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11  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 29, 2008 04:15:02 PM
For dress #1 I used a 2 way stretch rayon spandex blend (i think thats what it was) from Joanns.  I bought 2.5 yards and that was enough for me.  I wear a sz.12 in patterns but I cut different sizes on each line...my picture will explain.

1.  sz 16 cutting line
2.  sz 12 cutting line
3.  sz 12 cutting line
4.  sz 16 cutting line
5.  sz 12 cutting line- but I extended the line at the neck so that it was straight across
6.  sz 16 cutting line
7.  sz 16 cutting line
8.  sz 12 cutting line

Then put it all together like the pattern instructions say but make sure you extend the casing for the elastic up across the neck.  The front and back of the bodice dip down quite a bit like so:

The back especially did so I tried it on and cut across the purple line so it fit right.

the sleeves were done by just pulling the sides of the sleeve in and handstitching it into place. 
for the skirt I just added a strip of fabric at the top so that it has two casings for elastic.  skirt cut sz 16 cutting line.

hopefully that all makes sense.

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 27, 2008 11:19:30 AM
Let me first explain my pattern-making skills ways: I taught myself everything I know...pretty much by trial and error and by understanding how the pieces fit together and how they then fit on the body.  So this is just how I do things. 

I have this basic t-shirt pattern and I swear it's a Mccalls (I can't seem to find it right now) but I can't find it on their site so it may be out of print.  But I know that the sz.M fits perfectly so I use that as a guide for all my patterns.  So maybe you have a pattern like that or a shirt that you know fits you well that you can use.  Here's my paint shop skills at their finest:

This is basically what I did

The gray drawings are what it looks like finished and the skirt of the front and back have gathers at the center along with the bodice at the bust. 
First-I stand in front of the mirror and pin the pattern piece for the front to my shirt and I lightly use a pencil to draw where I want the lines to go.  How much I want it to slope in-ward and how low I want it to sit and everything.  Then I un-pin it at use a ruler to make the lines straight.  For piece #1 I make sure I add 5/8" seam allowance in the center (where they usually have you put it on the fold, you know?).  I cut four front pieces.
Then- I cut the piece that goes from under the shoulder and up to the neck (the purple piece).  Cut four of these.
Then- Stitch the purple pieces on the all the front pieces. Then take the left front and the piece thats going to line it and sew then right sides together, leaving the bottom and the seam that goes under the arm unstitched.  Do the same to the other front pieces.  So now you have the two pieces for the front (both are "lined" or whatever). 

1. These two edges should be raw, the rest are sewed to the "lining".
2. Stitch across the red line to make the casing for the ties neck
3. Use a seam ripper to unstitch where the blue is (between the casing seam and the neck) so the ties can slide through.
4. Gather between the yellow lines
Cut some fabric for the ties and put them in.

The back part of the bodice is put together pretty much the same way as the front.  Just cut two of the main color and two of the contrast color and stitch them together.  Seam the sides of the bodice. 

The waist band should be cut to fit around under your bust plus 1 1/4" for the seam.  Seam the waistband at the two smaller edges and attach the bodice.  I add 2" to the skirt on the fold to allow for gathering.  Seam the skirt at the sides and gather at the top center and attach it to the waistband.  Hem and you're done!

I really hope all that made sense.

13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 27, 2008 09:56:25 AM
Thank you everyone!  I've come to the conclusion that no one really likes dress #2 (the brown one) haha I guess you cant win 'em all!  And thank you mom for addressing my photo-chubby-shortness  Cheesy  (I still think it's funny that my mom is on craftster too)

keena- Wow mine does look alot like hers  Shocked  and yep, I cut different fabric for the panels.

And I'm writing up a kinda-tutorial for dress #6 and then I'm doing one for the first dress for crazykittylady.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 25, 2008 08:39:23 AM
Wow, thanks guys!  I didn't expect to get this big of a response so quickly!  Grin
Ok, onto the questions and such:

camilaustral- The sleeves on #2 are flattering in real life. For some odd reason these pictures make me look 5 inches shorter and 20lbs heavier than I really am but all the dresses are alot more flattering in real life. 

innocent_trixta- I own 25 dresses and 15 of them I've made.  I guess you could say I'm a little obsessed with dresses  Cheesy

request for tutorial on #6- I'm really bad at explaining things.  And I would probably confuse you more than help you if I tried to write a tutorial.  But, If you really want me to I can tell you how I did it. 

skarinja- Most of the gathering was done with elastic and casings so it wasn't nearly as time consuming as it looks haha.  I'm a big fan of elastic.

