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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Two skirts: diamond-print pencil and houndstooth pleat! on: April 26, 2007 02:01:50 PM
I'm home from school visiting my parents for two weeks and I've totally forgotten what I used to do for fun here, so I've turned to sewing projects to entertain myself.

First I did a simple diamond-print pencil skirt:

which I wore to see a production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

Then yesterday I found some glaring black-and-white houndstooth fabric that gave me a headache to look at, so of course I made another skirt out of it:

There's a lace underskirt that's more apparent in this photo:

I don't know how I made it through the whole year without my sewing machine.  I'm definitely taking it back to college with me in the fall.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / velvety pencil skirt on: July 07, 2006 11:48:56 AM
I was trying to come up with something to wear to this play my mom's in tonight, and I realized I had nothing suitable, so I ran out to Wal-Mart and picked up this fabric.  It took about three hours to turn it into a pretty pencil skirt I'm very proud of--unlike most of my previous sewing projects, it's as good as store-bought.

Me in the skirt:

You can kinda see how it reacts to light in this picture.  It has a velvety texture that I like a lot:

And finally, there's a slit in the back so I can actually walk:

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My first dress... and it's paisley! on: May 22, 2006 06:15:34 PM
So this dress took me about two afternoons (minus some boyfriend-time, wink wink nudge nudge).  I've never sewn a dress before, but I saw this paisley fabric and knew I had to have a dress made of it, so here it is:

And the back (yes, that's a crumpled sock next to my foot):

The pads I sewed into the bust got kind of crooked, so I look like I have misshapen boobs.  Sad

And a fabric detail:

Anxious to see what y'all think.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / pleated skirt + 2 scrunchies (they kinda look like pasta!) on: May 14, 2006 09:05:46 AM
So my prom was yesterday, and while I was killing time with my hair in curlers, I decided to take some of this cool colonial-looking-print fabric I got at Walmart and make a pleated skirt out of it.  It took about two or three hours, and it was a bitch to get the pleats straight, but it came out looking pretty good:

Here's a closeup of the waistband, where it overlaps.  It's closed with two little hooks, not the neatest looking thing ever, but when I make another one I'll fix that:

And this morning I whipped out a couple of scrunchies that look a little like tortellini, which is what I ate last night before prom.

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Babydoll top... but purple and mighty sexy. on: May 03, 2006 04:56:16 PM
I was looking at CraftyZary's tutorial, and I thought to myself, that looks like even I could make it.  So I did.

And a back view:

The back is a little baggy, but if I take in the seams any more I won't be able to get it over my head--it's stretchy, but not that stretchy.  I'm happy with the top overall, so I'll just hope it adds to the drape effect.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Skirt waistband ideas on: April 17, 2006 11:44:06 AM
Does anybody have good ideas for waistbands, besides just sewing up a tube and pulling a drawstring through?  I'm making a knee-length skirt, with lining, and the basic pieces are going to look like this:

Oh, and I'm planning to hold it together with a few of those semicircle-shaped hooks at the back.  I just don't know exactly how to make a waistband that will fit me well without being stretchy (I'd like to make it out of the same material as the skirt, which is just a plain cotton).

Help, anybody?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / a new wallet! [first project on a sewing machine!] on: April 16, 2006 07:19:06 PM
I had some fabric left over from making this purse, and my old wallet was literally falling to pieces, so I thought I'd do the crafty thing and make my own (from hdoglovesyou's tutorial).  It's also my first project on a sewing machine, and I kept screwing up.  Good thing I had my handy dandy seam-ripper at my side.

The wallet!

I altered the tutorial a little by adding a velcro tab to keep the cards from falling out.

I realized after I transferred everything to my new wallet that I only have two dollars.  Oh well.

Nice project of an afternoon, right?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / red-and-white summer triangle top on: April 08, 2006 06:52:43 PM
Instead of doing something cool today, I sat in my living room, watched movies, and tried not to drop any pins on the floor while making this top:

and a back view:

Not too bad for an afternoon's work.  I don't know if you can tell, but the crisscross straps are pinned at the back of my neck (it helps keep my boobs from falling out).  I'll probably find some other way to do that, a ribbon or something, but for now a safety pin is fine.  (The top also has two hooks in the back holding it together.)

The hardest part was getting the triangles right.  I must have pinned them on six or seven times trying to get the fit right.  Boys have it so much easier when it comes to making clothes.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / gold-and-red purse, no pattern, no sewing machine! on: March 30, 2006 07:18:13 PM
I'm quite proud of this as it's my second attempt at a purse (the first one was pretty flimsy and not real well sewn), and my first try sans pattern.  I just sort of figured out how it would fit together and made it.  It does sort of hang funny, and the straps are a bit too thick, but I could definitely use this approach again and come up with a better one.  It took a solid three evening's work.

The purse en repose.

Action shot.

A detail of the inside of the flap; I sewed three washers inside to get it to fall right.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Built-in bra for a slip dress? on: March 19, 2006 01:00:50 PM
Forgive me if this overlaps something that's already been discussed, but I looked around and didn't see any other threads about it.  My situation is this: I'm planning to make a basic slip dress--two triangles with straps attached to a tube, basically--and since it has a low back, I won't be able to wear a bra with it.  Now, I've figured out how to size and pleat the triangles (with lining, of course) so they'll fit my almost-C-cup breasts, but is there anything I can sew in there to give me some more support?  Elastic, underwires, what?  My main concern about underwire is that I'd rather not go to all the work of fixing the triangles to have curved bottoms, but I can get over it if that's the best way to go.

Thanks in advance for your tips.   Grin
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