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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Bustier Plum Dress.... AKA Dress from Hell!! on: June 22, 2010 07:41:59 PM
I made this dress for my high school graduation. The fabric is silk dupioni that has the most beautiful purple/green duochrome effect in the light. I lined it in breezy cotton in hopes that since I used natural fibers, I wouldn't be so hot under my graduation gown (didn't work out so well, I was burning up!).

Now, why such hostility towards the poor dress? Blame it on McCalls 5580! It was part of their Made-For-You line and I used the C cup option. I don't know what McCalls was thinking, but a woman at least two cup sizes larger than me would have fit it better! Trying to solve the fit issues gave me the worst headache I've ever had with a commercial pattern. Also, dupioni silk is GORGEOUS but it frays like mad and it was a wrinkled mess when I stood up.

Oh well, I'm very happy with the overall result. I love how the bustier top gives the dress an edgier vibe and the fun swishing noises that dupioni makes when I walk. Since the dress is so heavily boned, it stood up very well which was fortunate since I made the halter straps just a tad too long.

Thank you for looking! Smiley

2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Would my overlay idea work? on: February 19, 2010 09:55:23 AM
So like many girls, I'm making my own prom dress.  Smiley

I've fallen in love with:

I found a pattern that would give me similar results:

For the overlay that the inspiration dress has, I was thinking of cutting an organza or lace layer of the bodice piece much about twice as wide as the base piece, gathering to fit, and then basting it on and treating the two layers as one.

Would this work? I'm also going to cut organza or lace layers of the skirt to get the sheer, layered effect of my inspiration dress. Also, would cutting the skirt on the bias give me that gorgeous draping? I know i would need MUCH more fabric.

Yay? Nay?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / College bound crafter! on: February 02, 2010 12:19:20 PM
I'm leaving for my first year of college (Yay Kent State Uni!) and have two questions!

I refuse REFUSE to be the stereotypical sweatpants and tee-shirt college girl. What kind of things can I make for myself that are pretty and presentable without being too fussy to put on in a rush and don't need tons of ironing? Pattern or fabric recs? I was thinking of recon-ing a school shirt or two into something more put-together for some spirit wear. I plan on joining a sorority as well.  Cheesy

Also, how have you lovely sewers dealt with your sewing addictions and the cramped dorm room space? At home I have the entire basement for my crafting but I'm going out of state and going home all the time is not practical.

Thanks so much everyone!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Would more expensive fabric be worth it? on: January 08, 2010 10:05:55 AM
I'm making myself a coat out of GORGEOUS pink and green tweed that I got for a grea price. Unfortunately, it's 100% polyester.

Should I make up for it by using a 100% silk lining, wool underlining, fine interfacing, etc?

I want the coat to be lovely but I'm not sure if it would be worth it since the main outer fabric isn't very good quality. It's also a little drapey and loosely woven, so I'm using a tailoring interfacing to reinforced the entire thing.

The coat I'm making is http://www.voguepatterns.com/item/V8626.htm?tab=custom_fit_very_easy_vogue&page=1

View C, with the collar. ^_^

5  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Creative Patterns (company) on: September 01, 2009 08:30:06 PM
Anyone have experience with these? I have about 20 of them but they don't include the booklets.

That means I'm stuck with no instructions, pictures of the clothes, sizing guide, symbol key, anything!

Whatever help you can offer would be fantastic!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / So I have the pattern...But I'm missing one very important thing... on: September 01, 2009 07:36:16 PM

Seeing a bag full of sewing patterns at my local Goodwill for only $2.99, I couldn't resist! Little did I know they were for a company called Creative Patterns from the 1970's.

The patterns themselves are immaculate but apparently they're supposed to come with instruction booklets... which I don't have. The envelopes don't even have any pictures of the clothing on them!

Any thoughts on what I can do with them or how to get instructions?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I believe I know why sewing for others is so different... on: November 29, 2008 09:36:53 PM
...than sewing for myself.

When making something for someone else (current project: Tudor style costume for good guy friend) I usually have no problems and in the end, it all looks smashing. What I'm working on now is a bit out of my experience range and I'm short on time but so far everything's smooth as butter and coming along great.

Each time I make something for myself I get so frustrated and make so many mistakes that it either comes out horrible, I waste lots of fabric and money, or I just leave it half done and abandon it.


Other people: I follow the pattern directions to the T, take my time to make everything perfect, press and trim seams, worry and stress to make sure they love it.

My personal projects: directions are usually thrown aside, I take my time but I'm very careless, make silly mistakes and think "I can come back to it later" and I never do.

Soo... yes there's a trend and relationship and easy solution. Will I actually take the care with my own things as I do with other's? Most likely not- even though I REALLY should!!

Anyone else find this happening to them?
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Help with fabric for grecian dress! on: September 01, 2008 06:04:47 PM
I've chosen the patten for my homecoming dress and decided to do (Short Version) :

Except I dont want the belt. The pattern suggests using crepe back satin but I want something softer and more flowy. I have 6 yards (WAAAY more than enough) of linen and was thinking of using that. Would that still be too stiff?

What would you suggest? Oh and I was also picturing it in a sapphire blue or plum purple with gold trim. Thoughts?
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Seussical The Musical!! on: January 17, 2008 12:51:32 PM
It's the name of my school's spring play.

Before I explain it, just let me say how incredibly, super duper, mo' fuggin' excited I am!! One of my friend's told my Chem teacher that I sew. Well she happens to be in charge of the production crew. And she asked that if I want, if I could pleeease do the costumes for the play.

Umm, HELL YEAH!!! Eeep! ^_^   

The play is as you might have guessed, about Dr. Seuss. It's all of his stories rolled into one big musical! Shall be quite ahh-mazin'!

The first thing I have to make are 3 sport coats for guys. My teacher gave me free reign and is letting me do them how I want as long as they look Dr. Seuess-esque and I keep the cost for the coats under $100.

Anyone have any ideas on how to seuess them up? Colors, trims, fabric choice, decorations?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Train skirt? on: December 04, 2007 03:50:59 PM
How can I make a skirt that's longer in the back than it is in the front?

I don't want much of a train seeing as how the front is only to be a tad below my knees and I want the back to be about mid-calf.

Thanks loves!
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