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1  Chanel inspired shift dress with beaded collar in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by fingertip on: July 11, 2009 01:18:08 AM
I found this beautiful old long Laura Ashley shift dress in a charity shop in Camden the other day and thought it had loads of potential. So, I shortened it, took it in a little, added cream bias binding to give it that Chanel-esque edge, and then painstakingly sew on hundreds of swarovski pearls onto the neckline.

Et le resultat? C'est ca:

Modelled by my friend

Modelled by a hanger

Close-up of the neckline

And the original, pre-recon (I forgot to take a picture before I cut off the bottom, so this is it with the bottom bit placed on)

Comments/critiques welcome!
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2  aa inspired gold lam mini skirt! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: September 17, 2008 05:59:45 AM
I've been coveting this american apparel skirt for aaaages (literally trying it on everytime I've been in the shop). However, I've never been tempted enough to part 20 for something I'll probably only wear once, and that I could probably make myself.

The inspiration:


So, a quick trip to the fabric shop later and I end up with...

It's not a perfect fit, and I doubt whether I'll actually ever wear it, but I'm generally quite pleased.

Any comments/critiques welcome  Smiley
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3  Re: Accidental School Matron Dress! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: August 28, 2007 06:19:07 AM
Thank you everyone again for all your kind comments! I have taken on some of your suggestions and updated the dress a little.

I added some pink buttons to the front panel...

...and put on a detachable sash which ties into a small bow at the back. i probably would want a thicker sash though but this will do for now.

I like it a bit better now and the good thing is everything I've added is removable so if I ever got bored I could change it again!

Thanks again everyone!
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4  Accidental School Matron Dress! Transformed! UPDATE ON PAGE 3!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: August 26, 2007 01:22:18 PM
Sometimes things really do not turn out how you expect. I originally wanted to make a tuxedo-style jersey dress, but then bought grey jersey instead of black at the fabric store (it was cheaper and so much softer).

So I changed my mind and decided to make a comfy romper thingy with big pockets. And then when the frills turned out super huge I decided it would actually be an Edwardian-esque dress.

But in the end it looked like something a school matron would wear. Oh well.




(school matrons can be sexy too)

Never mind. It was a fun adventure anyway. I will probably add some buttons on the front panel as some serious damage control.

What do you think? Any suggestions?
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5  NASTY NEON (neon pink dress with lace back) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: June 10, 2007 08:01:56 AM
I went to a part last night where the theme was...that's right, you got it, "NASTY NEON". I'd left the dress-making a bit late so literally made this in a mad frenzied last minute rush.

Front detail.

Whole dress. Sorry about the blurriness.

Back (I promise you the weird line in the middle of my bum is only there because I had not ironed it).

Closeup of lace panel at the back (my favourite bit).

And...the whole outfit!!! Minus the neon glowsticks.

So bright it blinds me. Gosh my room is a mess.
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6  Beam me up, Scotty! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: April 12, 2007 07:13:26 AM
Okay, so the "Beam me up, Scotty!" bears no relevance at all to this post - I just couldn't think of a title, heh heh.

Anyway, I was just browsing through the french connection website when I saw these crazy bright tunic tops:


And I thought, heh, I have even crazier brighter fabric in my cupboard. So, I put this together:

(yes my room is a tip)

The sides of the banding don't quite match up and the neckline has been messed up a bit (due to a mixture of my own stupidity and my sewing machine deciding to have a nervous breakdown) and the colour really doesn't work with my skin tone but who cares! It's bright and summer's coming!
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7  Just some bits and bobs in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: February 20, 2007 01:54:32 PM
Wow, it's been a while since I've made any jewellery and things.

Here are a pair of earrings and a necklace, nothing special, but I thought I would share anyway.



Comments/critiques appreciated.

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8  life lesson #1: things never look as good on you as on the ebay model. in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by fingertip on: February 20, 2007 08:03:51 AM
So, I bought this beautiful pink dress off ebay:


It looked so lovely on the girl in the picture, despite the interesting sleeves.
Then it arrived and I tried it on. Due to lack of boobage, and just generally not being the girl in the picture, it looked terrible on me. As you can see below.


So I made it a bit smaller, took off those sleeves and added some banding around the neckline, and now it is wearable! Hurrah!


Whole thing:

Neckline detail:
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9  BANANA tee! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: September 13, 2006 10:03:33 AM
Hello! Right, this is not the most complicated project in the world, but I am very proud of it because it is the first tee I have made from scratch (that was not reconstructed etc). So, I started off with some crazy BANANA fabric and a horrible turtleneck I found in my cupboard...

...and ended up with this!

Comments/critiques welcome!  Smiley
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10  How to Make a dorothy pinafore dress (updated: with link to *mini-tute*)! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by fingertip on: August 17, 2006 01:55:21 PM
Yaaay! I made a gingham pinafore dress to be Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz in! It's my first dress ever, and I made it without a pattern. Although there are a few mistakes, I'm happy with it because I've been thinking about it for weeks now, and it came out exactly as I wanted it too.

Ew, sorry about the colours in the photo, the blue of the gingham is actually lighter than that. As is my skin.

Anyway, comments/critiques welcome!


And here are the shoes! I found them a couple of weeks ago, they were on sale  Grin. The picture doesn't show them very well, but basically they are just pointed glittery red flats with a bow on top. Hah, you can see the tan lines on my feet in the picture.

And here is the link to the mini-tute. Sorry if it's a bit unclear or vague, but feel free to ask me if something doesn't make sense!

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