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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / gingham+hearts hoodie; skirt on: July 31, 2006 11:46:28 PM
The hoodie is about as wholly unflattering as anything can possibly be.
But I made it just for lounging around the house, so it doesn't really matter.
Plus, it was my first attempt at anything with sleeves, so I had bigger issues other than whether it made me look 3X my real size.
But okay, the facts:
- I added lining (the pattern didn't instruct it)
- gave it heart pockets (again, not instructed)
- over long sleeves, to keep my hands nice and toasty warm
Also, with all the excess material I bought to line it, I had enough left to make a cute, full gingham skirt. Easiest project ever (sew three rectangles together at the short ends, put elastic at the top, hem the bottom), but probably actually one of my favourites.
Er.. and please ignore my peeking out belly..

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Big bow bag on: July 31, 2006 11:43:25 PM
Not much to say about this, just that it's my latest bag, and I'm utterly in love with it.
It's lined with white material, but I'm too embarrassed to show the inside, because I did a stupid stupid thing and didn't put wrong side to wrong side when sewing in the lining, and so when you look inside you get to see all the rough messy edges of the lining.
Why didn't I just unpick it and fix it?
Because I'm horribly horribly lazy.
But to make up for that dodginess, I have the cute MASSIVE bow, which I love.
And the chain for the a strap, for a change, which I also love.
The bow's a little uneven, and my insertion of the zipper was HORRENDOUS.
But oh well
Also, the chain's much longer than it looks; I just curled it around a bit so it would actually fit in the photo
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / three skirt to dress recons on: July 31, 2006 11:36:08 PM
Returning from a trip down to Melbourne to visit her mother, my mum brought me back a whole swag of goodies from grandmothers wardrobe.
I loved everything, but unfortunately couldn't really see myself wearing three of the skirts with any of my tops.
But, being the dress-whore that I am, turning them into dresses seemed like the perfect idea.
The first two are pretty much identical, because they were the same style of skirt. I just put darts in what was the yoke of the skirt, and took the extra material from it being too big for me to make straps.
I need to wear the black belt with both however, so as to avoid looking pregnant, because the darts didn't really give much under-bust definition.

The third one, only under the bust is the skirt.
The plain black sweetheart section is just a cheapy top I got at a cheapy store.
Attached the two, stuck a zipper in the side, and there. Done.
I wear a belt with this dress too though, because it isn't perfectly straight where the skirt meets the top.

Hope you like them
Comments/criticism appreciated
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Dramatically increasing the size of a pattern on: May 14, 2006 11:25:35 PM
My mother came back from visiting her mother yesterday with a whole lot of vintage things for me in tow.
The big item were some gorgeous vintage patterns.
My absolutely favourite ones that she brought up are possibly THE most adorable dress patterns I've ever seen, BUT one problem: they're for chilrden.
There are three patterns that I want to make- one is for a bust of 30", one is 28", and one is 25".
I am 32.5"
Hhrm. No. I don't think they're going to fit.
So I was wondering if I could somehow manage to resize them up?
Trace around, adding an extra inch or whatever all round?
Is there a special tool I could use for this?
Or is there a better way/no way?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / too low to be wearable top + old school blouse + new buttons = cute top? on: April 17, 2006 08:51:26 PM
Well, I had this top that I bought, for I have no idea why.
It was so low, that even when I tried to sit it at it's highest, half my bra was sticking out of it.
So it hung in my wardrobe for a long long time.
Then, one day, when I decided to take the bottom band off of an old school blouse of mine to make into a cumberbund type belt, I thought "hey, I have some perfect sleeves, buttons and a collar here, all put together for me, I should try using it for something"
So I searched through my wardrobe.
And found the top, which I unfortunately forgot to take a 'before' shot of.
It seemed perfect!
So I set to work.
What I forgot, however, was that my old school blouse was ridiculously oversized (fit for around an AU size 14, while I'm only an 8-10). Trying to shove that into a fitted top wasn't going to work very well.
But I tried all the same!
Foolishly, I tried all the same.
I continued to try, even when lining the collar up with the back was a fiddly pain, having to be changed around five times.
But finally, I ended up with this:
And the details of puff sleeves and little flower buttons:

I'm quite happy with it.
The only thing I'm thinking about now is whether I should add some black trim to the collar? It looks a bit dull, and melds into the rest of the white a bit too much, but I'm not sure..
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / 1st clothing- two perfect-fit pencil skirt (attempts) 4 pics on: April 17, 2006 06:05:36 PM
I'm sorry, I know, nothing really thrilling about ordinary pencil skirts, but since a) they were my first clothing attempts; and b) I had to mess with the pattern so much because the fit was so so wrong (too big in the waist, even more too big in the hips, hemline too low, not nipped in like a pencil skirt at all- thank you mccalls) I just really want to scream out how happy I am over them.

The first one, I just love the material, and even though it's not quite as inward sloping as I wanted, I still like it (oh, and in advance, please pardon my dirty mirror, messy bedroom and bad bed-hair):

That skirt was technically my practice, because what I really wanted was a sleek, chic black wool pencil skirt.
On this one, since I'd fiddled with the other so much, it was much easier, and I also got to make it more nipped in around the knees:

Comments? Criticism?
I've sort of fallen in love with pencil skirts after this, but I'm not sure what my next attempt should be like (fabric, embelishments, etc)..
Thanks for looking.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / At the grey oak tree on the red satin path (2 bags, 3 pics) +1st post! on: April 16, 2006 07:44:41 AM
This is actually a bag from ages ago.
It was my absolute first attempt at sewing, and really more of the credit should go to my mother for the sewing.
HOWEVER, I did design it.
Yes, this whole amazingly complex design is my glory.. *ahem*
Well, all the same, I'm still quite proud of it.
I mean, for once I was able to articulate exactly what I was imagining!
My only regret is that at the time the idea of lining didn't even vaguely cross my mind.

And, while we're here, I may as well put up my other bag too (this one actually sewn by me).
I knew I wanted a big tote.
But I couldn't decide whether I wanted it in practical and versatile black, or statement, cool, $3 fabric from the op-shop.
So, I decided to do it both ways!
The one major problem is that when I was finishing it I was grandly fed up, and accidentally sewed up the whole top seam before I'd had a chance to sew the handles in, and so now I have the bulk of the handles on the outside of the black, and also the seams on the blue/green/white, because I actually detest unpicking that much.
Oh well, maybe I'll remember next time..
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