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1  Winterball dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: February 18, 2009 02:51:44 PM
Hey all

so I havn't posted anything in ages, too much school, lol, but we had this semi-formal last month, and I made my dress (doubled as an art project...we'll see what grade it gets, lol) so I thought i'd share...

it was inspired by this painting I found, "proclamation of love" by...someone, anyway, its a period painting, and the back of the main figure's dress has a similar cascade.

front: I had originally intended the plunge to go down to my waist (i'm short waisted, really c: so it wouldn't have been thaaat bad) but...

side/back: the belt only goes halfway around, so the "cape" bit is nice and full--good if you can't dance to save your life, because then nobody can really tell how you're moving, lol

it's made out of this awesome black and silver brocade that I got on sale for 5 euro a meter (!) and the pattern is all my own, i drafted it myself from my handy-dandy sloper, no McCalls here c: my friend lent me those awesome silver gloves, they look darker in person, so they do match, lol

Thanks for looking! Feeel free to comment...

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2  tweed, leather and hippo-y purse. img fat. in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: November 11, 2007 03:23:13 AM
hi everyone!

i made this over fall break for a friend of mine. her birthday is next week, i hope she likes it.

its pretty much a basic hobo, made out of this grey tweed (i love tweed! and it's everywhere this season, yay!), and some tan fake leather stuff that I embroidered with black and grey, two pockets on the front, one zippered and one flapped, and .... thats it , so here it is:


back: the chain stitches on the oval hide the ugly seam that holds the tweed and leather shoulder pad pieces together.. the machine was being grumpy.

in action, sort of: the bag is kind of small, i'm not sure how useful it will be, especially since the oversize bags seem to be more popular now..

and here's a detail of the leather: it was fun to do, and i think it came out nicely. I used pearl cotton in the bobbin, and sewed it right side down because the thread was too thick to fit through the needle.

and the hippos in the lining: its from ikea. my dad called them impressionistic hippos. i guess they are more like blobs with eyes, but they look like hippos to me!

so, thanks for looking. comments, criticism always welcome. thanks again!!
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3  batik pumps! with questions answered mar. 11 in Shoes: Completed Projects by pfeffermint_ish on: March 10, 2007 05:49:45 AM
hey all!

so, I was feeling inspired

(by these from Zappo's)

and I realized I had fabric exactly (pretty much) like that. so, I covered these pumps i had with it. They were ripped and old and not pretty enough to have sore feet for, sorry I didn't get a pic.

so here's the finished product:

well, almost finished-they still have to dry (the clothespins won't be there when they're done  Grin )

and a detail of the fabric

the red stuff is vinyl or patent leather- its shiny whatever it is

and on

so, I would love to hear what you think, especially about the red binding. there isn't any red in the fabric, so it doesn't really go, but they needed something.

thanks for looking!

edited on mar. 11:
thanks you guys! you're all so sweet.

so, to answer some questions:

tickle-me-emo: I didn't use a tute, i just kinda glued the fabric on

Mimi005 and Rowdy Vamp Raquel: I used elmers glue, just the regular old white liquid stuff (probably a mistake, but hey) and I hot glued the red on

McJulie-O: they do actually fit better now, surprisingly

Thanks again everybody
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4  cherry koolaid is a color! (a top) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: February 04, 2007 09:19:16 AM

so, I made myself a top, from my own design (a first  Cheesy). i made it out of muslin and then dyed it with cherry koolaide. It was fun!

here 'tis:


its actually way pinker than the picture shows, kind of a coral/fuschia color instead of the salmon it looks like.


its a bit tight across the top there

and a detail of the pintucks:

i love the way the pintucks look, but they made the neckline hard to cut

sorry about the blurryness

so incase anyone who doesn't already know, and wants to , the dye works like this:

three packets of koolaide (cherry doesn't make it red, haha)
.25 cups vinegar
2 quarts warm water

make sure the fabric is wet (I washed it first so it was soaked)

mix the water vinegar and dye in a bucket

add the fabric

let it soak for an hour

rinse, if you want, and hang it to dry. putting it in a dryer makes the dye soak in unevenly (i learned that the hard way!)

well, thanks
comments and criticism welcome, of course

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5  a polkadotted party dress in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: December 10, 2006 02:53:28 AM

so after spending way too long at the mall trying to find a dress for a party, i decided to make my own:

here's what I was going for:

and here's how mine turned out. I made it a bit longer, so it hits below the knee:


back. its kinda hard to see, but there's a bow

detail of bodice.

I altered the bodice piece of  New look's 6557 pattern to get the fit right, then just made a big rectangle for the skirt. the sash was a last minute addition after i decided it looked like a tent without it. hehe. There's no zipper (yay!) so its just a pull-it-over-your-head thing.

It took me about a week to make.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out.

comments, criticism welcome.

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6  Anthropologie knockoff in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: August 17, 2006 10:22:41 AM

so, I really liked the shape of this bag from Anthropologie:

but it reminded me too much of penguins (not  that penguins are bad) so I made it like this:

there's a zipper pocket on the inside:

and to give you an idea of the size, there's an 8x11 inch notebook on it:

Its really stiff from all of the interfacing and fusible stuff I used. My machine really didn't like it. when the fusible web package says "no sew" it really means it.

