!

I'm not sure whether to ruche the top so it's like a sweetheart neckline or not (because as you can tell it is quite low already... Tongue
And it also flares out a lot from under the bust so it kinda makes my hips look megawide, not sure how to remedy that  Huh

and although it's pretty cold down here in Melbourne (winters starting to kick in in Aus), I'm planning to wear it over long sleeve tees with leggings  Wink

♥ ♥ ♥

EDIT: For everyone who wanted the tutorial!  Cheesy It's not that great a tute, its just template shapes, enjoy! please post up yours if you decide to try it, I'd love to see them  Wink
18  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / AUSTRALIA / Sparty's - lolita heart sunglasses? on: June 02, 2006 03:25:03 AM
hey everyone
thanks for your help in the perspex thread :-D

umm was wondering if anybody had come across these heartshaped sunglasses at the Spotlight Parties shop Sparty's?
and how much they were?

19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Reconn'd Top to Skirt with Karen Walker Carousel Ponies! on: May 28, 2006 04:36:20 PM
these past three weeks have been utter hell - SACs and Essays and Exams - it's the end of the semester in winter in Australia and I needed a little cheering up  Wink

SO! I made this happy little skirt with the Karen Walker fabric I bought from NZ like a year ago (because I was so scared of using it and screwing something up  Grin)

It's a ruched babydoll top that I cut the straps off of - and made the hem all even around
and then I cut out one of the ponies from the KW fabric, and embroidered it on!  Cheesy

lying flat

close up of applique

with the skirt on

pretty plain and simple but it does the trick to cure rainy-day-Year 10-induced-blues!

20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / anyone got a fully lined hoodie pattern? on: May 03, 2006 12:14:00 AM
Hi crafters!

So, okay, I did a search before asking a question - taking note of the friendly Craftster news note!  Grin

and found lots of hoodies that people had made with a lined hood

but not one that was fully lined,

I have some great tshirting fabric that I bought from Karen Walker but it's a little too flooopy for a warm jumper - so I also have some fleecy stuff that i want to line the tshirtfabric with  Wink

so does anybody know of a hoodie pattern that is fully lined
or do I just make two hoodies (one of the tshirt fabric and one of the fleece)
then turn the fleece one inside out and sew them both together?

help would be appreciated!

thanks!  Grin

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