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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: vogue 1117 - michael kors starlet dress [img. & babble hvy.] on: June 23, 2010 07:34:29 AM
The only thing I don't like about the pattern is the center seam on the front of the skirt. Do you think it would be possible to make the front lower panel in one section instead of two? Or would the pleats on that section not work right?

i don't care for the center seam either, but upon studying the pattern (in hopes that i could eliminate it), the pleats would be impossible without that seam in the middle. i guess if you were really careful, you could match up the fabrics so the seam would be less noticeable, but i do not have the patience for that Tongue

thank you!
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vogue 1174 "cynthia steffe" dress 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
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / amy butler's "sweet harmony" handbage [img hvy] 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
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: seersucker summer dress! [some images] on: June 13, 2010 09:16:09 AM
Gorgeous job! That fabric is perfect for this pattern. Beautiful!

I had a thought about the yardage. You said you didn't do facings, and used a cotton to line it. Wouldn't that cut down on the amount of fabric you needed? Maybe if you used the same fabric it would be closer to 2.5? I don't know, it still seems like a lot of overage.

Anyway, great work.

i had a fleeting thought of it, but the facings didn't use hardly any fabric - probably 1/8 of a yard, if even that. they just went around the top of the bodice front and back. so yeah, idk about the extra. i am now encountering it in an amy butler pattern (and it HURTS oh man it hurts) so i think it is just an issue of designers ~playing it safe~ or something.

eh. anyway.

thanks, everyone!! Grin
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: seersucker summer dress! [some images] on: June 09, 2010 11:31:04 AM
Very cute! Nice job! Does this pattern company have a website by any chance?

yep! they're at http://www.colettepatterns.com/  Wink
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / seersucker summer dress! [some images] 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
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vintage simplicity 1617 evening dress [img. hvy.] on: June 08, 2010 09:24:52 AM
i love how this dress is labeled ~simple to make~ but i ended up making it one of the most freakin' complicated dresses i could possibly muster. ah, so it goes.

anyway, i needed to make this dress for an epicly amazing wedding that i attended over memorial day weekend. the dress code was black tie, the location was in new orleans (so, HOT!!) and i had this qt little pattern that i wanted to bust out:

i went with view 2, sleeveless with the sash.

some design changes that i made to the entire pattern:
- see that sizing number at the top? it is for a 30" bust. folks, i have a 36" bust. not to mention the waistline was a good 3" smaller than what i needed. i started out with tracing the pattern (since it is, after all, a 1956 time capsule so i didn't want to cut into it) and squeezing in a couple inches via FBA. i made a quick muslin to see how much i needed to grade the pattern and...

it fit?
WTF massive amounts of ease there!
- i opted to not use facings and dropped in a nice lining instead. because of the lining, the dress ended up having 40 darts... yes, you read that right. 8 in the front, 6 in the back, 8 in the front lining, 6 in the back lining, and 12 along the interfacing.
- i omitted the waist stay, bc, idk i forgot to put it in.
- my zipper was an invisible zip, and not a lapped zip
- i shortened it like mad... i don't look good in tea-length dresses  Cool
- oh! and i made my petticoat. i used this tutorial (http://sugardale.blogspot.com/2008/08/how-to-make-petticoat.html) if you want to make one too! super easy!!

i used black dupioni silk for the shell:

ooh la la so luxurious, amirite? i paid $87 for JUST that one piece of fabric!!!
my lining was rayon (soo much better than polyester... seriously y'all, i'm never using polyester lining again), the petticoat is horsehair crinoline, and i used the sew-in interfacing instead of fusible.
the interfacing was pretty interesting, actually - it attached right at the waistline:

i guess to give the hips a little more "oomph" if you opted to wear it without a petticoat.
the sash was made with some cheapass (from joann's Sad) dupioni silk... there are two small pieces of boning vertically in the front to give it some structure (so it doesn't scrunch up when i bend over).

progress shot.

and here it is on me!

LOLZ sorry for the modesty box... i had to cover my undies! Wink

without the sash

without the petticoat

petticoat by it's lonesome

and finally...

the blue shoes i wore with it Wink

whew!! that's all i got for now... thanks for looking!!
please let me know what you think!!  Grin Grin Grin
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: vogue 1117 - michael kors starlet dress [img. & babble hvy.] on: May 18, 2010 12:38:58 PM
Could this be do without a lining or would it somehow mess with the pattern?

It's beautiful by the way and you did a wonderful job!

i don't think it could be done without the lining... i think the pleats and pintucks would have too much stress on them and get saggy (since they would be uncovered... the lining is smooth). i love a good lining, though - it makes everything so sleek and pretty and "finished." Grin

thank you all very much!!
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / vogue 1117 - michael kors starlet dress [img. & babble hvy.] on: May 05, 2010 11:16:47 AM
haven't been 'round these parts in a long time!!  Kiss i've been busy moving and NOT sewing (bc everything has been packed up!), but i have recently been able to settle down and get working on this dress. i plan to wear it to my little brother's wedding in a couple weeks Smiley

here is my ~inspiration~ - it is called the 'starlet dress,' by michael kors. isn't it gorg?! i wanted one, but with a $2500 price tag not so much  Tongue

forunately, ol' kors released the design to vogue! YIPPIE!!
this is vogue 1117, for those sadistic enough to actually try it.

some notes on my construction:
- i used a cotton twill for the shell of my dress (and i got a hell of a deal on it - $6 a yard!!!!) and black polyester slinky lining for the lining fabric.
- i cut the bodice to a size 6 (to correspond with my upper bust measurement) and the rest to a size 8. there was something funky with the lining that made it quite a bit small on my butt - the outside fit fine before i put in the lining, and then it was OMG TIGHT! wth, i have no idea. now i have some scant 1/4" seam allowances down there to make it fit. whatever.
- i altered a full bust adjustment to the top to allow for mah bewbz. it was my first FBA ever and i think it turned out pretty good!
- i also had to throw some darts in the back bc it gaped for some reason.

wanna see my muslin? of course ya do!

this actually helped a LOT with not only the fit, but also the construction... it was a difficult pattern (it is labeled "intermediate" but i would classify it more along the lines of "advanced") and it was nice to be able to slog through it the first time and get a "feel" for the steps before cutting into my pretty fabric.

here are some links that helped a LOT when i got stuck on some of the more 'hurr durr' parts of the instructions. if you plan on making this dress, def check these out:

anyway, enough blather. on to the pictures!!

lolz this dress gives me GREAT cleavage  Cool

some construction close-ups:

bodice (love the facing!)



in-progress shot, just to show how weird the construction was. i had to make the bodice shell, put in the zipper, attach the back to the front, then throw in the lining, THEN add the skirt front.
but yes, that is a boobie holder with a cape attached, thanks for noticing.

and just for giggles - shame on you, vogue, for not proofreading!!!

whew! that was a picture and speech overload!! if you made it through all that, thanks for sticking with it  Wink
i'm very pleased with how it turned out and i can't wait to wear it and show it off to my family Smiley Smiley Smiley
oh, and my total price for the dress? $40~

thanks for looking!! Kiss Kiss Kiss
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Arabian Nights Bedroom: a belly dancer's boudoir on: December 31, 2009 11:01:48 AM
oh, i love this! the colors and textures are fantastic! do you mind sharing what color/brand paint you used on the walls? i've been looking for a similar purpley-red-wine for my bathroom Cheesy
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