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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice on how to make lolita dress on: February 29, 2008 06:57:39 PM
It's cutting it pretty close to want this finished in a week and a half if you aren't experienced at drafting your own patterns, it would feel like a waste if you ended up rushing it and didn't like it in the end. I just don't think you'll be able to achieve the Baby quality with so little time unless you work all day all week, but good luck!

As far as the bodice goes, it's a simple princess seamed one with square neck and added puff sleeves, and then a slight v shape to the waist. The bow looks like it is sewn separately, attached in the center and the 'wings' sewn into the side seams.
The bodice could be adapted from a prom dress type pattern (one with thick shoulder straps or preferably sleeves) pretty easily, then just add puff sleeves.

Hope that helps! I would love to own that dress too.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Curtain Call--Lolita-inspired cord dress on: January 12, 2008 10:15:19 PM
This is adorable! I love it when people create really inventive things within the strict lolita outlines.

ooh, wouldn't it be wonderful to screen print subtle scenes behind the curtains on the off white underskirt, a la angelic pretty?
23  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Emergency Zombie Defense Station on: October 18, 2007 11:30:44 AM
This is SO professional looking! And the arm shield idea is perfect.
I would love to have been the staples employee who got to do your page. Wink
hitting This Rocks!
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone know how to make a hat like this?? on: September 02, 2007 10:37:14 PM
I also need to make one of these for my girlfriend's halloween costume!
(I need to make it so that the khaki colour matches the khaki of the uniform I am making. If I buy it it won't match, and I'm to picky for that.)

I would also appreciate a pattern!
25  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sweater guards/clips on: August 26, 2007 10:54:54 AM
These are amazing!
I really want to try making these with some clip on earrings now! I always find cute clip on earrings at the secondhand shop, but I hate wearing them.
I only own one little cardigan, but its a pretty cute polka dot one. I want more.
26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: International Baccalaureate Program (IB) on: August 21, 2007 05:14:03 PM
I'm an alumni, I just graduated this year. I just wanted to cheer you guys on! The IB group seems so small, I never expected to see it on craftster!

I took the IB middle years program too, in addition to the 2 year diploma program. I took Art IB and English IB and used it as a credit for university level drawing and English 100 at my arts university. It was a blast!

Some of the IB jokes at my school probably don't apply to other IB kids, it was an arts school, and our world lit classes were held on saturdays.

My favourite IB moment was on the final exams, and not just the yearly ones but the IB diploma exams. They call the person in charge of the exam the 'invigilator' and theres this one statement in the exam:

"Obey the Invigilator, or you will be charged with MALPRACTICE and IB will take APPROPRIATE ACTION"

It sounded hilarious, even the Teacher running the test was laughing and insisting we call her the invigilator! I made posters with that saying and a funny picture of our IB coordinator.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: * lavender grad dress with bow* on: August 05, 2007 11:23:37 PM
Beautiful! You did a great job!
The colour is my favourite colour ever, and the fabric hangs perfectly. What kind is it?

I find that something in these projects always gets left to the last minute, I actually had to give up on one tiny unnoticeable detail on my dress. I had ribbons on it that were supposed to snap down, but I had only sewn down the tops of the snaps as we were running out the door! They looked fine just lying against my skirt, but it was the one thing that got left to the last.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My rad Columbia shorts on: August 05, 2007 11:17:11 PM
Awesome idea, I love columbia. What kind of ribbon are you using?

It looks like the reason it keeps falling off is because you are using a type of ribbon that you're not meant to sew with.

Grosgrain or even satin ribbon bought at a fabric store would work better, and would not shred around the stitches the way this is doing. You do have to finish the edges to keep the ribbon from fraying though.

Even better would be to use thinly cut strips of t-shirt fabric, that wouldn't fray and would definitely not come off of the shorts all the time.

School dress codes suck, I'm lucky in that I went to an arts school which had an extremely lenient code. No swear words on T's and the essentials have to be covered. That's all really.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A grad dress the 50's would be proud of (LARGE images!) on: July 07, 2007 05:49:27 PM
Thanks again to everyone who commented! It does look a little Molly Ringwald Wink

Kat_Bunny: This was probably my most ambitious project ever, so I may not be making anything quite on this level before you graduate, but I am always working on sewing at least 5 things! Right at the moment the fanciest is a top for my best beloved, which i am currently drafting from scratch, to imitate the top of a dress Inara wore on Firefly.

For inspiration looking at vintage dresses is a great way to go. I just collected pictures I liked. The best site I've found so far is this: http://www.vintageous.com/dressy.htm
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: A grad dress the 50's would be proud of (LARGE images!) on: July 02, 2007 04:04:55 PM
Thanks again everyone!
I enjoyed wearing it so much, I felt really beautiful too. ^_^

My hair is naturally a really pale, almost-blonde, greyish brown. Boringest, most unflattering colour ever! I haven't had my natural colour since I was 13 and first started dying my hair. I've had it dyed a similair colour, but it was still way richer than my usual hair. I grew my hair out specially for grad, now it's back to its usual chin length bob.
I love the red colour it is now! I think everyone should try having red hair once in their life.

The fabric is pretty cheap, it was only about $5 a metre! The yellow was a home decor fabric that was on sale, and the sheer was also on sale. If you hunt around, you can find amazing fabric on sale. I never pay full price for fabric.
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