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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Alberta Ferretti designer inspired dress on: February 23, 2007 08:04:32 AM
Pattern Review had a designer knockoff contest so I decided to enter since I had so much fun doing my Chloe knockoff a few years ago.

After perusing style.com I decided on an Alberta Ferretti from Fall 2006, but I saw the style as more springlike.

Here it is!

Pictures of the process (muslins, pattern, etc.) on my yahoo photos and more details on how I did it in my review.
22  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Re: Proenza Schouler Look 31 Dress on: February 18, 2007 03:49:51 PM
I think black velvet is a great idea.  The texture will contrast nicely with the sequins.

My random thoughts:  it looks like the fabric has at least a little stretch; it also looks like it has raglan sleeves.
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Down With Love (lots o' pics) on: January 30, 2007 01:25:40 PM
I sewn faux fur before (in deep blue and Pink! so I love the purple too!) and it was not that hard to sew, but difficult to cut and clean up after that Smiley

Thank you for the compliment.  *blushes*

To cut with minimal fur flying, use a craft knife (or box cutter) to cut one layer at a time from the back.  It only cuts the backing and leaves the pile intact.  It actually is not that much worse than cutting with scissors (and I don't think you could cut doubled fur with scissors anyway, you'd still have to cut out one layer at a time) and any extra effort is toooootttallly worth it.  For instance, I hand sewed the inside collar on the coat and since the pile goes downward and hides the raw edge I didn't have to turn under or finish the edge.  Made the hand sewing a lot easier.  The dress does not have finished hem because the pile hides the raw edge and a finished hem would be really bulky and stiff.
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Down With Love (lots o' pics) on: January 30, 2007 08:37:05 AM
Pixeegrl:  Bernina, baby!  My 1008 buzzed right through it without whining at all, even seams that were many layers.  It was pretty amazing.  I can't even imagine the horror this project would have been on my Crappy New Home (tm).  Why did I live with that thing for almost a decade?!?!?!

Muzzymom80:  The purple stuff is bubble faux fur with a fairly deep pile.  I fell in love with the bubble faux fur style when I was in NYC but it was *cough* $40/yard.  Found this online for $5/yard--not my first choice color but definitely my first choice price.  It's very soft and plush, but bulky for a (semi) fitted dress--no way to part darts in, for instance, which is how I got the back of the muslin to fit.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Love Stinks" - Inspired by The Wedding Singer -IMG heavy on: January 29, 2007 08:45:25 PM
That skirt fabric is teh awesome!  Love it.  The whole outfit is very fun!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Down With Love (lots o' pics) on: January 29, 2007 08:44:19 PM
I didn't see Down With Love until recently I just adored it!  It's a great parody of the Doris Day/Rock Hudson movies, but also funny in its own right.  And the early sixties wardrobe is to.die.for.  Perfect inspiration for this challenge!  I made two outfits.  One is a fantasy outfit that it's unlikely I'll ever wear out of the house (well, I'll wear the coat, but prob not the dress).  The other is a more practical outfit that I can actually wear to work.

I love the exaggerated collar and boxy fit here.

Here's my exaggerated collar; I did a swing coat instead of a boxy one but the roominess is the same concept.

The decadence of having a fancy wrap for each evening dress you own!  And the decadence of having evening dresses! 

So here is my matching dress and evening wrap.

This is all about the contrast bodice and just-below-empire line.

The bodice is the same as the coat lining (I also bound the back slit in the sparkly fabric).

In bed with Ewan McGregor.

Alas, I'm in bed alone.

Here's the practical outfit...with Barbara Novak's Best Selling Novel.  (Um, yeah, about the book cover?  I'm not an artist.)

There are about a thousand more pics on my yahoo photos, including photos of the process.  I drafted the pattern for the top of the bodice of the evening dress.  I'm trying to learn how to draft patterns.  I have a lot to learn.

I enjoyed this challenge!  And now have three new outfits (did a muslin for the evening dress that will be a cute summer dress--pics on the yahoo page).

**Edit** I tried resizing the pics to be smaller but they just became all pixilated.  Sorry for the gigantic images.  I wish photobucket still had the resize by percentage (instead of to fixed size) feature.
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Clothing Challenge 1/8 - 1/31 *Clothing inspired by a movie* on: January 18, 2007 07:47:48 AM
Thanks for the reply.  I've done a bunch of costumes based on movies in the past, but will come up with a new project for this one.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Clothing Challenge 1/8 - 1/31 *Clothing inspired by a movie* on: January 17, 2007 01:15:43 PM
Does this have to be completed during the challenge period?  Or can it be a previous project?
29  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: metal Smithing jewelry course on: January 12, 2007 06:42:42 AM
Great job on everything!  *jealous of your course*
30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Precious Metal Clay on: December 30, 2006 02:42:27 PM
I'm very low-tech when it comes to pmc, I fire with a torch and burnish by hand. 

Would a butane torch get hot enough?  Or do you have a fanciness acetylene and oxygen setup?  (And if so I'm jealous.)  I bought my PMC3 stuff ages ago and still am too intidimated to try it.  I'm kind of making it a new year's resolution to do *something* with it this weekend.

Does anyone use the ceramic fire kiln?  The one that uses gel fuel?  I bought that one but wonder how well it works/how precise it is.
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