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1  heck yeah tomato pincushions!! in Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: June 01, 2011 12:06:54 PM
y'all, i love tomato pincushions. i collect them, i display them, i stick pins in them. i love them so much, i have one tattooed behind my ear.

and now, i make them!

the pattern is one i drafted myself, although it's not very complicated - just 6 long elipses with slightly pointed ends, sewn in an alternating pattern. they are stuffed firmly with polyfil, and there is a little bit of rice at the bottom to keep them weighted down Smiley the tops are just acrylic felt & a vintage button! aren't they fun, though!

what do you think? any color combinations that are particularly awesome... or ::gulp:: dreadful? i'm thinking about having a little tomato pincushion booth at this summer's tomato art festival in my city Wink

thanks for looking! Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
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2  colette pattern's ceylon dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: April 01, 2011 12:24:54 PM
i just finished this today - and i'm pretty excited about the end result! yay new dresses!!

some info: this is the ceylon dress from colette patterns, size 4 (although i ended up taking in the waist quite a bit, so maybe a 2 there). the fabric i used was lightweight 100% pin dot cotton. i also made the piping out of bias strips of cotton and teeny tiny cording. all seams on the inside are serged & pressed open, and the facings are all bound with bias strips Smiley

i love those this turned out, and i especially love how it was cut generously in the bust so i didn't have to do a FBA Smiley

as always, more photos/details on my blog.

thanks for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin

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3  back again w/new jersey dressesssss in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: March 31, 2011 11:15:58 AM
new dresses for spring! yay spring!!

i made 7, but most of them were out of my hands before i had a chance to take pictures. and these pictures are horrible because i was rushing out the door to get to work on time this morning (and yes, i was a minute early, thanks for your concern  Wink)

anyway, thought i'd share!!
everything is made with stretch knit fabric, my own pattern, sewn with a serger, etc etc.

black/white chevrons w/turquoise dress... the hem band is lace, the top has a small turtleneck. the back is solid turquoise.

A-line dusty blue jersey dress w/princess seams, peter pan collar w/removable bow & tabs (non-functioning buttons) at waistline.
i wish i had a better picture because this was my favorite dress Sad oh well.

sherbert dressss - hot pink/pale coral/white colorblocking with scoop neck (trimmed in black), black waistband & half-circle skirt. i promise the hem is even, i was just standing funny  Smiley
i made another one of these in blue/green/white. no pictures, though!

there are a few more pictures at my blog if you are interested!!

thanks so much for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
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4  colette patterns lady grey! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: January 17, 2011 11:09:10 AM
i don't post here terribly often anymore... i've mostly been in a sewing rut since the onset of autumn. whatever! i actually worked on this coat for a few months... started august & finished on thanksgiving day Smiley it has been a true labor of love, a ridiculous expense (i think i got somewhere to the $250 range, tbh) & a definite learning experience. but i'm done & i couldn't be happier with the outcome!

come bask with me, plz Smiley

this is the pattern i used - colette pattern's lady grey. it is labeled "advanced," but honestly, the directions as indicated in the pattern are pretty easy and straightforward. thankfully, i did not have to make any changes to the actual pattern - i cut a straight size 4 - but the actual construction is completely different from what's suggested. i didn't even follow the instructions, i went with gertie's lady grey sew-along (http://www.blogforbettersewing.com/search/label/Lady%20Grey%20Sew-Along) (psst: this is AWESOME if you are thinking about jumping into tailoring. awesome awesome awesome!).

changes i made to the construction:
- interfaced the entire front with hair canvas
- added a muslin back stay
- padstitched the lapels and undercollar
- weft interfacing along the back hem
- bound buttonholes
- eased in the sleeves using a bias-cut piece of fleece (instead of the usual gathering stitches)
- sewed contrasting lace along the bottom edge of the inside lining (since the lining & shell hem did not match up for some reason)
- interlined the entire coat with lightweight flannel for warmth
- added shoulderpads
- the only topstitching i did was on the coat shell seams - not the sleeves, not around the collar & lapels
- hand-embroidered a fancy monogram tag to put on the inside!

my bound buttonhole, and the pretty button i used Smiley this picture shows the true color best; my other pictures are horrrrrible haha

ok ok, enough! coat pictures now!




like i said, totally pleased with the outcome! the only changes i would make (if i were to make this again) is i would make the sleeves full-length instead of bracelet-length... i just don't think the shorter version suits me as well. plus, i'd like to be able to wear it without long gloves Smiley also, the waist tie could have benefited from a bit of interfacing where it threads through the belt loops at the back - it has a tendency to bunch up if i'm not careful.

