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21  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 23, 2012 10:40:38 AM
Loves, I don't know if this would work as well as any other method.. but if it were me working with your skirt I would actually cut somewhere right from the bottom to the top and open the whole thing out to work on it that way. If you did that you wouldn't have to worry about sewing the skirt to itself (I do that ALL the time!), and lots of fiddly maneuvering!

This way you can keep wrapping it around yourself as you progress to see how it's looking and to check the fit and if it's a bit snug decide whether to add another panel perhaps, or a zip/buttons/lacing etc etc. Smiley

Here's mine so far! I'm so close to finishing this layer and then I'll probably add a few more bits of draped fabric here and there to fill in any gaps and then add some lace, buttons etc etc to the bodice! I took the weird half square doily off the front that you'll see in one of my previous pictures because it didn't look quite right. and I think I'm going to cover up the larger chunks of dark colour because that doesn't look quite right either! I'm absolutely loving how this looks, and it's bringing back lovely memories of making the ragdoll dress for cassadee during the ever-famous gibbous swap Cheesy And of course, the second time round is a whole lot easier because I learnt so much the first time - I hope some of my photos and descriptions are helping you guys too!

I tried it on yesterday and it was at it's absolute limit as far as fitting me, VERY snug indeed but I am in the middle of loosing around 2 stone so HOPEFULLY once I've lost that weight I can squeeze into the finished dress without making too many adjustments Cheesy
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22  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 21, 2012 07:29:31 AM
One more pic today.. maybe.. for now!

Looking GREAT from this angle!

Oohhhh one more... go on then!
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23  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 21, 2012 05:00:21 AM
OOOHHHH well it's getting there alright! Busy adding the top layers today, here's how it's going:

Starting off tacking more triangles and slices to the bodice, on the bias so it keeps that lovely flowey-ness

Gave up tacking, took it straight to the machine! Cheesy There are bits of lovely silk and lace in there somewhere!

So far so good - Starting to take on a cool shape Cheesy

Cloooooooose-up - looks a tad messy but it can be covered up with more layers!


I've added a few more bits, so here are some close-ups whilst it's opened up on my sewing table Smiley

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24  Re: Flower Hair Clips in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by loukr on: March 16, 2012 09:27:33 AM
This totally deserves more kudos! It's such a great idea Smiley I did this back in 2010 for a photoshoot I was doing. We wanted tonnes of flowers in the models hair but flower hair clips are SO EXPENSIVE! And to buy loads? Well I'd be poor! So I went to the local charity shop, bought a 1 bunch of artificial flowers, washed & dried them, popped them off the stems and hot glued them to kirby grips and they were great!

Here's one shot with some of mine Cheesy

Thea by LouiseKnight, on Flickr
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25  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 15, 2012 08:12:29 AM
Craftylittlemonkey, I think.. THINK they are pull tabs from soda cans! Neat huh?

Here's more pics of what I've been up to this afternoon.. My room is in a total tip now - fabric bomb has exploded everywhere!

Starting to add the next layer using this bias technique I made a teeny tute for you all waaaay back in the thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=354356.msg4211101;topicseen#msg4211101

..hmmmm not sure what I think yet but it's getting there Smiley
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26  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 15, 2012 04:39:37 AM
Okeydoke here are my progress shots so far. I'm planning on literally photographing the entire process so people will hopefully pick up some techniques and some sort of ideas for how these things can be made and just how easy they are to once you put your mind to it Smiley

Dress chopped off to a length I was happy with. Slants down lower at the back Smiley

Over locked

Added a MOSQUITO NET! Don't worrk folks, I hot washed that thing to death before even considering using it but it was so cheap and a great soft floaty fabric I couldn't not use it! I've actually bunched it up even more since I took this photo so it's quite short. I figured it'd add bulk at the bottom for a cool shape once I've added more bits to it Smiley

Here's the view from the front so you can see, the buttons are so far still functional!

So far so good!

PS, a fantabulous tip is to count exactly how many pins go into your garment and make sure you retrieve the same amount - it's super easy for them to get lost amongst the stitches and they will poke you A LOT if you don't find them all!
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27  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 09, 2012 03:29:24 AM
Thanks for the tips! The reason I wanted to sketch a few ideas out first is because otherwise all my dresses come out looking the same - tight up top, long flowy bottom - like the one I made for cassadee In fact, they probably come out like that because I was making a cropped top bodice and working from that.. hopefully working from a ready-made garment will help with the whole 'piecing' type thing - we'll see Cheesy

Hey, I never even considered using a BRA!! What a great idea!! Cheesy I'll play around with different shapes and pattern type pieces and see what happens. Piecing the ribbons and what have you sort of reminds me of when I made this decoupaged mannequin, I used the lines from old pattern pieces to create a corsetty type shape to give her some dignity!

ANYWAY - back to the task in hand! ♥
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28  Re: The Mysterious Galliano Pirate Jacket - Help Me Decipher It or Sew-Along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 08, 2012 06:30:23 AM
OK - so here is a progress shot.

OK that didn't work as I am so new to Craftster I need to have 10 posts before I can put in images apparently. It is in my gallery. I'll try and sort out he image thing too . . .

I love the fabrics and can't wait to wear it!

It fits and my ill-tutored attempts at resizing appear to have worked! It could have been better I guess, but I love it.

It is now finished (at least all the parts without the detachable sleeve I wanted to add). I will have to take a picture when I get home tonight.

Hey Marwood, hope you don't mind - but I thought I'd post your piccy for you since you don't have enough posts yet Cheesy

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29  Re: I <3 Gibbous Altered Fashions sew-along! in Clothing Sewalongs by loukr on: March 08, 2012 06:26:17 AM
Hallo! Just thought I'd update with my started piece. It looks purple in the image but it's actually more dark burgundy! It buttons right down to the ground and you can even unbutton the straps at the back - might make for some interesting options Smiley Very small too so when I chop off the bottom section I might use it to widen some areas.. we'll see how it goes! Cheesy

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30  Re: Upcycled Picture Frame Earring Holder! in What the heck can I do with THIS? by loukr on: February 28, 2012 06:49:28 AM
AAHHHHH AWESOME! I posted one of these a couple of years back - though it wasn't reusing a frame, my partner made me one Tongue the only problem I found with it though was because it was always out in the open, the jewellery got very dusty and because it was costume jewellery, it tarnished seriously easily! I wanted to put a clear door on the front, but I didn't Sad The smaller mesh is fab though, as you say - you can stick your studs in it Smiley

Here's the thread with mine in https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=264447.msg2969548#msg2969548 and a piccy:

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