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11  Re: classy pleated iridescent clutch TUTORIAL ADDED!!!! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: December 11, 2005 02:00:27 PM
Thanks for the awesome tutorial!  I just had to make one for my company christmas party!  This is my first purse ever (besides a couple of tote bags, this was way harder)

Mine ended up being quite different in the end, but you can see the similarities!


Michelle Giordano
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12  Criss-Cross Detail Tutorial for Whyislife's question: on a barbie dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: November 28, 2005 08:49:36 AM
Whyislife had a question about how to make the criss-cross detail on a dress she would like to recreate and I thought it was such a nice detail that I put it on a barbie dress! 

Hopefully this makes sense:

1.  Sew tulle/chiffon/whatever you are using to the back opening of your dress before the zipper or buttons

2.  Cross them over and then back again

3.  Sew them back down to the back edges, it might be best to baste them on while the person is wearing the dress for best draping effect

4.  You might want to finish that edge with bias tape, but thats just my opinion. 

Finished Product:

There we go!  Ignore the barbie, she isn't in her prime anymore!  She belongs to my 6yo daughter and has seen better days lol!

Anyways, I hope that can help someone.  I also wanted to say that bias cut chiffon or some other drapey soft fabric would be better than Tulle, it was very stiff to work with and didn't drape nicely at all.


Michelle Giordano
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13  Re: Cardi-Wrap or Cardi-Shawl in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by michellegiordano on: October 13, 2005 08:48:19 PM
Heyy michelle,Congratulations!!!!.
 I spent $13.75 for the pattern and I don't have a serger, I'm jealous, very jealous. And you are right the pattern looks so simple. I need to go and buy fabric, just waiting for $$$$$$$$$$$$. And if you said was so easy to put it together, I should by at least 2 different fabrics  Grin.

And thanks to post the type of fabric you used. I always have issues (lots of them) buying the correct fabric for any project. And I'm not going to tell the time I invest looking for the right fabric that ends being the wrong one  Cry. Sooo I'm going to look for the Poly stretchy suede.


I think you could use medium or lighweight stretch fabric, I just used a medium weight for warmth because I live in Saskatchewan (chilly now).  I think too heavy a fabric would pull down and feel akward.  With the stuff I used I can't really tie it in front or back, there is too much bulk, but draping it over my shoulder looks awesome. 

Here is the finished wrap! The pics aren't very clear thanks to me trying to edit them LOL!  (Yikes how can I edit "red face"!) And sorry they are huge pics.

Hopefully that helps you a bit and I can't wait to see yours!

Michelle Giordano
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14  Re: Funky Pinstripe Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: August 11, 2005 09:16:27 AM
OMG I made one just like that about 5 months ago.  Great minds think alike!
actually I made 2, one for me and a maternity one to sell on ebay, here is a pic of the ebay skirt.......

the ebay skirt had a stretch waistband but mine was bias cut like your wasitband.
good work!

Michelle Giordano
saskatoon, sk, canada
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15  Opinions on baby outfit for cousin's baby?!?!?!?! in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by michellegiordano on: July 03, 2005 09:14:53 AM
I made this for a welcome gift for my favorite cousin's baby girl, tell me what you think......I asked my husband but as usual he had no opinion.

Its all t-shirt fabric.  I am not so sure about the flower, but I ran out of the neckline an inch too short and had to add some in, then it looked dumb, so I tried making the flower, is too big? goofy looking?

The triangle thing is a head scarf, and the bottom is a pleated skirt,  but doesn't look so pleated because the fabric isn't "crisp". 

Please let me know if you think its good or bad


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16  Re: TOTALLY GORGEOUS Red Carpet gown for GRAD! You gotta SEE THIS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: June 27, 2005 02:38:29 PM
That is definitely a fabulous dress. You do very good work. You should show us a picture of the back too. I love this dress!

Here is a pic of the back, now the dress is being altered to be stapless, but it will look pretty much the same.  Thanks everyone for the compliments!

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17  TOTALLY GORGEOUS Red Carpet gown for GRAD! You gotta SEE THIS! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: June 24, 2005 01:10:04 PM
I made this gown for a client for her grade 12 graduation.  The base design was vogue 2801 with some design detail changes.....mostly the neckline and spagetti staps. 

Let me know what you think please!

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18  Re: Not Awesome but I will wear it Halter Top in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by michellegiordano on: June 22, 2005 11:17:28 AM
Here is the Tutorial, its not very exact, but I assume anyone using it will know how to sew and measure and everything. I hope the pic shows up! Enjoy!

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19  my version of simp 4998 in Clothing Sewalongs by michellegiordano on: June 01, 2005 09:34:58 PM
I tried to move this topic into the simp. 4998 sew-a-long, but I couldn't get it there.......origionally had it in the completed projects area.

This is my version of simplicity 4998, although from the front you can't tell that I altered it.  This picture makes me look really thick around the middle.....what a bummer  Angry.

The skirt is shorter than the pattern because I am short, I used the lining pattern for the top bodice and used ribbons as ties, I used white piping on all the seams around the bodice and I changed the back so that the top bodice back is only 2" or so with white piping on top and at the seam to join it to the rest of the back bodice. 

It seems a bit big through the sides, but I find that once I wash something it shrinks even more, even if I pre-shrink the fabric, so I guess I will wait and see what happens.

I whipped through it, it took about 3 hours in total, I am pretty happy with it, but I hate this picture.......it makes me look fat!  LOL it doesn't really bother me that much!

Any ideas what I could do to make the centre bust look more interesting? it seems plain and boring to me.......not like the print isn't loud enough already right?

total cost: $30 and everything was 50% off......good thing I like this! Its my most expensive so far.

comments/critisism welcome! Thanks for looking.

P.S. I discovered that if I use a ball of yarn to iron the bust darts it shapes it really nice.......also if the ball is your "size" you can make sure the darts don't end up looking like madonna's bullet bras once you try it on......

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