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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Retro dresses on: November 01, 2007 02:22:23 PM
Are you looking for something like these:




Simplicity has a few patterns out that could work check out 3739, 3777, 3833. Only one of them is based on an actual 60s silhouette but you could always modify them.

Trolling e-bay works pretty well too.

I'll let you know if I find any free patterns/tutorials.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lingerie Fabrics on: November 01, 2007 01:39:01 PM
I don't know that much about this, but I remember a staff member at my local fabric store recommended batiste for undergarments. The stuff she showed me had a lot of cotton content, but I see it possibly being a problem trying to get it to form snugly to the curves of the body.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Winter clothes/wardrobe. on: November 01, 2007 01:34:58 PM
Sorry this is so text heavy.

The main idea is: I want to make some cute clothes for the coming winter, but I don't want freeze my ass off.

Ok. So my house is freezing, but I'm trying to keep the thermostat on a lower temp this year for financial reasons as well as just trying to consume less. I need to find a way to dress warmer with clothes I will actually wear.

I'm looking to make these clothes because I don't like most of what is  available in stores. I hate wearing sweaters, I like how they look on other people, but outside of dusters and some cardigans, I hate how they fit me. So I don't want to invest a bunch of money in clothes that I will never wear because I don't like how they look on me. It's a big waste of money and the resources that went into those clothes.

I guess what I'm looking for are some cool pattern suggestions and warm (and hopefully easy to care for) fabric ideas. There's the obvious wool, which doesn't bother me to wear, but it is pretty expensive when you buy 100% wool. If wool is absolutely the way to go then I'd rather have a few nice garments made of nice (and probably expensive) wool as opposed to several pieces made out of a crummy, but expensive fabric.

I'm thinking of maybe making a couple of duster style/a line thigh length light jackets to wear inside and or under my winter coat. I've also thought about just making up some of my vintage patterns in a wool or wool blend.

I want to go for a look that is kind of vintage, (preferred eras: 40s-late 70s/early 80s) especially those old shirt-waist, or waitress dresses, or a little historical and dramatic.

I love this coat for example. I would probably live in it if I could get it in black or a dark, dark green
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Teutonic Titwillow on: October 31, 2007 10:50:12 AM
Yay! I figured a way to kind of do it. Not too many people recognized me, but I guess it's because I picked such a dated movie? I thought I came pretty close!

close up of feather ornaments:

Pengnior and feather ornaments made from scratch by me. The wig I altered (though there's not a ton of styling you can do to a 15$ Halloween Adventure wig), the bustier I had and the stockings and garter belt were purchased.

I can't decide if I want to wear this out to any festivities I may attend tonight, or if I want to not freeze to death and wear my last minute 18th c. courtier costume instead.
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: October 30, 2007 10:17:05 PM
I made my own giant Hello Kitty head!

Holy crap that is seriously awesome.

Everyone has such great costumes this year!
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Six Years of Halloween Costumes on: October 29, 2007 05:09:08 PM
Your couples' costumes are so cute!
27  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go he on: October 29, 2007 05:02:28 PM
The Bavarian Bombshell: Lilli! Von! Shtupp!

I made the pengnior, the hair ornaments and altered the wig. Everything else was assembled together
28  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: dead celebrity party... on: October 10, 2007 09:15:58 AM
If music is your thang:

-Jimi Hendrix
-Janis Joplin
-Jim Morrison
-Kurt Cobain
-Pasty Cline
29  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Teutonic Titwillow on: October 08, 2007 10:27:33 PM
Wow that second one is hot. But wayyyy out of my price range right now. That HT one is actually not too far off. I could just slip stitch some lace panels over the pink ribbon and put the trim around the neckline and bottom...
30  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / The Teutonic Titwillow (EDITED WITH PICTURES OF COSTUME) on: October 07, 2007 10:13:23 AM
My friend is having a Halloween party this year and I want to go as the lovely Lilli Von Schtupp from Blazing Saddles

This would be her:

I think I have most of this taken care of. I already have a black pair of heels that will work, I know where I can get a blonde wig, the stockings I'll buy, and her peignoir (the sheer robe thing) and hair ornaments I think I can make. My  trouble is her bustier/corset. My dilemma is this: should I  make one, or try to buy one and just add trim etc?

Buying one would save me a lot of time because a nice looking bustier is (I would think) a time and labour intensive project. But it's really important to me that I find something that fits nicely and resembles her's fairly closely.Would trying to sew trim and lace on to something premade be more trouble than it's worth? (Would it be easier to just make it myself and add trim?)

Also, if I make it, what would be the best pattern to use? Since this is just a costume and I have less than a month I don't plan to use steel boning or make it as sturdy as a real corset.

Any advice would be appreciated.
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