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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Last batch of corsets on: October 04, 2012 09:28:38 AM
Hello all!

I finished a couple of corsets by the end of summer and haven't shared them yet! So here you go. The first one I finished I got the pattern through a corsetmakers website thanks to a lovely member who traced it from a very old patent. Suprisingly I havent' made an entirely black corset yet so black was the way to go!

It was a kind of tricky corset, as all the pieces were creatively shaped and not only the front heart shape. I got lucky with an amateur photographer I know and we made a photoshoot with this corset and others I've shown here before. As I said I got lucky because being an all black item there was no way I could take decent pictures of it! I used thinner boning in this one -and the ones I will show you in a bit- and I am still pondering which boning I like best. I can't quite remember how many bones I used in this one, but as I used double side interfacing I got to make this pretty light. I've traveled with it and it weights next to nothing! It's a lovely pattern but it takes so many hours so unless comissioned I'm afraid I won't be making any other from it soon.

I talk about the process of this corset in this entry in my blog and also about the patent search engine where many other corset patterns are waiting to be used  Cheesy http://costurasdeacero.blogspot.com.es/2012/06/google-patent-search-engine.html

The next two corsets are somewhat coordinated from two colorways of the same patterned fabric I got last year in Japan. It's a lovely cotton that's pretty sturdy, probably meant for quilts and both of them looked just perfect with the same Sand kona cotton I used for the binding. The black one is my standard underbust pattern only a size bigger than mine since I wanted to make it for sale. Thankfully I got enough fabric left for another one as I quite like it with that dress  Smiley

(yes, I feel silly looking at the camera when I'm using the self timer...)

I got the lining fabric thanks to a swap here on Craftster and I love it! it's pretty thick for corsets and stands up to sweat.

And finally! (phew!) this one it's an experiment, it's called a waist cincher, and got it adapting the underbust pattern and joining the front two pieces to get rid off the front busk as it is a bit too short for that. But because it's short it takes no time at all to lace it at the back so it's okay! it was great making this one since it was such a quick one against all the other ones I make. The only tricky part was cutting the boning so short, but I got the hang of it pretty quick.

Sadly, I didn't get action pictures but if I do I will post them!

Thank you for reading through all of this and hope you like them. C&C is very welcomed!
2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Ethnic bib collars on: August 04, 2012 08:35:41 AM
Hello everyone!

I usually make mostly clothes -and corsets- so it's not usual to find me in this part of Crafster, but I've been playing with my fabric lately and I ended up doing some bib collars. Some time ago I drafted a pattern for a neck corset -or posture collar- and while I loved it I wanted to me something more suitable for daily wear.

When I cut down my patterns I realized I could do these collars in just one piece, although it uses 3 layers of fabric for stability as the prototype had been a little bit flimsy. I have more ideas for these so I hope people like them  Cheesy

This is the back for these, I put a short lacing I had on hand but they will have longer laces so they can be put on comfortably. I love those grommets, they're high quality, and the same I use for corsetry so you don't even notice them in your neck!

And that's all for today! I really hope you like them, comments and criticism are of course welcomed! I've also blogged about them here, both in English and Spanish http://www.costurasdeacero.blogspot.com.es/2012/08/collares-y-nuevo-diseno-bib-collars-and.html would love to find you there too!  Smiley

Have a nice day~
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Black hooded dress for my green corset on: May 21, 2012 03:31:21 AM
Hello everyone again!

On saturday I finished a black dress I made from very old patterns from when I was studying at Fashion school. By the time I tried it on, even before sewing details and the hood I realized it was going to look perfect with the corset I posted previously here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=406052.msg4784305#msg4784305

Sadly you don't get to see too many details as it's black and I didn't have very good light, the dress has pockets on the sides that go from front to back with edges in satin as well as the neckline. My favourite part is definitely the hood, I made it big enough so when I put it down it looks like a small capelet  Smiley

There's more info about the dress and patterning process on my entry blog: http://costurasdeacero.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/reciclando-patrones-reusing-old.html

Thank you for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Yet another corset! sweet overbust this time on: April 28, 2012 09:57:40 AM
Hello again!

