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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Mermaid Rave Bra on: February 06, 2014 01:29:49 PM
I made this bra for a recent festival I had at my university, the theme was "The Lost City", which I took to mean Atlantis, so obviously..I went as a mermaid...
It was so fun to make. I got a sparkly bra from H and M for 7 then covered it in shells, fake pearls, mother of pearl beads and acrylic flowers. I used a glue gun to stick everything on. Took about an hour and a half (plus about two weeks of dreaming about what I was going to do!)

With hair and make up:

The braa!

More pics and info on my blog: http://blollings.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/diy-mermaid-rave-bra.html Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Ball Gown (with several pictures) on: October 24, 2011 02:36:51 AM
I can't believe how long it's taken me to post this!!
I made this at Easter, it took a couple of days during my holiday, and I wore it to the Geography Ball at my university. I already had the stretchy blue material, I bought the white to go underneath it (for my modesty!!), with no fasterners or buttons or anything (as it's jersey) the dress cost about 3 overall! BARGAIN Cheesy
It was based on a beautiful dress from River Island: http://www.polyvore.com/green_peacock_print_maxi_dress/thing?id=31925997 (it looks better on!) I tried it on in store as a joke, then really liked it so decided to make my own. I only used the blue fabric as I couldn't find anything better at the market. I got it as an end of a roll of fabric that Topshop used to use about 2 years ago, for 50p a metre.

Here's the finished garment on the night! With make up etc, I was with my beautiful flatmate who I'd cut out of the photo Wink

Also, on a side note, I was wearing the biggest ,ost beautiful shoes I got on sale from Office.

I made the dress without a pattern, but it was super easy. The skirt is basically a really long A-line skirt, I made with with as much flare as I could using the fabric I had, so they it hung nicely, and I spent ages trying to make sure I cut it on the grain!
I made the strap by just plaiting remnants of the fabric. The strap acts as a drawstring to the top of the dress, so it's quite adjustable. Best thing: you don't have to wear a bra. Woohoo!
I lined all the top with white, but just did a mini underskirt that stopped below my bum, so you can see a cheeky bit of leg. I thought my mum would think that was a bit risque, but she was didn't, she thought it was great!! I think you can kind of see the underskirt on the pictures, but it's a bit more detailed in real life.

slighty strange angle detail shot:

It's still a bit imperfect - i gave up on a hem and just tried to cut it as neat as I could, and then because of the weight of the fabric it's stretched a bit and got longer, so I need to cut it again!
The jersey is soooo soft, it's really comfy to wear! Can't wait until spring when I can wear it again...not sure I'll be braving bare shoulders on a cold winter night, maybe with a faux fur cape I could manage it??

comments and criticisms joyfully accepted!

thanks xx
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I made my prom dress! WOOOO!! (pic heavy) on: July 14, 2010 02:58:34 AM
I made this for my year 13 prom.
Here is the finished product on the night, with hair and make up Smiley

(i cropped my friend out as i haven't asked her if tis ok to post her)

It was inspired by this gorgous Lanvin gown which i totally fell in love with after spending a few happy hours browsing net-a-porter's wedding boutique: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/65377 i still think its so gorgeous. I tried to draft the pattern myself, but it was too complicated, so i searched for a commercial pattern and found V1079 (http://voguepatterns.mccall.com/v1079-products-9199.php?page_id=861) Which was actually a really good match. It has embellishment in the front, like the Lanvin dress, and is the same kind of shape, the main difference is the vogue pattern has a much more structured bodice, which i quite like anyway.

Finding fabric was a complete nightmare. I wanted an embellished chiffon, but I live in Wolverhampton, England, where the local market has a really bad selection, so I went to the Birmingham Rag Market but the chiffon there was really cheap looking. Eventually I found this gorgeous green/gold chiffon at Fancy Silk Stores in Birmingham. Its sooo soft to touch and so silky, i absolutely felll in love with the texture and the colour. Only 2.99 a meter. BARGAIN!! Its absolutely hellish to work with though, especially on my decrepit sewing machine. I ended up sewing the dress in the week leading up to prom, over about five days (I'd already cut out all the pieces before my exams started) and that week I got a really bad cold, so I was sneezing everywhere and was really tired and achey. By the time I got to the hem at 11 at night the day before prom I was practyically delirious with exhaustion, just sitting at my sewing machine chattering away to myself in a weird scottish accent. It was so odd. My mother was quite bemused (though  i think she was quite tired herself as she kept giggling.)

Anyway now for the dress!!

Bodice detail:

I hate doing applique, its like i get stage fright as i'm so scared of doing it wrong. So I bought one of those cheap elastic hair bands from primark that have a bit of applique on. The applique was too big to sew straight onto the dress, so I cut off the beads and sewed them onto the dress in the same kind of pattern. That was a lot eaiser as i had something to go from.

The fit of the bodice was good, though it had two layers of lining material and two layers of interfacing and then the gatherring, i thought it would be too thick. I added some extra boning in the middle, as I had some extra. Bizarrely once i'd gathered the top it didn't fit the lining at all, so we (me and my mum) had to spend quite a while pining and basting and trimming to make it look right. Silly vogue pattern.



