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1  Sweet Cherry Swing (a dress) in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: May 07, 2009 11:39:21 AM
[Warning - Not Pretty Pictures! (hoping to get better ones really soon)]

So what's a girl to do when she's invited to go swing dancing and she has nothing to wear?

Whip up a dress, of course! Immediately after this invitation was extended, I ran out to JoAnn's and picked out some quilter's cottons to make a dress comfy enough to dance in for four hours and handle sweat, the elements and still be washable.

This was the first choice, and I meant to make others to give me more options, but I only had about eight hours to work on it, so I went with the most striking.

The bodice design was drafted specifically to hold the girls down without the aid of a bra, and hold them down tight, just in case.

The skirt is a full circle plus about an extra fourth or so. The first picture really doesn't do the spin of this skirt justice. It's ridiculous. Not to mention the entire dress is lined in the same red the straps and belt are made of, for that extra kick when the skirt opens up.

Hope you all enjoyed it!
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2  Toffifay Corset in Costumes: Completed Projects by LadyV on: April 06, 2008 11:23:45 PM
Aw, I feel like I've been neglecting Craftster lately! But I've been extra busy crafty-wise, so I think that totally makes up for it.

So, I actually got this finished last August, the night before my local(-ish) Faire started back up. It wasn't really meant to be Renaissance accurate [it's more of a Victorian with added shoulder support], I just wanted something new to wear.

Updated Corset Details
-Silk dupion outer layer with contrast silk charmeuse for handmade piping and binding
-Cotton canvas strength layer and medium weight linen lining
-1/2" steel boning, gold tone busk and antiquated copper grommets

The model wearing the corset is not me, and thus not the person it was intended for, so some wrinkles are created, and it's a little gapped in the back... But I think it looks alright anyway.

The reason I've named it Toffifay is because the combination of the chocolate brown charmeuse and the bronze-y dupion remind me of the chocolate and caramel in Toffifay candies. Mmm.
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3  Who doesn't love pearls? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: July 18, 2007 08:03:42 AM

So, everybody and their mother has been inspired by Meb's Chain Smoking Necklace: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108644.0 

It was just a little too cold for my planned fall wardrobe, so I warmed it up a bit with copper findings and beige glass pearls.
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4  Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Premiere Ensemble in Costumes: Completed Projects by LadyV on: June 20, 2007 08:05:46 PM
Now isn't that the most pretentious title you've ever seen?

Yea, I realize it's a little late to be raving about the outfit I made for the Pirates 3 premiere, but I recently got pretty awesome pictures of it.

So here's the design sketch:

And the final ensemble:

I made everything I'm wearing in these pictures save for my tights and shoes.

The corset has it's own thread https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=169787.msg1734170#msg1734170.

 The vest and bolero were made in about two days, and the shirt was something I had laying around from a previous costume. The necklace is actually about 11 feet of glass and metal beads, in two shades of green and gold. The rest of the details are on the right hand side of the picture, though they're a little squooshed, because Craftster resizes things. X_X

Hope you enjoyed! Cheesy
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5  Leather and Lace - A Victorian Corset in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: May 10, 2007 07:37:22 PM
I much prefer real corsets to the "corset-style" garments that pop-up in today's fashion. So... Voila, a real one.

I started this corset roughly 10 months ago, but life got in the way and it got shelved for a while... But I really buckled down on it this past month, and voila!

Lightweight garment leather for the fashion layer, 12oz cotton canvas for the strength layer, and a mix of 1/4" spiral and flat steel boning. The lace is free-standing lace created on one of the Bernina's in my sewing room.

It looks better on a people, namely a me people

That's my latest  corset, hope you enjoyed it!
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6  Snow Drop - A Chained Collar in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: April 16, 2007 12:24:21 AM
Another piece in the "Fit for a Queen" series.

Decided to name this one Snow Drop, because it reminds me of snowballs and icicles.