Some weeks ago I finished a green underbust corset for myself, I was so happy with the fit of the pattern I had made I had no choice but to keep using it! That's why I decided to elongate the pattern to get an overbust corset, as I rather like them overbust. I had to make a couple of mock ups -which I didn't take pictures of- sorry! but after drafting a bra cup pattern I joined them both and got this!

I titled this one Nara because of the fabric. It was a 1 yard piece I got from the retail box at a store in Tokyo last year and had been unable to chop until now. Thankfully I have enough for another corset if anyone ever wants it! Anyway, just as I was cutting it I noticed in the selvage that the fabric had been made in Nara, which is another Japanese city and one of my favourites as well. Now I carry a bit of a lovely country with me whenever I wear this corset!

Binding was made with Kona Cotton in Sand, these cottons work so well for corsets actually! I also used it to reinforce the fashion fabric as it was too thin. The purple bow is repurposed from an item I bought at a local handmade store.
There are 22 bones hiding in there, both Flat and Spiral steel as well as 22 grommets in the back. Cutting all that boning might look tedious but it's actually quite relaxing. I think that's why I love making corsets  Grin

And that's all for today! I have a bit more info at my new blog and a process picture. If you want to take a look here's the link to the entry: http://costurasdeacero.blogspot.com.es/2012/04/hola-de-nuevo-aunque-normalmente-pasa.html

Thanks a lot for looking! <3
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Underbust corset [from selfmade pattern] on: March 23, 2012 03:06:29 PM

Hi all!

I haven't posted a project in a really long time; however I've been working on a corset patterning. This is not the first corset I finish but it is the first one I pattern myself completely from scratch (I had been mixing patterns and altering them before) and also the first one that gives me proper reduction.

Fabric came from the lovely member Zilamonster as she sent both the green cotton and the lining in the Givers & Needers Round 10 swap. I had just enough green fabric for this corset! It was actually intended to be an overbust but I had not enough for the bust pieces. It was good because I actually love it just like this!

Corset has 3 layers, fashion fabric, lining fabric and a heavy artist canvas in the middle for strength and stability. Has a 10'' busk and 14 steel bones, both spiral and flat ones. It's then a really light corset and very comfortable (I show you here an action picture) I took it to party for a couple of hours and had no problems at all! I'm so glad because I'm still not that used to wearing corsets  Grin

And here I give you a couple of process pictures as well as one of the steels used. I hope you like it! Of course, CC it's always appreciated  Wink

Once again, thank you for looking!!
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / F3 code on my Brother on: August 10, 2011 08:41:56 AM

I got the Brother CS-6000i just a month ago and it's been going fine but I was sewing when I suddenly got a F3 message and the machine kept beeping until I turned it off. I can move the needle up and down and the feed dogs work too, I had been sewing a fabric whose texture makes it a bit hard on the feed dogs to move properly. There was no problem with the thread either, the machine just stopped sewing.
Now, every time I turn on the machine again the F3 code keeps appearing and the machine beeps without letting me do anything at all. What should I do? I've searched for the F3 code with no luck.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coffee capsules earrings! [Pretty image heavy] on: October 21, 2010 04:06:46 PM
Hello! I haven't posted in a while but I finally worked enough to be able to make a post, this is also the first one in this section as I'm usually a sewer. Hope you like!

Last year my coffee-addicted mother got herself one of those fancy Nespresso machines and I began eyeing those capsules thinking that for sure something could be done with them. I can't take credit for this as my sister told me she had seen some necklaces made with them although I searched and I couldn't find anything on the net. So, here's my take on it Smiley

These were made with a special cardboard I had saved up from who knows where and a patterned fabric leftover from some curtains. The blue patterned fabric was a leftover from a dress that also became a skirt and a scarf-collar thingie!

