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1  Yet Another Peplum top! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kazuneko78D on: August 26, 2013 03:28:21 AM
Hey there, my lovable people! It is I yet again with the peplum trend. To be honest this is actually the first peplum that I made (it just took me more effort to post than the camo peplums) and it's not my sizefor me.


My friend, whom I made the top for, sent me this pic of her in it. It looks more awesome than I thought it would look or maybe I've just never had somebody model my pieces

I drew up a sketch of the top just to make sure I don't doubt myself whilst sewing or have any uncertainties:

After that I went to work on making the pattern. I used a book that I found in my dad's studio to base the pattern on:

It had the basic pattern blocks on a downsized grid and contained instructions on how to scale it to size (and also patterns from size US 6-16):

Scaling up:

Then transferring the pattern:

Darts! Cheesy made with carbon paper and a spikey tool thing:

And soon I had a proper pattern and measured it to chop off the bottom for the peplum 'skirt' as I call it :

I sewed it up slowly and fortunately I found an old and broken mannequin (with no legs) somewhere in a cardboard box which had the same size as the peplum top my friend! Grin
Halfway point of sewing:

I let the mannequin take refuge in my room and sat it on my wheelie chair. I miss it now that she's gone. Cry

And finally the final product:

I really loved working on this project because I was clearly out of my comfort zone as;
  • I've never worked on a garment that is of size smaller than US 14. I am still astonished how little fabric the top took up
  • I've also never worked with floral fabric. The whole time I was cutting out the fabric I was thinking 'which flower should be on the center?' or 'Does this match up?' but luckily it turned out alright Smiley
  • If you look closely the collar is a kinda like a keyhole closure and I've never made one before so I ripped apart my own clothing to see how it's done researched how to do so
  • It is my first ever 'commissioned' piece. But I've decided not to charge because it was my first after all and I didn't know just how it would turn out or how much to actually charge for it

Overall, it was an enjoyable experience that I hope to go through again with some profits, of course Wink. And I've got this idea to make my friend model clothes that I've made (since smaller sizes means less fabric=less cost. And she's got a good camera Grin )

On a side note, this may be my last post for a while as I've just entered sixth form and will most likely be burdened with lots of work haha ^_^"
Till next time,
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2  My take on the Foldover Clutch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Kazuneko78D on: August 16, 2013 06:25:49 AM
Wow, this is my first time posting in the Purses, Bags, Totes & Wallets category. Hope you all like my idea and get inspired to make something similar to my Clutch.

This is a pic of my foldover clutch, folded over and with a brooch that my grandmum gave me.

The outer fabric is leftover fabric from a peplum dress I made AGES ago but have failed to write a post about it due to lack of pictures. The inner fabric is a plain pink cotton. I padded the clutch so it has more body but since I didn't have any fusible fleece or the sort, I took some padded sheets (whatever it is called) from my dad and sewed it onto the lining with a criss-cross pattern. I think it looks pretty cool Cheesy

The lining kinda makes it look a bit more professional Smiley

I tried to neatly attach an invisible zipper. I tried.

Also, I made a smaller, non-lined-non-padded clutch the night before I made this one.

Hope you enjoy reading my post! Cheesy
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3  EDITED! Camouflage (denim) Peplum! Probably a revolution in military trends in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kazuneko78D on: August 16, 2013 05:58:36 AM
EDIT: Added another Camo peplum that I recently made for my tiny cousin. check it out!

Hey again! Cheesy
Actually I wanted to enter the Craftster 10th anniversary challenge but unfortunately due to recent Hari Raya celebrations, I forgotten to submit my entries. Whoopsies! Anyways, as much as I regret not entering (and possibly winning a prize haha!) I really wanted to share my idea of Camo clothing as a 'trend'.

The Camouflage fabric is a fairly light denim fabric which I bought at a local craft store whilst searching for fabric. I stumbled upon it when two 'bulky' men went in the store (which shocked me a bit because I've never seen men like that browse through craft stores here unless accompanied with their wives) and asked for 'pant' fabric. The store assistant led them to the denim section and I hastily followed suit, without coming off as a stalker. That was when I discovered the rack of Camo which ultimately inspired the peplum top. After the men left, I immediately went to the store assistant and bought 2 meters of my favourite Camo fabric. The fabric cost BND$18.00 and was 60 inches wide so it was more than enough for my project.

I also bought a printed waterproof canvas as well as lots of studs and a zipper in the pic.

