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1  Cute Triangle Top + pattern and tute!!! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by papdefer on: June 17, 2007 07:21:22 PM
 Cheesy I love these kinds of tops, but the prices are such a rip off. Half a  metre of light cotton ($2 CDN) and a metre of lace ($1.50) later and I got this:




Lace Detail and clevage shot:

ANNNND stupid pouty face pose  Wink:

Colour's a little wonky, my camera doesn't agree with the fact that my room's orange and my hair's purple ^_^


Quick Tute:

Okay these are basic instructions and I'm gonna assume you know how to use a pattern and have some experience sewing tops.

The pieces are more or less to scale. the waistline should be an inch or two larger then your natural waist and if you're not putting in a zipper (i didn't feel the need to) make sure it's big enough to squish your boobs through. The top edge of the front and back pieces should measure about an inch larger then your ribcage just under your breasts (where the bottom of your bra is).

ALWAYS CUT THE PIECES TOO BIG!!!!!! Baste everything, and take it in as needed.

Draft the pattern and cut out your pieces. Sew the back top to the back piece.

This is the hard part: the bottom edge of the top triangle thingies has to be gathered to fit under your breasts. Stitch veeery loosely along the bottom edge of each piece and gather it in the middle a little bit.

Pin it to the front piece and hold it on your body or dress form and make sure it works. *Note* Pin or Baste the front triangle on first.

Baste the sides together and take it in as needed.

Sew everything together and add straps. I didn't include these in the pattern but get creative. I tested this pattern by making a halter top and it worked out great. Finish the raw seams and hem it.

Et voila.

I'll elaborate when I have time, if you're confused about something PM me.  Kiss

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2  Re: Post your picture of your UNIQUE STORAGE SOLUTION in Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions by papdefer on: January 02, 2007 03:29:13 PM
I consider this to be one of my bigger strokes of genius:

I blew out the subwoofers on a pair of salvaged 30-year-old speakers, but I still love the speakers so I removed the subwoofers from the cases and painted the insides black. The top speaker and tweeter still work perfectly and i bought another subwoofer so my system still sounds great (in 2.1 surround sound *w00t!*) The one featured here stores my N64 games and my video game controllers, the other speaker houses various small electronic thingies and wires.

As for other storage, I find places like under the bed and armchairs great places for low storage containers.
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3  Victorian inspired Punky Prom Dress *with TUTE* in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by papdefer on: November 01, 2006 05:05:35 PM

EDIT!!!! First off I'd like to thank everyone on Craftster for the wonderful response to my first post ^_^ I got a real confidence boost!

And now what you've all been waiting for! The Tutorial!!!

It's a little rushed and possibly a little confusing, but have fun anyway. I'll link anybody that shows me pics. Remember to link my tute if you use it!!!! Thanx!

Tutorial can be found here ->


Well better late than never.... Roll Eyes
This was the dress I made for and wore to my Prom back in June and even with 100+ girls in pretty dresses I got tons of comments ^_^

I started it the day before Prom and was ironing it about half an hour before I had to be there and I looked just as great as all those people who spent 4 hours on their hair and make-up. Ha!

The dress made of maroon taffeta with a tulle petticoat and it has a corset style back (because 90% of all cool things do) and a side zipper. I wore it with industrial fishnets, chunky 6 inch black heels and the jewlery in the pic.

Total cost of dress: 25$
Total cost of shoes: 60$
Go figure.

It's kinda boring in the front, but there are two cute little black tie thingys.

The back is what I love. I really adore victorian bustles, but there was no way I was going to prom wearing a full length real one, so this was my solution. There are four layers, and the bottom two are stuffed with leftover (hot pink) tulle so they stay poofy and add extra comfort when you sit down *w00t!*

And if you're wondering about the hair clash it was dark purple for prom so it didn't look funny.

If anyone would like a tutorial/pattern for either the back or the dress as a whole, I'd be more than happy to write one up. ^_^


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