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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Tips on making angular shoulders in jackets? on: October 22, 2012 09:54:14 AM
My latest collection is going to be featuring some jackets with angular/pointed shoulders, but I can't find information on how to do them, and photos aren't detailed enough for me to make an educated guess.  Any pointers? (pun intended?)

Here's an image:

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: I've been busy! And gone a long time! [so image heavy! bustin' tables like what] on: August 23, 2012 09:50:04 AM
Debbira,  The black/silver skeleton netting is several years old from JoAnn fabrics.  I wish I could tell you who was the manufacturer or exactly what year I got it, but when I bought it I think I got 10 yards or something ridiculous like that, and still have a bunch of it left.  Sorry I can't be much help!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I've been busy! And gone a long time! [so image heavy! bustin' tables like what] on: August 22, 2012 05:34:32 PM
So it's been quite a while since I posted here on Craftster.  I've been quite the busy little bee, doing lots of photo shoots, fashion shows and other special fashion functions.

I've been able to work with a lot of beautiful models and really talented photographers:

And I even have some nice new photos of myself!

I was obsessed with cage skirts for a while...

...and even delved into a bit of menswear, as seen in this custom Steampunk vest (those darn welt pockets will be the death of me!)

I've even been featured in two publications this year, Dark Beauty and Gorgeous Freaks magazines, and will be on the cover of the first issue of Cloud Orchid magazine, coming out this winter! (all posted respectively)

If you have any questions or critiques, I'd love to know what you think!
4  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Belly Dance 2010 Troupe Costume on: August 26, 2010 09:05:10 AM
Christine 420, thank you!  Every year colors are discussed, and one clothing item is to be the same color/style (like this year's green tribal pants.)  The previous year, everyone used the same fabric (American Knit Sequins--yuck) so it looked a little more cohesive.

Tamberine, I made my own costume--everyone in troupe makes/builds their own.  I can't stand doing intricate handiwork like beading or scaling, so I try to choose fabric with embroidered sequins on it already and choose trims that give the illusion of a lot of hand-done work, like tapes of sequins and beading.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Bodacious Bonnet Bonanza on: August 25, 2010 10:30:05 PM
These are all soooo beautiful.  I work at a vintage shop and there's one bonnet in the "rentals" area in the back that I have yet to try on Y_Y    I need to make more bonnets because they're just so gosh darned purdy.
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Belly Dance 2010 Troupe Costume on: August 25, 2010 10:04:36 PM

The colors for my belly dance troupe's costumes this year are yellow, lime green, and hot pink.  I saw this lime green satin at Hancock and new it would be perfect for my costume!  It's got sequin embroidered on in the shape of flowers and vines.  I also found hot pink silk dupioni (a million dollars a yard, eeesh, thankfully I didn't need much) and had some leftover green trim from a previous costume.  I picked up a couple rolls of sequin strands.

For the top, I based it off the top from Simplicity 5359.  This was my first time making a belly dance top that wasn't an adorned bra.  I trimmed the top with a band of silk on the sleeves, at the neckline, and later on added a band to the bottom because I wanted more coverage.  Because I used fabric that doesn't stretch, I added elastic to the bottom and around the neckline to get a more fitted look and for comfort.  I sewed the green dangly ball trim to the sleeves and glued a row of sequins in the center of the ribbon.  I did a mixture of gluing and sewing more sequins around the neckline.  The top closes with two large hook and eye closures, but I cover that with a big ole pin because the elastic causes it to gap slightly.

The skirt is just a run of the mill panel skirt; I didn't use a pattern.  I joined the panels with a few inches of elastic on each side, and sewed a band of the silk dupioni to the top of it.  I glued on a row of pink sequins to the bottom of the band, and tacked on a tassel across the front that I found at Hobby Lobby.  Going down the panel's side seams is a row of pink sequins.  I also sewed a line of sequins the inside seam to "hide" the stitches.  The bottom of the panel skirt has the green beaded trim to give it weight so it doesn't flop around as flimsily.

For one of our dances we wanted to use half-circle skirts, and I got this weird yellow fabric for like a dollar a yard, so I made three of them, and one of the other ladies in troupe bought one from me.  I cut three triangular-ish shapes, except the two side pieces had a rounded bottom hem.  I sewed snaps to the top of them so I could quickly and easily get in and out of the skirt.  It snaps to the inside of the pants.

We'd decided we wanted to do tribal-style green pants.  I incorporated more yellow into the costume by adding a little to the pants.  The pants have a slim fit to the knee, and the pattern piece from knee to ankle is a circle.  So it's very full and swooshy!  They are the ugliest pants I've ever worn, and I used to wear purple jeans when I was a wee one.

Enough talk, more pics!

Phase 1, before more coverage added

Phase 2, after band added

Closer look at top detail

And of my troupe!

and makeups!  You can see the trim better!

ConCrit appreciated!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Silk Wedding Dress - 6 Months in the Making on: August 25, 2010 08:06:37 PM
Is that a seam going down the center front?  I hope she didn't snag it on something Sad
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Best of 2010 Lolita Photo Dump on: August 25, 2010 07:22:11 PM
annachronism, for my skirts, I just cut two rectangles (of 45 or 60W fabric, so total I get skirts that are 90-120" wide) and gather them on the top with my ruffling foot, put on a waistband, and viola!  Or, I just flip a couple inches down and put in some elastic at the top.

Dr. Sews, the three jobs thing is relatively new, and I've been doing a fair bit of sewing for two of the three places (I've made some bonnets and bloomers for the vintage shop, Halloween and Oktoberfest are coming up!  And I make boleros for the boutique) so lately I haven't accomplished much in the way of personal sewing or stuff for my online shop.  Let's just say that I pretty much don't have a social life.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Best of 2010 Lolita Photo Dump on: August 24, 2010 10:02:45 PM
sew.chic, yes, I wear petticoats underneath them.  I have like 6 of them but only 2 of which I use the most often.  I have one for casual/less poofy looks, and one for maximum fluffytime.

crendon, thank you!  I would like the Children at Play dress more if it could decide whether or not it's black or brown.  It's like this weird soft red-black and/or dark dark dark brown, so it's hard for me to coordinate with it, because neither black nor brown look quite right with it =\
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: care bear dress and petticoat (image heavy) on: August 24, 2010 09:58:29 PM
Absolutely fantastic!  Such great quality!
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