DangitDana- Yes, it's all two way stretch.  And I serged the major seams like the sides, armholes, and hem.  Not because the fabric needed it, but it just looked nicer.  I kept the smaller seams raw because I didn't want too much bulk with all the gathers and everything.

jackiesue- The neckline was a little difficult because I didn't use interfacing.  And now I'm kicking myself for that.  I'm pretty sure I sewed the neckline on my own way too.  I don't remember if this applies to this pattern, but they usually have you seam the front side and handstitch the back side but I just put front and back together and seam it as one piece. 

soraia bejinhos- The fabric for the first dress is a rayon spandex blend if I remember correctly.  Joanns had just put out that group of fabrics in like 8 different colors so I bought some of each.  I always buy some sort of blend and not just cotton interlock because it drapes alot nicer.

nedjmaia- The Butterick dress was SUPER easy to make.  It's just alot of pulling elastic through the casings and quite a bit of topstitching.  But if you can do that then this dress will be no problem.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I'm back on craftster! With 8 new dresses! on: February 24, 2008 09:09:21 AM
I haven't been all that active on craftster in...6 months?  Mainly because every other week our computer decides to die and the resurrect itself only to die again and resurrect and so on.  But ive been sewing like crazy and heres a few of the things ive made in the past couple months.

Dress #1
I designed this and used Simplicity 3893 as a basic guide for the pattern.  I ended up having to modify the pattern ALOT though. 

The sleeves and back.

Dress #2
I can't believe how much I love Hilary Duff's patterns.  This is Mccall's 5595.

Dress #3
Another one of Hilary Duff's patterns Mccall's 5575 with Kwik Sew 3414 underneath.  You can't really tell in the pictures but the black is this "burnout" knit fabric.  I don't actually know if that's the right term but thats what they call it on Urban Outfitters.  And it's pretty see-through so I put Kwik Sew 3414 under.  And the gray is a ribbed knit.

Dress #4
Butterick 5130.  I used the wrong side of this fabric because the right side has this icky gold dot print all over it.  But it's safely hidden underneath Smiley

And the back (haha my racer-back bra looks like a thong for my back)

Dress #5
I designed this and was planning on just making my own pattern but then I found Simplicity 3676 and realized it was so similar I should just use it and save myself the trouble.  The brown fabric is an XL mens t-shirt from Joanns, the blue is fabric I had left over from another dres.  And I've pretty much used this blue fabric in every thing, I love it so much.  Oh and the white is an undershirt that I have on through out all the pictures.

Dress #6
I made this a while ago.  It's my own design and I made the pattern too.

Dress #7
I designed this one too and made the pattern.  Well, I didn't really make a pattern I just drew it all up and (in my mind) pictured how it would all go together and cut the pieces to size.  Alot of math involved.  And no physical pattern to show for it.  And there's the blue fabric I used with the brown dress too.   

The back.  I realize the bra hanging out is kinda trashy but I figured you all would understand how it is when you have a guy taking the pictures (he doesn't have much patience for total wardrobe changes)

Dress #8
Here's the dress that I bought the blue for but since I designed it myself I had no idea how much fabric to get.  Thats why I have so much left over that I use on other dresses. 

I may have forgotten to mention that my current obsession is empire waists and knits/jersey Smiley
And I just finished another dress in burgundy that I have to get pictures of and post. 
What do you think of them?
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My over-ambitious introduction to the sewing world! (pictureful!) on: August 07, 2007 03:49:10 PM
very cute!  and yes, thats an empire waist.
17  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: groooovy long sleeve yellow mini dress on: July 22, 2007 02:58:18 PM
i love it!  you look like a model in that last picture.  it looks like it could have been torn from a fashion magazine!
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Spray painted rhyme shirt on: July 22, 2007 02:53:51 PM
i love it!
it reminds me of the house of holland shirts
19  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: oscar de la renta dress? on: July 22, 2007 02:49:40 PM
i think if you used a stiff thin fabric you could get the poofiness with out weighing the dress down a bunch.  burda has a pattern here that looks alot like that and it says that it has a "balloon hem" for version A although it doesnt look like it from the pictures (unless a balloon hem is something totally different than a bubble hem)
20  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Big Ol' Shirt ----> Swank Little Dress on: July 22, 2007 02:43:33 PM
that is so CUTE!!!! i love it!!! and that color looks great on you!
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