When I got the fabric home I found that it had lodas of watermarks on. It was sooo annoying as they hadn't told me in the shop, and i had to rejig the way i cut everything out. They're practically invisible until you hold the fabric up to the light, though, so i didn't see some of them as i was cutting out the pieces and I ended up with watermarks on the dress. You could only see them if you looked closely, but it was kind of irratating for me, and i have noooo idea how to get them out!!

Sneaking into next door's garden to play in the wildflowers:

I wanted to line it in crepe back satin like the pattern suggests, but it wasn't wide enough, so i got duchess. This doesn't show the colour well - its actually a very vivid pea green.

Me and my mum! It was really a joint effort, she helped loads especially when i got ill and tired, she pressed and pinned etc

(we were exprimenting with my camera's automatic photo-taking-when-you-smile feature, so we're smiling quite widely to try and make it take the photo!)

Overall I like the pattern, but the instuctions were not easy to follow. Definitely not for a beginner. I am noo expert, but i've followed patterns before which made it easier. I don't think I'll use it again, but I am super happy with how it turned out, and I had an absolutely fabulous night with my friends Smiley

Thanks for looking!

ps I love feedback/questions/criticism etcc
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Prom Dress into Peacock costume! on: May 05, 2010 12:34:34 PM
For my 18th birthday party i decided to have the theme as IN THE JUNGLE! And I decided to go as a peacock. i'm not sure if they actually live in the jungle, but i figured it was my party, so i made the rules  Wink
heres the final dress in a nice little artistic shot my friend took:

I decided to edit my prom dress from year 11, which was two years ago. I made this from a Simplicity pattern (4070)http://www.simplicity.com/p-2091-missmiss-petite-special-occasion-dresses.aspx When I made it i had to do a load of alterations to make it fit as the bodice was too large etc etc, it was a pain in the neck! But I did do some nice french seams Smiley
This is a photo of the original prom dress (its not a very good photo, and i cut my head out because i looked CRAZY!)

Two years later I couldn't even fit in it anymore, so i went right back inside the dress and undid all the french seams (in the lining as well!!) to let it out.
I added some lace up at the back (I'm not sure why i thought that was peacocky, it just seamed right!), shortened it and put an underskirt of lots of lovely green and lilac tulle, which looked so nice layered over eachother.
Originally I wanted to use real peacock feathers, but they turned out to be two difficult to find and expensive, so I made the shape of the feathers from fabric scaprs I had, and a tale out of tulle, and just sewed it all together!! I really liked the effect though, I didn't look exactly like a peacock but it did have that feel to it  Cheesy
anywayy photos!
me looking happy and slightly awkward during 'happy birthday!' (showing the full outfit):

i spend a long time trying to come up with an idea that could be quite sexy, and then wore woollen tights, which kind of ruined the effect!
This shows the back, and the headress I made:
I wore real feather earrings+ a necklace.
Even though I had to let the dress out so it would fit, it still wouldn't stay up without straps! So at the part my bff safety pinned on a length of sequins to keep it up, which you can see at the back. I was too excited and kept jumping around while she tried to pin, leading to all sorts of injuries..

it was a fantastic night, absolutely perfect. Everybody made an effort with their costumes too, people came as laopards, tigers, tourists, spiders, monkeys, a couple of trees etc etc

Now its hanging in pride of place in my attic!
Thanks for looking  Grin

ps i love feedback xx
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with my Prom Dress!! on: March 01, 2010 09:43:27 AM
EDIT: In the end I used vogue 1079, here is the link to the finished project: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353770.msg4134423#msg4134423 Smiley
I want to amke my prom dress, and searched net-a-porter for inspiration and i fell IN LOVE with this Lanvin dress!! Even though it looks a bit like a nightie  Cheesy


Its actually a wedding dress but I'd make it a different colour (not sure what colour yet,, maybe icy blue or deep red..)

I love it but I really don't have much idea where to start. Any advice would be so helpful! Its really hard trying to work out its construction without seeing it. From the description, I think it is gathered at the shoulders and then the belt is put on to pull it in under the bust.

I can't find any patterns that appear like this, I have found this, do you think it could work?

I'm not sure...
And all the applique and everything! Its like a mammoth project! But i really want it! Any suggestions would be so thankfully recieved!!

Thank you

6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find some cheap velvet? on: November 23, 2009 09:33:32 AM

For a costume party (i'm going as the cowardley lion!) I want to make these velvet leggings:


any ideas where i can get this type of velvet? (i'm in the uk)


7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Gathered skirt simple pimple :) on: May 22, 2009 09:24:51 AM
so it's study leave (AS Levels - eek!) and i hate revising!!
So i decided to make a skirt to go to see Girls Aloud in cos my friend blagged me some tickets (ON THE FRONT ROW  Grin)

It was really easy and fun to make, just got 50 cm by 150 cm rectangle, gathered it, then a waist band and a pocket.

front (i put gold paint all over the fabric with an [old] toothbrush!)


front in front of my cupboard cos the pictures look real busy with all the leaves AND the skirt pattern

heart pocket (that weird white blob is my hand...)

