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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yet Another Peplum top! 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,
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My take on the Foldover Clutch on: August 16, 2013 04:38:39 PM
Thank you very much, Kaz814! I was also wondering what to call that technique (quilting), haha!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Camouflage (denim) Peplum! Probably a revolution in military trends on: August 16, 2013 04:36:58 PM
thecharlimonster, yeah you should definitely try it out (at least once) but maybe instead of the usual 'flowy', light peplums you could make them (or buy the ones) with a stiffer fabric, like denim. It looks quite like a statement piece and will be different from most peplums that people wear. Cheesy

(I don't know where you live but) The thick denim also keeps you warm for autumn or early winter. Grin
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My take on the Foldover Clutch 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
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / EDITED! Camouflage (denim) Peplum! Probably a revolution in military trends 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!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: June 02, 2013 10:48:55 PM
Thank you very much everyone for your positive comments! Cheesy
Could I make something similar to this for my graduation? I plan to sew a Rainbow Dash cutiemark patch on it, and it will go awesome with my scene hair xD ITS GREAT.YOU ARE GREAT.
NO! Not until after you also read chocolate_Jo's post ( https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=344571.0#axzz2UJIOiCCN ) Cheesy Because I think her rainbow dress is more inspirational  Grin Good luck with your dress and I'll bet it will be great! Anything with rainbow is awesome! Grin
My dear.  You are a wonderful young woman and your post made me soooo happy!  You have no idea as to how many people will come up to you at your ten year high school reunion and tell you that they remember your dress and want to hang out with you.  Smiling and chuckling here.  Oh us geeky nerdy dorky high schoolers turn into such talented creative artistic adults, eh?
Thank you very much Cheesy Yeah, I was hoping to be memorable! Well, us nerdy dorky high schoolers need something to do while the other popular kids are having their fun, right? So I guess we resort to creative hobbies?  Cheesy That's what I have been doing  Grin
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: June 01, 2013 06:15:12 PM
If I'm correct in my research, its because your country follows a lot of islamic rules, while a gathering of 9 (completely unrelated people) would be illegal, a gathering where everyone is related (either by marriage, or blood) is perfectly fine (i know some of these islamic rules because my step-father is egyptian and muslim XD) =D Though I know right where your country is, I had a friend who traveled from china to malaysia all the time and visited brunei a few times and sent me pictures =D
Ahhh, that why! Haha, you know more about this country than me whose actually living here XD But also, my family likes to invite their friends as well so... lets not go there Shocked
P.S. I like how you know the islamic rules as I don't have to elaborate on some of them (and the reasons behind them) ^^'
So far, from the pics, how do you like the country? Cheesy
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Rainbow Prom Dress: Year 11 2013 Prom on: May 30, 2013 05:38:48 PM
You did an awesome job! Congrats for creating a vision of what you wanted your dress to be like, and totally sticking with it. I love the accessories, I love the asymmetrical peek at the front with the rainbow petticoat -- and most of all, I love how happy you look in all the pictures! Be proud of yourself, because you rock.

(and I'm so curious--where are you in the world that dancing is "sort of prohibited?" I know my relatives live in a country where that's the case.)

Best of luck in your future sewing endeavors!
Thank you very much!  Cheesy I really appreciate your comment
And I live in Brunei (dunno if you know where that is) and the gov is very peculiar of 'western influences' such as prom and the slow dancing - primarily contact between female and males who are not related. (which sucks)
And just as a fact, one of my friends found out that there is actually a law here which defines an 'illegal party' as being a group of more than 9 people (I don't know the exact details but this is what I understand from what I've been told)
I don't understand how this law works at all because, of all I know, my family has gatherings where there are more than 50 people attending and we didn't get arrested  Huh
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red lace dress on: May 28, 2013 06:02:07 PM
Wow! The dress looks like it's worth a million bucks! I really love it!  Cheesy
I was wondering though, how many meters/yards of lace did you use overall and how did you finish the seams on the lace?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Green Devil Jackets on: May 28, 2013 05:48:02 PM
I LOVE the details on all of them. Especially the studs on your first jacket and the patterns on the Seven deadly sins and Alice in Wonderland jacket.
I totally can see myself (and a lot more others) buying your clothes from your own brand store Cheesy So I really hope you make more of your wonderful jacket designs
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