It might be a little small for books and whatnot, but i like it.

comments and questions are welcome


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7  McCall's M5094 (twirly skirted dress) in Sewing Pattern Reviews by pfeffermint_ish on: August 13, 2006 09:26:12 AM
Hello all,

I made this dress recently from this crazy print I had. mccalls M5094, view d. its on the very top left

so here's mine:



Hem detail, i decided to put lace at the bottom

and with this white denim jacket, the way I plan on wearing it.

I'm happy with the end result, but the pattern was iffy. I'm sure my less than perfect sewing skills have something to do with this, however, for future reference:

the measurements listed on the sizing chart had my exact body measurements in one size, but I still needed darts in the back to make it fit.

the skirt front is not meant to be cut in two pieces, but it wont fit on the fold of 45inch wide fabric. the cutting guide has you cut four pieces for the skirt, but the insrtuctions only mention three pieces. However, sewing the two front pieces together, even with a 5/8 inch seam didn't through anything off.

I found that the distance between shoulder straps is about an inch and a half too wide, but I may just have narrow shoulders. Just taking in a bit in the middle of the pattern might fix it.

That said, the instructions given for putting in a zipper were painless and gave a nive, hidden zipper.

Don't let me put you off this patterm, because it is very nice and i really like the dress. I am planning on making another one, this time out of green satiny stuff

if there are any questions, please ask

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8  Tutorial: Yellow goodbye bag... in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by pfeffermint_ish on: June 15, 2006 06:57:54 AM
School's out! yay.

anyhow... my friend is moving, so I made her this bag out of a school tee. I think she liked it.

My inspiration:

My bag:

and right side up:

The inside: there's a pocket in there

Comments and criticism welcome. Have an awesome summer!

Tut on the way!! thanx guys.

Ok, so heres the tut. It doesn't look exactly loke the yak pak, so this should be legal Wink. This is my first tut, so if something doesn't make sense tell me and i'll try to clarify it.

about one t shirt's worth of fabric, size large or bigger the length of the hem determines the size of the straps
lots of pins

So: Draw a 1/2 ing seam allowance around your pieces. I usually set my compass to 1/2 inch and use that. Cut two of the big ones (these will be the front and back) from the tee, two little ones (the inside lining) from the tee, and two more little ones from interfacing. don't cut too close to the bottom hem of the shirt, as it will become the straps.

Big piece:

the dimensions are:
Across- black line 20 inches
down- purple line 8 in
center curve across- yellow line 10.5 in
center curve down-red line 4 in
side curve across- green line 3 in
side curve down- blue line 4 in
tips are 1 inch across

little piece:

Dimensions are:
down- purple line 8 in
across- black line 9.5 in
center curve across- yellow line 7 in
center curve down- red line 1.5 in
side curve down- blue line 2 in
side curve across- green line 1.75 in

Interfacing: also cut a two inch strip from the sleeves and the hem. cut the hem into two equally long pieces

and then pin the big piece to the smaller interfacing piece, starting with the top points and the sides, as in the picture.

then either ruche ( that is the word, right?) or pleat the top and sides, pinning it to the interfacing.

do the same to the bottom part. the top and bottom pleats don't have to match up, unless you want them to.

do the same for the other big piece and interfacing piece, so you have two pleated pieces. sew the fabric to the interfacing with a 1/4 inch seam. use the interfacing pattern as a guide, so sew it with the fabric part down.

then trim the fabric to match the interfacing piece, if needed. My edges didn't line up, so I did.

do the same for the other piece, so you have two pieces like:

then pin those two together, right sides facing, and sew with a 1/2 inch seam allowance along the bottom rounded edge.

turn right side out and put aside.

now, pin the two small fabric pieces and sew them togerther, right sides facing, along the bottom rounded edge. Use a 1/2 inch seam. if you want to put a pocket in, do that before you sew them together.

do not turn right side out, but put it inside the pleated piece and zigzag the edges together, so that the lining is attached to the outside
heres a point:

Now that the body of the bag is together, it's time to attach the straps.

first, attach a sleeve strip to the side curve of the body, on the inside, right side of the strip facing the lining.
a view from the inside of the bag:

now, sew this with a 3/8 inch or 1/2 inch seam

view from the outside of the bag:

on the outside, using the line you just sewed as a guide, fold the strip over and pin the edge of it to the guide line. sew it down.

do the same for the opposite side curve

for the handles, use the strips off of the hem of the shirt and do basically the same thing. when the strap ends, attach it to the body of the bag. the handle should form a circle.



pin straps

and here's the finished thing: it says "the agency... are you in?" it's from a youth retreat I was on


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9  white and purple circle skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by pfeffermint_ish on: June 02, 2006 07:08:41 AM
Hi all. I made this skirt recently, when I should have been studying (finals are next week!) It's a circle skirt. I used one I already had as a pattern, but put in buttons instead of a zipper. So, here it is:

side view (the only one that worked)
you can kinda see the buttons from here
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