I drew a heart on some paper then cut two out in the fabric with seam allowance. I wanted the pattern on the skirt to be vertical and then on the waisband and pocket horizontal, which meant the waistband was done on the bias. I thought this would be a good thing so it would be stretchy, but it ended up not being quite flat!

pink zip (bit messy  Undecided)

action shot of me looking crazy on a hill!

and the BIG SECRET? The fabric's the wrong was around because i prefered the back to the front  Wink

Girls Aloud in all their fashionable glory: (cheryl was stacked!!)

I hope ya'll like it
I kind of used a pattern of burdastyle, except they said use an elastic waisband, which i something i do not own.
i was also inspired by... https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208648.0
i think i'm going to put heart pockets on EVERYTHING now! it was so useful- just the right size for my phone  Smiley
8  COOKING / Dessert / Exciting earth cake!! on: May 11, 2009 01:36:40 PM
So it was my friend's birthday and i decided to make an earth cake  Cheesy
I basically completely copied the idea from here...


Graverobbergirl did something kinda complicated with cake tins which i didn't quite understand, but i fidugred it was just like a marble cake so i used that recipe and a LOT of red and orange food dye

Here it was before cooking:
of course, i got the colours the wrong way around  Undecided
I did a circle of brown, then red in the middle, then orange, then more brown!

this is a bit wibbly but it shows the colours better.

all covered up!

Then all iced up, i used train candle holders and a drew a red cross and stuck a flag in with her name on.
First i put on all the blue icing then i filled in the gaps with grean, and outlines it.
The icing was lemon flavour butter icing.

my other friend's is on the left - hers was DELICIOUS!!

I wanted it to come out as a small dome in the centre, circled with orange, and then brown all the way round
however i to get the bright red i had to add LOADS of food dye and even though i did add some flour it was still really runny, then the brown had lots of cocoa so was really heavy and it sunk.

It didn't come out how i wanted but it was still more exciting than a normal cake and looked pretty cool!

I really enjoyed making it it was so much fun!
And cutting it was really exciting. She was really happy.

Taste-wise it was really quite sweet, but the cake was quite moist. And it rose really well!

Most fun cake. ever.
kudos to graverobberirl

thank for looking

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blue and white (lined!) tulip dres (pic heavy) on: April 10, 2009 07:55:51 AM
My friend has been organising a social to raise money for 'world challenge' (it's tonight i'm real excited!) and I needed a dress..
I got the pattern from burdastyle.com, which i've just discovered and love! The patterns are Jocelyn 6022 for the top and then  Marie 9177  for the tulip skirt.

I found the fabric in my house and i thought it was my mum's but it isn't, so it's kind of mysterious  Grin

After i started cutting out the skirt from the blue fabric i realised it was really really thin, and so instead of looking for another piece of more suitable fabric which would have taken about five minutes, i decided to 'just' do a lining because i had a load of cheap white satiny stuff, but it meant that it took twice as long to make!! I'm so stupid!!
And the white was a NIGHTMARE to work with because i cold not iron it flat - it's still real creased!

BUT it's super silky and cosy on the inside to wear so it's kind of worth it. Smiley

It was all a bit haphazard and it was way too big so i had to take it in and i wasn't really concentrating so it isn't quite lined up etc etc

anyway here are pics:

I finished it last night but i wanted to wait so i could take photos in the garden, but of course it began to rain Sad
it's pretty cold as well!
I haven't pressed it or snipped threads of either  Roll Eyes

I did hte zip three times - first as a visible zip, and then as an invisible zip, and then as any zip that looked remotely good. I was so happy i did it again though, cos it was REALLY bad before. I was so fed up i was just going to leave it, but then my mum looked a little alarmed and said she'd help me.   Smiley

The pleats were a little off centre so i covered them up with a big bow Smiley
they're so soft!

Looking at frog spawn  Cheesy

Total cost:
Fabric: 0
Pattern: 0
Zip: 0
HURRAH! It cost nothing except my TIME - i started on tuesday, worked all day,  and then thursday afternoon and evening.
Soundtrack : Radio 1 (they play the same songs OVER and OVER)

I'm not convinced by the skirt pattern as i had to do LOADS of alterations, but the top is quite good fit (thought still a bit baggy as i have tiny boobs!) so i might use it again.

comments/criticisms really appreciated

hapy easter!

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Collage photo greeting cards idea... suggestions? on: October 05, 2008 09:52:45 AM
I'm trying to raise some money for a trip to new york (woop!)

For a project in Graphics for my GCSE I created a collage which i scanned into the computer and it came out really well, so I this is my idea:

Make some collages, scan them and make them into photo-style christmas/greetings cards.

I thought it was quite good, what do you think?
Also, do you know any websites that do good quality, good priced photocards? I'd obviously be buying in bulk. I live in the UK, if that makes any difference.

Thanks in advance!!
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