The Zipper is an 18 inch metal jacket zipper. Because it is a jacket zipper (It can be taken apart into two separate pieces) I wasn't sure how to sew the bottom of it to the peplum so there is an awkward crease/pleat where I tried to sew the bottom like how I sew in the bottom of an invisible zipper. But that's alright because I refuse to believe that people will stare at my butt long enough to notice it Grin

I made the peplum top with a pattern that I borrowed from my dad, with the exception of the puff sleeves. He made patterns specifically for me for my Hari Raya clothes so there wasn't any need to modify most of it. The sleeve pattern I hacked up to make puff sleeves because I thought the puffiness would tone down the 'masculinity' of the Camo print and it looks cute (as well as hide my bulky upper arms). So, yay! Cheesy

Btw, does anybody think that this could possibly be a new twist on the military trend? I think it would revolutionize the trend because I've been waiting to buh-bye to those not-exactly-flattering silhouette of the clothes and the repetitive design of coats such as in http://fashion-for-2014.blogspot.com/2012/08/top-trends-military-jacket-with_23.html. Not that they're all bad designs, it's just gets boring after a while, you get me?

P.S. currently I don't have any shots of me in it due to lack of willing photographers to take vain pictures of me in it. I might edit one into the post as soon as I get an action pic because the top looks less flattering on the small mannequin than on me! Smiley

Here is a pic of my cousin's tiny Camo peplum.

It was just soooooo tiny (than what I imagined) that the whole time I was making it I thought 'This is definitely too small for anybody to fit in. =_=" Thank god that was only me overthinking. My cousin is a fit kid and quite small for her age, so phew!

Close up of the ruffle sleeve (instead of a cuff sleeve like mine):

And because of her tiny size I had multiple problems with the invisible zipper (the lengths sold here are 6, 8, 16, 18, 19, 20, 24 inches) and 16 was way too long for her but 8 was too short in order for her to go into the peplum comfortable. I decided to just use the 16 in and sewed it till it reached the end of the interfacing under the collar. Then I folded it over, snipped the excess length and secured it by handstitching.

She hasn't gotten it/actually tried it yet (as she lives far away from me and I am not able to give it to her immediately) therefore there isn't any action pics of it... yet.

See you soon!
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4  Polka dotted circle skirt (Grease inspired) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kazuneko78D on: May 28, 2013 02:11:11 AM
So I'm hoping that most of you know what 'Grease' is... If not, don't worry, I only just found out about it a year ago when I auditioned school's theatrical performance of it. Grease is a 1971 musical and also a film directed in 1978 and basically I see it sort of like a typical (at that time) story of romance between highschoolers and the people around them.Anyways, thats a short history lesson for you  Cheesy

Originally, it contained issues such as sex, pregnancy and smoking but our school play was 'toned down' for the 'conservative' audiences here in my country. Even Rizzo's skirt was lengthened and I was devastated because I felt that it didn't help the (wonderful!) actor express the character's personality well.  Cry

As well as working in the play as a part of the chorus, I also worked alongside the costume 'club' who actually made the costumes from scratch and it was lead by my fav textile teacher  Smiley

Back to the initial point of me writing this post: My circle skirt!

Pretty much every girl in our musical wore a slightly-above-ankle length circle skirt and my friends and I found it super amusing to twirl in it  Grin

I got the FREE pattern at http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/circle-skirt-and-jacket-with-silk-flower-puddle-roses (Yay for free patterns!) and re-sized it to my liking  Cheesy

Since we couldn't take any of the costumes home, I decided to make one myself. It took me a couple of months before realizing how much I missed twirling in a circle skirt XD

Here it is once again on the mannequin that is way too small for me:

The pink 'shirt' is actually a dress on the mannequin that I was too lazy to take off. I'll be showing it to you guys soon...

I shortened my skirt tremendously which, unfortunately, caused me the enjoyment of twirling in it (unless I want people to see my tighty-whities). But I loved the print and the way the curved hem turned out! Cheesy
Here is a pic to show how full and big it is when laid flat:

I used an invisible side zipper as well as a skirt clip/clasp-thingie that I found in my dad's sewing box  Grin

Yes, I did use orange thread to serge the raw edges... It was because DUN DUN DUN! I was lazy yet again and the orange thread was left on the serger machine so might as well use it instead of re-threading the whole machine (which, last time, took me about two hours with no help from anybody except two tweezers  Angry )

This is an outfit that I planned and I wanted people's input in it:

My polka dotted circle skirt, red and yellow stripe crop top and burberry rucksack. What do you think? Modern or too 'old-school'?
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5  No-sew sweater reconstruction for summer: My school leavers sweater in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Kazuneko78D on: May 25, 2013 05:04:44 PM
Hey guys! So I just graduated from upper school, which is Year 11, and my school council decided that it'd be awesome if we had a hoodie made just for our year group  Cheesy

I wasn't happy about the hoodie at all when I got it because the colour was way(!) off from the navy blue that was on the sample but I was too pathetic to get a refund for it (paid $20 for the hoodie)

So, I decided to cut it up since summer is knocking on the door  Grin

I cut off the plain sleeves so that it revealed the sides and you can wear a colourful singlet underneath or just a bandeau  Cheesy

I would wear a bandeau if I had the body haha!