i don't want to bog this post down any more than neccessary, so if you want to see more pictures, you can head over to my blog: http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/completed-the-lady-grey. for a full list of the construction details (and pictures too! yay pictures!), check out http://lladybird.wordpress.com/tag/lady-grey - my lady grey tag Smiley

thank you so much for looking!
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
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5  FINALLY some new stuff! inspired by clueless [img. hvy.] in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by shesxautomatic on: October 20, 2010 08:28:33 AM
oh man, when was the last time i posted some lil jersey mini dresses? i think it's been about a year! SORRY GUISE.

i made a new line, though, for ~fall/winter 2010~.
my inspiration:

i did my best to keep everything cohesive as far as color/design goes... these pictures were actually shot by a legit photographer (inorite?), we even had models and hair and makeup and whee!! so fun!!

vintage dress reconstruction

another vintage dress reconstruction - is that even fair to say? pretty much the only remaining part is the collar/sleeves. the rest is new jersey knit (so soft and sliiinky haha)

the plaid inset was a sweatshirt!

reconstructed tshirt (i added the pocket and changed the sleeves); the skirt was that same old plaid sweatshirt!

another reconstructed vintage dress, saved from the bargain basket Smiley

my faaaavorite! the skirt was a sweatshirt, the jacket was also a sweatshirt (resized, repuffed the sleeves, and inserted the zipper) and the shirt underneath is all black lace (even though you can't really see it, oh well!)

 Grin Grin Grin

i don't want to bog this down with a bunch of pictures, so please stop by my blog if you want to see more!
and if you're REALLY salivating for even MORE (hahaha), you can check out the photographer's portfolio:
http://byshea.zenfolio.com/lladybird (70+ pictures)

thank you so much for looking!
please let me know what you think Wink
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6  stenciled donnie darko skelesuit! in Stenciling: Completed Projects by shesxautomatic on: October 18, 2010 10:06:22 AM
i am gonna keep this short and sweet and to the point Grin

my inspiration - really, who hasn't wanted one of these?!

the finished product!!  Grin Grin Grin

it was pretty easy. i bought my sweats in the children's section so they would fit a little tighter. the stencils were hand-drawn and then copied onto freezer paper and painted on with speedball screenprinting ink. i tried to get it as anatomically correct as possible, but as you can see, the joints don't perfectly match up and i need to add more vertebrae to the shirt.

oh well, still love it!
oh, and i did not make this to be a halloween costume... this is my laying-around-the-house-being-awesome-and-fun outfit Wink

thanks for looking!
please let me know what you think Grin
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7  vogue 1086 - tracey reese dress [img. hvy.] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: July 22, 2010 09:33:01 AM
just finished this one last night! it took me a little over 2 weeks... mostly because i had a LOT of distractions! but, oh well, it's done and that is good enough for me!

vogue 1086, a tracey reese design. i love these vogue designer patterns; they incorporate a lot of fun detailing that you don't normally get in a pattern.

the only thing i didn't care for about this pattern was that there are NO finished measurements on the tissue! ARGH! that is how i always figure what size to go with! so i made a wild guess and cut a straight 10... thankfully, it (mostly) fit - the waist size is perfect, although the shoulders are a little loose. idk, maybe that is because i am used to wearing super tight-fitting stuff. anyway, no alterations.

the entire pattern is sewn in french seams - even the zipper is bound - so the inside is very clean looking. love that! of course, french seams take longer than normal seams since you basically have to sew them twice, but i am a sucker for a pretty-on-the-inside dress, so i'm ok with that.

overall, the pattern was well-drafted, the instructions were clear, and i had fun putting it together. warning, though: ya might wanna wear a tank top under this. i am a bend away from a wardrobe malfunction  Wink

thanks for looking  Kiss please let me know what you think!
as always, more pictures/pattern review @ http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2010/07/22/completed-vogue-1086/
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8  vogue 1174 "cynthia steffe" dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: June 22, 2010 12:41:40 PM
i've been working on this pattern for about a week now... as of last sunday night, i decided that i wanted to wear THIS dress to my best friend's wedding in pittsburgh that upcoming saturday. i started cutting the pieces out that night and slugged through the thing for the rest of the week. i'm not really sure who cynthia steffe is, but i liked the design and the detailing and hey the RTW version costs $345 so i feel pretty cool now haha! this dress is pretty fancy because it has a built-in foundation with boning and a waist stay... lots of pleating and piping and all kinds of detailing. i expected it to be fairly difficult, but the instructions were very clear and precise. i am very happy with the result!

this is the pattern i used - vogue 1174, by cynthia steffe.

