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21  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Wench costume on: July 17, 2010 05:01:50 PM
Great job!  It looks very well put together!  I would've never guessed that it was easy to make Smiley
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / This dress is for the birds! on: July 17, 2010 04:56:38 PM
I saw this fabric at Ikea and thought it was adorable. Brought it home and started working with it, and the birds started to freak me out a tad. Oh well, I still love the dress Smiley

It's based on the Coffee Date Dress by elainemay (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress). I made one previously and liked the shape. This version just improved upon some minor things that went wrong last time.

Since I prefer princess seams over darts, I converted the darts to princess seams using the tutorial (http://www.burdastyle.com/techniques/change-darts-to-princess-seams)on burdastyle. I didn't convert the back darts to princess seams, but next time I might. I lowered the front neckline by 1.5 inches and widened the strap placement by about 1 inch.

Also lowered the back neckline by 1.5 inches and widened the backpieces by 1.5 inches so I had enough to go around my body. I took in each back dart by about 0.5 inch to make it more fitted.  I absolutely LOVE invisible zippers!!!  I don't know what I was intimidated by before Smiley
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Tattered Ragdoll Dress on: June 26, 2010 01:40:48 PM
that's a mesmerizing (and gorgeous!) photo!  i'm trying to figure out whats holding you up in the air! 
24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Printing patterns from m-sewing.com on: June 26, 2010 01:38:19 PM
I've put too much time into figuring out how to print this pattern :p  I probably could have driven to the fabric store (which is 30mins away!) and bought a pattern in the time I spent researching lol  Wink  But I'm a bit obsessive when I get my mind stuck on things.

anyhow,  after alot of googling, I found a burdastyle forum thread where people were downloading the trial version of adobe pro to print out patterns from the site.  I did that, and printed out 74 pages Shocked  at least it's reused paper!  So I think that's the easiest route, find out which patterns you want, then download the version of adobe pro and print print print before the trial period runs out!

I'll post a pic of the finished product once it's done!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Printing patterns from m-sewing.com on: June 22, 2010 06:05:14 PM
I want to make this dress: http://m-sewing.com/patterns-catalog/women/dresses/wedding-dress-5529.html, but I cannot figure out how to print the pattern!  Has anyone here printed a pattern from the site before?  I followed the instructions, but they aren't clear enough.  My pdf program does not have a tiled printing setting, so I downloaded the Autodesk program.  From here I cannot figure out how to make sure the scaling is correct (plus the program confuses me too!) 

Any help/tips are greatly appreciated!
26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Flower Pot to Mini Tophat (Photo fat!) on: June 05, 2010 02:18:08 PM
I would have never guessed that it was a plantpot!  ingenious!
btw, I love your makeup  Smiley
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Spring Fling ruffley turqiouse goodness. My first attempt at non-kid sewing! on: May 25, 2010 03:39:41 PM
goregous dress!! I wish my mom could sew for me!
I have a question about the skirt part of the dress: How are the layers constructed?  Do they all connect to the waist?  And what shape would each layer be?  I tried and failed miserably to make a skirt like that.
28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Dresses on: May 18, 2010 11:12:15 AM
Two new projects finished!  A few more in the wings, just need to do finishing work on them before posting  Smiley

I used McCalls M5094 View C. I made a few tweaks, such as adding the contrasting band at the hem and tweaking the bodice so there is an overlap in the middle. The original had too much of a plunging neckline for my tastes Smiley It's fully lined, although the skirt lining was an afterthought so pretty shoddily done, if I do say so myself. I'm still toying with the idea of ripping out the zipper and putting in a longer one so I can step in/out. I can imagine being sweaty and sticky in the summer and how much more difficult it would be :p

Dress #2 is my take on the Coffee-Date Dress by elainemay (http://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/). It's a free pattern (http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress-multisize-sample)!  The dress bodice I made from a white cotton poplin remnant from my halloween costume a few years back. The black band is scrap from a skirt I made.  The blue is twill from a failed ambition to sew scrubs. Since the pattern doesn't come with seam allowances added, I cut out a few sizes bigger than my own and that seemed to fit. I'd change a few things for next time though. The bodice needs to be widened, the straps lengthened, and I need to learn how to make non-pointy darts.  As you can see, I had to add extra fabric at the back to make it wide enough.  My dart placement is probably waaay off (I extended them way above the nipple line because I hate the illusion of perky nipples). Overall I think it turned out well. The bodice is fully lined, which is different from the pattern (the pattern only calls for facings).
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Prom Dress! (17/11/09) on: November 27, 2009 09:34:35 PM
Great dress! 
I'm impressed by your hem, how'd you do it?

You could try covering the oilspot in baby powder and leaving it overnight (or longer).  Then just shake the baby powder and the oilspot *should* be gone.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Two Reconned Skirts on: November 14, 2009 05:35:33 PM
I just got back from Las Vegas, and it was SO nice to be able to wear skirts about!  It's far too cold to do that at home Sad

First skirt is blue silk.  I saw it, and couldn't resist it for $4 .  I resized it WAY down from a 12, and kept the original zipper in, cause theres no way I could re-do that nicer than it was originally.

Next skirt was from my collection of clothes that I got at a 'stuff as much clothes into a bag for $15' sale.  I shared a bag with a friend, and each item ended up being around $1.  Again, cut it way shorter and resized it.  I installed my first nice looking invisible zipper in this skirt!!!  I really like the look of invisible zippers, so from now on I will try to use them more!

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