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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Should be doing so many other things right now-dresses on: October 21, 2008 07:19:44 AM
I've only had 3 hours of sleep, and it'll be at least 12 more before I can get anymore.  Not so bad if I didn't have SO MUCH to do today.  However, I figured I'd stop by Craftster and post a few of the things I've made this past month or so.  I don't get in nearly as much sewing time as I'd like, but I do what I can.  Being that I really don't have the time to be doing this, I'm gonna keep things kinda vague, and perhaps edit later.  As usualy, patterns used were either my own or commercial Frankensteins.

Dark Teal Twist Front Dress

Black and White Houndstooth Pencil Dress

Brown and White Mini Shift Dress (made from a vintage fabric)-Hilary Duff Pattern I've used like 4 times. Ha!

Simple and Chic Keyhole Shift Dress (Blackwash denim w/a sheen and black interlock)

Green and Black Mock Two-Piece Dress (Bright Kelly Green Vintage fabric)-need better action shots of this one + some sort of embellishment perhaps

There are a couple of shirts, but I'm going to stop with the dresses and get out of here.  Later!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Just realized I haven't posted here in a while (dresses) on: September 04, 2008 01:35:00 PM
Last time i posted, I believe it was during my supposed "stash bust challenge" set by my husband.  Well, I haven't been as busy sewing as I should have been, but I did get a few things done.  I'm only posting things I already have pics of since my camera has been eating batteries like crazy lately.  I'll post some more stuff some time this weekend.  Sooner if I get time.

Anyway, here ar lots of pictures of few items;

Cornflower Blue Maxi dress

Pink and White Bubble dress (vintage fabric, buttons, and rick rack)

Black Eyelet Lace Wiggle Dress with Flounce (mom is hoping she can have it.  Ha!)

Black and Blue Multisized Dress with Self-Tie Belt (I plan on making a couple of these for myself)

I don't get much Craftster time, so i may be slow with any replies.  Sorry honies.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hubby says Less Shopping, More Sewing. (pics all over the place!!) on: June 23, 2008 12:31:44 AM
I usually talk my husband into taking me on my fabric excursions by saying I need things for my store.  However, he's wised up and noticed I've been doing a lot more hoarding lately.  So, I have been more or less 'challenged' to get through a 1/4 of my stash, before purchasing even an inch more.  This is turning out to be a trickier task than I anticipated, since I have a pretty significant amount of fabric and two stay home kids.    I have until the first week of July to achieve this, so we'll see.  Aside from the first one, which is that super simple Hilary Duff, all patterns are either vintage or my own.  Blah blah blah, here is what I have been able to stitch up this week.  I wish I could keep one of them, but alas that's against yet another challenge.  Blast my need to prove my willpower!

Black & Grey herringbone with black sleeve and collar mini shift dress

Black 60's-inspired A-Line dress with plaid front inset and foldover collar

Mocha and green zebra faux wrap dress, with green topstitching throughout.  It's Safari Chic, baby!

60's styled Mod A-Line dress with shape-flattering angled side insets and asym. collar

60's-inspired princess seamed A-Line with black and white mod center panel

Some outfits may look a bit "perky".  Betty (my inanimate assistant) recently had a boob job.  She think's she's hot.  Hopefully when she gets over herself, she'll help me get shots of the rest of the stuff I have ready.  I'm too tired right now.     
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / So, does this mean I'm a grown up? (probably more IMGS than needed) on: May 20, 2008 08:06:46 PM
I used to be a lot more goth-ish when I was in my teens.  But I'm not in my teens anymore, and my taste has slightly changed.  Anyway, I had these Tripp bondage pants (loss the straps) from years ago.  Even if I wanted to wear them, they're too big.  I mean like a good 5 sizes larger than what I am now.  Either way, I couldn't see myself just letting them go, so I decide to let them mature with me as a high-waisted pencil skirt.  



5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I haven't been able to post in a while (Dial up users, proceed w/ patience) on: May 19, 2008 10:53:14 AM
But here I am with just a few things I have been able to find the time to stitch.  I've been playing a little more with my own designs and/or tweeking patterns.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to get as much sewing done as I would like, being that I have the 3 yr. old and 10 mo. old to tend to.  And once they've gone to bed, it' time to watch over the biggest baby of them all...my husband.  I really hope to get lots more done in the upcoming month.  I have SO many ideas and sketches to get to.  Anyway, enough blabbering...here are some pictures.

Vogue 8416 - Indigo and black iridescent, fabric from hell dress which is not really my size.  However I squeezed my butt into it for pictures.  Seriously, I'm not sure what this fabric or weave is called, but it took serious patience and measuring to work with.  As you'll notice, I leave things like hook and eye closures until the absolute final moment.  So understand the slight v shape in back.