the only change i made to the pattern was to redraft the front bodice (the triangular section under the bust). it was shaped really weird and stood out several inches from my waistline  Huh made me look SQUARE. also, the bust is a little big... which is stupid, considering the size i cut was 34" and my bust is 36" and man i have no idea. i put some elastic around it, but then it stopped stretching so we're back to square one. at the wedding, i pinched a good 1" off each side and handsewed some janky lil darts to keep the thing up. when i have a chance to buy real elastic, i will fix it. until then, i deal.

i am sorry it is so wrinkly! i pulled it out of my suitcase after i got back to nashville and didn't have time to press it before taking pictures.

inside - the foundation, boning, and waist stay. isn't the piping along the facing cute? i love little details like that.

i don't want to kill this post, so there are many many more pictures + pattern review @ http://lladybird.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/vogue-1174-complete/

thanks for looking! please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
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9  amy butler's "sweet harmony" handbage [img hvy] in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: June 14, 2010 12:33:41 PM
this is kind of straying from the apparel that i normally make... but i've been on the hunt for a good handbag for MONTHS now and haven't found anything suitable (for a reasonable price, anyway) Sad i finally just bit the bullet and bought this pattern to make my own:

amy butler's 'sweet harmony'
i made the handbag, one zippered pocket and one double pocket

the pattern was very easy and straightforward... the instructions were extremely clear and once i got past the cutting (which took something stupid like 3 hours - there are a LOT of pieces once you start cutting interfacing and bias strips!) and fusing, everything went together in about 3 hours.

the only beef i had with this pattern was that i ended up buying way too much fabric/interfacing per instruction. i've stated before, i don't buy cheap fabric (my fabric was $22/yard and the fusible fleece was $9/yard  Embarrassed) so it kind of sucks to finish cutting and realize you have a significant amount of fabric leftover. plus my fabric is decorator-weight, so i couldn't make clothes with it if i wanted to! ehhhh.

overall, though, it was a fun bag to make. there are 3 different kinds of interfacing, so it is structured as hell and i would be lying if i said it didn't get a little hairy trying to navigate all those layers at the end. the only word of advice i have for this pattern - don't attempt it if you don't have a heavy-duty sewing machine and a GOOD iron! trust me, you need them!!

this is the fabric i used... also amy butler (hmm i wonder if that is why she had me buy extra Roll Eyes)

finished bag!

other side w/cell phone pocket

side. i love the forked straps

close-up of piping and cell phone pocket

zippered pocket

double pocket

for size reference - i can actually fit my 10.5" netbook in this lil guy! yeah!!

and just for funsies... this made me laugh while i was making the pockets...



guess that's all! thanks for looking and please let me know what you think!!  Grin Grin Grin
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10  seersucker summer dress! [some images] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by shesxautomatic on: June 09, 2010 11:19:08 AM
SO i just discovered colette patterns... for those of you who aren't familiar with 'em, they are a pattern company based out of portland oregon and they have the cuuuutest vintage-inspired patterns. since they aren't part of the big 4, they fit a little different from what we're used to - mainly, the sizing corresponds with ready-to-wear (as opposed to outdated pattern sizing) and the bodices are drafted for a C-D cup (instead of the standard B cup in most patterns).

anyway, i made myself a lil parfait this weekend Grin

 Cool Cool

i used blue seersucker to make it!
here is my only gripe with the pattern - the suggested yardage was quite a bit off Undecided like, i bought 2.5 yards as instructed and ended up using a little less than 1.5 yards Cry i do not like wasting fabric! granted, i have a full yard left over (and i'll probably just make bloomers out of it or something idk) but man, that stuff was $14.98 a yard so it wasn't exactly cheap. now my fabric was 60", which i know affects how much i need, but the suggested yardage was for 45" and 60" fabric so whatever.

as far as the actual pattern, it was a DREAM to sew! it used quite a few pieces (lots of facings), but everything matched up beautifully and the instructions were VERY clear. i cut everything in a straight size 4 (although, in retrospect, i will probably decrease down to a 2 when i make this again) with no alterations. the only changes i made to the pattern:
- i omitted the facings and lined the entire bodice and midriff with a soft cotton
- zipper: the instructions call to sew the top 1"-2" of the size and then insert the zipper... i just put in the zipper all the way up to the edge so the entire side would open. i've had dresses where the top was sewn shut above the zipper and i've always had difficulty getting them on/off Roll Eyes
- i used sew-in interfacing instead of the standard fusible interfacing

and.. pictures!

see where the back gapes? it is a little big, hence my need to cut a size down

i LOVE the gathers on the bodice. so flattering and feminine!

pocket w/functional buttonholes

that's all i got! thanks for looking
please let me know what you think  Grin Grin Grin
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