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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yukata "muslin" updated w/ new things on: September 09, 2007 02:37:14 AM
I always wanted to learn how to make a kimono/yukata, and am finally getting around to it (instead of working on finding a job... Undecided...but can't help myself Tongue)  So after hours of searching Craftster and the internet, here is the first run.  All sewn by hand.  This helps me understand why there is a need for the kimono/yukata to be so long.  I left the sleeve opening too wide, and the sleeve is too long...I think the extra width can be used as overlap pieces.  And the neck is too wide as well as badly attached.

You don't have to read all that...it was more of a "note to self"-type rambling.  I am hoping this post can turn into an "Exploratory" Thread as I work towards a yukata.  So here are the pictures of it and my attempt at dressing it (sure was hard!)with all the makeshift accessories.

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / "Ao Dai" Dress (img heavy) on: September 06, 2007 05:47:13 PM
Ao dai is the traditional dress of Vietnam.  I made the pattern from an old one that had some damage to the fabric.  The gold pants underneath was tailored for me a while back. Let me know what you think.

It's not perfect, but it is my first one...so it can only get better Grin yay!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / SilverSatin on: September 06, 2007 05:29:51 PM
I started on this a while back, but just got around to hemming it this morning.  It's a McCall's retro pattern.  I think it's rather plain...so I added the leopard belt.  How would you wear it?

PS. Does anyone know of a trick to sewing satin to avoid the ripples?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / First try at drafting: Blouse on: March 18, 2007 10:14:33 PM
I got a drafting book a while ago and finally got around to trying it.  It ended up being too short and my belly button is showing! oops.  also, the sleeves are wayyyy too poufy. Tongue 

comments/suggestions much appreciated.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Carnation Jacket on: January 04, 2007 12:17:00 AM
Hey all, hope you had a great holiday season.  So getting back to work,
here is something I just finished: a jacket for my ensemble.
here is the ensemble w/ unfinished jacket.

here is it finished:

And here is the question:  Since the collar is not cooperating 100% by being slightly wrinkly due to the fabric's tendency to bunch up, I am considering going over it with another collar with the same fabric as the body.  Look @ left vs. right.
what do you think?  and is it better buttoned all the way up or only buttoned at the middle?

thanx Wink
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage dress on: December 01, 2006 11:19:37 PM
Inspired by Oleg Cassini's creations for Jackie Kennedy.  I haven't hemmed it yet, but I think I should have went with a skinny skirt, not this pouffy one.  What do you think?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / You inspired me to make a Purse! on: June 13, 2006 10:41:55 PM
I was checking PURSES,BAGS,AND WALLETS because I felt the need to explore Craftster more.  I should have done so earlier, because the posts here are amazing!  All the accessories are so cute that they made me want to create something for this part of the forum too.  I was in one of those impatient and illogical mood, so I 100% winged it without even bother thinking things through or making a pattern. Tongue  [I did read through laurasaurus's tutorials during my exploration, which helps a whole lot! Thanx laurasaurus!]  So here is the finished product.  I am not too thrilled, but maybe it is my weird mood.


close-up of kazashi flower [tell me if I spelled that wrong]:

P.S. at this point, neither the flowers nor the straps are sewn on, just placed.  I'm going to go ahead and blame the mood one more time Grin.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Vintage Apron on: June 09, 2006 11:20:56 PM
Just wanted to share a recent project.

I love Vintage!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hug-Me shrug on: June 09, 2006 11:19:36 PM
I made this shrug for work.  I am contemplating making some more, because it is not too dressed up, but it has some structure to it that says "dressed up."  It is also great for the summer, since it is not too hot to wear, but keeps me from freeeezing in places with blasting AC.



10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Casual Jacket on: June 06, 2006 10:55:22 PM
Finally, I have time to get back to craftsters!  I started a summer job recently, so between adjusting to that and my regular to dos, there is precious little time for anything else.  I did squeeze in mini-sewing sessions to work on M5058; a junior's jacket mattern from Mccalls.  I had some of my mom's left-over fabric from re-upholstering our sofa, so I decided to try out the pattern and work on my sewing skill and learn more techniques at the same time.  I was a little short on fabric, so I made the back piece into two pieces instead of one continuous one.  Now I match my sofa!  GrinUndecided   I am thinking about taking out the flaps. What do you think?
It needs to be ironed:  oh, please excuse the pj pants. Smiley

Instead of lining it, I bound the seams:
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