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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bohemian Hippie Dress (Burda 7224) on: January 25, 2017 02:50:46 PM

I love this pattern so much I made another dress frrom it. This time out of super soft Tartan brushed cotton. It's not a stretch fabric like the last, so I dropped the waist a couple inches and fitted it more, but it's still a little loose in the waist because who likes super-fitted clothes.
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / BEDSHEET DIY Princess Leia Costume (with link to tutorial) on: January 25, 2017 09:09:22 AM
BEDSHEET DIY Princess Leia Costume

The theme for this past New Years party was Celebrities Who Died in 2016 and we couldnt let Carrie Fisher go unrepresented. So I grabbed a couple sheets up from the thrift store and did a quick Princess Leia white dress. Not bad for an easy slapped together DIY, I think.  Wink

You can check out the full tutorial on my blog: http://graverobbergirl.blogspot.com/2017/01/diy-bedsheet-princess-leia-costume.html

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bohemian Hippie Dress (Burda 7224) on: November 22, 2016 11:30:25 AM
Bohemian Hippie Dress (Burda 7224)


This was a 'shopping my stash' project and I had a large amount of this soft, almost crepe-like cotton jersey knit that I ordered on sale sort of by mistake before. Even when you're familiar with textile terminology, it's hard to know precisely what you're getting without seeing it in person. However, into the stash it went. And it just happened to be perfect for this project (if not for the purpose I had originally intended).

I can't describe how comfy and soft this fabric is! Lovely to wear. And it has a cute stylized floral pattern, green with purple accents on a cream base.



Quick confession: I am a pattern hoarder. I buy a bunch of them whenever there's a sale at Jo-Ann Fabrics. Burda has some unique and interesting styles but is rarely on sale, so I have to be choosy with which patterns I get. Therefore, this one was one that I seriously considered making before (not just purchasing as a passing fancy).

What can I say? I love a shirt-dress.

As far as the fact that it's a Burda "Young" pattern, the "young" seems only denote the fact that their designers think the style is more suited to younger women. Not that I believe anyone should ever be restricted in their fashion choices by the opinions of others, but this design especially seems odd to imply only younger woman can wear it. It looks quite universal to me.

Maybe they just meant young at heart. (aka Hippies and free spirits.)

I opted for the long sleeves variation, which features a gathered flare like on medieval dresses. The bodice is simple and not very fitted (definitely needs some extra fit adjustment despite the darts, especially if using a stretch fabric such as a knit). I think if I made it again, I would lengthen the bodice. It sits about an inch higher than my natural waist (likely due to my bust size).

The pattern lends itself wonderfully to use with knits. (Especially with the aid of an overlock/serger.)




I opted for some wooden buttons I had in my stash for the dress placket. This was primarily to match a vintage wooden bead-macram belt I inherited from another crafter's de-stash cleanse.

Pair with moccasins, sandals, flats or bare feet (seems like the most accurate option), loosely styled hair (or tie-dye bandana) and some eclectic jewelry (my Moroccan wooden bangle and magpie pocket watch necklace here) to finish off the bohemian look.

4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Trek on: May 27, 2015 09:01:41 AM
Looks great! And here I was just going to pull a costume out of my closet this year... now I feel like I need to up my game.  Wink
5  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Voyager Jumpsuit on: April 19, 2015 11:07:58 AM
Nicely done! The details turned out really well, the shoulder point, yoke, back vents, and little shoe slits.

He must be excited to go play with the other kids now!  Wink
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: What to do with Vintage Trim? Wristlets! on: January 25, 2015 07:06:06 PM
Aw!  They're so cute.  How big are they?

They are 6.5 inches by 5 inches. So it only took a few scraps of fabric to make them (I knew I was hanging on to those little remnants for a reason!)
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / What to do with Vintage Trim? Wristlets! on: January 25, 2015 03:40:58 PM
Wristlets/Clutch Purses

A coworker of mine collects and sells vintage items, and she had some sample boards of trim from the 1960s that she couldn't seem to sell, so she passed them on to me. Sample board lengths of trim aren't all that useful, these ones ranging from 6 inches to 8.5 inches in length. But it was enough decorate some little simply designed wristlet clutches!

I love de-stash projects!
(Although, I did have to buy a few zippers... no matter how massive a collection of sewing paraphernalia you've got, you never seem to have everything you need!)
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Go Ask Alice (Wonderland) Quilt on: January 25, 2015 03:29:29 PM
My friend got me this cute Kawaii Alice in Wonderland fabric for my birthday several years ago, so I tracked down some coordinates to make a quilt out of it. I used the 'Suzette' pattern from clothworks.com (which no longer seems to be available).

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Frilly Aprons on: January 19, 2015 08:15:51 AM
More Frilly Aprons!

...yes, I have a problem...
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Frilly Aprons on: January 16, 2015 02:36:21 PM

Gorgeous! I love the last photo, the bow on the back is perfect!

LOL Sometimes I can manage to tie a proper bow!  Grin
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