Anyways, I realized when writing up this post that I didn't take a pic of the hoodie before I hacked it up (oops!) but I assure you that it was plain ugly  Tongue
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6  My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by Kazuneko78D on: May 25, 2013 07:52:29 AM
UPDATE: I added in pictures of the rainbow luffa and my earrings!

This is quite a late post (prom was, like, 3 weeks ago) but I wanted to share my prom dress to maybe inspire some people  Grin Our prom was an evening event from 7:30PM-11:30PM (then after that was the after parties but I sadly wasn't invited to any)

First of all, I need to clarify that I actually got inspired to make the rainbow element of my prom dress by Chocolate_Jo ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.0#axzz2UJIOiCCN ) so credits for the rainbow idea from her!
It felt so 'me' that I needed it in my dress Cheesy
Btw, the rainbow skirt is actually a petticoat

Then I went out to buy the materials needed...

Actually, I bought my (turquoise) shoes first from Vincci when I was in KL last december. So I walked around the shops holding one heel and holding it to almost every turqoise-ish coloured cloth. I settled with a satin material because it seems like prom to me  Grin My mom hated it though and proceeded to tell me that it made me look like a "Prom Princess", to which I replied, "I'm a Unicorn Princess, Mom!"

And I started sewing the rainbow petticoat... and finished it with a simple elastic waistband (because I was lazy).

I pinned everything loosely onto a mannequin, that is far too small for me, to see how it looked like:

(the pink straps were from the bra that I was planning to wear for prom but then was replaced by a strapless bra later)

(The bodice of the dress is based very loosely on the burdastyle pattern 'strapless corset dress' from http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/strapless-corset-dress-032010 but I drew a new bodice/corset pattern from it and improvised on the turqoise overskirt)

It looked alright so I began sewing the whole thing together, which was when hell began...
The top of the bodice was too loose and it looked saggy so I had to adjust it about 3 times. When it was time to sew the bodice and the skirt together, it took me so many tries because the many layers (mostly from the ruffled overskirt) did NOT want to get sewn Cry

The bodice was too loose and did not stayed up as a strapless (as I originally intended) so I had to add straps...
I found that the rainbow petticoat was too 'thin' so I had to add more ruffles to it. More work...

Also I broke more than enough needles when sewing in the 'not-so-invisible' zipper...

BUT finally I managed to finish without cutting off any fingers or sewing them together  Grin

I made a tiny bow to cover the raw edge in the middle of the slit haha

Btw, did anybody notice my ruffly shoes? I made them by hot glueing 'flowers' of tulle onto my cheap glittery prom shoes.

Then I took different sizes and colours of tulle and sew them together to get the luffa (it was supposed to look more like a flower) and hot glued that to a small clip. The messy table in the background is from me rummaging my dad's make-up bag XD though I only ended up using eyeliner and mascara Wink

I bought my earrings to (hopefully) match the theme  Grin

I'm actually not very happy with the way it turned out because you can see the outline of my strapless bra  Sad
However, word got around about me DIYing my prom dress and everybody was shocked at how good it was (should I feel complimented? haha) so I felt GOOD about it all night  Cheesy
My WHOLE prom outfit cost less than the prom ticket, which was $55. My outfit was about $40-45  Cheesy At least I was rejoicing about my well spent money whilst everybody else was eating themselves for spending so much  Roll Eyes

This project/outfit took me about 5 days to complete (including hours of procrastination; Borderlands 2!) plus the day of prom to make the rainbow luffa and to decorate my shoes.

Prom was REALLY fun and although the school council said there wasn't going to be any 'dancing' (as it's kinda forbidden by the gov here), a whole room was setup as the dance floor anyways. It was dark and had bright disco lights and teens dancing like they're drunk, including me XD It was the best workout I've ever had in my whole entire life!  Grin

There was also a professional photographer at the event to take free pics of us. My friends asked me for a few pics together but I was given this one:

And yes, I didn't have a partner to go with Tongue but I did take a couple of pics with a few guys and slow danced with them  Grin

Apologies for the linked images. This is my first post and I hope you guys liked it  Cheesy
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