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21  Some recent projects~ all things pink and/or frilly! [img heavy] imgs back up! in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: February 10, 2009 01:48:37 AM
I haven't posted on here in a long time.. so I decided to make a post to catch up on all the things I've done recently... :3

I hope you enjoy~ <3

Pink Lacey Bunny Hoodie

Tulip Ruffle Lolita Skirt

Spring Patchwork Dress

Rose JSK

Time Mage Lolita Apron Skirt (and underskirt)
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Afternoon Tea Paisley JSK

These are being modeled by some friends~ Cheesy

Blue Floral Jumper

Plaid Playsuit

Cloudy Dreamer Jumper Skirt

<3 Thanks for looking!!
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22  Re: black and plaid dress with bustle skirt~ NOW WITH TUTE [img heavy] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: February 10, 2009 01:41:18 AM
I got a friend to model my dress... so here are some better pics of it Smiley

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23  Re: is a dress still a dress if it's made of wood? in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: October 23, 2008 05:03:07 PM
Cool dress!
Was this inspired by Hussein Chalayan at all?
If not, you should check out his stuff:

and get your hands on the Kyoto Costume institute book.. it has lots of wearable art stuff similar to your outfit Cheesy
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24  Sweet Lolita Jumper Skirt~ my first lolita dress <3 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: October 23, 2008 05:13:16 AM
In spite of all my sewing background, this is my first real attempt at doing something that is actually Lolita. I used the Simplicity 2959 pattern and altered it by not making it a wrap dress and making it fit more snugly. The goal of this dress was (aside from being Lolita) to use up some scraps of fabric that I had laying around. I even made the matching headbow (which I've been wearing around a lot without the dress.. lol).

A kitty walked by during the shoot!

Here's one where you can see the bows..

What do you think of it?? And also, if you feel like giving your opinion.. what do you think about the shirt that's underneath the dress? I've gotten mixed comments about whether or not it matches (from the Lolita communities on LJ).
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25  black and plaid dress with bustle skirt~ NOW WITH TUTE [img heavy] in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: October 05, 2008 02:22:11 AM
here's my latest creation! i really wanted a dress with a lolita-esque skirt on it, so i made this dress.
the top of the bodice is from a pattern but the waist band and skirt are my own creation :3
tutorial is below Cheesy






For the bodice of this dress I used Simplicity 2951 and then created my own waist band by tracing the bottom lines of the bodice pattern and extending it down 2 1/2 inches. I also modified the pattern so that there is a side zipper in order to accommodate the skirt (aka: sewed the back seam together and then ripped out the side seam..)

Anyways~ now onto the skirt..

The measurements I'm giving are for the skirt in the pictures below (not above).
I started out by figuring out the dimensions. For this skirt, I wanted the length to be 25" and the waist to be 30" around.

From there, you can figure out how much you want to gather the skirt. I decided to do 2x the waist measurement. The front waist measurement was 15", so the front panel is 30". The ruffle on the front panel is 2x that which = 60".
The back of the skirt increases in increments of 15". The top layer is 30", the second is 45", and the bottom is 60".

Here are the pieces you need for this skirt:

Cut out the front bodice piece. In my case the measurements were 16.5" long x 30" wide.

Cut out the ruffles. I figured out how many inches of ruffles I would need from my drawings. It ended up being 195". So then I divided that by the width of the fabric which was 45 and I ended up cutting 5 strips of fabric for the ruffles and sewing them together to get one long piece.

Then I cut the long pieces into the lengths I needed. (This keeps the seams from lining up and becoming noticeable.. and saves fabric!)

Take the long bottom ruffle rectangle and baste it with the machine twice in order to gather it. Gather and pin to the bottom of front panel. Sew together.

Press open seams [just reminding you Smiley]

Set that piece aside and start on the back of the skirt. You will need to trapezoid shaped pieces to go under the ruffles. I kind of picked an arbitrary size based on the waistband size (looking back, I would have made it bigger at the bottom edge).

Take the top back ruffle piece and gather it. Attach to the top of trapezoid piece (fashion side facing up on both). Pin and sew together.

Gather the middle back ruffle rectangle. Attach to the bottom of the trapezoid piece (fashion sides together this time).

(note: this pic is upside down from the last one)

Then sandwich the gathered ruffle with the other trapezoid piece.

Pin it really carefully and sew. You can baste the first two pieces together first if you need to before adding the third layer.

So then you end up with this:

Time to attach the last ruffle piece. Gather, pin and sew to the bottom of the second trapezoid piece.

(note: another upside down image)

After the back of the skirt is assembled, hem the top two ruffles. Leave the bottom ruffles to be hemmed once the skirt is sewn together.

And then you have this:

Carefully pin the side seams together. Sew the left side seam all the way. Sew the right side seam from the bottom to the top of the second ruffle (leaving 6-8inches for a zipper).

The next step is to gather the front of skirt. I suggest sewing the basting stitch like this:
The tail ends are hanging out on the side where the zipper will be.

Then gather the skirt, and pin it onto the waistband of your dress and sew together. Put in the zipper and youre done!

So this is my first time writing one of these, so if anything doesn't make sense please let me know and I will try to clarify. I'm hoping to do more tutes in the future and I want to get better at making them.

Oh and here is the finished skirt from the tutorial [I put an elastic waistband in it, so it's different from the tutorial... but then I ended up ripping it apart and putting a zipper in it after I took these pics Sad ]

EDIT: new pics on page two
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26  lolita head pieces and hair clips <3 in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: September 29, 2008 06:03:11 PM
after getting some japanese fashion magazines i was totally inspired to make all this stuff~

what do you think?? Cheesy

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27  cute and frilly laptop sleeves in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: September 29, 2008 05:53:31 PM
last week i whipped up a bunch of stuff for an art fair, and here are three laptop cases i came up with. i made one for myself awhile ago and i always got compliments, so i decided to make up some cuter ones :3

what do you think??

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28  Ruffle Romper~ Insp by Betsey Johnson in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by lauralyn on: September 17, 2008 08:24:43 PM
So I saw this in Betsey Johnson's new Spring collection:
and I just had to try to make it.

It took me a little while to get it right. I was trying to make a pattern where the front piece was whole, so that I didn't have to worry about matching up the fabric pattern. I think it came out good, I'm really happy with it!
But, I might try making it again but with a seam down the front in order to solve any fit issues.

Anyways~ what do you think?

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29  Lemony Cupcakes~ in Vegetarian / Vegan by lauralyn on: September 12, 2008 01:41:20 AM
I just made the lemony cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World and they are delicious!

Aside from some editing errors in the text, I think VCTOW is a great cookbook. All of the recipes I've made so far turn out great. Does anyone recommend any kind to try? I've stuck to the more basic recipes so far, and I'm thinking of trying to make the hazelnut cupcakes next. Smiley
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30  easter island head bag for a kaoss pad and question in Knitting: Completed Projects by lauralyn on: June 20, 2008 06:10:14 AM
I just finished this case for my boyfriend. I used his forum avatar of an easter island head for the image pattern. Other than that, it's just a rectangle folded over and sewn pretty much. It's lined with a purple paisley fabric and it has a smiley face button.

I do have a question about the flap though.. I created it by binding off one or two on each row.. which ended up making it lop-sided.. does anyone have advice for knitting a triangle flap?


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