4mm silver plated brass beads
6mm Czech pressed glass beads
3mm blue Swarovski crystals
Silver colored brass chain and findings
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7  Re: Jewels fit for a Queen [large pics] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: April 14, 2007 03:14:32 AM
Hi Everybody!

Having nothing better to do today (I'm really icky sick), and wanting to help out the awesome rockmygypsysoul, I decided I'd throw together a quick tutorial on how to make a really simple collar.


-Round nose pliers
-Wire cutters
-Crimping pliers

-Some form of stringing material (I use coated tigertail. If you use thread/cord/non-coated material, KNOT between each bead. It secures the strand and protects it from rough bead edges)


The amount of beads youll need may be more or less than what I needed. Considering I have a small neck, it took a very small amount to make this choker. For every 1.75, youll need one spacer bar, eighteen 4mm pearls, three 4mm crystals and eighteen 2mm spacer beads. So, to get an estimate of how many of each bead youll need, divide your neck measurement by 1.75, round UP to the nearest whole number, and multiply the number you get by the number of pearls, crystals, spacer bars, and spacer beads.

So, example measurements, a 12 inch neck would round up to about 7 design repeats. So, I needed at least 126 pearls and spacer beads, and 21 crystals. However, you would only need  7 spacer bars.

-4mm pearls (Glass pearls can be found here  )
-4mm bicone crystals (Swarovski 4mm bicones can be found here , a less expensive alternative, Celestial Crystal, can be found here )
-Teardrop pearl (Or other focal piece, pearls can be found here)
-Some sort of spacer bead, no bigger than 3mm (Some inexpensive brass spacers can be found here)
-Spacer bars (Jeweled spacer bars can be found here)


-4 headpins (you only need one for the choker, two more if you want to make matching earrings)
-Crimp beads (I  use way too many crimp beads, you really only need 2-4) (If you use the looping technique, make sure your crimp is big enough)
-A clasp
-Some sort of earring hook, if you plan to make a matching pair (I found studs with loops here but there are a ton of different styles
-Gold jumprings

After all of that ridiculous math, this is an absurdly simple necklace, and the hardest part is going to be creating the center dangle.

For one dangle you need one teardrop pearl, one crystal, and three spacer beads.

Thread these onto a headpin in the following order; spacer, pearl, spacer, crystal, spacer.

Trim the headpin to about a centimeter above the last spacer bead.

Now, using the round nose pliers, curl the top of the headpin into a loop.

Voila! We have our first dangle. If you plan to make matching earrings, go ahead and make two more of these dangles.

Now, grab a jumpring and a spacer bar.

Open up the jump ring and thread it through one of the bottom holes on the spacer bar.

Dont close the ring. While the jumpring is still open,  thread your dangle on, and close the jumpring. Hold it up and admire your work. Isnt that pretty?

Now for the choker itself. Cut three strands of your stringing material the length of your neck plus two inches. The two inches are important, because they give you room for crimping.

Speaking of that, now is the time to bind one edge and put on one half of the clasp. Depending on what style of crimp youre using, youll either crimp the ends of three strands and attach your clasp to the loop on top of the crimp, or youll thread the strands through the crimp, through the clasp, and back through the crimp, thereby attaching the crimp and clasp in one step.

I used the loop style crimp. If youre paranoid (like me) add a couple more crimp beads after the first.

Here you can see the loop style crimp, and example of the stringing pattern

Now its just a matter of stringing. If youre using tigertail, this becomes a long and boring process. If youre using thread, its still long and boring, just a lot more tedious. Ive demonstrated the basic pattern on headpins, not to mention the GIANT picture of the choker shows it off.

A fourth of a way through the beading

Now, remember to wait to use your special spacer bar (the one with the dangle) until you reach the middle of the necklace. For me, it was my fourth spacer bar, for you it may be later on.

Finished with the beading. Now, crimp the ends and trim off the excess, add the other half of your clasp and youre set!

You may notice that the choker does not like to lie flat.

Thats okay. Itll lie flat on your neck, and thats what matters.