I used a vintage, but Butterick 4859 is dead on - Grey and black color-block fishtail skirt.  The stretch of the fabric, along with the stripe really help to compliment curves, don't you think?  The hem looks a bit off in the picture, but I assure it's just shadowing or the way I'm standing.

Use a strapless pattern and add band and halter strap. - Red stretch cotton and black pleather halter.  The back slit is about 9" or so long.  I didn't take a picture of it, but I faced the slit with leopard print hem tape.  I think that's the part I like the most, eventhough it's not seen by outsiders.  Perhaps if legs are crossed or something, it'll peek-a-boo a bit.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / On a diet pause, but still making the dresses on: March 01, 2008 06:46:16 PM
Ok, I've taken a break from my dieting so that I can enjoy my current size.  I have a few dresses that fit me now, and I would like to get a chance to wear them before they are too big.  So, I'm just maintaining, and will pick back up about late March, early April when the temp breaks.  but none of this is stopping me from making dresses to wear after my remaining 13 pounds is lost.  Oh, and Bettie (Betsey if you ask my husband) was my recent birthday gift from him.  So much easier to take pics this way.  I've gotta get her a padded bra and panty to be just right for me.  But this is fine for now.  Ok, here's what I've got so far.
Most need to be hemmed because I loath hemming and always wait until neccesary to do so.

Vogue 8380 - lightweight and flowy, black and white retro-ish floral   

McCall's 5512 - brown and white houndstooth with black roses

McCall's 5314 - lightweight denim w/ white floral.  White eyelet sash/belt and collar facing contrast

Vogue 8425 - black light stretch, striped denim twill high waisted skirt

Butterick 5031 - red and black minihoundstooth with black contrast

Simplicity 3560 - turquoise, black, and grey plaid with black satin ruffle keyhole and cuff

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / I hit a weight loss plateau...more dresses to keep me on track on: February 06, 2008 11:13:45 PM
Well, I'm getting to my goal weight/size/clothing fit...whatever you wanna call it, I'm getting there slowly but surely.  Lately it's been a bit trying on my nerves, and I just wanna jump headfirst into something cheese covered!  But my hubby has been keeping me focus (and taking some abuse while doing it).  But whenever he isn't around to do so....I get to sewin'.  So, here are a couple that I've recently finished.  All but one are for later wear.  I had to make at least one for my to wear now...just for the satisfaction of it all.

Burda 7949 - Brown striped lightweight vintage doubleknit (I really wanted to be adventurous and go for the look they show with stripes on different bias.  It was a bit frustrating for when it came to matching the angled midriff to the skirt...but I did it!  Yay me!.  Oh, and this is one I can fit now, so I won't be able to soon.  I got to wear it tonight since Philly had unseasonably (and end of the world reminding) warm weather.

Butterick 5029 - Gathered bust and midriff (I've read some bad reviews about this pattern.  And in the beginning I was ready to be part of the bunch.  But pressing is very important with forming the gathers, as is following the recommended fabrics.  A moderate stretch fabric will not hold the gathers properly.  And some have complained about the bulkiness of the TWO linings.  With me using a thin fabric and traditional thin, silky lining fabric....I'm not concerned that is looks bulky.  I can't wait until I can fit this one right.  I have the perfect jewelry and shoes for it.)

(trying to hide my bra straps...hehe)

Simplicity 3620 - red and black lightweight and flowy micro-houndstooth with satin cuffs, buttons, and removable bow (I obsessed over this pattern for so long.  I have like 4 or five like this, but as vintage patterns.  But for some reason I didn't get inspired to make it until I saw it on this updated Simplicity envelope.  When I saw this houndstooth at Joanns *on clearance of course*, I knew I wanted it for this dress.  When this fits right, it's gonna be so cute.  Hopefully that happens before it warms, because I wanted to wear it with heavy black tights and mary janes.  The bow is removeable because I might not always feel like wearing a big a** bow. )
(not buttoned over my thicker upper arm.  But soon.)

McCall 5314 - brown swiss dotted lightweight taffeta (I love this dress and cannot wait until it fits right!  I have it on with a cami underneath because the girls would be all out if I didn't since it doesn't completely wrap the way it should, and will.  My husband likes it.  Said it doesn't look like I spent $10 to make it.  Guess that's a compliment.  Wish i could have gotten better pics of it on me though.)

