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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Sweet Cherry Swing (a dress) 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!
2  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Toffifay Corset 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.
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Who doesn't love pearls? 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.
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Premiere Ensemble 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
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Leather and Lace - A Victorian Corset 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!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Snow Drop - A Chained Collar 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
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / How do you plan your pieces? on: April 15, 2007 01:08:03 AM
I was wondering how other people went through the process of designing a piece of jewelry, seeing as I think my methods are a little unorthodox.

Since I'm a seamstress too, I generally plan around pieces of clothing, trying to get a feel for the outfit and compliment that with the color scheme and feel of the jewelry.

But when it comes right down to it, I'll sit and play with beads and findings until I have something semi-decent laid out. Sort of like a bead board (but I don't have one of those, so...)

So, how do you guys do it? Do you just start at it, or does the idea of a "perfect design" plague you like it does me?
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / fabric/pattern organizer [pic chunky] 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.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Jewels fit for a Queen [tutorial - pg 2] [new collar - pg 1] 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
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My New Winter Coat! on: February 16, 2007 11:03:00 PM
So recently, it got REALLY cold in my area. Like, an inch of ice on the ground cold. It is SERIOUSLY bad out there. And I just got my school schedule switched around so I go home early every other day. So I needed something much warmer to wear for those early days when I walk about a mile home.

Taking a very basic coat pattern, I chopped off about a foot and a half, fitted it snugly, gave it a mandarin collar instead of a built-in, and made the opening asymmetrical. It's my favorite creation EVER. Cheesy

The front. I used those little buckles that come on backpacks for the closure. Its pretty easy to get in and out of, and it doesn't unbutton itself! I still have to add binding to the neck and bottom inside, and put a couple of hook and eyes or snaps to hold the inside straight, but it's fine for now.

The back. You can sort of see the yoke where I had to piece the back together. But since the nap is all the same direction, it's no big deal.

The inside, with the pretty fleece lining. It is SERIOUSLY warm. I have to go outside the second I put it on to avoid overheating.

Questions, comments? Thanks for looking! Cheesy
P.S. Yes, the fur is fake.
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