If you decided to make the matching earrings, those are a two step thing.

Step one. Open the loop on the top of the dangle.
Step two. Attach to earring loop.
Step three. Close loop on dangle.

There you have it!
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8  fabric/pattern organizer [pic chunky] in Completed Projects by LadyV on: April 12, 2007 06:44:39 PM

Just plain binders?

Hardly. I have a huge fabric/pattern collection, and needed a halfway decent way of organizing them. Like a lot of garment seamstresses, I needed a way to bring swatches with me to the fabric store. But with a fabric collection of over 220 different pieces of fabric, I needed something far more "organized" than a stack of swatches on a binder ring. So... I used the whole binder! This idea extended to my patterns as well, so I could reference it to make sure I didn't buy a duplicate (I've done that before. xD)

That's the table of contents for the "Patterns" binder. It has a table of all the patterns we have, arranged by maker and number, and then it's divided by type of pattern (Clothing, Costuming, Home Decor and Crafting (for things like stuffed animals and bags))

What one of the pattern pages looks like. Room for size information (in case we have more than one size range) and comments regarding the make-up or plans of a certain pattern (you can sort of make out some of my notes)

The sheer thick-itude of the "Fabric" binder
(about two inches of swatches and info). You can see my lame attempt at segregating different fabric samples. I should probably make a table of contents, but currently they're in there by content, and then sorted by weave.

One of my favorite pages, and a good example of the info that comes with every swatch. The Tag # (every cut of fabric has a tag with a number that corresponds to the swatch binder, and a entry in a more extensive database), content, width and yardage, whatever plans there might be for it, and comments. Generally the comments will include notations about stretch, or if multiple people have claims to the fabric, what it'll be used for, etc.

So what do you think guys? Is this a little over the top?

For reference, a pic of my fabric stash...

That closet's about... two feet deep by about six feet wide and eight feet tall.
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9  Jewels fit for a Queen [tutorial - pg 2] [new collar - pg 1] in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by LadyV on: April 12, 2007 02:24:43 PM
Or at least a high-ranking lady.

So, only two pics today, but they're a little larger than usual, because I wanted you to get all the glorious shine and shimmer of these collars. :D

Simple Elegence

The first one, a simple collar with jeweled spacers and a pearl drop. All pearls are glass, the crystals are cheaper versions of Swarovski bicones. Inspired by Renaissance jewelry, with it's simple elegance.

Chained Fae

Second, a little more ornate. Again, all pearls are glass, but this time the bicones are 4mm Swarovskis. An attempt to make a more "Fae" version of the previous collar.


In the name of consolidation, I decided to delete the other thread this is hosted on and move it over here. I think this is my most ornate collar yet.

Decided to name this one Snow Drop, because it reminds me of snowballs and icicles.

4mm silver plated brass beads
6mm Czech pressed glass beads
3mm blue Swarovski crystals
Silver colored brass chain and findings
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10  Petticoat Logistics in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by LadyV on: December 27, 2006 10:57:22 PM
So, I'm having what could be called a "PettiProblem".

My New Year's resolution this year is to revel in my feminity, and embrace feminity throughout the ages. Part of this has been adopting the full skirted styles of the 40's and 50's, styles which I've adored for ages and have never had the priss to pull off.

Well, I've started today on my first 40's dress. It's vintage Vogue 2561, and is one of the most spectacular things on the planet.

My issue however, is I absolutely cannot wear this dress without a petticoat, and I'm not lowering myself to buying one, being of the stubborn "I can make that!" Craftster spirit. So I'm trying to figure out the best way to make a 40's full petticoat, without wearing eight of them.

Here's my idea for a petticoat.

Stacked layers of ruffle all attatched to one side of a circle skirt, with additional ruffle on the edge of each. Sort of like a tiered skirt, taken to the most extreme level you can think of. Has anyone tried anything like this? Does anyone have a great petticoat they could try to explain? Any and all help is GREATLY appreciated.
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