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / More motivation dresses - very image heavy on: January 27, 2008 07:04:55 PM
As some of you know, most of the things I post, I can't actually fit into yet.  Some I squeeze into.  Some I put on without zipping.  And some I haven't even bothered with so I posted them on the hangers (don't think you guys like that. hehe).  Anywho, here are a some more I've pulled from the back of the closet after this week's weigh in.  After finding out another 5lbs. were lost, I got a little happy and tried some things on.  To my surprise, I could actually zip one.  No, I couldn't breathe.  But who needs air, huh?  And a few will have to be taken in if I want to keep wearing them.  Ok, enough with the jibber jabber. 

McCall's 4829 - Black floral w/ border print used to make bust (I was going to take the picture without this being zipped, but my husband insisted it could be zipped.  Whaddayaknow, he was right.  Of course my back looks like a busted can of biscuits...but it's zipped!)

Simplicity 3803 - Chocolate with lime floral print (very hard to take a flattering picture of this dress.  Trust, it's very cute in person, but I think the fabric pattern and shape make it look pretty blah in pics.  Oh, and it's too big in the pictures.  It fit great shortly after I had my daughter.  It could stand to go down a size.  I really like it, so I have to figure how to alter it for this summer.)

Vintage Mail Order Pattern - Grey suiting fabric with black triangle waist inserts and collar (I was nervous about what fabric and colors to use for this.  It can look kinda Star Trekish or some uniform.  But I went for these colors and really like it.  I need to lose about another 2 inches on my hips for it to fit properly.  It's kinda snug on the hips, but the intended looseness in the midsection.  I still need to hem it and snip the thread bits around the collar)

McCall's 5094 - Bright Turquoise similar to pattern envelope model.  ( Now my husband insisted he could zip this one too.  He was wrong.  Very wrong.  so there are no back shots of this since it's unzipped.  But I did have him tie the back so I can give kinda an accurate idea of the fit.)

Vintage McCall's 9793 copyright 1969 - Dark chocolate floral stretch twill or something from JoAnn clearance last year (This dress finally fits like it looks on the envelope.  You know how dresses of the sixties had a looser fit than those of the decade before.  Well when I first made it, it fit more like an 90's dress.  All tight and short.  Not cute.  Oh, and this was the...I think 3rd dress I made.  The first was a recon from my maternity shirts.  The second was a plaid number that went HORRIBLY wrong, and is now in the "to recon" pile.  and then this.)

And just because I do have a picture of when I first made this dress, before losing the current weight.

McCall's 5002 - Embroidered camo print (yet another busty asian inspired dress.  Ok, I have no idea how I got this one zipped, and it took a village to get it off.  The things I do for Craftster.  Should be a little less exposing once my boobs aren't being smashed and pushed up by the tightness.  No, won't be completely decent, but will be a bit better)
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / My weight loss motivation dresses on: January 20, 2008 03:56:53 PM
Ok, so I posted action shots of the things I can fit or at least, squeeze into for a pic.  These dress aren't even close.  I have another 10-15 pounds to lose before I can get them on and zipped.  But I still want to show some of them, so here they are.

Butterick Retro 4512 (view A) - Black crepe w/ kind of a linen texture

OOP Simplicity 4581 (views B and E) - Black and white gingham w/ red piping.  Red w/white anchors.

McCall 4826 - light blue w/ black dice.  Midriff trim and center bow.

McCall 5095 - Cowboy bandana print bodice w/ black skirt and halter straps.

I believe I have more dresses, but this posting process is a long one.  whew.  And I know I'm taking a chance of getting boo'd without action shots already.  Undecided  Oh and i taped the sides to my front door to keep them open enough to see the shape.  Didn't help much, but better than just just drooping on a hanger.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Since I now know how good it feels to share on Craftster...more of my stuff on: January 12, 2008 10:34:50 PM
Here are pics of a few of the other things I've made, that I can of course get into for action shots.

Simplicity 4546 - Hibiscus linen-type 3/4 circle skirt (it's not hemmed in the picture, but has since been.  I was tired when I finished this, and not in the mood for the precision of hemming a skirt.)

Simplicity 4539 - Lightweight yellow cowl-necked tank(I had no idea how I was gonna sew this fabric.  Very lightweight, but very stretchy at the same time.  Spells disaster to my.  But then my sister mailed me a box of remnants and inside was a light yellow lining fabric that had a hint of stretch.  YAY!  So I figured I'd just make a lining to act as a stabilizer and help with the sheerness)

Butterick 4815 & Butterick 4599 - Dark stretch denim vest and skirt (I really love this outfit.  Everytime I put it on, seems it's about to be that time, so I'm always bloated.  but I still like it.  I'm debating whether to make it in a white stretch denim I have.  the shirt was a recon.  I just took it down a few sizes, added long darts, and chopped the sleeves from long)

Ok, that's all for now.  This posting stuff takes a lot of time!
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