These were made with some book pages -in Spanish- and a Japanese newspaper, along with some origami paper stickers.

These are a personal favourite! I used some really small rhinestones and lace I got at a 100yen store in Japan. I also made another pair without lace -not pictured here.

These were the first ones I made, and they are just my style -bows!- so I still don't know if I'm keeping them or not...

And finally I made these with fabric and twisting wire.

I also made these two which I'm modeling because I am keeping them. Well, actually my mother is keeping the purple pair Cheesy she loves them and wore them a couple of times already. Sorry about my hair getting in the way  but we all now how hard is to take pictures of yourself!

As you can see I got pretty motivated, and I have a lot of these capsules saved to keep myself busy for a while! I'm glad to be able to use all the 'supplies' I have!
Thanks for looking~
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Fascinator/headwear thingie on: July 16, 2009 07:40:22 AM
I'm not even sure I'm posting in the right thread anymore as I've been away from Craftster for a long time. If I am I apologize!

Anyway, I made this headwear for a fashion show at my Arts School back in March. I wasn't too happy with the outfit but I definitely love the fascinator and I'm sad there's no way I'm wearing this outside  Roll Eyes

For the fashion show we were playing with the fourth elements and I got fire, too bad as I think I'm more of an earth girl! The only detail pics I got are mirror shots from when I finished it. Someday I should take proper ones.

I used quite a few materials for this. The base and "rocks" are made from felt covered in black fabric and embelished with some red beads I had. The rest is made from diferent papers, I got tons of the one I used for the flames at school and I'm not even sure which kind of paper it is but it's great. The flames are wired so I could bend them in the way I wanted and painted with acrylics. I attached it to a black thin headband I had no use for.

After the pics were taken I covered the border seams with black bias tape. Total cost was 0$  Cheesy

Thank you for watching!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Happy frogs!! (and blue plaid on the second page!) on: September 16, 2008 07:00:51 AM
Some months ago I bought this cute japanese fabric to be made into a travel bag. It was stored away with all my fabrics. Time passed and didn't do anything with it until the idea for this bag hit me and it wouldn't leave me alone. I still have fabric left to make a copy of this one, but definitely not for a travel bag  Roll Eyes Oh well, someday I'll buy more and do it!

I've been making bags for a few years, this was however, my first try at piping. Doesn't look bad even though I'll definitely fix some things in the next one.

The lining doesn't look that good in the pic, but it's better in real life I promise  Wink Added pockets on one of the sides for my cell phone and keys. Also, I didn't have a magnetic snap with me at the time but I wanted to finish it quickly for class so I handsewed a fastener. Because it's for me I don't really care.

And action picture:

I forgot to turn off the flash I know  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes It looks bigger than it actually is, mostly due to my pose and the fact that I'm just 5' tall.

I hope you like it! I know I do!
Thanks for watching~~

Edit: I used this pattern again. Pictures on 2nd page :3
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Everyone loves ice cream! (aka some dresses) on: June 24, 2008 03:43:39 PM
I've been sewing for some years now and I just realized these two dresses were my first wearable ones! (I had made another but it's a cosplay, thus, I can't wear that daily!) I can't believe I made even overalls before a single dress  Roll Eyes

I made those two for a panel at our local anime con last month. I modified a basic pattern with princess seams from a japanese magazine (G&LBible) for the top part, I gave it a heart neckline and created a panel of shirring in the back. I made the pattern for the skirt and straps. There's an invisible zipper in the left side and the "belt" is removable. They're lined and very full!

I used japanese fabric I got from eBay. I can't decide if I like the black or the red version more!

Excuse the bra showing....  Roll Eyes

Even thought they have a lot of room I'm glad they push the ladies a bit, so I won't feel that tempted to keep them!! I'll cherish those patterns so I can make a dress for myself~~

Thanks for watching! I hope you all crafsters like them  Wink
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